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Exile by thomaswievegg Exile by thomaswievegg
Available as high quality print here… !

EDIT: I made some minor adjustments before submitting it to Exposé 11. The most major one was taking the striped shades off of the "bug" alien to make the main character pop more. Thanks to the person pointing that out!

...finally... calling.. this... DONE! :la:

Okay. So, I've probably invested over 150h into this painting. And I really feel it's one of the better pieces I've made over the recent years. If not it's certainly the most enjoyable. This started out as a really fast and sketchy speedpaint of a hooded alien-like face. It then developed into a more massive project to say the least... there is a lot of detail in this piece and I had so much fun being in this world, making up these characters that we see in it. I also find it very fascinating how different people interpretate the scene so differently and come up with their own story about what's going on. I find that really exciting. So, if you want to share what you think is going on; comment away! I look forward reading it! :)

Thanks for watching everybody ♥

PS. Something that I realised halfway into this piece was how much it looked like this piece from the awesome Marek Okon… The fan shaped shades, the baby, a hooded character!.. it was a bit heart crushing to be honest. Some people will probably think that I ripped off his idea or whatever, but the truth is I had no idea they were that similiar until I was far into my piece. Subconsciously maybe I had his painting as somekind of inspiration, I don't know :) I hope you like it anyways
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This is my first critique, so please go easy on this novice and his irrelevant opinions :)

Exile is a fantastic piece and a huge accomplishment for the artist, it was claimed that the finished piece took over 150 hours of work, and it shows.
Where shall we start? Well, to begin with, let's discuss the colouring.

Everything here is suitably grubby, from the tattered robes of the alien protagonist, to the subtle dents and scrapes of the gargantuan cement monstrosity upon which the citizens of this dystopia seem to shuffle across endlessly.
More than that, the artist has incorporated a foggy, hazy feel to the entire piece - bringing to mind at once the chaos of a bazaar or the smog-filled Hell of an inner-city slum. The atmosphere this creates is striking - we are cramped, we are crowded, we are unsafe.

This inherent seediness is deftly accentuated by the subtle neon signs at play in the background, merging both squalor and architectural brutalism with the faintest hint of sleaze and decadence. This place is Hell and all the poor wretches within are being tortured on all fronts.

My only criticism of this piece is a minor one. Every human face seems blocky and expressionless, whilst some emotions seem to be at play, they remain as lifeless and sterile as a waxwork.
But as I consider this, I wonder, is this a valid criticism?
Because I can't help but feel that this was intentional on the part of the artist.

Look at the alien, I earlier called him the 'protagonist' of this piece, and I stand by that. See how gently he cradles the baby, notice the slumped way he clings to the wall - as if afraid - and within his eyes is a subtle glint. But this is not the bloody hunger of a stereotypical alien, out to consume whole worlds and species, this look is one of affection, perhaps even love?
He, despite being physically dissimilar from us, is the most human character here.

The policeman, grim and unsmiling, has no eyes, they are covered behind a mask of faux justice. Robed in symbols of authority, he hunts down the alien, and yet he is the most alien and foreign creature within this scene. For he has no glint of affection in his eyes, only a black screen. He does not hold a child - a symbol of the future and life itself - he grasps a gun, which only has the power to end life and so destroy the future of whomever he shoots.

The masses look straight ahead, lining up and walking aimlessly like cattle being herded to the abattoir. A child gazes at the policeman, clearly distressed, only to be hurried along by his father, perhaps worried that the gun could soon be turned on him.
The police, with the tacit support of the people, hunt down this creature. The humans hunt the aliens and so become alien to us, not men but a horde of slack jaws and glazed eyes.

The love the alien has for the child will soon be extinguished, their bond forever broken by the screech of gunfire and the incessant march of jackboots. This love, this pure love, between a parent and a child, must be destroyed by the laws of the people and the police who enforce those laws.

To the sensibilities of the audience, it must look cruel, even absurd. For who would think to hunt down a parent innocently cradling their child?
But the artist has masterfully exploited that cruelty, enhanced that absurdity.

What I see is not an unnatural beast with a hideous face, a misshapen form and a soulless glare.
What I see is the pain and terror of a human exiled to an alien land.
What do you think?
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I would have never noticed the similarities between your picture and the link without you having pointed it out, and I still don't think they are actually all that similar, but with that in mind I did take away a bit from originality. Other than that this is a fantastic work and my only other star deduction was technique, where elements of the background seemed to have more detail than certain areas of the mid-ground. I really did like the idea of the image and the setting, especially the neon lighting. Overall, I think this piece was very well done.
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CapnNOMN Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013

Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create art like you? How did you learn and become so amazing?!!

Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings?

People just say 'Practice.' But I do not know 'exactly' what this entails. 

Can you maybe make me, like, a list or something?!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time so I can get as good as you? 

If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials you can recommend that totally helped you get better, that would be so freakin' incredible!!!

Thanks for the help!

goku1000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
oh and the pictures graet btw, wanderful
thomaswievegg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
goku1000 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
yeah there are some similarities seems you where going with more of a "humans are monsters/b@573rds" motif with this one, so, my interpretation is that, this is cthulhu right, and he was about to rise from ryleah to do some craziness, only to find that a random child was left on his doorstep (i know ryleah is under the sea, it, urm, rose up) and that the world had changed greatly, hence the space soldier with the gun and the empire is after that child because he's supposed to bring about a new era or something, and at first cthulhu thinks "i could use this child, he would be a great weapon" but after a while he finds two things go wrong with his plans, one, humans have become massively powerful, and half the other creatures that came with him to earth are destroyed because, humans, we eventually find a way to kill anything given enough time, so he has to hide out, striking from distance, the best way to hide firstly is to shrink, then he realized he has to keep the kid safe till it's old enough to be a force of destruction, only, he starts to care about the child and one thing leads to another and now cthulhu is seeking help from the anti empire rebels, who want the child for the same purposes he does but not him cuz he's a monster, and he's trying to hide from the empireal soldiers, so he's running from both, while trying to convince the rebels to help him, hence he has become exiled, specially since they completely demolish ryleah like, an hour after he awakens, oh and before he shrank they blew his wings off, so their now painful scars, reminding him why he should never fight these humans now he hides in fear, running, until he can find help, doing all he can to protect this child. huh, that's not half bad
thomaswievegg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that's a pretty cool story actually :) thanks for sharing!
IunoOvid Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Amazing! :D
thomaswievegg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
MarcusCrassus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Awesome picture dude. I like the Judge Dredd touches.  
thomaswievegg Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
walkmaz Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work! I was browsing for robot references and came across your stuff. Very inspiring stuff!
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