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Pharos at Alexandria by samburley Pharos at Alexandria by samburley
The legendary lighthouse of Alexandria. Painted with acrylics on masonite, colored and re-painted in Photoshop.

Sam Burley - Do not use without permission

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Given 2012-03-02
Pharos at Alexandria, a beautiful and dramatic painting by *samburley - absolutely amazing perspective and sense of motion. ( Suggested by DieKorruption and Featured by alicexz )
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Critique by xxxTsubasaHolic Jan 23, 2011, 6:11:21 PM
Vision: There is a story somewhere in here, but I can't quite feel it. It's eerily entrancing and mysterious.

Originality: Although this is a painting of something that has undoubtedly been painted before, you have truly made it your own and that deserves a commendation.

Technique: The way you painted the slightly transparent bits of the water is what struck me the most. It looks intimidating and jarring and so absolutely real. The brush work is so detailed and sharp that it would catch anyone's eye. The orange light creates a sense of urgency that is somehow enhanced by the sideways angle (another thing I loved about this artwork).

Impact: This piece has a phenomenal impact, despite its inherent simplicity. Although it is a painting without a human face in it, there is still so much emotion in the work. I love this piece and would buy it to hang on my wall if I could, and I'm sure many other people feel the same way.
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jefersoncreations Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome scene!
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Magnificent, I can imagine it would have been an amazing & intimidating sight to behold for weary sailors arriving at Alexandria for the first time...
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Teddy-Cube Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice :love:
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:iconprimulatook:
primulatook Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing vision!
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JayceJvR1992 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love this piece. I cant believe more people havent commented. I like the lighting, the mood and i also love the angle from which you look up at the lighthouse. The water and the way the light shines through the sails is done soo amazingly. Once again, THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING PIECE OF ART.
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid :)
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neosapian6 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Artist
How long did this take? .o. Also, what do you think is the most difficult part for you?
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You painted the water so good. I hope to learn how to do this. I think by far... you have the best water paintings on DA.
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Ito-Saith-Webb Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done, not only is it painted with a high degree of skill but it is also the composition and how you used a dutch angle effectively.
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:iconririk64:
Ririk64 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
This is amazing !! Well done !
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:iconpandathealchemist:
PandaTheAlchemist Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The water... I'm at a loss for words. :iconclapplz:
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:iconnmaben:
NMaben Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love the drama and action you've captured here. I like the wide-angle lens perspective too!
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:iconmswalnut:
MsWalnut Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Brilliant~!
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:iconlangel:
langel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i absolutely adore your skills at painting water. beautiful :D
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:icondamilepidus:
damilepidus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
PERFECTO, BRAVA! God I love this!
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jsf-35 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
outclass !
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:iconaniphine:
Aniphine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Magnificent, truly. :)
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:iconmarsw:
MarsW Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THis is simply stunning, the light, the composition, everything it's awesome.
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:iconsurehuinel:
Surehuinel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   General Artist
Feature!Have a great week. [link]
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:iconambou:
ambou Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
AWESOME SAUCE
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:iconandjordy1:
Andjordy1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This is incredible!!
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:icontyranous-king:
Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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:iconelectreel:
electreel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
This is an incredible piece of art! :o
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coixuong182 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
i like it
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:iconiatemypencils:
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
mindblowin...
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:icondweems:
dweems Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so many great things about this work, I don't know where to start. Just amazing!
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:iconelenteri:
Elenteri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfully!!! *__*
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DroUltrinnin-61 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Awesome work!
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RoseDuelistBBSHM Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude, I totally luv everything about Alexandria Egypt!!
Awesome!!XD
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Appetitive-Soul Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
If you picked up the Lateen sail form the mosaic in the Hypogeum, good.

Less good, however, is your Pharos. The real one was topped by a statue of Poseidon, not some very un-ancient looking needle. The light came from a fire burning in the story made up of the little columns, backed by mirrors. It is unlikely the mirrors were concave to any significant degree, and certainly could not have projected a beam like that.
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vchin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
seems an adventure story.
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Chiiboom14 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
love it so much...
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:iconfluffytheartist:
Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant; just brilliant!
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:iconwingedtempest:
WingedTempest Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you paint ocean spray? That's so amazing I've been trying, and I can't quite get it right.
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kaiverta Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The atmosphere is insane! Not to mention the perspective is unique and eye-catching, and very engrossing. I feel like I'm actually there at sea. Excellent. <3
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lol1759 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, three point perspective is a killer for me. You and some other artists make it look simple...

Great job friend! Quality work!
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moonwildflower Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love the water effects!
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:iconlantis-erin:
Lantis-Erin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! :omfg: It has a very Lord of the Rings feel with the light at the top of the lighthouse. The water is incredible. :)
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BenjaminOssoff Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful. I wish I could go back in time and see the real thing (not to mention the other six wonders of the world). I like the dramatic angle you've chosen.
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sketchy208 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
epic work!
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:icontobowdown:
tobowdown Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this is the most amazing thing i have seen all day.
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Velkhan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really EPIC !!! *_*
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Infiltr8 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Wow this is really amazing! The way the light shines through the splashes of water is just perfect.
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MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome.
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Sir-RickyMcGentleman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Artist
Outstanding work! :D
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:iconohmy-x:
ohmy-x Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. And I really prefer not to say that word. Great job!
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:iconnekolab:
nekolab Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is amazing!!!
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:iconladydragoncat:
Ladydragoncat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FAN...TAS...TIC!!! Absolutely FAN-TAS-TIC!!!
Keep on drawing!
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AdrianeCasini Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY COOL!!!
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:iconmelyssathepunkrocker:
MelyssaThePunkRocker Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the realisticness of the waves and the splashing against the ship. It's like you painted a photograph!
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