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Surviving Industry Greediness by Shue13 Surviving Industry Greediness by Shue13
Personal digital matte painting work around industrial concept. 
With the COP21 event it's quite in adequation with the news and ecology.
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What is striking is the overall dichotomy that can be seen in the whole picture. To prove my point and try to make it simple, I'll go from center to the borders.
First of all, and most obvious : the round building. In my mind, it is hard not to think that it has an eye-like purpose, reminding of Big Brother and stuff, especially since it's directed towards the only living being to be seen. Moreover, the circle at its center seems to look like an eye, and this fact added, to its size, makes it look like a giant eye monitoring everything and looking at the figure at the bottom left corner.
The balloons around the eye-like building remind me of HG Wells' War of the Worlds in a way, maybe because of the tentacles. But in a more contemporary way, it also reminds me of the Loon for All google project (a project that aims at providing a global network of high-altitude balloons to connect people in rural and remote areas who have no Internet access at all). And the rings around the eye- building are reminiscent of either the rings of Saturn or -and in either cases- a more sci-fi look.
Bottom line, all of that stuff can give a sci-fi look which is both futuristic and outdated. A feeling that is reinforced by the fact that the landscape, the set, all around doesn't not totally fit this feeling: the nature that can be distinguished screams of a rural area whereas the factory-looking building on the left and the huge pipes at the bottom seem to indicate a more industrial setting. Either ways, it reinforces the feeling of alien-looking building, hence the sci-fi impression.

Then there's the mountain range at the back: in my mind, it can be seen in two ways: is it here to show how enclosed this world is? But it's distant -that we can say thanks to a good use of sfumato- so does it say that the past world was way too enclosed in its greediness? or does it show that we are now prisoners of the fallout of that very world?
Or in another way, it could just show that this distant sign of nature is slowly coming back, slowly recuperating its own place?

I know that I should mention the colours at some point: to be honest, those are the only thing in which I find no ambivalence at all. Not being a colour expert myself, there's not much I could say actually. Apart from the fact that it clearly suits the mood, a mood of bleak decay and disapointment.

Which, I think leads us to the figure: because even if it is not shown clearly, it is very expressive nonetheless. I think -once again this is just my opinion- I think it carries a lot of emotions, including disappointment, when facing this round building. As if he/she was thinking "that again?!" But it is totally open to interpretations, and as I said, it is merely my opinion, so she/ he could totally be thinking something in the line of "let's take it down, one more to go". The fact that he's carrying a weapon doesn't help either, because in a first reading, we could totally interpret it as a trope for fight. But one can't help but notice that the weapon is being carried down, as if he/she was lowering the arms/ laying down arms. Besides, what can this gun do to such a huge thing?
Moreover, I find it interesting to see that it is shown from behind: so in a way it's because it's literally facing the consequences of said greediness. The consequences embodied in this monstrous building. But once again, it think that it can be read in a second way that is, this figure can't even face us because of the aftermath, because it's barely walking in a world which not fit for human beings anymore.
Talking of human beings, the only other living being that can be seen are the birds: but once again, it is hard to make out if they are coming to this place or leaving it? Either ways, they are flying: which shows that the only thing worth living in this world is merely hovering over it, passing by it. What is left of humanity is left wandering (and wondering?) in it. In a way, it shows that to survive this, you have to transcend it.

So to conclude, I'd simply say that this general ambivalence leaves us free to decide what message is being carried.
Or if we want to bear with the ambivalence up to the end, we could argue that it lets us trapped within our choices and indecision! haha why not? Anyway, this feature is quite interesting to see that because it forces us to consider how smart this work is: fully detailed in a way, but not too much in order to let us free to imagine what suits us best.
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kolja7t Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Great / Beautiful !!
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:iconredfoxwriter:
Redfoxwriter Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
Stunning. Very creative. Colors, textures, lighting - all superb. And the feeling of an unstoppable menace.
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Shue13 Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!!
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EroticProphet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Ah! What wonderful ideas this has spurned. I've Favorited this long ago, and yet only now have I appreciated it!


