The wastelands of an unknown world. Everywhere you look appears devoid of life and habitation as if all had given up hope upon this land long ago. Unsure of how you arrived at this point in your life, you have simply accepted that you must press forward rather than be forever lost in the darkness of your personal questions and confusion. You look around in vain to come in contact with something that could be spoken to or could assist you. Unprepared for this alien world, you continue your silent travels through the land in search of something. You do not know what it is yet or where it is, you merely feel that you should be looking. In the distance you hear a faint crushing sound. At first you decide not to pay it much mind and hope to resume your travel through the harsh environment before you. Soon the thumping and crunching sounds become louder and louder with each and every passing second before you. You soon stop in your tracks; the earth around you begins to slowly groan about you as if it were in pain. As you slowly turn toward the source of the sound you are immediately awe-struck with what you see before you. Towering above the landscape is a vast mechanical construct. Its vast appearance was reminiscent of a crab or a large spider moving ever so slowly about the landscape as if it too were unsure of its current predicament. Its large mechanical appendages loudly trampled the ground it made contact with with each step, making a noise that almost seem to vertically split your head with this magnitude. There were countless light sources running across its tarnished metallic surface that almost seemed to pick up the glow of the setting sun. For a moment it stopped where it stood and you began to stare deeply into its various gears and metal plates that almost appeared translucent in the fading sunlight. You weren't so sure yourself, but for a moment you almost felt as if you found what you were searching for all this time. Stride, created by the talented Luminarium artist *ChrisCold, provides with another imaginative vision of his mind and immortalizes it before the viewers allowing their minds to ascend upon the canopy of this vast automaton to view this strange alien world through their own eyes.
A with many of pieces from this artist, I have to praise his artistic style for this particular depiction. The detailing upon the features of the machine give off a pretty good depiction of decay and again to the components as if the machine has been moving nonstop for years on end through the endless desert that it currently resides. Looking deeper into the piece gives off a feeling of isolation and entrapment within the desert sun and coarse, sharp winds of the wasteland; all working greatly for the image. Frayed pieces of metal plating and what to even appear to be traces of frayed wiring bring out quite a bit of personality in this particular piece, which is a perfect way to entice the imaginative appetite of the viewer as they look upon the piece. The large construct carries the very same atmospheric vibes that the landscape provides, creating an almost chameleonic symmetry between the landscape and the atmospheric tone of the piece. All of the compositional elements, while not entirely as prominent as one would see at first glance, are still doing quite well building on the lack of habitation in the image.
While there are things going well for the piece that help establish its appeal with its viewers, I still feel there are a few things that could be done to improve the image. For example, while I do like the detailing used on the machine and landscape, it seems like a good idea to go further in-depth upon the detailing in the image. Try and implement a more refined look to the components while at the same time artificially implementing the factors of "wear and tear" upon the elements thereby giving the piece a more modernized appearance to it. Build upon the shading collectively under artificial and solar habitation on the elements. Add a bit more clarity to the rocky field surrounding the machine to build upon the overall quality of the image. Another thing that could be done is to improve upon the scale of the piece as a whole. Perhaps you could make a larger version of this piece and could add more machines and even more detail in background elements of the composition, barely showing through the thick veil of cloud and fog around the machine.
In the end, its the package that really gives this piece the appeal. The presentation carries the designer's style while at the same time an example of how even through practice, an artist can actually make something great. <Stride</> really builds up depth behind such a relatively simple (from the POV of the artist anyway) and carries such atmosphere with it that one cannot simply look away from it. While it is still a bit rough, there is still quite a bit that can be done to take it beyond what its current state is. Good work Chris.