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Ruins of Ur-Sagol by Karbo Ruins of Ur-Sagol by Karbo
Another landscape picture :3

A group of brave adventurers ( or thugs ) is entering the silent ruins of the once gigantic and powerful city of Ur-Sagol ( [link] ). Who know which dangers lurk in the countless crack and crevices of those crumbled buildings ...
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I was thumbing through my deviation inbox and found this was from Artitechs, and had critiques enabled. So, why not?

Off the bat, this is a pretty strong piece. I mean, it's perfect material for a graphic novel. A lot of technical understanding is shown here on multiple fronts: understanding of the craft (traditional inking,) understanding of composition (and perspective,) understanding of structure (the architecture within the piece,) and lastly, an understanding of having this picture convey a sense of narrative. It all over creates a pretty striking piece on first-glance.

There's a lot the viewer can interact with in this picture. We get the feeling that this place hasn't seen visitors in a long time -- the animals scurrying to hide from the approaching intruders and the tall hills in the back appearing to keep this place hidden from normal traveled paths (as well as most likely being quite a trek to get here!) It feels mostly calm at this point in their journey, but we get that small distinct feeling of things that await them if they venture further -- if not for the hole in the floor, then most definitely for that dragon-esque creature perched on the ledge who may or may not actually be a gargoyle like the serpent-esque one above it. The choice of coloring is also quite nice. The warm light in the distance appears more inviting than the cooler dimmer shade and heavy blacks in the foreground. No doubt it'd get cooler and darker from there deeper in.

I believe one of my only nitpicks for the piece would be just a little bit about the blacks. They don't feel as well distributed as compared to other areas of light and areas of hatching. (We see some nice detailing and hatching in the stone around the hole in the floor. It would have been nice to have seen some of that hatching and detailing elsewere on those large collapsed columns on the left -- even if it were dense, or gradated to become black further in.

And then, here comes the second half of this critique.

You obviously show a lot of ability with this piece. I won't lie that I was disappointed to find so little work like this in your gallery! I want to know -- why aren't we seeing more work like this from you? Is there more, and it's just not here on DA? (This is, I'm not sure what you do professionally -- I'm not sure if you do work outside of what you post here on DA.) But either way -- if you do or if you don't, do more of it! Show more of it! I would love to see your capabilities illustrating other realms. Scenic work like this would be amazing in just about any conceivable form of narrative illustration. XD Unless you are actually doing that right now, of course! (I'm genuinely unsure.)

(Usually when I write a critique, I don't talk on for the majority of it about the piece's strengths. But the only problems I can find with it are such nitpicky things I don't find any need to raise an issue. I just want to know: why isn't there more?!)

Scores explained:
Vision: 4.5 stars - Well, you clearly knew what you wanted to illustrate in this piece. And you did it.

Originality: 2.5 stars - In actuality I don't like that DA has a rating for "originality." That can be a hard thing to quantify based on all kinds of factors. I'm giving this piece a 2.5 star originality rating because it's "average." It's a bunch of mysterious ruins. Some guys are venturing into it. I mean, it's the staple setting of countless movies, stories, and video games. Is that a bad thing here? No, it's just not super extraordinary either. Thus, average :)

Technique: 4 stars - Because really, for pretty much the most part of the whole piece you knew how to handle it. Composition, perspective, color, line, shape, value, (even for how simple it is) all work just fine in the piece. I have a little problem with the lack of even SOME detail in those heavy blacks on the left, but it's not a deal breaker.

Impact: 4 stars - The piece hits you pretty immediately. There aren't a lot of lingering "why is...?" issues, we know where they are, which way they're headed, and the possibility that it might not get better. We WANT to stick around to look around at the image to take in more of the simple story it's telling us. It's like big panel plucked from a comic, and it provides us with plenty of information to imagine the continuation of events after this point, (and hell, even events before it.)

I did not re-read this for typos or grammatical hiccups. Sorry in advance XD ... Though by this point, you've already read it. So much for being forward.
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Loreathan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your tin tin style!
Sesshomaru56 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Is this where Jissy lives? I saw her in some ruins on the wiki and thought these where similar only brown enstead of green just wondering
Terroristian Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ferrets will inherit the earth? i always suspected it
JoeDeLaSelva Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Looks good enough for the cover of a graphic novel. Great shading and detail.
Karbo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
Rotago Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
hey karbo could you do a pieve based off of the city of Dagoth Ur from the game Morrowind? Maybe with some one coming into the city?
Karbo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sadly I'm not really familiar with it ^^;
Rotago Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
aww damn. I'll give you a link to a picture of it if you want. But I don't want to be a bother. I'm just a big fan of your landscape drawings.
Semdla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
really nice! i like the colours
Karbo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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