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At the End of the Day by DavidOReilly At the End of the Day by DavidOReilly
Watercolour. 70cm x 50cm.

This is a building I see every day in Edinburgh city centre. I kept imagining what the scene would look like if civilisation fell and nature started to re-claim the land; illustrating how little human enterprise matters in the grand scheme of things - this is my take on it.

I was playing The Last Of Us on PS3 at the time and this heavily influenced me. It's quite cathartic imagery for me, this painting really helped me externalise some negative energies, and was a lot of fun, although very difficult as I've not really done much imaginitive work before.

See a complete tutorial here: fav.me/d6v18wz
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Given 2013-11-04
At the End of the Day by *DavidOReilly ( Suggested by Wolf-Smith and Featured by deshrubber )
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Xandyclause Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must say, your use of colour in this piece is ELECTRIC! You've managed to take what could have been a bunch of bricks and stone and made it into this amazingly energized and kinetic piece, congratulations!
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Toujours-Endormie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This kind of looks like Chernobyl.
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did look at some Chernobyl reference actually, but I kept running into the same generic imagery, so I didn't really use it.
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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vyvyangreen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice one, David, some nice technique here...

Always nice to see someone putting some imagination into their work....
 
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yetikr Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!

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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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couchmochi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow that looks great!! Really like the clouds and the sunbeams. Very atmospheric!
And congrats on the DD! (:
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;) :hug:
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zombie-fuckulator Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Reminds me of the cover of earth abides, after twenty years...
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, that's spot on :)
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zombie-fuckulator Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Yerp

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MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The warmth and light is beautiful <3
And all the lil details 

I had similar thoughts a while ago-- when a species dies out, usually the ecosystem surrounding them will suffer greatly. If humans died out, our ecosystem would flourish. 
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All too true...

Thanks so much for the feedback :hug:
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
outstanding work!
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KisekiGeijutsu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of the last of us, very beautiful and is that a skeleton in the building?
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks, yes it is, hanging from a rope. Whoever it was couldn't cope with whatever calamity occured and just gave up...glad someone spotted it ;)

There's two more...
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abravewolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Really great watercolour. Congrats for the DD!
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1-in-7-billion Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
reminds me Of The Last Of Us
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deshi-basar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can somebody teach me to become such an Watercolour-Genius, please?
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anyone and everyone can! Just keep painting, and painting, and painting. We humans are amazing creatures; if we keep doing something we can't help but get better... ;)
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mirenne Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes!! The athmosphere is perfect captured! I love this piece I am a dummy! !
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AmySN09 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Beautiful,, I Like it
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
:iconcplz::iconoplz::iconnplz::icongplz::iconrplz::iconaplz::icontplz::iconzplz::iconexclamationplz: first thought to mind is "I am Legend"
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BaconBoy914 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There is ruin......
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SonofZion-JLM Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I really like the colours you chose and how the light adds texture to the leaves.
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JJOONNAATTHHAAN Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! Heart 
Reminds me of "The Last Of Us"
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vanilleass Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my koi!

This is beautiful! O:
Great job, and congratulations on the DD <3
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dragrider1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. Its featured on the DA fb page and popped up on my newsfeed and my first thought was, THE LAST OF US :)
Nice job!

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21citrouilles Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
It's a fantastic, atmospheric and dreamy composition. I love it, and congrats on the DD.
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athell9 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artist
Awesome
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Ladarzak Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
So rich in colour, line, textures, fluidity. Very satisfying to look at. I'm impressed. Also love the topic. :)
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8BriBee8 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student General Artist
congrats on the the Daily D~
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional
very impressive
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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SparrowStew Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
very cool
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Darkaos-oficial Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's so amazing I got shocked :omfg: the way how the colors blend with each other in such an harmony, and all the details make this a really profesional work of art, you deserved this DD, I loved this paint.
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rawrzthellamamatoki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this and though this is beautiful ; v ; it looks like a scene tht was rlly pretty in the Last of Us and then i read the description and was like o xD
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Spaghetti-Mayhem Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Awesome work, I love how vivid the colors are! =D
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denya-chan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I saw this I immediately thought about The Last Of Us. A beautiful piece of artwork. Congratulations on well deserved DD! :clap:
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
congratulations on getting a DD on this awesome piece! >w<
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lzcool Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Hello friend,
Thanks for sharing also your sketches, to see the way of the creative thought flow and not only the finished work.

It's a very nice concept and great work.
Congratulations :)
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Katsunogi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looks alot like one of the multi-player maps in COD 4 one if the Chernobyl levels. beautiful work! 
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually I did do quite a bit of Chernobyl google image perusing. Cheers :)
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Katsunogi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is really the one of the best places too use as a reference :D 
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ctvilla86 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an awesome original watercolor - so refreshing to see a non-generic landscape watercolor painting. I also liked that you "showed your work" - there's a lot more to the art process than just-BOOM!-instant masterpiece, and this shows just how much work and fore-thought you put into the piece. Good job!  :) 
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DavidOReilly Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Yes I also wish more people would show their preparatory work, we can all learn so much from each other in this regard.

Oh, but how I wish I go the BOOM-instant masterpiece route though...
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ElfOwl245 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I love that pink-ish orange you used for the clouds. :]
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Amjad-Miandad Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
superb vision
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