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October 25, 2011
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7.6 MB


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1/40 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 28, 2011, 12:24:04 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
The Tree and the Moon by SimonVelazquezArt The Tree and the Moon by SimonVelazquezArt

Just like in a cruel love story, the tree and the moon are destined to pass by each other every day with no hope of ever meeting. Like the girl you fall hopelessly in love with as you catch a fleeting glance of her hair. She walks away, never to return. The memory remains, but with a deeper sense of mystery; and dreams of what could have been, if only a chance was given.

Sorry about that, just had to get it out... and moving on.

OK, so here it is... There is nothing more I want to do with it. And I'm happy about it.

Materials used & time spent:

Done with 3mm hb and b mechanical pencil, 4b graphite pencil, a small amount of charcoal and tortillons for blending.
All together it took me roughly 10 hours.

Progress images:

Reference (my own photo):

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Edit (10-28-11): I have added some contrast and detail to the mountains and foreground, and left the natural color for a more neutral tone. Nothing major, but I guess it puts my completion time closer to 13 hours.

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This piece really caught my eye because I've been working a lot with just pencil in my art classes recently and I've really just discovered everything you can do with it! Many people just use pencil for line sketches and then it's always erased but I love the fact that this piece is just in pencil and yet it's so complex. You have a wide variety of values + lights and darks which really help the piece look 3D. I also love the interesting landscape, the tree and the moon work really well together as a center focus so nice work there.

But - Even though the tree and the moon are so well done I just have to wonder why the background and sky is left so untouched. The mountains in the back ground almost look sketched like they're not quite finished. Other then that I'd say this is quite a spectacular piece. There's a lot of mystery behind it so naturally, the viewer is going to wonder what it means to you and what does the tree and moon really represent. Those are always fun things to think about once you've finished a piece like this, to ask yourself what it really means to you. You might find a different reason you created it then what you intentionally had in mind.

Anyway I hope you find this critique useful. Amazing work, there's really not much I'd change about this piece I'd love to see more! If you have any questions please feel free to comment or leave me a note. Thank you! ~ Arianna
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It's such a realistic picture! I think first of all you're amazing for having done this by hand with pencil mostly without the whole page turning into a smudge-fest. I love the work you did on the moon.

I guess my only critique is IF you were trying to make it look like a hill just on the other side of the road that's very close, then you did great, but I suspect you were going more for a mountain in the distance, while showing some of the details? If so the only thing I can think to do differently is less contrast between the dark and bright colours on the left side of the mountain. Because of the 'focus' so-to-say, it makes it look like a ridge nearby. The mountain/ridge/hill seems a little disconnected from the left side of the tree to the right.

No stars? It's a cloudless night? Not sure how you would do that in charcoal/pencils.

Regardless of my critique, overall is amazing work and I could see this in a book easily!
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Misticcat13 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly think this looks better in black and white than in any other colours. It makes it look spectacular so well done!
SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment :D
Misticcat13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
buterfligirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I love the moon
SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
burningmountain Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
chesya Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
The subdued tones and the economy of mark-making makes think of a parallel World.
SimonVelazquezArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your comment! That's kind of what I was going for :D
Agnes17 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing !!!!
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