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Mountain Cave by Glaiceana Mountain Cave by Glaiceana
A cave up high in the side of a cliff. I was trying to give a sense that the mountain you see in the distance is actually part of the one you are standing in. You can see other caves over there as well.

This time I started with colour and not greyscale, and I think it was a lot easier and faster. I think it looks good in thumbnail size, but I think I need something more for when looking at the painting in larger scale.

Feedback would be greatly appreciated :)

*UPDATE* Thanks everyone for all the comments, feedback and critiques, if you would like to see the results of the crits, here's a link to the new version on stash :D [link] Please continue to give feedback and advice however, as it is all very helpful and much appreciated :)
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:iconactsofart:
This is very beautiful! the cave itself is alluring what with the fluorescent crystals and the darkness of the cave. the lighting is spot on and I can definitely get a feel of this being a part of the same mountain.
The only thing critical I can say is that the caves in the distance aren't very convincing to me. they just kinda look like dots. Perhaps if there were a ledge or ledges and more nooks and crannies involved I might be more convinced.
Still it's a very interesting concept and I love the perspective. The sky is very pretty but I also might suggest adding in a bird or two in the background to better get that profound feel of height and immensity.
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Ok, I don't want to seem like one of those crappy people who give overly flowery critiques, but I have to say, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

I'm not sure what inspired this, but it would be interesting to know. Almost reminds me of Up, if you've seen that.

Anyway. I absolutely love the way you shaded the rocks. So much detail was put into each one that this could even be mistaken for a photograph. My only problems with this painting are very simple and opinionated, so bare with me please:

1. What are those black dots on the left side of the mouth of the cave? Bugs? Dust? For me, they are a bit distracting, but maybe that was where you wanted the focal point to be? I'm not sure.

2. The glowing crystals. Beautiful, and very nice touch. The only thing is, their reflection off of the rocks around them looks more like frost then glow. Not sure if that was intentional... But it might be better to make the glow a bit more transparent.

3. Is the cave you were talking about supposed to be the giant crack in the mountain up ahead? It's difficult to tell that it's a cave, although the angle we are looking at it would suggest that it should be no different than you made it. Maybe make it just a tinsy bit darker.

Otherwise, this is just a gorgeous painting. And on an off note, I'd like to mention that I really admire that an artist with your talent is still looking for feedback. I know many great artists let their talent get to their head, and completely ignore the fact that while they are awesome, there is always a way to be better. Props to you~
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:iconbealmeister:
Bealmeister Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
this is very pretty and has a mysterious feel to it. Anyway fantastic work and well done. :)
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconbealmeister:
Bealmeister Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome. I hope you don't mind me adding this piece to the collection.
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RoyalPony Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done. And those crystals are pretty well done too.
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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ShinobiWarriorDance Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I think it looks good, n' you have managed to portray the rest of the mountain well. the crystals are what drew me too it at first when it was in thumbnail view, if you wanted to add something else in to the picture maybe some moss or Ivy growing round the contour's of the cave, other than that looks amazing, really like the shading that you've done. :)
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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TonyJeffers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student
You seem to have a nack for creating enviornments! This is definatley one of your strongest works and I think you should do more of these!:eyepopping:
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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DraculeaRiccy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional
This looks beautiful and pretty realistic. I love the light you added arounf the crystals :)
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongimmefeedback:

I'm really impressed by the rocks you did, great texture, shape and colors. The lighting is perfect, it gives a nice depth to the image. Congrats for that.

The crystals are beautiful, but it seems that there's something wrong with the reflected light on the rock. I'm not sure the lights would reflect so bright like that on it. Maybe you could did the lighting bigger, less sharp and more transparent to the right side. It's really hard to explain with words, but it seems like white lines not reflected light. But it's just details, you did a nice job.
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   General Artist
Thanks, and yes I agree there's still something wrong with the reflected light lol.
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:iconametystical:
Ametystical Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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:iconhimitsu4schuu:
Himitsu4Schuu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This beautiful deviation was featured here: [link]
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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Himitsu4Schuu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yw^^
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Brilliant concept!
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome.
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgous...so gentle and yet so mysteriously inspiring :aww:
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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CyanideSunflower Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful...i love the details!
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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Dennis-VampireLord Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   General Artist
Thank you for the feature! :)
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Dennis-VampireLord Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob, keep up the good work!
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TheElvishDevil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This is forgeous :heart: I love the composition and the lighting. The texture of the rock is also really well done.
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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MichelleKoilover Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is wonderfull, i love the perspective
A really nice work *-*
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   General Artist
Thanks! :)
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
This piece is featured on #Feature-It-Monday Group page as Featured Art of the day
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your welcome:heart: Beautiful piece!!!!
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:iconechorelicart:
EchoRelicArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Reminds me of one of the tunnels for the Tree of Beginning in "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew"
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
Interesting :D
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EchoRelicArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, really ^^;
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
Well I assume its something to do with pokemon lol, but I don't actually know what exactly :D
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:iconjinolu:
Jinolu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really beautiful, the version on stash is even better :3
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :D
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Niesavich Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Owo, first I really like this pic! I love how you did the rock texture just adding different colours, it looks really nice. :aww: Also, you've done a good work with ligths and shades, always keeping in mind where the ligths come from. It gaves an awersome look to these crystals that shine in a dark place... Good work. Even, I think that a bit of detail in the sky would male the picture even more interesting.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the feedback :D
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Neat! The lightning, the texture of the rocks and the light emitting from the crystals... It makes me think up complete stories of what could happen in this cave. Nice way to start your year :D
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
Thank! :D
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PhanThom-art Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The light and colors are very good, they look very realistic. The crystals look great too. One thing I do not like however is the messy style in which you draw. It works in some cases but it also requires a certain technique to make something kind of messy look really good and I think you still have a bit to learn on that front. For example, pro's usually only draw things in a messy way when they are not in the focal point of the painting. They draw the main subject of a painting detailed and good and the rest slightly messy and quick because people are going to look at the subject in the foreground the most anyway so the rough lines don't really stand out and won't get noticed as much. But you drew almost everything in this rough kind of way, which is not that bad but just use this kind of style with discretion.
I didn't read your description at first btw but I saw Actsofart mention it and the other caves indeed just look like dots. Perhaps you could give that other mountain some more details in some way to improve the sense of scale because right now it's not really clear how big it is. I didn't even know it was supposed to be another mountain, I thought it was just a rock sticking out a couple of meters from the cave entrance or something.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the feedback. And yes the "messy" style is how I chose to get all the rock surfaces covered. I have received some other feedback on this, and I will therefore be undertaking some rock studies to improve that. I will be improving the caves in the distance. Also, I tried to make the other mountain seem distance with desaturation and atmosphere effects.
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nahp75 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Wow nice job, Like the colors.
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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artistmyx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the perspective of going form dark to lighter parts. Really great feel for the textures. i love that u balanced the dark areas with glowing crystals! The idea is simple but the execution is quite a punch for this! great job!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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