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The Last Ray by SRudy The Last Ray by SRudy
I don't have much to say about this piece, other than it almost took me 4 months to finish, blame my university projects!
I hope you enjoyed this.

Graphite pencils on A3 cold press paper.
Close-ups here: [link]

Rudy Chidiac 2013

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I only wish that the photo had a larger resolution, because I want to see every little bit of this. The time you spent on it shows very well, and you used it wisely. Bravo.

I see that you may have been influence by the Futurism movement of the early 20th century. If not, you should check it out. This drawing fits perfectly into it.

What I love right off the bat is that it's so well done, I have very little to talk about as far as criticizing your technique. All I want to talk about is the theme. I see the eye as a divine figure overlooking this moment that seems to be the instant after disaster has begun, with this planet seemingly bouncing off the surface of the city. The city is just a cluster of nearly identical buildings squeezed together in a landscape that is otherwise desert. This is the picture of our future.

As far as technique goes, I must comment on your use of linear and atmospheric perspective. It works very well. The space is huge. Your use of contrast works, for the most part. You need a relatively high contrast to make the cubism thing work, but I would have liked to see a little bit less shadow on the far left and right on the bottom half. Used on the top half, it works as a "deep space" kind of darkness, but it makes the space a little confusing around the city if the distance is so much darker than the city. I hope that makes sense.

Anyway, this is a phenomenal piece. I hope the rest of the art community appreciates it as much as I do.

(PS- If you like my style of critique, I hope you'll consider joining my new group, #Critiquely, and submit your stuff!)
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Some may consider symmetrical compositions less creative. I see them as more challenging arenas to play out complex compositions. This work definitely fits that bill with areas of interest pinging your focus across the whole space and into the illusory space. Segmented sections turn to planes and back again with the worlds changing scale depending on your own perspective. Seeing the work at different scales amplifies this alternating space. I am reminded of the occasional dream where I am trapped, akin to the Kryponian Phantom Zone, in alternating space.
The narrative potential then comes into effect. Scan down and see a city scape, or circuit board, or warehouse filled with boxes containing spaces probably as distorted as the surrounding environment... a slice of conscious space, a moment perceiving and understanding at once the potential to do anything but being trapped by circumstance. That moment of infinite regress... yet the emotion through the eye; calm and cold. Are we looking at ourselves or through to someone else's contemplation? The mind of someone making a vital decision. Will they take you into account? Would you?
Stunning range of textures and soft smudges giving life to what would otherwise have been too clinical rendering. True skill in the detail of the iris; a churning vortex that steps back into the dark places of the soul behind the idea. Stunning!
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amygdalon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work!
amygdalon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i like this so much, i feature your work here:
if you do not want that, let me know ...
rsmithing Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Artist
Really great piece. Saw this on Pinterest and came to see the original. Nice stuff!
SRudy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it!
ThirdEyedFried Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So dope!
SRudy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
ThirdEyedFried Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
takethef Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my all time favourite from you and I haven't actually +faved it until now! Damn =P
SRudy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: It happens, Thanks!
Rutiej Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
words cannot describe how stunning this work is. 
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