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4.54 / 5.00

Sep 21, 2013 | 10:44 PM EDT
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700 x 1090 px
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Jaedus, General of the Ivory Masks.



Rated 0 / 5 stars

What is that? Did you invented it by yourself? Did you copy it from somewhere else? And what's the history behind this picture? Did anybody help you with its creation? If yes, who? If no, why did you choose to work alone? How long did you take to develop this stuff? What technique did ya use? Are you planing to make a sequel of it?
Lotta unanswered questions. I could give you an higher rate if you first explain. The picture is not good at all however. Colours are too flat and there is no real dimension in your work. It doesn't involve the spectator with his feelings, it just looks at you giving nothing but cold and distance, as you would watch an average cold pot in an average kitchen.
Also, the background has a kind of monotonous colour. With other words, it doesn't offer emotions and involvement to the viewer.
Andy Warhol said: "I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning." The problem of your work (of this picture I mean, of course) is that it loses all its meaning even before to get a meaning, giving the viewer no chance to design a meaning or at least an own interpretation.
My final opinion as summary of my artistic critique: A cold spot in the middle of nowhere!

gavinvalentine responds:

Hi Rupert0ne,

Sorry for not elaborating on this piece a bit more in the description. This is an original design created for the fantasy setting I'm developing. I worked alone on the design and painting. I choose to work alone because I'm not sure how I would work with someone else on this. I will do more pieces featuring this character in the future. He is one of the main antagonists of the setting. Sorry that this piece isn't for you. I chose to focus on the form and reserved use of color. I followed Rembrandt's portrait color palette. Hope that helps you find more meaning in the piece.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Reminds me of something from WarHammer 30000. I really like it though! This is Wallpaper material for certain!

gavinvalentine responds:

Thanks M0bius1! I love Warhammer.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Really, really amazing job right here. Today is a good day for the art portal. The shading is awesome, the effects of fog is brilliant.

gavinvalentine responds:

Thanks theframeofme!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Probably one of my favorite pieces of art this month! :D

gavinvalentine responds:

Thanks very much for the kind words CynicalFruit!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Interesting Character! Who are the Ivory Masks?

gavinvalentine responds:

Hi Kkylimos,

The Ivory Masks are elite soldiers and mages of the elf like race, called Iuburans, in my setting. Unlike elves from Tolkien these elves are corrupt and racist by their elevated genetics and feel they are the true rules of Alestria. They wear the masks to never show emotion and as a badge of honor. Once they have taken the vow of the mask they must always wear it in public and are dishonored if they do not.