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Emerald Valley by ChrisCold Emerald Valley by ChrisCold
A great piece of collaboration with :iconarchang3lzz: (check his deviation here [link])

and also a contribution to the latest exhibit of the Luminarium, you can find it here [link]
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:iconnidokingfan:
Nidokingfan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Writer
This is gorgeous!
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:iconmichaelvance-art:
MichaelVance-ART Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
thank you :)
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:iconmichaelvance-art:
MichaelVance-ART Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problemas! I'd say that the contrasts you use with the glowing objects does it. And of course the color mood setting also. Keep it up! :-)
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soulmary Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
I am amazed. I started writing a sci-fi short story about androids serving prison time on another planet. And my planet looks like this one. I have never tried to imagine it, actually, but the moment I saw this valley, I recognized the desolate spirit I see in it. 
Now, I am using the ideas I had for the short story in a novel. I am writing it at the moment, with NaNoWriMo. So, whatever I write must be over (more or less) in December.

So, in brief, I just wanted to tell you how much this image moved me.
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ChrisCold Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Thank you
glad you liked it :)
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:iconamidamaru88:
Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
awesome
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:icon00mimaii00:
00Mimaii00 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing !!
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:iconbluebafoon:
Bluebafoon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
:)
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DalPol Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
A-m-a-z-i-n-g. +fav
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DalPol Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
A-m-a-z-i-n-g. +fav
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:icontheefashionista:
TheeFashionista Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow that's epic!I like the crystals. Where do you get the inspiration from?
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I dont really know, haha
this one actually started as a sketch from ~aRchAng3lZz, he kind of showed it to me and i asked him if he wanted to collaborate.
Just happened randomly, i guess
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:icontheefashionista:
TheeFashionista Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
oh okay, i really like your work =)
Is all of it random?
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Thank you,
well not all of it, usually i do have ideas in my head before i start painting anything, but those planned paintings also take longer to finish because i simply try to make them as close as possible to the image that i had in my mind. While my random stuff is usually speedpainted just because i can improvise a lot more and dont need care about the initial concept.
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TheeFashionista Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome; said like a true artist
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:iconmatthewdragonhammer:
MatthewDragonHammer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
You sure seem to do a lot with obscure, light-producing crystals. Is that a part of your story?
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Well, not this one in particular. It was a collaboration with a friend
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:iconmatthewdragonhammer:
MatthewDragonHammer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I was referring more to the crystals in general, not just this particular image.
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
i really dont have that many pieces with glowing crystals other than this one.
But either way they dont play a big role in any of my stories, so i guess not
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:iconbartcore3:
Bartcore3 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your whole gallery but this one is my favorite! :iconfav3dplz:
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thanks :)
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:iconmanosmack:
manosmack Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Awesome
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Gabezblack Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student General Artist
man what program u use to do this?
is fukin incredible
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Adobe photoshop CS2
Thanks :)
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dantrc724 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I haven't written a critique in a long time, but now I need to be a premium member to write one :|
I really like the detail of this artwork. I especially like the glow of the emeralds.
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:iconeternallyendure:
eternallyendure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is so beautiful with all those glowing blue light....amazing
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:iconzankos:
zankos Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
RESPECT man this is siiiiiiiick
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:icongokceyazin:
gokceyazin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   General Artist
enchanting...
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:iconzeroresolution:
ZEROresolution Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Love the landscape, Very bleak and kind of creepy.
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:icondominish:
Dominish Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
This is majestic! It reminds me of Final Fantasy VII... mixed with... hmm... Lord of the Rings :)
Good luck!
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:iconmspheonix:
MsPheonix Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Fantastic collab job. :) The emerald looks just like it's glowing. :D And I love your job creating that tunnel that leads to some sort of light.
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:iconarchang3lzz:
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I realize just now that we have submitted 2 different versions :P
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
oh my god, you're right
mine is a bit darker and it lacks 2 spikes D:
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:iconarchang3lzz:
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o.O don't you dare to forget my one pixel brush work :P
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
oh yeah,
i think it's hardly visible on this size though xD
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:iconarchang3lzz:
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It still is uber awesome :P
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
and guess why....
batman!
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:iconarchang3lzz:
aRchAng3lZz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I was sure that batman is the key xD It has nothing to do with us :D
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:iconfraghera:
fraghera Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it and i use it as my blog's header image. here:[link]
thanx
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
do you mean: you want to use it as a header?.. i couldn't see the image on the page you linked.
but anyway, if you want to use it, it's alright you can use.
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fraghera Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i've changed it
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MichaelPrescott Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I'm not a premium user, but here's a partial critique. The weakness to me seems to be the sense of depth between the midground (where the man is standing) and the .. firmament. I can't tell whether it's the sky and a cold, distant sun that looks oddly close, or whether it's a cavern ceiling that doesn't quite look integrated with the stalagmites (and.. should there be stalactites where there are stalagmites?).

It seems to me that we're viewing from within an interesting area looking at a less-interesting one; the figure is already within the crystal-field; as we can't see his emotion, it looks as if he's feeling safe and standing in a familiar place ("Now where did I bury my box of marbles?")

Anyways, it's very cool!
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Ahh yeah i see your point, the sky is a bit over-stylized i guess, and looks solid.
I really should focus my attention on things like that in the future.

thank you :)
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MikeAngeloMex Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude you just can't stop making me drop my jaw! Your style is awesome and your paintings really take you to wherever corner of your mind they came from!
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, i can't critique, but a critique is a "thoughtful, in depth responses to the work," right? So here's mine:
This piece opens a window to a world somehow more exciting than the present one, yet it is obvious that the one you've created is just as complex and varied. The crystals glowing in the darkness and the subtle smoke rising from the gound add to the mystery of it all. The spire-like structures rising from the ground keep the motion together well. One of the most fascinating things, though, is that there is a PERSON in the mix, making it altogether more realistic. I love the colors; they set a unique mood. I wish there was a book to go along with this piece (and just about all the other stuff in your gallery :D) because of the story that seems to lie behind it. You can tell that this world you created is lived in, fascinating, and mysterious.
._. because i can't shut up about your art...
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:iconchriscold:
ChrisCold Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
thanks :D
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:iconlucarossimartini:
LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Beautiful!
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:icontypografiks:
Typografiks Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Creepy. Great atmosphere and ambiance!
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signuspl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
man that's awesome! I love your work.. you paint just like you could see images in my mind. Fantastic light.
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