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The Traveler by ekster The Traveler by ekster
"The journey not the arrival matters."
- T. S. Eliot


Simply an exploration of my mind.

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:icontoranih:
Toranih Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Interesting shading! It makes you wonder just who the traveler is. :-)
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Spatcher Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006
This is absolutely brilliant. I love the composition :+fav:
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ekster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
Thanks so much! I really appreciate the fav too :)
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metalraj Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
lovellllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
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ictenbey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
superbbb
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trinkster Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
geez eka I think Im gonna have to fav all your new works. I adore this...really makes me feel like taking a trip(not that I didnt want one anyway! lol)
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
Aww you're very sweet :glomp: Thanks so much for the kind words as always :)
And who wouldn't wanna travel if given the chance? :D
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:icontrinkster:
trinkster Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
hehe amen there:D
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Beachblonde Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
I always love the colours and backgrounds you choose! Perfect! =D
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
This one was definitely particularly fun to do :)
And many thanks as well darlin :blowkiss:
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AmusantVerteYeux Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
i love the silhouette effect to this piece like the character could be anyone whick make the quote by T. S. Elliot even stronger. and the background being a desert is great because one of the most hardest terrains is a desert so it gives the impression of that journey to take being the hardest or most worthwhile. like this journey could lead to the end of your life which isn't important but how you act, what you do , the choices you make to survive this journey are what really matter. giving the meaning of living life to the fullest for any journey made. also about the silhouette effect it also gives off the feeling of a journey in the past like instead of thinking how those journeys in your life ended bad or good you should think of what you did in those journeys that got you there because then youll be seeing the whole story and every chance and choice taken to say "damn right, that was me! i did that!" or even if it was kinda bad you can either say you learned something or " that was hella fun being an absolute idiot!" i don't know somethin like that........wow i got carried away :D anyways well done :thumbsup:
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ekster Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
Oh my goodness, thank you so very much for taking the time to share such wonderful thoughts my dear :glomp:

Reflecting back on this, in a way I always do see myself in some kind of journey, especially with the big transitions, both in location and culture that I've went through in the more recent periods of my life. And the journey is still going strong! I've been learning to enjoy my slices of solitude as well whenever the chance comes up :)
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AmusantVerteYeux Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
your welcome! :glomp: :thumbsup:


oh i know, like every moment and choice and just everything is a new journey just waiting to happen; just POP up and say "HEY YOU!". and definately in transitions in life and how you act. and definately always good to look on the positive side of those journeys. to not regret and to atleast keep that glass half way full :nod:
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justsunny Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
gorgeous work, i can't find any criticism ^^; :D ;P
just :+fav:

(sorry for such a short comment)
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ekster Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Aww thank you so very much for the sweet compliments dear :hug:
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Heartburn-Aching Featured By Owner May 16, 2006
Reminds me a bit of H.C Andersen's paper cuttings(is it called that :confused:?) It's really good, :heart: it. It's mysterious, with a touch of simplicity
Could you by any chance - when the inspiration hits you of course :aww:, do a theme wall paper in red/dark red/cherry red :floating: ?
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ekster Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Yeah I think you got that right :) I can't remember what the exact term is either, either paper cutting or cutouts, but I definitely know what you are referring to :nod:

A dark red theme, I like those colors too, so yeah, I'm pretty sure there'll be something with that in the near future :D
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ladyerudite Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
glad to be back on the world wide web! i feel so excluded from the civilized world when i don't have any internet connection, waaahhhh!!! :(( well, i digress... i just want to say is that i love this particular piece because it mirrors what i feel at the moment - i long to get out of the house, and go on a relaxing journey with my parents somewhere here in our country, but alas, it's quite stormy here nowadays, so it's impossible... for now! ;) as always, excellent work! more, more, more - please? LOL! :)
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ekster Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
lol... suffering from some internet withdrawal symptoms are ya ;) I know how that feels like. I am not too sure how long I'd survive if I wasn't connected to the net on a normal basis. Although it'd be different if I was on vacation in the middle of the ocean on a beautiful island, but since I'm not, that's rather a moot point ;P hehehe... And thank you so much as always for sharing your wonderful thoughts and for your kind support :hug:
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jackieocean Featured By Owner May 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
I really like the composition of this picture.
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Thank you so very much Jackie :hug
Glad that you do :)
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LadyEruname Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
The elegence that is you :)

I love it - And I can relate... How are is that?

:clap: :hug:
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Thank you so much my dear Daniella :hug:
I'm glad that you see something within this piece that is close to you :)
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LadyEruname Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Travel is something that is very close to my heart... It always will be :)

And by the way, I meant *rare* in the original messages :blushes:
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Giver Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
This is fantastic! I love how everything's a silhouette, except for the desert of course. That's what makes it stand out in perfection. I love the intricate pattern adorning the hallway openings, and the desert is so comforting...Great job!
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ekster Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Thank you so very much! :)
The inspiration for this piece came from browsing through some travel photography books. The play of light between the shadows and brightness always intrigued me, so this was the result of it :D
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Giver Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
You're welcome! Travel books are fun. You did a great job.
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zimuye Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Beautiful!! full lover ;)
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Thanks so much friend :)
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anjali Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Always this elegance and precision in your artwork :clap:
I like the subtle tones and neat composition
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ekster Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Merci beaucoup mon cherie :hug:
I think I've been bitten by the b/w / sepia bug lately! It all started when I was messing around with my elementary photography, and somehow the ideas from that kind of slipped into here :D
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anjali Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
:aww: De rien :hug:
That's great when different art media influence each other :)
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CapnFlynn Featured By Owner May 12, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful as always! I so love your artworks. I really like how everything has sort of a grain to it, so there are no perfectly flat colours. Her silhouette is great too, of course; makes me want to go on an adventure!
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ekster Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
Hey there Cap'n! :)
Many thanks for the kind words of support :hug:
Adventure is always a good thing, I've been itching to go on one for awhile, even a small one, which I actually did earlier today. I'll post something about it soonish ;)
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paintmepinkshop Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Wonderful! When I saw this for the first time I thought "How beautiful" then it just made me want to be there ^^; Beautiful work as always eka! "clap"
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ekster Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Aww thank you so much for such lovely words :hug:
I wish I could be in a place like this right now too hehe ^^;
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Soverign Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Beautiful!!
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Thanks! :)
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rebecki Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
absolutally awesome.
i love the feeling it gives me. it's like she's just gettin' ready to go on another journey even though she just ended one.
like... with every end there is always a new beginning.

sweet job as always ^_^
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ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Thanks so very much for sharing your thoughts :hug:
I keep coming back to themes like this every now and then, probably because I feel like I'm always journeying towards somewhere :)
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Oniphoenix Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Nice serene design and mood. I love 'wind through the hair' moments.
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Thanks so very much!
Yeah there's just something about wind and hair. I ought to try it out with photography sometime :)
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4lmnts Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
Again stylish with simple shapes! (and respecting the rights of lighting)! great!!!
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ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Many thanks for the props man!
Glad you like it :)
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4lmnts Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
sorry, I mean the law of raytracing, or something ... ;)
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frease Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
It's nice! Can I request for a 1280x1024 version pls? Thanks :)
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:iconekster:
ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Thanks so very much! :)
And a 1280x1024 version has just been added :nod:
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frease Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Thanks a lot!! :hug:
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blade-bd Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
just beautiful
fav+
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ekster Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Thanks so much man! :)
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