A new private project. Melancholic atmosphere from small deserted American town in 50's, picture inspired by my trip to US. Let me know any critics, I would like to make more in this theme and welcome some thoughts.
Two very different critiques already and I must say I have to agree more with the first, a wonderful piece of work., your detail is just amazing. An autumn scene captures the decaying of life perfectly, old cars rusting, leaves turning brown and decaying. I think your sky is beautiful, moody, dark and depressing, light and dark showing the fear of death and decay but also shining on what could have been. The road shadows are real and amazing, the cars beautifully decrepit. Didn't we all play in such old wrecks in by gone years This is simply a wonderful piece of work, congratulations.
To tell the truth I love this piece quiet adamantly. Sure the sky needs a bit more work, I'm no expert about it, but it seems a bit off to me. Though Adore the color transition expressed within it. It's amazing the captivation on the old style cars that are slowly rusting and decaying as the elements of the world around them eat away at the exposed metal, and glass. It actually remind me of a place up north in America. Indian has many places that remind me of this piece. The detail brought into the foliage and leaves scattered about, is an amazing process that I could simply envy. The old style and renditions of the buildings was obviously well thought out. The shadowing is also well done. Though you can not get a clear depiction of what is on the other side of the long stretch of road, you get the sense and feel that there are other old buildings just out of sight that may be just as decrepit as the buildings being shown.
I get the sense that even though this quaint looking place may be dying and falling apart. It had lived a very lively existence, yet what could have been had been unobtainable. The look of the place as it is, shows a hope and good life that now is that of a memory sent to live on in those that are left to remember it. Even though time goes by and things fade, the impression left behind will always live on in those who know were to look.
Anyways I hope this was a good enough insight. Like I said I'm not expert, but I like giving people what I think. This had inspired me to try hard and do better in my works, even though they may not be as realistic as yours is. Other that what I've said this is definitely a lovely piece of art that I will certainly go on remembering.
I read the criticism regarding your sky in this painting. To your defense I must say that living in northern Florida all my life skies like this are quite common. What would create this effect would be a low sun angle a mostly cloudy sky with some breaks to allow the shafts of sunlight to shine clearly through. It would appear that a storm front or thunderstorm looms off in the distance on the right. The leaves appear to be blowing across the street so an outflow boundary is passing. I would say bad weather is coming. The ghost town look reminds me of the economically depressed small towns who once were thriving 'American Pie' communities. A sad and beautiful picture of the remains of 'Americana'.
An incredible piece of work. I've worked as a reporter in small Midwestern towns, and this evokes them wonderfully, down to the trees (oaks, it looks like). I feel like I recognize the watertower. The title adds something, too.
But I'm sure you wouldn't ask for critiques if all you wanted was praise.
1) Movement. The sky shows what looks like a storm brewing and clouds moving to the right, and yet the rest of the painting is deathly still. You can't have it both ways. The dust hanging over the street should swirl a bit. Some of the leaves seem to be moving, but others seem deathly still. And the trees and other plants don't appear to be moving/bending in a wind. Either a wind or stillness would work in this, but not both.
2) Zoning. Parts of this look like an alley behind houses and businesses and parts look like a street in front of them. The painted fence would be in an alley. This many cars would be parked in front. Also, you seem to put businesses next to residences. I can't imagne many towns would allow that as much as you show it.
3) Neverending Alley. I think the sense of infinity of the alley/street continuing one doesn't help the overall feel, which is the claustrophobia of a dying small town. Most streets and alleys in small towns would end somewhere, usually into a building or turn.
Awesome, even for someone from Western Europe, never visited the States. Your image even kept me busy for more than 30 minutes; reading all the comments, even explored Interstate 70 with Google Earth Streetview, but no success, came across this site: [link] So, thank you for keeping me busy...LOL.
sad and quiet as well, you could do the same in the US now with massive pick ups and old dark fashioned buildings shattered by the economic crisis. Hey, United states and Europe needs a deep overhaul. Anyway, it is a very master piece you did here. Congrats!
oh! kinda thought of it more of Apocalypse or a place after zombie attack, the colors & effects on cars & wood gives me this feeling. Anyway, love it anyway. I love the colors & atmosphere of your artworks
Your critics have stated the nature of this digital painting really well,however,i feel like i have something to add. I hope i don't offend you by saying things.I really hope they will help you.I feel the concept lacks dramatic elements,for me the cars are not such a representant of drama since i don't feel attached to the cars.I don't drive.Many people might,however. It also lacks some elements that might otherwise tell us stories,for example basketball backyards,where a father and a son could have been enjoying their free time together. Or a wheelchair,or a craddle.I do understand that they couldn't be shown in this specific painting,due to what you have chosen to show,but those were just examples,and you could have found many just like that.Judging by how well this was made,i believe you got what it takes to take it to a more dramatic level. I like however your style of approaching your viewers with the overall setting,especially with the subtle elements of advertising,on the right fence,on the wooden beam and above the house. That will sure get them inside the story.
I really hope i haven't offended you,these are just my two cents,and yes,i know that pictures from my gallery don't reflect my critique but that is because i am not the artist people that i criticise think i am.I do hope this will help you in the future as otherwise i wouldn't have said it.
I just love the detail. you do excellent work. if I ever finish a book and have it published I want you to do the cover art. (I tend to get writers block allot or run out of names for people and places)