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June 19, 2011
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RIFT: From the Deep by Aerilien RIFT: From the Deep by Aerilien
Water colossus in the epic battle with an unlucky elementalist.
I chose the water theme because of the lovecraftian description. :D

Many thanks to ~Anyarr, who talked me into entering the contest. (:cuddle:)
It's the first time I painted something like this, so I'm glad I managed to finish it. I just wish I had more time for polishing... Eh, exam session is killing me...
Still, I learned a lot. :)

Please download to see the full size.

My brother is playing music from Contra on his mobile to make this upload more epic. :D

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What a wonderful painting indeed! Again, your style has a great combination of detail and stroking that makes it both appealing to the eye, yet deep enough that the it has a realistic feel. Another thing I liked was that you did not make the focus of the image the center of the piece, but had the creature almost coming down towards the mage. The overall unity of the image is also perfect, the colors blending enough that the entire painting appears as one, yet separate enough that you can discern its parts.

As far as the creature itself, I adore the relationship you've made between it and its environment, both in color and in texture. Both share coral shades and an abstract feel that is both jagged and "blotchy". What is also impressive is that you unified the mage's halo of energy with the creature and environment by incoporating highlights of the same color. When it comes to the design of the creature, I can see the inspiration of the angler fish among other deep sea oddities, which goes perfectly with the theme. However, I feel like you lost some creative flare by focusing too much on the head and fins, while neglecting much of the body (it was also hidden slightly by the fins). Yet, that is a minor criticism of an overall wonderful piece.

Extremely well executed, thoroughly thought out painting that I give a two-thumbs up! Superb job!
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Stillenight Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is by far my favorite of the entries. Just, well, everything is perfection...:worship:
SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you paint this in Photoshop? It's fabulous. I want to recommend it for a DD but I don't know what category it would fall under.
Love it!
Aerilien Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you! :hug:
I painted this piece using Painter 9.5. and Photoshop CS5. :)
And I'm honoured to read that someone finds my work DD-worthy. :aww:
FAQ #18: Who selects the Daily Deviation and how is it chosen? has a list od mods who select the DDs, so you should check everything there. I think this piece would fall under Digital Art category... But still, I don't want to influence your decision, I'm just happy you like my work. :)
SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay... thankies...
CoryTheDuck Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Only thing I can think to critique is that its not hanging on my wall in my apartment. Awesome! [link]
Aerilien Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Wow, I didn't think someone would like to have my art on their wall. Thank you! :hug:
CoryTheDuck Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I would enjoy your artwork on my wall yes. Anything in my favorites I would be proud to have on my wall. :whisper:
niemtold Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
... : O
nie wiem co powiedzieć, bo przeogromnie mi się podoba!
Aerilien Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Przeogromnie dziękuję! :hug:
skilzlost Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
amazing !"
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