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Red Dream by dierat Red Dream by dierat
Inspired by a dream I had a few years ago. In the dream, my family moved to a colony on Mars when I was a child, probably around 8 or so. The streets were dirty and red with dust and the city was filled with refugees and cargo. I was separated from my older sister in the market during some sort of a riot, so I hid behind some crates in an alleyway. When I emerged some time later, as the day was dimming, I found her body in the street. Her skin was smeared with red, from both blood and dirt. Her flesh was pale and cold. And I stood there, looking down at her body, thinking how alone I had just become.


Photoshop CS2. Crit welcome.

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:iconjbdenney:
I have been thinking on this work for quite a while. I read what you said about its creation but I look at art with only itself as a reference.

This does hit at me hard. You can see that something tragic has happened but there is no indication what it was, or who that body is in relation to the girl. To me the look on her face is the focal point of the piece. Has what I have heard called the "1000 yard stare". She sees but the horror of the sight has detached her from her feelings. She does not have the expected look of horror but she has the "blank look" of one is is completely in shock.

I cant say that I like this piece - but it is very powerful and moving.
What do you think?
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Lijj Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
That color (lavender) really draws me in.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw thanks!
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jaidyn-k Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is random...but i found this today. you might be interested.
[link]
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
That is awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D
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merrak Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist
Have you read ``Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed?'' Your dream you described seems to have some similarities.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   Digital Artist
No I haven't, but it sounds pretty interesting! I think my dream was inspired by "All Summer in a Day", which is a short story by the same author apparently. [link]
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Very chilling atmosphere.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks, that's exactly what I was going for! :D
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wardude69 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
first off: the emotianal content is epic
the anatomy looks great, the corpse does look as pale as someone who bled to death.
the clothing has the characteristics expected of it.
giving the building the same color as the martian sand is a very good call: in all likelyhood that sand would be used in the building materials as filler.

minor detail: "Her skin was smeared with red, from both blood and dirt"

it is unlikely that in the riot, her arm could have remained as dust-free as shown above, furthermore the girls apear to be resting on a cement/paved road instead of a sandy one (small piles, or windswept dust trails would have added more expected similarity to the description)

so basicly: you got everything beautifull right in this picture, but adding the dirt/litter for contrast and realism would have made this perfect.

all round: pretty good
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dierat Featured By Owner May 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks for the in-depth crit! Yeah I totally agree; I had originally intended to do more with the ground surface, the skin surface, and I really wanted to have a dusty, clouded look to the background, but I really didn't know how to do it and kinda never got around to it. I do hope to get back to this one and add a little more dusty/dirty realism and texture to the overall scene, so I really appreciate your input and will keep it in mind. Thanks again! :) :hug:
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wardude69 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
your wellcome.

anything else of yours you want to have some critique on: link it in a reply to this comment, and ill check it out (max 5/week).
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missEyez Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...that's very powerful dream. Hopefully that will never happen now. But the picture is very very goood!
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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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prbardin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this one. The seemingly too simple buildings at the background added very nicely to the surreality of this painting. Dreamlike for sure. The figures are also very nice. I can sense the drama.

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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :) I was trying to make the background look a bit surreal but I think I missed it a bit so not everyone quite gets that. I was thinking I should go back into it and try to make it look more like the set of a stage, like a big flat cardboard backdrop to push the not-quite-real atmosphere. Thanks again! :hug:
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KeikoMagari Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Very good. I feel like I've fallen into your mind. :meow:
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! This comment really made my day :blush: :hug:
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KeikoMagari Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
You're very welcome! :meow:
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Yoshern Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Amazing!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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FanFrye24 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured [link]
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ArtOfRivana Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, the shading on this one is surreal. The lighting is excellent.
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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PablosRios Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I saw the walktrough, great work whit the photoshop cs2.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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codexii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! i so like it.. you're so so great :bow:
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :worship:
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codexii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:woohoo:
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vivsters Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow the lighting is really good in this! and the story is so touching...
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate your kind words :hug:
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Nepolinkz Featured By Owner May 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow so cool o.o
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Leamonade-art Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Very chilling, I love that you only showed the arm, it's so much more sinister. Nice work!
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dierat Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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form2grace Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student
Beautiful emotion!
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dierat Featured By Owner May 19, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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slipripzip Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
The lighting is superbly done.
I'm find the arm quite disquieting, I think this is down to the cold blue used.
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dierat Featured By Owner May 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate the detailed feedback :hug:
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carrybag93 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
that's amazing XD
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dierat Featured By Owner May 8, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :XD:
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mapleTea Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
It's really great.
And it sounds really scary. Loneliness is one of the worst feelings. :(
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner May 6, 2010   Digital Artist
It is, isn't it? :( And in dreams, the feeling can be so vivid and overwhelming. Thanks for taking the time to comment! :) :hug:
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Wolfpackwithme Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
It looks beautiful! The light, the composition, the details... everything! ;)
You're great at digital painting!
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dierat Featured By Owner May 6, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D :hug:
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Wolfpackwithme Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
You're welcome! :hug:
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AlizeyKhan Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just featured this awesome piece in my journal! [link] :love:
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TheNecco Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Great atmosphere and lighting, very dream-like
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dierat Featured By Owner May 2, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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AlizeyKhan Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your style! I also love your colour palette here, with the cool highlights. I really thought your works were traditional paintings at first glance, this is so well done!
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dierat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! I've really been trying to be a bit looser with my digital paintings, so I really appreciate that! :hug:
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