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White Mountain Path by ArthurBlue White Mountain Path by ArthurBlue
I do like to make paths in forests. I'm not sure why, but there seems to be an inherent mystery to a path in a dark forest. Maybe it awakes some of our primeval instincts...

Here's some of my forest paths made over the last 2 or 3 years:

As always, rendered in Vue.
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nolwen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Your work make me want to play Myst/Riven again, or go on an adventure.  
slowdog294 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
weyrwoman-lessa Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. It reminds me of Disney's "Fantasia", the last episode, to Schubert's Ave Maria... a dream-like scenery. Wonderful image!
nartim Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Your skies are incredibly shaded. They add so much to the vividity of the scenes and really set your work apart from other digital artists here.
artofbeyond Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just magnificant!
zescanner Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Another lovely piece of work with great composition that keeps the eye and mind busy.
RobertCopu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Incredible!! I love the glowing city in the distance, and the composition with the trees, and how the light filters through. However, I think the puddle in the middle of the pathway throws the composition off a little; because it is centered, it draws attention away from the child and the city. If you cropped the image up to the bottom of the foliage on the left it would help put more attention on the child, but also keep some of that puddle in there. Either that, or move the puddle over to the sides. Brilliant piece of work, regardless!
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Thanks! My intention with the puddle was to act as a kind of a pointer. Being on the foreground, I knew most eyes would look at it with some attention and then I hoped they'd follow its line, to "find" the kid and the city. That was my hope, I have no way of knowing if I succeeded or not. :)
Moving it to the side was not an option for me in this case because it would somehow disrupt the symmetry of the overall image, which was one of my key intentions. Symmetry normally brings some kind of peace and rest to the eyes (at least to mine), and I wanted it here, to enhance the mood I wanted to achieve.
Believe me, I do think a lot in the composition when I'm making an image. I do multiple experiments, in some cases I juxtapose the image with the Fibonacci spiral and/or with the usual guidelines (diagonals, triangles, rule of thirds). But a composition is a highly subjective thing and it's hard to know when we get it right. One thing is sure, though: it will never please everyone. :)
RobertCopu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
True, and in this case I think it is in the right spot, but there seems to be just a little too much lower half. Any way, excellent work, and I look forward to seeing more!!
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