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Shepherds of Arcadia by Mindfucking Shepherds of Arcadia by Mindfucking
Oh, I really love this one.


Les Bergers D'Arcadie
ET IN ARCADIA EGO


My personal interpretation of the painting with a more medieval and gloomy attitude and the location crafted using my personal travel photos of Tuscany, in the province of Siena, certainly the most beautiful land in Italy (in my opinion) and one of the most wonderful countrysides of the whole world.
I love Tuscany.
Yes, if you know me: there are hidden symbols (and Tuscany is full of templar buildings, which I didn't know).

Just some notes I'd like to add to the description:
Note1: Poussin's 1638 work seems to be setted somewhere in the mountains near Rennes-le-Château. I've setted my own in a landscape using the photographs of the countryside near Monteriggioni.
Note2: et in arcadia ego is probably a Memento Mori and, though it's not clear how these words should be translated (because the verb is missing), it could perhaps mean «Even in Arcadia I exist», as spoken my someone who is dead or by the personification of Death itself. In my work, we are obviously not in Arcadia, so, the Arcadia can only be interpreted not as the actual setting of the scene but as the Reign of Death. Therefore, who are the Shepherds of Arcadia?



Shepherds: Models [link] by ~Struck-Stock; [link] by `shelldevil; [link] by =Cat-in-the-Stock; [link] by *AilinStock; Cloth texture [link] by ~goodiebagstock
Background: my own photos of Tuscany's countryside, NOW AVAILABLE [link] by ~Peristrophe; Sky [link] by #resurgere; Dust with ~JavierZhX's brushes [link]
Tombstone: [link] by *TudorxRose; pentacle-carved stone [link] by ~seiyastock
Skull: [link] by ~ChristasVengel-stock
Animals: Eagle [link] by ~MsCrys-Stock; Lizard [link] by ~Sien-chan; Mouse [link] by ~emaharg

For the final filter I also used an action by ~GSInteractive [link]
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PetarMali Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Nice work!
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goodiebagstock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Wow!! Fantastic work!!! :clap:

Thanks for using my stock! I am so happy it helped you!
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
It helped a lot ** Thanks a lot for the visit!
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Struck-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. I am so honoured to see my stock here! I love the feel of this piece, and the background is absolutely stunning.

If you don't mind constructive crit, the staffs feel a little fake, I'd have tacked a texture onto them, they seem almost too smooth. The gradient makes especially the right most one look 3D rendered almost. The lighting isn't believable. If you do mind, er.... forget I said anything?

Either way though, I'd have to say it's so lovely, I feel slightly... mindfucked ;)
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
No, actually there is a shadow that is COMPLETELY missing XXDDD I noticed after finishing it all X) No problem, anyway, I use these mistakes to improve, and thanks a lot for your criticism, I always welcome constructive criticism, it helps progress ^-^
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StudioPitchArt Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I Like beautiful:D
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Thanks a lot!! ^___^ :hug:
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Pawkeet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow, that's incredible! So many details :wow:
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Have you found the lizard and the little mouse? :iconwowzersplz:
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Pawkeet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Photographer
Lizard on the chest, mouse on the left by the wheat :)
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
:iconfantasticplz:

You are the first one.
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iyo-yo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Filmographer
though I didn't find the dust brushes you used
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iyo-yo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Filmographer
It must have taken a very long time to make such great work! I really liked how the dust looks)) and also colors and background - wonderful
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Yes it took me some time (but came out better than I could figure out myself with that filter!!). Thanks a lot for your visit and comment, I really appreciate it ^__^ (most of the times I appreciate a comment more than a fav). And don't fret searching for the dust brushes, I simply used the clouds brushes I've linked (you can use any other could brushes you have/like), applied massive Gaussian Blur (depends on the effect you want to create) and colorized ocra/yellowish brown. It's very simple, try this tecnique yourself, it takes less than a minute! ^^
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iyo-yo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Filmographer
yeah I had these brushes before, but never used them like dust! it's creative))
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
It's just that I needed something like dust and I didn't know how to get it, so I tried with that I had X)
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iyo-yo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010   Filmographer
well, you did it great :)
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
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tarekanwer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
good work
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Thanks (:
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tarekanwer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
welcome
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
I have always loved Poussin ever since I had to do a presentation on him in high school. i just love how you interpreted it! Great job!
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanks a lot *_* I'm glad to hear this from someone who knoews the painting.

Was it an art presentation? ** Tell me about it.
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
French ^^ We were studying the literature of the 17th century and did a little on painting too.
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Aw that should have been cool oO So you presented in french?
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Cat-in-the-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Yup (but I am French and that was in a French high school so nothing out of the ordinary :D )
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Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
AH sorry XXDDD
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NK11 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I think this is some of your best work :worship::worship::worship: :+favlove:
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Peristrophe Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Thanks a lot I'm touched >****<
But probably all the merit should go to the wonderful landscapes of Tuscany. They are so inspiring *_*
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NK11 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
you're more than welcome :hug:
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