The Other Side by Rutra ()
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This is the 4th image in my series "Days of Awe", featuring this little girl. This image is the direct sequel to "The Secret Cove". This was the world that our little girl found on the other side of that seemingly innocent cove.
Series "Days of Awe" until now:
EDIT added Feb 24th, 3:14 AM:
My aim was to create a fantasy work, not a realistic image. I know purpleish sky wouldn't realistically match a blue-green water. Several other elements are exagerated. I wanted color in this image, it's a fantasy world seen through the eyes of a little girl.
This also explains the camera position. It's precisely behind the girl's eyes because I wanted the viewer to see the world through her eyes, with fantasy eyes.
The symmetry of the image, and the girl's central placement, is intentional (not my usual, but in this case, it had to be). I didn't want anything dynamic, this image is a contemplation of something very beautiful (or I wanted it to be), she's in awe (the series name), so I wanted a "static" image, so to speak. The girl is at the center of this world, it could be her future world.
Because the girl is at the image center, conceptually she could lose her status of focal point. However, she's visually predominant, you can't help noticing her right away. Because she's at the center, and not in a more traditional focal position, the eyes of the viewer should wander (and, hopefully, wonder) from place to place in the image, contemplating, like she is.
Let me tell you a little secret:
Maybe some of you saw and remember the image I posted a few days ago, "I can see the sun".
Well, originally, this image was going to be another one in this series too. In terms of story flow, this would be the image between "the secret cove" and "the other side". My original "vision" for "I can see the sun" had the little girl floating in an improvised boat in the river inside the cave, finding the statue. While I was making the image, I felt there would be too strong conflicting focal points, the girl and the statue, with the risk that the girl would become a secondary character, given the visual strength of the statue. I didn't want that, so I removed the girl. But, you can be sure that our little girl found this statue, on her way to "the other side"...
Thanks for watching!
Image Comments (76)
PapaSkip () 6:59PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Awesome image .. fantastic detail and composition. Excellent work.
Ailig68 () 7:19PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Great series, this one is full of magic, beautiful. I like that greenish water flowing out of the cave, the wind playing with her hair and of course the unmissable cat :) Is she gonna get to the Island???
Vege-Mite () 8:36PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Excellent work Artur. I've been following your series and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the background narrative. :-)
chippwalters () 8:40PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Very nice concept. Really like the poses and pov (looking out a cove from inside out). Don't care for the purple sky vs the blue-green water. I'm also not a fan of the horizon line being such a predominant element in a render. The camera is at the height of the girls eyes, but behind her, suggesting another young person's viewpoint. Very symmetrical means not very dynamic. IMO doesn't work as well as your earlier versions-- especially the marvelous "I can see the sun"! The foreground is splendid. The complete symmetry for me provides a lack of focus for the image. Is it the Girl? The evening sky? The lighthouse? The cave? Artur, I would really like to see you take another crack at this one, as I know you have such fantastic compositional and color skills which, IMO, could move this forward greatly.
Orinoor () 8:58PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Ah, a challenge from chippwalters and some excellent points. Still, I have to say that while I am a great lover of asymmetry, I think in this case the image works wonderfully. I felt my eye drawn to the center and then beyond the girl. I love the mystery and magic. Excellent!
geirla () 9:58PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Great image. I really like the water, especially as it flows into the cave. Great sky, and that tower almost looks like it's floating.
ArtPearl () 10:52PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
I love the purple and the stars and the mysterious island. There are enough asymmetric elements to make the central pov not disturbing. For some reason the cave doesnt look as good. And the 'story telling' elements win the day.
ralph49 () 11:38PM | Mon, 23 February 2009
Just wonderful concept...love the movment of the water through the cavern
JOELGLAINE () 4:43AM | Tue, 24 February 2009
It rates a "WOW" in my book. It is more symmetrical than you usually do, but it is still very impressive. Symmetry has a place in art,too. LOL. I missed this stuff while I've been gone.
jgmart () 5:21AM | Tue, 24 February 2009
Wonderful fantasy image - I really like the purple sky, and the water inside the cave is great. Excellent work.
moat () 5:40AM | Tue, 24 February 2009
Wondrous picture, one of the most beautiful I ever saw on Renderocity
Pewter7 () 8:05AM | Tue, 24 February 2009
This is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy artwork which captures the innocence and imagination of childhood. I love everything about it: the little girl with her cat, the beautiful atmosphere with twinkling stars, the deep emerald water with excellently crafted realism ... 10+ were it possible ...