This image is, by far, one of the most impactful pieces of art I've seen to date.
There's something about images with big walls and little people that's very striking to its audience, and The Black Wall draws out the essence of this fascination.
The feature that stands out the most is the lack of a landscape - shifting the focus directly to the wall and the model, and not allowing the imagination to stray too far into what lies on either side. Yet, the lack of this feature performs a sort of reverse psychology on the viewer, enticing the imagination.
From a technical aspect, everything is squared away very neatly and realistically. The shadows are perfect, both for the wall and the model, and the shape of the wall brings out the feeling of distance -- a necessary component to the image. Additionally, the color compliments the textures and composure perfectly.
Overall, everything is rounded up with the description. With Gaza as an intent, the image becomes VERY realistic. The surreal becomes real. Wonderful work!
Very striking. Have you read the Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin? This reminds me of it - the wall, even with the opening, represents a sort of insurmountable separation that will not be solved simply by passing through.
I've read The Dispossessed! I'm an avid fan of Le Guin's work. Odd that I never made the connection between this wall and the one in her story. It's possibly because the concept was dominated by its original reference to Gaza.
Hey eilidh, no problem! Let me apologize first, I went and used your photo in a video on youtube, the address is below. I'll fully understand if this annoyed you and will take down the movie if you want. I didn't know if you were going to get back to me or not, its a bad excuse I know. I hope you like the track. Its a techno trance song... thingie! I don't check this board often so could you reply to my email? email@example.com Thanks!
Depends on which brush you want. I used several different brushes here, some my own, some (like mentioned in the description) by *concept-on-mac. The latter ones can be found in his 'All my brushes' pack.