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Dark Satanic Mills by PeteAmachree Dark Satanic Mills by PeteAmachree
The title of this picture comes from William Blake's poem Jerusalem. It was one of many sources of inspiration, chief among which was an incredible passage from H.G Wells' book In The Days of the Comet. Here's the line that inspired me; the main character surveying the full horror of the wholesale industrialisation of his native valley in the late 19th century...

"I will admit that with the twilight there came a spell of weird magnificence over all that land and brooded on it until dawn. The horrible meanness of its details was veiled, the hutches that were homes, the bristling multitudes of chimneys, the ugly patches of unwilling vegetation amidst the makeshift fences of barrel-stave and wire. The rusty scars that framed the opposite ridges where the iron ore was taken and the barren mountains of slag from the blast furnaces were veiled; the reek and boiling smoke and dust from foundry, pot-bank, and furnace, transfigured and assimilated by the night.

The dust-laden atmosphere that was gray oppression through the day became at sundown a mystery of deep translucent colors, of blues and purples, of somber and vivid reds, of strange bright clearnesses of green and yellow athwart the darkling sky. Each upstart furnace, when its monarch sun had gone, crowned itself with flames, the dark cinder heaps began to glow with quivering fires, and each pot-bank squatted rebellious in a volcanic coronet of light. The empire of the day broke into a thousand feudal baronies of burning coal.

The minor streets across the valley picked themselves out with gas-lamps of faint yellow, that brightened and mingled at all the principal squares and crossings with the greenish pallor of incandescent mantles and the high cold glare of the electric arc. The interlacing railways lifted bright signal-boxes over their intersections, and signal stars of red and green in rectangular constellations. The trains became articulated black serpents breathing fire."

I was also inspired by the work of John Atkinson Grimshaw [link]

This picture is a companion piece of this other [link]
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:iconpheonix985:
Pheonix985 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
amazing
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gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhh lovely.
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Starsong-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello,
I would like to feature your great image on my visual arts blog on Amazing Stories - [link] - credited and with a link back to the image on DA, of course!
The blog is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 August - you'll be able to find it by following the link above.
Please let me know if this is NOT ok with you! :) Thanks, and keep up the good work!
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TheSpaceSquid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
All your work is incredible.
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:iconfeedyourspirit:
FeedYourSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love ALL of your work. This piece is great like many many of the others in your gallery.
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Alkonium Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
The first thing I thought of when I saw the title was "We Work The Black Seam" by Sting. Seems appropriate.
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Msbubblely Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING, BEAUITFUL, SPECTACULAR ....... PURE AWSOMENESS
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:iconmavinga:
mavinga Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
tremendous.
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:iconzdou:
Zdou Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Too beautiful not to fav. :'3
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:iconjarooods:
jarooods Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow man, this might honestly be my favorite discovery on this website, awesome concept
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:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Wonderful dipiction of a victorian steampunk city.
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice finish!
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streamline69 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so totally amazing!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:faint:
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GeorgieGanarf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Grim and beautiful! It could be Brecht's London from "Three penny opera" as well as the Welles' "The Day of the Comet" or the Bleak environs of Dickens' world as well! It is like a savage beast of the jungle, beautiful and terrible! Well done! Bravo!
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow! Thanks Jerry. Its not often I have such esteemed literary comparisons. This is definitely one for the headstone. :)

I've heard of Brecht, and the Three Penny Opera, but don't know anything about them. Wikipediaing now!
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GeorgieGanarf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
I hope I was able to help, and might I say, you are a very talented artist!
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:iconrotaken:
Rotaken Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
amazing
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is fantastic. Horrible and dismal, bur beautiful in its own grim way.
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I feel I'm often in danger of tipping permanently into doing this sort of thing. Morbid fascination with bleak imagery. Time to draw some kittens.....on spikes of course :)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Bleak imagery is strangely addictive, though I have no idea why. Hehe, maybe it's a way for us to say to ourselves, "at least I don't have it that bad."
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Love everything about it, especially how you did the rain. Rain is very challenging because it's easy to let it mess up the art instead of adding to it but yours looks just great!!!! Keep up the good work!
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Jerica!
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:iconlunox-baik:
Lunox-baik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
awesome work!
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Kai
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:iconlunox-baik:
Lunox-baik Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
you're most welcome! =)
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:iconjaxko:
jaxko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant colour pallet and composition!
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Nice one! Cheers!
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ales-kotnik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
can you please post step-by-step/progress images for any of your work?
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Filmographer
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Trekmi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
sex sex sex <3
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Where?! :)
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Excellent piece of work - great ambient light that really captures the spirit of the written word.
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Marcus! Glad you like it
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GatoCasero Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I just love it!!! the composition, the figures and the architecture are beautiful!
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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LovelyJin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Kinda have the feeling that this is similar of a setting in that of the world of Orokos an isolated island in the story of the Storm Thief.
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks!
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:iconlovelyjin:
LovelyJin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No prob
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BreathOfIndustry Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
pure beauty :)
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man. Loving your gallery btw
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BreathOfIndustry Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :)
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ralna7 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love it! :heart:
Beautiful work! :love:
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thankyou!
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reinisgailitis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
god damn
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PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:)
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22element Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Beautiful work. That smoke from the chimneys feels appropriately oppressive. Great job of capturing the mood.
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:iconpeteamachree:
PeteAmachree Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much!
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nitrouzzz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artist
So epic!!! Awesome!!!
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