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Wreck Lagoon by MikeDoscher Wreck Lagoon by MikeDoscher
A color and mood study. I guess you could say that it's post-post-apocalyptic. The fires die, and the waters are churned once again by young limbs. Hope? Perhaps it's just part of the deep complexity of a unified whole.

It's also an attempt to illustrate not just a memory, but a particular type of memory: the gilt frames we put our visions in, when we recall how blue the sky was, or how beautiful she was, or how young we once felt, or any one of a thousand horrors unleashed on a conversation by boozy old men.
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dawn-giant-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
all i can say is wow just wow
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful image, I would have loved to have something to focus on, maybe the two characters would benefit of more detail and contrast with the rest of the image.
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. It was tempting to develop it further, but it's something I'll need to come back to instead. The more I work with digital painting the more my perceptions evolve, and I think I'd better get my current project done so I don't wind up with a stylistic mismatch between images. :)
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nomyai Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
The link is to an Imgur gallery of Chernobyl and Pripyat, it's rather massive but well worth the time to go through it.  It amazes me the delicate things (like paper) that are still remarkably intact and the robust (like concrete) that have deteriorated quickly.

imgur.com/a/DddmZ?gallery

Also, an "urban" environment, not very far from the Japanese mainland.

gakuran.com/gunkanjima-ruins-o…
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've seen these, but not documented so thoroughly. Thank you for the links.

Yes, it's very strange to see the unusual patterns in which some materials decay, and some are preserved. I grew up with the haunting images of Pompeii and Truk in my mind, courtesy of National Geographic. My time in the midwest cemented it further, with the added strangeness of the common and everyday painted thinly over some strange relics of the past. If a place doesn't burn down or wind up redeveloped, eventually they'll come a day when somebody locks up and leaves, and never comes back. St. Joseph, Missouri was full of these sorts of places. Few were spectacular, but the effect was cumulative.
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FauxusLight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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killerweinerdog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Awesome. Reminds me of those pictures of old tanks abandoned in the Pacific. 

Kinda makes me think of how after years of fighting, those old machines finally get a little peace. 
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was thinking of those Shermans on the beach at Saipan, to be sure. I was also thinking of a photo I saw of the hulk of a Soviet 8x8 being used as an improvised bridge in Afghanistan.

While the tank in my painting is pretty intact, I was struck by this series of photographs: joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-… The effect of time and weather to change appearances interests me a lot.
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killerweinerdog Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
OOh, I see. I've always liked seeing the effects of age and neglect on machinery. 
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Ones whose parents and siblings were caught up in "the last big one" always hope that the lessons displayed will be less likely to be forgotten as soon as they were "the last time".
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