Order of Xephatitanous Ideas: Curvy architecture related to the arches around the globe. A fragile yet strong creation made of an unobtainum named Chorochite, with only strong properties in space and with gravity pushing on both sides of it. Chorochite shall be made of Copper and some other unobtainum. Another reason for the Copper Wars of the 14th Age.

General Mining ideas: For the mining operations on the gas giants, these balloons things seem optimal for harvesting gas that cause flotation like helium. Just suck it through the pipe and when the balloons are done... they just go float back to the main mining center. This solves the problem of finding ways to actually mine the gas giants and finally allows me to have a reason for people living on places like Jupiter.
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CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
perfect work.
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!!
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:iconcharllieearts:
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
my pleasure.
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NuclearCakeMix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Looks very, for lack of a better made up word, neo-apocalypse
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:iconimaxwebber:
imaxwebber Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
What's neo-apocalypse?
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
yep indeed! thx
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!!
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You`re welcome :)
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:iconretech-ash:
retech-ash Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Artist
Beautiful piece.
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!!
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:iconfrenchfox:
frenchfox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Spectacular ,very well done ! :star:
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!!
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erick00718 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
awesome man . . . i would really like a tutorial on this
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!! Unfortunately too long to do!!
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:iconnuclear-pixel:
Nuclear-Pixel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing, great work !
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconmothvalleysage:
MothvalleySage Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent work but to obvious. the critique nailed it.
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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MothvalleySage Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, is there a solution?
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barksodaverne Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
can I ask what you mean by too obvious? I'm curious actually
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:iconmothvalleysage:
MothvalleySage Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel the piece is pretty literal that's all. We are told the benefits of progress over shadow the waiste and ruin left in its wake by the power industry. A deeper look is that it is a timeline. In the foreground is the primal mind that wants to pillage for profit. Pillage is a term of war that means to take everything of value from a place that you've conquered, but these days, pillagecan be used to talk about anyone who takes what's not theirs. That is why there is a soldier next to the "twin towers". To the left is the next level of deceit that is by expanding government and industry we will be safer and better off(find the one world tower there). But it only creates a world of things you will depend on to survive. Food, power, commodity overload. Which brings us to the main focus that is total enslavement of the globe by a technology dependent populous. Turning it off would be devastating. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death ( the setting is in a valley), I will fear NO evil. As for the birds, they encircle the carcass that is the greedy frame of mind.
see it's very literal.Ohm... Ohm... 
The style and talent is bad ass no question!
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MothvalleySage Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I forgot to mention that the picture also depicts the natural law. The law of eternal balance. With greed comes the fleeting joy from the object of that which you desired. Planting the seed of despair. The fear that one will loose what he has acquired. Building a bigger store house of paranoia. Ohm... Ohm... 
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Siorah Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
industrial greed is a sad thing...
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
totally but... inspiring though!!
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Siorah Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
very true!
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M-J-Books Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Writer
Purely georgous !!
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!!
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Darkonel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job !!
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You capture bleakness too well with this picture sir - especially the workhouses and the lack of vegetation!

No idea what the balloon things are but they give me the creeps!!

Excellent work - as always :)
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Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you dude!! Glad you like it!!
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
awesome ^^
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Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Rainbowhawk1993 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is great.

I have an idea for a follow up for this. In a wasteland, we see little seedling coming out of the ground with the sun peering though the smog symbolizing the coming age of renewal. (Think Wall-e.)

That would be something that would speak volumes for us who are stressed to the breaking point on Climate Change. (I'm one of them.)
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Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
some good thinking indeed!! Glad it inspires!!
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bearbbcjtc Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
woowowowowo amazing
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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12CArt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Brilliantly Crafted Piece With A Strong Social Statement, ...... BRAVO !!!
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Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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DaStepper Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Крутяк !!!
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Geistzucker Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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TheAntTony Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Outstanding!
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