Bile rose in his throat at the sight of the beast. Legs trembling, he braced himself for the charge, cursing all the gods for the slippery stone beneath him and the iron grey skies above. "My name will live forever," his breathless exclamation the last sound the warrior made before battle ripped all thought but survival from him.
Gorgeous work. Your whole gallery is great but this is my favorite piece. Thank you for posting! I hope my commentary is ok ^_^
Interesting. I would have to disagree with GeoBerserker. I think the frothing white water and the white of the sword breaks up the darkness around the scene. With the sky being dark, it surrounds our hero with dread and uncertainty. Even the Heavens are not in his favor. A sliver of hope is shining through by the light hitting his sword. The light spills onto the froth of the water, allowing him to see his opponent against the rocky background. Just my opinion.
Love the concept of this piece. I find I really like the atmosphere and mood you put into your work. I would say though I feel the frothing water is a weak point in this particular one. I feel it is way to bright and white. When I look at the rest of the background, it is very dark, gray and overcast feeling. I notice that the sword and helmet of the would be hero is bright as well, so maybe there is a break in the clouds above? If so, I would suggest maybe to adds some rays or something coming down, it feels somewhat awkward as it is. This is just my opinion and I know you didn't ask for a critique. This isn't to suggest that I am not a fan of your work, as I am definitely a fan and feel I can learn much from looking at your work, so apologies if you are offended, not my intention at all.
One thing I dislike about it is the fact that we're so far away as viewers. I would like to be just behind the hero seeing and feeling the terror of the monster in front of me. It just doesn't scare me at the moment.
It's amazing, as always ^^ I don't know, whether he will make it, but if he is a good jumper, he might be able to jump up on it's head and stab it between the eyes, which might kill it, supposedly, unless of course it is like panzer between the eyes, then he might not have a chance ^^'
Fantastic. Great use of light and texture for the water. I really like your style with the Hero, too. It's not ultra-realistic, leaves a lot to the viewer's imagination, really adds to the "I wonder what happens" sense about this work. And the title, of course, sums it all up nicely.
I love the composition and your use of light in this piece in how you first see the glint of the hero's sword and helmet preparing to strike the lake/sea/mysterybodyofwater creature. I also like how you handled the creature design, it's so large and there are mountains everywhere it's camouflage is perfect, seeing the whites of its eyes is a menacing touch too.