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4.48 / 5.00

Oct 9, 2010 | 10:58 AM EDT
Fine Art
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2250 x 1688 px
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Acrylics on prepared bristol board.
It was a homework.
Used paintbrushes and airbrush.

Critiques are always welcome.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


I wish you would scan all of your paintings.

I'm having some trouble understanding this picture. There is a soldier, probably in a gas mask, wearing a trench coat with a M16. He is standing in a wasteland. In front of him is the Soviet Union symbol atop nine pillars. I'm assuming that this represents the power and greatness of the Soviet Union. Behind the soldier there are black Soviet Union symbols that have charred appearance and they are laid out fat and atop of each other. The soldier's back is facing the viewer because he is looking forward toward the pillars. The colors and design give out a post-apocalyptic look.

I would appreciate if you gave me a little feedback because I just don't understand, I'm sorry. Thank you for your consideration.

I can't give you a constructive review because I'm not an experienced painter but as far as I can tell this painting is amazing. I love the shading and the use of lighting, it really gives an atmosphere of humid hot heat.

DonStracci responds:

This was an exercise that needed to be completed quite fast for school, the purpose was to make a painting with different techniques than traditionnal brushes. My idea was to create a deserted landscape with a soldier on it going forward throught the objectives imposed by the Soviet system, the "pillars" are the icon of the soviet system, made them semi-transparent to give a artificial, dreamy-like look. On its back are the black soviet symbols making the shadows of the soldier, again representing the dark side of the system. The colors used were inspired by the Soviet propaganda posters of the soviet Era. The airbrush was used for all the soviet stuff, the pillars and shadows enhancing. Sorry for my bad english, maybe I wasn't clear, thanks!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


Very deep, very nice. Reminds me of pink floyd.

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DonStracci responds:

Thanks, love Pink Floyd too mate!


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars


good art, nice looking, but WTF? all hail communism and stuff? what's meaning of this picture?

DonStracci responds:

I just like soviet stuff. The art that was used for propaganda during that time was great. That doesn't mean that I agree with this ideology.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


i love the attention to detail in this artwork.
Even though it is rather a small painting i really like it overall :)
Really good job!

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DonStracci responds:

Well the painting is about 2x2.5 ft which is not so small. I will take precise mesure when i'll get it back.