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Marfling Swamp - Le Dernier Bastion by SkavenZverov Marfling Swamp - Le Dernier Bastion by SkavenZverov
Swamp for Marfling race, hope you guys will like it!


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This is an evocative piece. I like the fog and the moss. I would limit my criticisms to a few things (in no particular order). The first is the huts on the ground look a little too bulbous to be stable and it makes them look a little too cartoonish. Secondly the waterline seems a little ill-defined, so that the water in the foreground seems to curve up along the island whereas water should obviously be flat (if not flowing). Thirdly, it looks a little too clean to my eye whereas a swamp would seem to have a general blending of moss and muck.

I also am a little unclear on the perspective. It looks like the mushroom treefort to the left is roughly at the same distance as the tree in the middle, though the tree in the middle seems to have more fog concealing it. (I'm basing this on the rope bridge that seems to lead back from the treefort to the base of that finger of rock which then comes back forwards. It might also be even with the second hut, but the second hut seems to have little or no fog obscuring it.)

I like the waterfalls in the background because they draw the eye and give the piece a sense of depth, but it looks like waterfall to the rear pours down into a bowl and then that empties out at the end of the finger of rock under the tree. Since that finger has a lower point roughly middle of it's length, it seems like the water would naturally flow off there and so it kind of looks like the water has to flow uphill to reach the small waterfalls at the center of the picture.

The trees at the foreground seem too uniform in their coloration. They look moss-covered, but the moss is uniform in both color and covering and it seems like it would be mottled. There seems to be more detail in the background of the piece than in the foreground.

The best part of the piece in my opinion are the tree branches and trees in the background. These are well proportioned and ground the piece really well with an illusion of reality. Overall I think this is a nice piece that well establishes a sense of place and mood. You feeling for this village and its unseen inhabitants.
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Critique by FelixFoxFace Jul 26, 2013, 11:00:48 PM
This is a brilliant piece of artwork!The colours fit together perfectly and it is amazing that everything fits together perfectly.The objects in the picture are easy to see which makes this even more beautiful.The shadows are at a perfect angle so that you can easily see them.This is a very thoughtful piece too.Only a very artistic mind could make this in such a way that it makes you think about the world...As I said this a is a fantastic piece.HOPE YOU MAKE MORE!!!!!!!!It really is amazing, you are an amazing artist, good job, it really is wonderful and delightful!GOOD JOB!
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Bgolli1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer…

Hope you like it! Thanks for your awesome work, Le D!
SkavenZverov Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, but i think you should ask the one who payed for that image if you can use it :)
Bgolli1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oops, I am sorry if I goofed on using this....ignorance of the rules is no excuse....but I don't know who paid for it. Were you not the original artist? :(
SkavenZverov Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, i am, but someone has paid to me this work, so, at the end, work is sold to the client and you need to contact him, and after his approval you can use it. I can see to find the contact, but you can also try and contact them yourself,…
klaudia9z Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I love your works! Amazing!
krisztianhallai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This swamp environment is more than relaxing for me.
A tranquil summer feeling after a beer bath.
Gorgeous, I like your sense of depth.
SkavenZverov Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, still a lot to learn :)
WanderingEntity Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning piece with a great atmosphere!:D
SkavenZverov Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you liked it!
WanderingEntity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries!:)
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