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jacktar51
06-03-2015, 04:48 AM
I wasn't very happy with the River Styx painting, so I had another go. I was going to put some background in but got this far and left a huge expanse of water, had to crop down a lot to keep some detail on the boatman, I liked the feel of the massive painting but at 5000 pixel toooo big to post and looses too much detail on the boat and man, still get some of the expanse feel by leaving out background plus it gives a feeling of being lost to this world which I wanted to keep, must google River Styx again, I keep forgetting boatmans name....Hope you like the painting....Jack.

jacktar51
06-03-2015, 04:50 AM
P. S. Forgot to say ,left click on picture to get larger size, then you can see better what I mean( hopefully)....Jack.

HwyStar
06-03-2015, 07:20 AM
Nice detail work on the side of the boat Jacktar! When you make the image full size you can see how you had the detail active at the bow and the midship but turned it down at the stern. That really helps us to focus on the great parts of the picture. Nice work!

Caesar
06-04-2015, 12:37 AM
Another excellent version of the sinister boatman. As for his name, he was know as Charon in our ancient times ....

D Akey
06-04-2015, 08:37 AM
She's ridin' 'igh. . . must be the return trip, I'll reckon. . .

Good one, Jack! Excellent stuff as always. Would be kinda fun to jazz it up with some stuff in the water. . . something to make the passage only made through this excellent punter. Reeds and rushes. . . aquatic denizens with glowing reptilian eyes. . . A hint of some jagged cliffs on the far side maybe? Or maybe it's wiser to not contemplate this fellow too closely. . . Yar. . . I know we spoke of simplifying and sticking to the story, but there could be a couple more details perhaps just for interest, not to outshine him.

Go man go!!!!!

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Caesar
06-04-2015, 07:22 PM
As for D Akey suggestion about populating the waters, I remind of Gustave Doré superlative engravings on Dante's Divina Commedia. I think You may add coinless, unloaded souls heading crowding towards Charon's boat, trying to vainly climb on it to reach the afterlife place.

jacktar51
06-04-2015, 10:20 PM
I have taken on board some of my friends suggestions, and I have re-worked the painting to their requirements( hopefully), I will always listen to my friends advice even if I don't immediately include all of it in my very next painting, it will turn up at some point, thanks for the advice.......Jack.

D Akey
06-05-2015, 02:23 AM
Ooooohhhh so much more interesting. You did it really well!!!!! Love the castle and the "damsel overboard". . . super.

I had a similar thought to what Caesar suggested with Doré. The spectral woman really gets that vibe! You should be really pleased with this one. Well done. Story telling is happening now, Jack.

jacktar51
06-05-2015, 03:17 AM
Mr D Akey,
Hello D, I am posting the castle ruin I used in the background so you can see where it came from... Was going to do a stand alone for this too but your ideas have made me re-think regarding picture content, Dante's inferno has loads of content, and thereby added interest, thanks for that.....Need to do more interesting paintings with more content,. Castle below... Jack.

D Akey
06-05-2015, 06:11 AM
Oh definitely. The Italians know Hell and the circles therein, sure enough. Was Doré French? He sure ran with Danté's imagery and then took it to amazing heights. Almost required studying their work for the Gothic story tellers such as yourself. Never hurts to put someone overboard without a paddle as it were. Ask Caesar, who knows that lore backwards and forward.

I tried to work my way through Danté, but never could get too far. It was always far easier for me to look at the pictures, hahaha.

And yea, that Castle through the mist could have many applications. It's a great prop. Nicely painted too. Spooky as hell.

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damasocl
06-06-2015, 07:56 AM
En estas pinturas, sencillamente, me he quedado sin palabras...
¡Qué increíble atmósferas has podido lograr en una tonalidad muy sutil y agradable a los sentidos...
Magnífico!

In these paintings, I simply been speechless ...
What an incredible atmosphere has been able to achieve in a very subtle and pleasant tone to the senses ...
Magnificent!

jacktar51
06-06-2015, 08:32 AM
damasocl,
Thank you for your reply, your comments are very much appreciated......Regards, Jack.

jacktar51
06-06-2015, 08:37 AM
Oh definitely. The Italians know Hell and the circles therein, sure enough. Was Doré French? He sure ran with Danté's imagery and then took it to amazing heights. Almost required studying their work for the Gothic story tellers such as yourself. Never hurts to put someone overboard without a paddle as it were. Ask Caesar, who knows that lore backwards and forward.

I tried to work my way through Danté, but never could get too far. It was always far easier for me to look at the pictures, hahaha.

And yea, that Castle through the mist could have many applications. It's a great prop. Nicely painted too. Spooky as hell.

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Well that's praise indeed, thank you very much kind sir, I asked google about River STYX, but none of it sunk in for me to remember, but the art in some of those paintings is really first class, I have been looking, thanks for the comments D, I do pay lots of attention to what you say.....Jack.

gxhpainter2
06-06-2015, 09:22 AM
excellent work on this, I like the evolution and inclusion of the castle and damsel, the original just had toooo much open space with the sky and water being so similar in tonality and color for my tastes... still impressive work as usual...:):)

DebDeeDawn
06-06-2015, 12:42 PM
Hey Jacktar, very nice painting !
I like the mist background, the dim reflection on the water, and the effect you've made for the highlights.

5000 pixel toooo big to post You can't. I post over 5000 px images they're reduced to 2000 something by forum.


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Caesar
06-09-2015, 07:34 PM
... and remember that the Styx was only one of the five Tartarus (underworld) rivers either in the ancient Greek-Roman mythology and in Dante Alighieri's Inferno (the others being Acheron, Lethe, Phlegethon and Cocytus respectively river of pain, of forgetfulness, of fire, of wailing) ... who knows who and what is fishing in the other one's waters ...:o;)LOL
Here in Italy we can still find in what we cll "flea markets" some old edition of the Divina Commedia with Gustave Doré illustrations at reasonable prices (it used to still be a great success many decades ago). Such illustrationd are somehow "romantic" style, but very fitting, evocative and almost supernatural in their mastery!