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Wallpaper Details: On The Road Again

High-resolution desktop wallpaper On the Road Again by Richard Mohler
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Posted By: Dhileas
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Great render! I love how simple this is, and yet how much is really there. The mountain ranges look great, the road looks great, and the bushes add to a strong Southwestern landscape look.

The Route 66 sign throws me off a bit. In comparison to the rest of the image, the sign is almost entirely unweathered. Perhaps add some rust, paint peeling, and/or shotgun holes. If you've ever seen one of these old iconic signs in an area like this, you don't seen them in such excellent condition.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 3 years, 8 months ago
I agree, this is an fine image; the color and mood are excellent.

However, as with some of your other images, it does not appear you've ever seen the original location from which your digital painting is derived. In addition to the sign being too clean and new, the road itself - the real Route 66 - is in poor repair. The verge on both sides is broken and irregular; the surface is cracked, patched and pockmarked. Likewise, the telephone poles are nowhere so orderly; the polls, which are quite old (where they still exist at all), lean in various directions away from the vertical. Likewise, the wires sag irregularly.

You have a tendency to make your images too perfect. Nature, and reality, are generally far more messy than you imagine them to be. This perfection detracts from the credibility of your work. I've said this before: you need to get out more and observe the world around you. Take lots of photos so you have some points of reference to work from. When your pictures are completely fantastical, you can get away with perfection, which you obviously relish. But when you reference nature, as you often do, your work lacks a sense of nature's chaotic bent.

You are obviously talented and capable. But you have some tendencies (as we all do) that need to be better managed. As a painter myself, I'm familiar with the compulsion to "normalize" everything. But doing so drains the character and personality out of your subjects.
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Posted By: quicksand
about 3 years, 8 months ago
this is the first richard mohler creation i actually like. a lot too. if i didn't see his name i'd easily have it for a heavily processed photo. it's that good. maybe the perfectly uniform and little too dense electric lines give it away eventually, a little less so the unusual clouds, but it's still very good and realistic.

this is a popular angle in many photos, but what usually kills it is that the road itself becomes the focal point of the entire photo. in this case the author managed to keep the road a secondary subject, in spite of taking up the majority of the picture. that's a solid achievement. that said it's difficult to judge overall as the photography-type critique just doesn't apply.
Posted By: tonyH
about 3 years, 8 months ago
I have all 34 of Richard's creations in my wallpaper folder. This is one of his most intriguing. It is a gorgeous, moody, view of the mythical Route 66. It is meant to move us. I am delighted at its touch of fantasy which works at many levels. I would have been devastated if it had been an attempt at a photograph of the route today. Richard has created a picture to which I'll return time after time to find something new to gape at in this rich, warm, landscape of his.
Posted By: rhythmmethod
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Wasnt till i loaded it fullsize i noted that it was a creation.

Making the power-poles spaced out further would make it look a little more realistic. Otherwise nice composition. Some textures are just a little telltale.
Posted By: REPENT_OF_SIN
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Nicely done.
Posted By: alextsnet
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Richard, I have been a huge fan of your work since 2007 when you made a piece called "colorfast" (the red, blue, and black one). That is one of my top 3 favorite wallpapers. It looks absolutely stunning on my 1900x1200 17" screen. What I like about this latest image of yours is that it doesn't seem Vue-y. At least not compared to the other Vue submissions here.

Something about the mountains looks a bit unnatural, but I love how you've done the perspective and details. I also like your "supernatural," smooth, pristine approach. If cracks on the road are the criticisms you're getting, then for a Vue image, I'd consider that a triumph. Great job; I always look forward to your stuff.
Posted By: King_Belleauh
about 3 years, 8 months ago
Wow, I'd have to say this is the nicest thing I've seen created on Vue. Most of them are too unrealistic to fit my standard, but this one could almost pass for a real photo.

Not to be too negatively critical, if I was forced to chose something I'd change: the cracks in the road.

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