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Mars' Valley by Andr-Sar Mars' Valley by Andr-Sar
This is my new painting experimentation in Painter X. I tried to mimic the oil on canvas traditional technique using rich Painter's toolset. The work was done on the ONE LAYER and took about 12 hours to complete. Also I didn't use airbrush or any usual digital tricks.

You see the 50% of the original size.

I hope you like it, guys. Personally I'm happy how it turned out. Full view is strongly suggested.
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ea300215 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
It's gorgeous. Almost a perfect Mars view. The only thing that makes me hesitate is the somewhat pedantic point that the sky should really be bluer that late in the Martian day, on account of the Rayleigh effect. But that's the only issue; it's otherwise great! 
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J-Hump Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice.
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Aeromars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent
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Ludo38 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Waow... this is wonderful. The sun is very well done.
Please do others like that ! I love Mars-scapes.
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SharkBrite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me a lot of a book I read in school once :) I love it
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seakittym Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
This is amazing. Do you mind if I use it in the Beautiful Atrocity picture series? You would be fully credit with links to your art!
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Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I don't mind. Thank you. :)
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:iconseakittym:
seakittym Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
No, thank YOU! Expect me to go through your stuff and ask about more. <3
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:iconrshelle:
Rshelle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
This is beautiful.
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:iconsolidahmed:
SolidAhmed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Beautiful. I liked how you can feel the distance in it.
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:iconsecretdesert:
SecretDesert Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
Beautiful! Looks like a picture.. Great details:D I wanna go to Mars:P
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mike1851 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
This is really really good! Especially considering that you painted it on only one layer with Painter!
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verloreneseele Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
beautfil drawing!
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TheWanderer2030 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Photographer
great job! very eerie.
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:iconadalore:
Adalore Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweeeeet.... I just gots me a new BackGround.
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stickersticker Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i lo9ve the glare and the cliffs. great job
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Amythysta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Student
Whoa. Did you go and take a photo of it? It looks so real...
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Yepp, I have nothing to do but just to wait here and make some art until the may of 2008. :D
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:iconamythysta:
Amythysta Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Student
Your art is incredible :worship:
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sergeart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
you use a tablet?
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PrincessAnna13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
o.o i must say, you are one of my favorite artists. *favs pic*
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TheCelestialDemoness Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Student Filmographer
Woa dude! That's pretty cool. :)
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Rahll Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic job bud. I can never get myself to work on one layer... I always add stuff in over it and merge down in case I fudge it up :D
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Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Thank you much for the comment. I'm glad that you like it. :)

I find in landscape paintings easier to work with one layer. The constant switching of the layers is really annoying, specially when there're 20 or more of them. Besides, you can gain interesting unpredictable effects in some cases. For example, the case when it is only 1 undo option available at each moment. :D

By the way, I will gladly hear any critiques you have on this work.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean. I like getting those random unpredictable effects sometimes.

As for a critique... The composition is massive. I like it, but the upper right sky, and the lower left land area both seem really empty. Because of what this is, it still works well, and it's mostly a personal preference. You could always throw some kind of planet in the sky to the right, on the horizon or something... And for the land on the left, maybe some sort of really wide canyon that stretches to the distance? Maybe even some ice at the bottom hinting at a ancient frozen river?
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Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
What is more disturbing is brightness\contrast level in this image. As you can notice, there are no absolutely black areas at all. And from the distance it seems that the picture tend to look dull.

And, of course, that feeling of emptiness. It frightens off most viewers. But obviously I can't simply add heavy clouds, trees and etc. because it is Mars. And additional landscape texturing wouldn't have changed something. But your idea with ice covering is really might be helpful.

So I guess I did the picture just more suitable for for artists or scientists than for casuals. :)
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Rahll Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's still a wonderful piece, I like it a lot. I more or less try to relay to you what my instructors at my school would probably say. Although I make suggestions, it doesn't necessarily mean it'll make it better, they're just things you could do if you wanted to, the outcome is totally unpredictable. The ice idea is really intriguing, though :D
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samuraifreelance Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
thats wicked :D
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toni-niskanen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Awesome work here mate.
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mohanadtaiy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
looks really nice.. it really make me feel like i'm in mars!!! :D
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sanuZ Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
wow, thats very well drawn! Beautifull work!
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raptordocker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Photographer
Very well done. I especially love how you really captured the texture of the land, and the details in the sky. You put a lot of work in this!
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FangtheTyphoon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wowwww! Awesome job.
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Xeno-Minako Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
DAZZLING. The environment is BEAUTIFUL. c:
I love how you've done this! And the ground even has little patches of lumps! <3 Amazing!
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pyrestriker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Awesome work! I even love how the little guy looks like he's taking a leak! If I didn't know better, I'd think it was real oil paint. :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even before I read your comment, I was thinking about how much it looked like a traditional painting. And I don't find it hard to believe that it was on one layer because I used to the same thing...Until I finally realised what layers were for and suddenly made digital art a lot easier.

It's good how you made your own lens flare from scratch too, I see many good space artists make their own unique ones that really look more appropriate than the default ones in Photoshop.
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avaunt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous. I'd be scared to do it on one layer. o.o
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DTux Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
It's fantastic ;)
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Vectortrance Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
outstanding!
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Pr3t3nd3r Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
Hardworking as a real artist! :)
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Ha-ha, I have never been using oils. It is still far more heavier to work with a real media. :)
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Alaris-Varin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That sun flare looks great. Nice job(as always)

Keep inspiring us!
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Thanks, I will try. :)
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:iconcagdasyoldas:
cagdasyoldas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Photographer
no way

*dies*
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
What's wrong? Why that? :D
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BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
ONE layer? Whoa, there's only one word that can describe it, and that word is - Fuck!
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I only hope "fuck" = good. :)
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BalduranDeArnise Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
oh, sure ;)
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wiglenog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
:wow: awesome :w00t!:
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:iconandr-sar:
Andr-Sar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Thank you! :)
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