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The Emperor's Arrival by moonxels The Emperor's Arrival by moonxels
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I would first like to say that this piece is incredible. The texturing, the detail, and the lighting forcibly draw you into this harsh landscape. The elements of speed painting perfectly accent the shadowed background, while the focus of the image is marked with paralyzing precision.

The foreground of shining pyrite columns blurs perfectly at the edges and in the distance to emphasize the speed of the ship, while the three horn-like mountains which rise above the plain create an incredible contrast in lighting with the shadows they cast. The mountains seem to be somehow involved with the suspension of what is clearly the emperor's destination, a truly brilliant ellipsoidal structure that hints at being either a floating imperial city, or a spacecraft of incredible magnitude. And all of this is topped off with a brilliantly textured sky.

The originality and technique are superb in this piece, and even the vision is incredible, except for one thing which I feel is lacking. The entire image is completely awe-inspiring, and the harsh light makes it almost overpowering, but it seems to be somewhat emotionally detached apart from that. The landscape is incredible, but it gives little hint about the story behind it. An emperor is arriving at this location, and the natural and technological demonstrations are immense, but there doesn't seem to be a very obvious human element to the piece. Let there be no mistake, the artist has created an extraordinary painting, but I feel it may have greater lasting impact if it inspired additional emotions besides awe.

To moonxels I would like to say though, great work! Each new piece you release is more incredible than the last. I'm sure we all look forward to what new brilliant designs you will create in the future.
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writeransom Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Would like to use this as a book cover. Will pay. e-mail me at
moonxels Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Latitudezero Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
There's a classic UFO sighting ... I believe it was in 1964 in New Mexico (I used to read up on that stuff when I was in grade school) where the object was described as a large metallic egg. That is what your deviation reminds me of.
moonxels Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think I remember that one too...
thanks a lot!
7-Nation-Army Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Photographer
Great work! I have to say though I slightly disagree with the critique. I think its a great piece worthy of any wall. And the little stories that you add to the description really go along with the paintings. If you familiar with the photographer Duane Michals, he used text underneath most of his photographs to tell part of the story, he said that if in the future he could better interpret his images by adding a tap dancing number to each one, then thats what he would do. I think your stories add to the images and bring the humanity and relativity to your images that 'darkknightoftroy' says it lacks.

But either way its a great piece, adding to favorites :)
moonxels Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't agree with the critic either ,and most of the time scifi paintings are lacking human presence...that adds a "cold" and mysterious element.
I also love to add a little story to my images,it adds a lot.
thanks a lot!
spawndon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I am just absorbing the details.
Any comment I come up with won't be worth making.
moonxels Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well , thanks!
I appreciate that:)
Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ça me fait penser à la caste des métabarons de Jodorowsky. Les blocs de pierre et le vaisseau ville. C'est inspiré de ça ?
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
c'est inspiré de DUNE...(le livre)
plus ou moins,mais j'aime beaucoup gimenez!
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