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Desert Sands by mykeamend Desert Sands by mykeamend
36x24 painted in acrylic on wood panel.

A desert landscape with slight nods to many of my favorite painters and other artists (Breughel, Escher, Dali, Riggs, Beksinski, Dore, Whelan and others). Many, many hidden details in this piece - enough that one could find new things for a very long time.

I am nearing completion of my airships and tentacles series - which began with a painting I did for Robert Brown of Abney Park, continued with a piece for Vernian Process, among several other commissions, and will end with a piece for a very OMG author.

Metallics and limited edition giclees are available at mykeamend.com
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Given 2010-05-12
Travel through the blurred lines of past and future and savour the grand apocalyptic tenor via Desert Sands, a remarkably transporting piece by *mykeamend. ( Suggested by Nevar23 and Featured by snowmask )
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Jammieone Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014

Hey
First of all I love the image, gorgeous painting!
Second of all I have a steampunk blog on Tumblr 
accendamur.tumblr.com/ where I am beginning to write my own steampunk novel and was wondering if I could upload your image. I would of course include the link to your picture in the description and not take any credit for it.
Many thanks
Jammieone

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Ducboy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I see the Dore aspect amongst the others.  Wonderful.  Wow!  Dali always gives me a true perception of distance, both in mind and physicality.  I aspire to be able to give a true picture of whats in the mind/
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Well done! APart from the zeppelin, it is a subtle work, with hidden hints that maybe the current location is not good for landing. ;)
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thechernobylguy Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty sick bro
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MarkedArc Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I'm speechless!
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:iconphillipzu:
Phillipzu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
EPIC!
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Natalya-Himura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! Amazing work! Great! Good continuation! :)
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Sadorapus Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
That statue in the background reminds me vaguely of Zeo Zord 3.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool, and I love how you melded all of those artists' styles with steampunk and Lovecraftian themes :clap:
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sakirakrizkie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Amaze! :P
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nessdu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Love this painting! Can you tell me, if you used a retarder for the smooth surfaces, oder did you just use a big canvas?
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
The painting is 36x24 on birch panel. I don't use retarders, but I do work wet on wet and work quickly/rabidly to keep the paint moving until I am satisfied.

Once I am done with all of the big areas, it is just layers and layers of paint.

The thing about acrylic: First layer looks like crap... like blotchy tempera. The second layer looks much better, but still like a 3rd grade painting. The third payer, more like a painting, but rather unrefined...

I keep going until some areas have at least 30 micro-thin layers of paint - which smooths gradients, solidifies colors, brings out details, and eventually looks more like an oil painting.

I start off with thick paint and little water, but for most of the painting process, I am using a good amount of water with every brush and painting in really thin layers. Each layer dries a split second later, so I can keep brushing over and over until it is just right,
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nessdu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for the detailed answer!
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Map101 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Wow! Thats amazing!I wish I could draw like that!
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xSephielx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome =)
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DrMeloche Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
Amazing Composition!. Insane Detail. I find something new whenever I look at it
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mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!
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legoman2852 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
looks like whoever lived in that area has long since died off. now the sands are swallowing up whats left o.o

seems as though that ship is more like a city or something than what i thought was a cruise ship of some sort.
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Vehemont-Protector Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Writer
That is cool! Airships are cool! This is a cool airship!!!
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:iconaugos:
Augos Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect
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:iconneverdying:
neverdying Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful. You have an eye for details. :+fav:
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:iconensatina:
Ensatina Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Wow... I love it. The Egyptian-style statue is a great touch. I hope to be able to draw like this someday.
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CassiopeiaArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:wave: Hi there, this wonderful artwork is featured in my journal here [link] :heart:

If you rather not be featured please let me know, thank you :D
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PsdDude Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
I love it!!!!! great artwork
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:iconlittlegoblet:
littlegoblet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
wow this is brilliant :XD:
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TarienCole Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well deserved DD. :)
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Boxghost102 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Writer
I must say, this wins. Epic drawing. Can you expand on it a little, maybe about where this thing came from?
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:iconunyieldingsteel:
UnyieldingSteel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Punk punk rules.
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MissSweetmesquite Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011   General Artist
This is incredibly rendered. There's so much detail! How small a brush did you use?! I love the palette you used. It's so earthy and gives the piece such a gritty, real sense to it. I love it.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Most every painting I do, I go down to where I am using a single hair to finish it up. The sad thing about web graphics and all, especially for large pieces such as this: There are about a hundred levels of detail that can only be seen in the original or in the prints.

For most of this series, the pallette I use is: Black, White, Light blue, and medium brown.

For this one I used more of an orangy brown instead of medium brown and more of a saturated medium blue. All other colors are simply the result of mixing.

Thank you :)
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MissSweetmesquite Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011   General Artist
You're very welcome!
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ThePixenator Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
The balloon is a great addition to the world of steampunk. Also, the thing on the ground has a Gigerian look to it.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you :) Yeah... the giger-esque statue was fun to do. I feel, in retrospect I might have positioned it differently if I did it again - but I still loved doing it.
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DioTonix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
U dont need my input to know how amazing this looks lol
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you :)
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ahillesus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010   Interface Designer
A top quality painting, i love this one.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you ^_^
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frede94 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Wonderful work.
Congrats. :D
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you :)
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AliatheGhoul Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have wanted to buy a print of this on Etsy so many times and never gotten around to it. Love it.
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Thank you :)

I tend to have a *lot* more available off of Etsy on my site, should you decide to look for prints BTW. Etsy fees and all mean I just add a handful of prints when they are first released, but rarely add them again once they are sold out there.
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Aushou Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a guy in that mini-mountain on the right? Or am I making stuff up?
THis is brilliant, by the way. One of my favourites on dA, and it get's more amazing every time I look at it.
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:iconjh-kael:
JH-Kael Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
the spinx looks like a collab between Dore and Gigier =P
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:iconmykeamend:
mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you :) That was really what I was trying for ^_^
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:iconjh-kael:
JH-Kael Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
glad i spotted that on
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Oktanas Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you :)
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Hraesvelgr Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Writer
And suddenly I want so much to simply get lost in improbable fantasies.

Sweet!
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mykeamend Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you :)
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bones1925 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I shall stare at this pic for a very long time...
:wow:
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