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Long Journey Back by BurenErdene Long Journey Back by BurenErdene
After all these years, I came back to claim what is rightfully mine...
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Some might wish Long Journey Back were in colour, but by choosing greyscale, *Daldbaatar did the perfectly right thing. A mysterious warrior marches towards the viewer, backed up by an army of quiet, giant monsters. Had it been in full colour, it would have been hard to avoid it looking overloaded.

The structures are detailed and effortlessly rich in variation, apparently without use of photographic textures. The materials are easy to tell apart as well even with some areas of visible brushstrokes. The general distribution of detail works nicely, falling off to the sides of the picture.

For all praise, there is still room for improvement. The monsters' weapons pose a small problem in the composition, making long lines that are not all evenly balanced - this mainly is a problem at all because of the central focus on the human figure. This might have been fixed if either the weapon shafts in the back had been more visible to team up with the spiked staff of the monster to the left, or spaced like spokes on a wheel to point towards the human.
There is a tangent where the space between the largest monster and its staff conincide with the human's flank, and another where the elbows of the monsters on the right meet.
Altogether the picture leans slightly to the left. Maybe if the largest monster were a bit lighter this could be fixed.
The human is holding a naginata-like weapon, but the shaft doesn't show up over his shoulder. This sometimes causes confusion, even if perspectively correct; it is often better to see both ends of staff weapons.

Storywise, the picture is great and mysterious. I wonder, why does the human wear a blindfold? Who are the spiked and armed giants? What might their powers be? And, the long journey back to where?
The human seems firmly rooted in his surroundings because of good contrast handling.

The atmospheric conditions are mysterious as well, somewhere between dust and fog, hiding parts of the human's giant companions, giving a feeling of anticipation. We cannot see the end of the army, which makes us wonder how many there might be.

Long Journey Back is one of the best executed black and white pictures I have seen lately. I'M certainly looking forward to more!
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
This is quite spectacular, I love the amount of detail nice work!
BurenErdene Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man, I saw your works and you are forming a really cool style. Keep it at :)
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Thank you very much. =)
LittleHollowWorld Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
someone should color this
bmilky Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
soliortsiin, epic !!!
Khaad Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Doodah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AgathaKeyguard Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful work!
Francundo Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Me encanto!!
Sneaky-Muffin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Very dramatic indeed!
Blgunee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Photographer
My fave art so far. Incredibly done. :)
Amisgaudi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work!!
CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, I love the dramatic shades, and the way you've captured the mood before battle perfectly.
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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BurenErdene Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, im truly honored
Tliken Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously tang@ss
NonaImagine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woooow, so amazing :)
BurenErdene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh, thank you so much
NonaImagine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome
Nyamsuren Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh my god....:omg:
SeraphimOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
this is so epic O_O !!!
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October 29, 2011
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