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March 22, 2010
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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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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.
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Lijj Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
That color (lavender) really draws me in.
dierat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw thanks!
jaidyn-k Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is random...but i found this today. you might be interested.
dierat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
That is awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D
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.
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]
Zalcoti Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Very chilling atmosphere.
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks, that's exactly what I was going for! :D
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
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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