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photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
10 Dec 2010 8:17AM
Epic!! 10/10 Andy

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 8:19AM
Really creative.
I would love to see this without the mountains as well
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 8:40AM
cracking work andy top image nice one Wink
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
10 Dec 2010 8:48AM
Very Greek and Tragedian, Andy!
Flawless execution, as I've come to expect.

A small suggestion:
I think that a vignette would work extremely well and would, possibly, make this even better as some of the edges are quite bright. Gut feeling suggests that this could take quite a strong vignette and wouldn't detract, and would draw the viewer even more into the bloody intimacy of the piece. And maybe some distressing of the sword wouldn't go amiss; would complement the antique feel of the whole picture.
A couple of thoughts, anyway!


andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
10 Dec 2010 8:51AM
Thanks Bill - helpful advice as always! I'll have a bash at your suggestions and post as a V2 if I get the time!

osie 7 2 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 8:53AM
I Like this image very much so, i am about to write a book on it...!!! here go's... you have Great vision... but for me there are three element's that don't quite fit that Barbarhirst has picked up on...that is the mountains...the second is the "Lightning Strike"...for me it Really spoil's the imge...the third...the dont need it...I hope you don't mind me putting my point of view across...but I thought the image is so good it was worth the time to write about what i see...some times I "over cook" my images...and I feel that has happened here...some times "less" is "More"... although I have no idea how you created the sword & Face helment, I Love them...there are fabulous...the sand is fantastic...I Really hope I see a different version of this amazing image at some point...Excelento...!!! Smile
10 Dec 2010 9:07AM
Cracking Andy!

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 9:11AM
I like the whole thing but did wonder - why the blood!
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
10 Dec 2010 9:21AM
Thanks for the Critique Osie! Some good points there!

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
10 Dec 2010 9:53AM
Hi Andy.

Yep, I reckon the vignette is working. Maybe a bit of over distressing on the sword, perhaps?
Ideally I think a kind of combination of all three versions would be in the sweet spot if I was wearing my art director's hat!!
The sword from V3 + the vignette from V2 all into V1.....
Agree with Osie about the lightining effect, too - not really necessary, or if you kept it then it needs to be different not quite sure! Maybe less prominent or thinner.
Here's another thought: have you considered a sepia treatment or desaturating it even more.....I could go on and on...
Better get back to work before they sack me! Smile

Keep 'em coming, I love this kind of thing!
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
10 Dec 2010 10:28AM
Good suggestions but like Bill says you have flawless execution of it mate.
osie 7 2 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 10:30AM
Andy...may be I should have kept quiet...! I cant make my mind up now which I like most...!!! having seen V3...I do actually like the white clouds...and like billygoatgruff, I think the "Lightning Strike" would look good if it was "Thinner"... I think it has helped a lot, now you have lost the face & mountains in Mr Gruff has said...could go on forever on this one...but you must be doing something right coz its not been on here 5 minutes & you all ready have 14 votes...! & it seems to be coausing quite a stir...Smile any sum up...for this guy who couldn't have done it in the first place...white clouds...Thin lightning Strike...and not sure about the vignette...? despite what i have said to sum it up's a Brilliant piece of artwork...! and I Love it...later on today, I am going to go through your portfolio, coz I am sure I will like what I find...have a good one...osie...Smile
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 11:08AM
Hi Andy, I love this, difficult to decide which I prefer but I think my favourite is V2 just, I like the texture on the sword and the vignette.

Very strong image

Mari Smile
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2010 1:57PM
Jeepers you'll be modifying this for the rest of your shift. I have to say I really like V3 it kind of makes more sense in a Brad Pitt sort of way.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
10 Dec 2010 3:20PM
Love this image in all it's forms Andy! In order V2, V3, V1 I think ... but that keeps changing every time I look at it! Clever stuff Smile

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soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
10 Dec 2010 4:42PM
its a very difficult choice, as the whole series placed together give's a fullness of the story over a period of time...

They are all masterful placed together with much thought & meaning .

Nicola ! x
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
10 Dec 2010 5:52PM
choices, choices. i like the vignette, agree about the removal of the mountains and lightening, but think the sad face works especially with the bloody sword. as always very well put together.lesley
Hazel 12 1 United States
10 Dec 2010 8:30PM
Wow - nice work. I have looked at all three repeatedly & can't make up my mind which one I prefer. Okay I think after looking again - V3, but then I like V2 as well lol! Very well done!
Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
10 Dec 2010 9:02PM happy with the original - it appears the remixes neither make it better or worse...all masterfully done by yourself.

The grump I got is you is good at the normal stuff and too bloody good at - jealousy is an awful thing sometimes Smile
Suehh 11 39 6 England
10 Dec 2010 9:47PM
Brill! V1 for me
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2010 11:50AM
These are amazing images Andy, I have read alot of the above comments, these people are obviously more qualified than me to make detailed comments, all i can say is---Brilliant, you have great inspiration
Source 7
11 Dec 2010 6:29PM
All excellent.My favorite is V3
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
12 Dec 2010 9:24PM

Quote:Its a very difficult choice, as the whole series placed together give's a fullness of the story over a period of time...

They are all masterful placed together with much thought & meaning .

Nicola ! x

This just about sums it up for me Andy - superbly conceived work.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2010 6:17AM
awesome work Andy, especially like v2.

User_Removed 8 34 4 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2010 6:15PM
Love the shot...Luke
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2010 12:11AM
This doesn't seem right. At the hilt, the flat face of the blade appears to be facing forwards and to the left but the way it enters the ground, it's facing forwards and to the right, without being twisted anywhere. The shadow also assumes that the flat face is facing to the right, as the width of the shadow is the width of the blade, rather than its thickness.

Still, I quite like all three: it's good with and without the vignette and with and without the mountains. I'm not a fan of the lightning bolt, though, as it's just impossible to get it bright enough.
Stenno 11 11 England
15 Dec 2010 8:08PM
I suppose there are bound to be likes, dislikes, hopes and wishes due to particular themes and stories that are unfolding in peoples minds...all which help make them a very evocative set of images?

Nonetheless very skillfully done Andy, each version having it's own merits I feel...I like them all


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