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Frontier Widow by deskridge Frontier Widow by deskridge
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A young woman, left alone on the plains by the death of her husband, is out feeding her pig on her family farm. As she stands in the pigpen, grain bucket in hand, she catches a glimpse of a shadow in the distance. Looking up she sees a silhouette of a rider coming her way...trouble on the horizon. Even the pig looks up from its muddy pen and gazes towards the approaching figure. The widow draws her gun, ready to let her colt revolver send a greeting to the ominous stranger.

I was in the mood to do another Wild West themed work. This time, I was really into getting those deep earth tones for the color. The mud was rather fun to do.


Note: This image uses purchased content. Tools used to construct the scene: poser, zbrush, and vue. Final rendering was done in Vue 9 and took about 14 hours on an Intel I5 2.8 GHz with 8 GB of RAM. Post production was done in GIMP.
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:iconjohnkent42:
JohnKent42 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! Very atmospheric - you've told a real story with a single image
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrichardt7170:
richardt7170 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I love it. Nice work.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconoutlawstudios:
OutlawStudios Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic!!!
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:iconbwbyars:
BWByars Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of the opening from "Riders of the Purple Sage."

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."
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:iconlookoo:
Lookoo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great one!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconericapelaquim:
EricaPelaquim Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Just perfect! Gratz
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconard3113:
Ard3113 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
These images make me remember "Unforgiven"...
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:iconsameerprehistorica:
SameerPrehistorica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Nicely done
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:iconselkieblues:
Selkieblues Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The figure looks shadowy maybe her hubby keeping an eye out for his lovely young wife from beyond, the gun points to piggy..hope she doesn't fire by mistake:) Beautiful...
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:iconleo256:
Leo256 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
lovely done
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:iconarah019:
Arah019 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
beautiful work!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconarah019:
Arah019 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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:icondylazuna:
dylazuna Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really has the quality of those old westerns in the viewpoint and set up of the scene. The mud looks wet and squelchy and the gathering clouds add a slightly menacing touch. Truly beautiful scene. Only thing that slightly bothers me is that I feel her dress is a little too low off the shoulders ;)

Hope we get a follow up. Maybe the stranger is a nice guy :D
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:icondbrv6:
DBRv6 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Great work this - nice suggestive of the story in hand. Good work with the mud - splattering on pig and dress.
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hi feature [link] :love:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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:icondigger2000:
Digger2000 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is she about to have Bacon for dinner
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:iconcolin-bentham:
Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Real drama and tension in this piece. I love it :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcolin-bentham:
Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
your welcome. it was a pleasure looking through your gallery. you've got a great portfolio there :)
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:iconmysticmorning:
mysticmorning Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
WOW!!! This is so wonderful, what an awesome work of art!!!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmysticmorning:
mysticmorning Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
it reminds me of the days when my parents were young. My dad use to visit a bank robber when he was a kid, and my grandfather tracked a man by horse back for insulting my grandmother, but the sheriff shot him an hour before my grandfather got to hillsboro, tex. It was rough back then. There are so many stories I have learned from my dad. His brother changed a flat tire for bonnie and clyde, my grandmother let the kids play hookie every year for two weeks and they traveled by covered wagon. They camed by the river. Its so interesting how different it was back then. You brought back many memories.
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:iconcapitanarecondita:
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional
awesome woork! awesome scene!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcapitanarecondita:
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional
you're welcome!
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow super lindo e realista :clap:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Really great scene, love the mud, especially on the pig and skirt hem. ;)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
You're welcome!!
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:iconsimonjm:
SimonJM Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
That mud looks nice and squelchy and cloying! :)
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcaastel:
caastel Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
epic scene !!!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icon0snow-white0:
0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good, as always! :clap:
I loved the text too! :aww:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjjforte06:
jjforte06 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most excellent work. Jaw dropping in the detail you have achieved. Well done!
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! It looks so real, it's crazy! You really outdid yourself on this one! :iconbugplz:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconjazzilady:
jazzilady Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcuteicondividerplz:You're welcome!:iconcuteicondividerplz:
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