No Safe Haven - created by arca


No Safe Haven
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A little dark. Thought something haunting would be appropriate for coming up to Halloween.

It is a visual depiction of horrors and sense of entrapment Mental Illness can cause.

Thanks to Rebecca-parker stock for the model. Other images used are my own.

SBS is a described Animated GIF and the images used. (5 years and 2598 days ago)

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avatar lolu
lolu says:

Fantastic ! love the contrst between the grey and the orange/red

avatar Ressiv
Ressiv says:

Very nice scene! I also like that you've used mostly your own images. One think you could work a little on; the transition between de fore and background. They don't look connected. You could at least blur the far end of the bridge/edge since the back is blurred too. And maybe make the front part of the mountain where the bridge is touching it grey too like the foreground. Good luck!

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Keiley22 says:

awsommmme... love the hands through the path and even teh girls hair is cool... well put together author great peice of art work here

avatar donarkz
donarkz says:

A.W.E.S.O.M.E

author says:

Sorry it took me so long to get to this. I have been out of town and did not have access to a sort of took Ressiv's advice but instead of softening the end of the bridge ... which I had don a little already I sharpened the mountain just a bit so it would me the same sharpness as the bridge where it connects. And I added a little gray to the portion of the mountain.

I did not want to soften the back ground too much as I wanted to have a more surrealistic look than "natural" I hope I have achieved that???

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Agree with the others' opinions. About the background I don't think you have to work more on it, now it's fine. The purpose of using the shallow DOF is making the main subject standing out. In your case, the path behind her has the pattern which is uniform enough to lead the focus to the girl, so it's okie, not mention that you also achieved the surrealistic look . But I still have some questions for you, author. Why the hair is longer than her left hand when they have equal position horizontally (I mean both of them are limited by the ground, so the end of the hair should be higher or equal to the left hand, which is a bit in front of the hair). Why the statue hands behind her have the long, straight, and sharp shadows but she has just blurry and not clear shadow (the hair needs shadow on the ground also)? The last thing is the nails of the statue hands look distorted too much.
All in all, the first impression on this work is very good, especially the wise use of color and smart composition. You really have not only the good skill but also the artistic eyes, congrats!

avatar spaceranger

Love it! Spooky feeling of horror without the blood and gore! Beautiful rendering!

author says:

Langstrum ... thank you so much for all your advice.

I have redone the hair (shorter and now melting into the ground like the hands), softened the shadows on the hand statues and added missing hair shadow! For the distorted hand statues I touched them up a bit but I am trying for a sinister, surrealistic look and want them to be odd... so left them quite warped.

Regarding her body shadows ...the shadow is not as sharp as the hand statues because she is between the buildings and the light is not getting to her (this was intentional, to depict the darkness and claustrophobic feeling of being trapped inside a mental illness). I also avoided strong shadows on the statues in the corridor around her for the same reason.

The lighting is off on the whole image to some degree. I wanted it to be nightmarish so I tried to make things not quite "right". So, just like in a dream where everything is off but still feels real I thought that the lighting and shadows was a good area to mess with, if you know what I mean???
Thanks again for your well thought out critiques ... great help!

avatar Mario
Mario [banned] says:

beautiful

avatar nanaris
nanaris says:

good luck!

avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

great ........

avatar Siddhartha

WELL DONe !!

avatar jaskier
jaskier says:

Very good,dark scene.

avatar pearlie
pearlie says:

Excellent, love it, very timely for Halloween.

avatar erathion
erathion says:

Very cool work author...this look like one very scary place...best of luck

avatar velkanx
velkanx says:

Congratulations

avatar erathion
erathion says:

Congrats...fantastic entry,well deserved in hard competition...well done

avatar loopyluv
loopyluv says:

Congrats! wonderful work!!!

avatar artgirl1935

Congrats!! A wonderful, creative entry!! A real winner!

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Congrats Arca, ENCORE!

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!!! Really love this work!

avatar Geexman
Geexman says:

Congrats & very well done Arca.... hope to see more!

avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Congrats, another great creation =)

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