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Nintendo still life painting by markusbrekke Nintendo still life painting by markusbrekke

It has been a long time since i have upploaded

Here is a still life painting of all my favourite Nintendo games :D

what do you guys think of it? feedback is highly appreachiated :D :D :D :D

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Seeing modern pop culture depicted in a more traditional artistic fashion is something I really love to see, so I applaud you for choosing to do so! Placing items from famous games into a traditional composition is a great mix of "new meets old" and you've executed it very well.

Even though there is a darker tone to the overall composition, the colors are still rich and unmistakable. The brown/aged hues that overlay the piece aren't overwhelming, and they give a consistent warm but calm feeling. The lighting given off by the fairy in a bottle seems a bit too harsh and condensed, though. Diffusing it out over a larger radius would give it a more natural, soft appearance.

When looking at this image, I am met with two different interpretations of what is going on and thus am torn on how I want to let this piece make me feel. One part of me says these are newly acquired items that belong to a somewhat new gamer, waiting patiently in a storage room for when that gamer needs their help in another adventure. They are the beginning of a growing "stash" of items the gamer will accumulate throughout their virtual journeys that have only just begun. They're cherished and being safely kept for when they're needed in the near future.

However, another part of me very easily sees a drastically different situation, as well. For me, it's easy to feel that these invaluable, trusty items have indeed been forgotten, perhaps by someone who has "grown out of" gaming in favor of a busy job, a family, or the general heavy responsibilities of life. These items that were once adored have been pushed to the side, left entirely alone in this empty, lonely room without any guarantee of being used again. They wait, regardless, hoping for another adventure like they once had.

The two scenarios are really opposite, and for that reason I am left feeling very unsure as to what your true intention was. Perhaps your intention was to leave interpretation up to the viewer, but I tend to be steered away from that idea by the items themselves. They all appear very new, unused, and pristine. The fairy is actively flying around in the bottle as though newly caught. The rupee bag is stuffed full. The coins are shiny and without blemish. So, I end up feeling that they are meant to be actively used by someone who is still in love with them. Having to analyze that much context, though, is why I feel your vision wasn't executed as clearly as it could have been. Emphasizing one feeling versus another would be advantageous to really make your purpose clear. The backdrop of the room and the item placement in the middle of the floor is very lonely, very isolated, so ultimately changing that might be the best way to make the items appear more actively used. Or, you could go the opposite way and make the items appear old/dusty/etc.

Either way you look at it, they are both immensely evocative scenarios, and so the impact of this piece is very high. Your overall skill in digital painting is also very high, and your attention to small details is great. The shading and coloring of the shell, the bag, and the bottle are all really nicely done. The biggest thing for me, personally, just comes down to the overall meaning behind the composition. But all in all? I really enjoy this and think you've done very well! Great work and anxious to see more of these "new meets old" compositions from an artist such as yourself!
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StoneHot316 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
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markusbrekke Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Sicilium Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good Memories' Composition - Respect to You :-)
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markusbrekke Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :)
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itisMarco Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
So, you're definitely a fan... I'm the founder of a huge zelda community, if you'd like to join us, you're now cordially invited to The Triforce Brigade of Zelda. (search it on facebook) u seem like you'd belong and fit right in - and i encourage u to share your zelda creations w us . we have discussions, prized contests (someone just won a hyrule historia!), good stuff. Click the group, send request to join, we'll see ya there! - 

M. -  founder.2005
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