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July 5, 2010
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Shepherds of Arcadia by Mindfucking Shepherds of Arcadia by Mindfucking
Oh, I really love this one.

Les Bergers D'Arcadie

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!
goodiebagstock Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Wow!! Fantastic work!!! :clap:

Thanks for using my stock! I am so happy it helped you!
Mindfucking Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
It helped a lot ** Thanks a lot for the visit!
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 ;)
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 ^-^
StudioPitchArt Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I Like beautiful:D
Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Thanks a lot!! ^___^ :hug:
Pawkeet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow, that's incredible! So many details :wow:
Mindfucking Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Have you found the lizard and the little mouse? :iconwowzersplz:
Pawkeet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Photographer
Lizard on the chest, mouse on the left by the wheat :)
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