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Before The Rain by Philipstraub Before The Rain by Philipstraub
A "newer" painting that I'm just getting around to posting here. Its a bit more painterly than some of my recent stuff. I hope you like. :)
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dankw Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
 definitely like it - its truly beautiful!
TinyWild Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Wonderful, and so realistic! :meditation:
Debbysh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
hi :)
I just want to let you know that you have been featured: [link]

Have a lovely day :heart:
SimplyMisty Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fucking amazing. was it used for the maze runner?
Paulcellx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ksdcen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
one word: AMAZING!
delligirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Damn, this is really impressive. Like a photo!
MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff!
Abbey-TerMeer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Philip... I'll have to say I'm disappointed in this one. I kept thinking "did he upload the wrong painting"?
Especially with a comment that says "its a bit more painterly" when it couldn't be other than photos pasted together. You can see it the most clearly in the very center in the rocks to the left of the focal point. that giant mass just fades out as if erased by a soft brush. definitely not atmospheric perspective... it's too harsh. I know using photographs is something that you do, particularly in foliage, but nothing this obvious.

a matte painting however, i can believe. if that is what you were going for than it is a great piece color wise and contrast wise (although the sunset clouds in the top right keep pulling my focus away and there is no clear path back to the focal point from them) but the only painting it looks like you did was the clouds in the foreground and the birds.

I'm a great admirer of your work, and still look forward to every piece you put out there... but this isn't one of your strongest.
piemonster123 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry but how could you not like it? It was on the front of the second book. This must have took him God knows how long to make this. I'm impressed Idk what your problem is 
Abbey-TerMeer Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
;) Never said I didn't like it.  It's often what movie people have to teeter-totter with.  I remember seeing an interview with a director talking about the balance between 'real' and 'too real'.  Often with a fictional world there has to be an element of 'not-real' for people to appreciate the fantasy behind it.

If you make a world too believable then people tend to dislike it, or look past the 'majesty' of the fact that it doesn't actually exist.  I think because he used so many custom brushes based on real things that it actually took it and made it too real... made it look like a matte painting which I know Phillip doesn't do because he is so incredibly talented.  So to see a piece like this threw me off because it was 'so' real.

With a piece like this I think a lot of people look past the majesty and the time it truly did take to make it... It is beautiful, no doubt.  Gorgeous in its composition, colors and values... the detail is incredible and inspiring, but I kind of miss those extra elements to his works that reminded you it was -created-.  I think you kind of look past that very important fact when you see this piece.... which was my critique :)

* sorry for the super late response *
piemonster123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right. Sorry for making a big deal out of it
Abbey-TerMeer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Nah, my original comment didn't convey those ideas as clearly as it should have.  It's a beautiful piece, and you have a right to love it :)
Philipstraub Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional
gahhhhh. This image is almost entirely custom brushes and hand digitally painted. Its frustrating to see the comments around "I didn't paint this" or it "isn't a painting."

The use of photos is extremely minimal and if I remember correctly, they were pretty much all texture based. Even the foliage on the bottom of the image is a custom brush that I made like 5 times and painted over and over again until I got it right.

I'm sorry you're disappointed. :(

Abbey-TerMeer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Hmm... are the custom brushes made from photographs?

I think your strongest paintings are those that give us that unreal element... something we can look at and go "that doesn't exist in this world, he created that :)" I think with this image its a bit too... real. If you know what i mean. Which is, I think, the biggest reason it is getting this type of feedback. It's something that we recognize and have seen before. Especially when you use brushes that mimic those very elements in nature. Boy, you just know the world so well you can duplicate it :)

I'd say, after knowing these are all custom brushes, that you need to give the viewer something they can't believe. there may be too much "believing" in this painting :)

I'm still impressed with your use of color. Extremely impressed, in fact... the use of various contrasts and warms and cools made this piece look so real people accused you of it being fake... I would say it's kind of a back-handed compliment, but a compliment non-the-less :)!!

I have been watching your artwork for a very long time, and very much look forward to each piece you create!
MindMuk Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love this painting! :D so dramatic.
premdeepmann Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
omg soo real
ErinM31 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
:wow: Beautiful work! :clap: :clap: :clap:
RealVect0r Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
delightful painting. Amazed
keight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Very nicely done, Phil.
MagicalPoliceBox Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured here: [link]
Eliminate Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This looks more like a photomanipulation than a painting :P
Elemento11 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Is Mr Straub i doudbt he use a photo or something....
PluckyPooka Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
A matte painting, maybe?
KingWaldo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Yeah. It's really impressive that he actually painted this. It looks like a photograph!
CorbinHunter Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, looks like the general consensus is that it seems to be a matte painting.
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's because it's not a true painting..
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