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05 May 2006, 06:46 AM
Hey all,

This is a work in progress with about 7 or 8 hours into it. I am working entirely in ArtRage 2.1. C&C welcome as always.

05 May 2006, 01:31 PM
Wow! The color scheme is awesome. :)

05 May 2006, 02:02 PM
Wow, the colors and composition are great. Except for one thing, the branch crossing the scene diagonally takes my attention away from the gorilla, but I think detailing/highlighting the gorilla some will fix that. Or perhaps making the branch a bit lighter.

05 May 2006, 03:48 PM
Thanks Ninetails & eishiya here is an update.

05 May 2006, 05:46 PM
My favorite part about this is the background. You handle the color very nicely especially there, with the greens fading into blues, and it is very well detailed and distinctive. The gorillas are good, too, although it looks like the one on the tree isn't quite done yet. The only thing that bothers me is that, as mentioned before, the tree branch really takes up too much space, and is the focal point when I'm not sure it should be.

05 May 2006, 11:08 PM
Another update.

05 May 2006, 02:53 AM
This piece is well on its way. Its obvious what you havent finished and need to work on, but everything you have worked on looks very realistic and detailed.

05 May 2006, 09:11 AM
Thanks jabrawle, Here is another update. I gotta go to bed now.

05 May 2006, 11:53 AM
nice details on the face :D

05 May 2006, 04:27 PM
i need to try artrage, i've been told its great. i really like this painting, and the atmospheric perspective is excellent. the detail of the moss is done really well, as is the foreground face. however, i'm not sure about the angle on the other gorillas face, i feel like the face is too small for the head, that it should cover more of it? i really like your lighting. i'll be watching for an update!

05 May 2006, 06:47 AM
Thanks for those responses. Here is what I think is the finished image, but I wanted to get another round of comments before completely signing off on it.

05 May 2006, 03:04 PM
This is fantastic work, really.

Something that pops out to me, and doesn't seem like it should, is the row of four trees at the bottom of the painting. Basically, those trees are at a distance, no? And the way they're rendered kind of ties them in with the gorillas. I'd be curious to see the effect of toning down the contrast on the trees, making them recede into the forest a bit.

05 May 2006, 08:15 PM
Thanks for replying mrtristan. Those actually aren't intended to be trees. They are the low growing cycads that are found in the mountain regions of Rwanda. Mountain gorillas feed on the leaves and make their beds with this material. Note the leaves at the very low right of the image near the large male, these are the same leaves as on the plants you are discribing as trees. They have had their foliage stripped on the lower stalks. Adult male mountain gorillas consume an average of over fifty pounds of food per day. They also eat grubs and small insects found under bark and moss. You can see where the female in the tree has stripped away the moss in her serch for tasty treats. I think in response though to what you have suggested, I may put a little of the rising mist in front of those brown stalks to push them back a bit. Thanks for your comments, as you can see I didn't get much response with this posting. I appreciate you taking the time to offer feedback.

05 May 2006, 11:39 PM
This looks good:applause: :applause:

I really like how you dealt with textures. This looks very realistic.

05 May 2006, 03:15 AM
Irate Velociraptor- Thanks for the praises. Here is a final (final?) version.

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