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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


Image © Aerilien
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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:
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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!
:iconlovelyplz:
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:iconaerilien:
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. :)
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SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay... thankies...
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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]
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:iconaerilien:
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:
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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:
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:iconniemtold:
niemtold Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
... : O
nie wiem co powiedzieć, bo przeogromnie mi się podoba!
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Przeogromnie dziękuję! :hug:
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:iconskilzlost:
skilzlost Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
amazing !"
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:iconkiriwina:
kiriwina Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Efekt przezroczystości jest świetny, a przytłaczającość potwora wyjątkowo dobrze oddana. Robi wrażenie. Popieram wniosek o dodanie do mistycznych.
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Sama nie wiem. Ostatnio mam kryzys wiary w swoje umiejętności i gdyby się dało, pewnie nie pokazywałabym tych prac nikomu... Ale dziękuję za miłe słowa. :)
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elektrozelle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
The concept is awesome and you captured the colors and vibrant feel of the image just amazingly. That elementalist has got some balls.
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Setzuo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
siiiiickk.... the lighting works well, the colossus is terrifying, the flow and motion work in it's favor...

very nice!
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Tullusion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Doskonałe. Powinno trafić do Mistycznych...
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Nie wiem. Nie nadaje się chyba. Ale dziękuję...
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TheKiller7 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Quite good colossus design, I like the overall design, specially the head.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've featured this here: [link] :heart:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
This looks really cool! I love the colours you picked!
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moonra-zk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Is that a water elementalist trying to battle the water colossus? I wonder what went through his/her mind when he had that idea...

Nice work, btw, this was the water colossus that I liked more.
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Every game world is populated by people who overestimate their power. :D
Thank you, I'm glad you like my work. :aww:
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moonra-zk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Yeah, but fighting an elemental alone is just too suicidal D:

You're welcome, good luck in the contest. :D
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist
'Hehhehheh, it's dinnertime, it's my lucky day!'
'Oh, dear, oh dear me...'

Fantastic sense of scale, mate!
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Well, she shouldn't have gone swimming in the deep. ;)
Thank you! :hug:
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ForeverZeroDragon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome! Amazing colors :D
So good you learned a lot! me too by drawing for this contest too ^^
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Yay, water colossi unite! :highfive:
Thank you. :aww:
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ForeverZeroDragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
XD so you saw that I draw a water colossus too? xD

I was inspired in some way by abyssal fishes too :D
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gigahead Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is incredible man, the colors and the sense of scale is impressive, was this done on a tablet?
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Thank you! Yes, I used a tablet for this. :)
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gigahead Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Keep up the good work man, I wanna see more stuff like this!
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xsierramichelle Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man this is so much better than my entry for the contest. >.> It's so colourful and fascinating, I love it.
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Hey, don't say that. I think your colossus is really original with all those crystals, didn't see anything else like this in the entries. :)
:hug:
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xsierramichelle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw you're so sweet. <3 Thank you, I still really love yours my goodness if I ran into something like that I'd probably just stare at it in awe while it was eating me. o__o
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feelthispen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooowww! na to się jakoś głosuje? Bo ja bym chciała... xD
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Nie da się, pracownicy dA wybierają półfinalistów (czyli pewnie nawet nie zobaczą mojego, bo nie jest popularne :D).
Ale dziękuję pięknie za chęci. :hug:
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feelthispen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
przecież muszą ogladnąć wszystkie prace, no nie? :<
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
W teorii tak. Aczkolwiek są pewne... plotki... co do rzetelności dA w tym zakresie. :D
No cóż, zobaczy się. :)
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kxeron Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's an interesting monster! :O I really enjoy all the small details on his head (the glitter and shadings too). Fins are impressive too (actually, they're the ones which caught my attention) - I like the feel of their slight transparency and those dots.

The elementalist and background could have their own praise too. Looks like even if this human is small, it still has a lot of details (makes me wonder, what is the real size of this piece) - how da heck you managed to do those shades!? Also, the magic looks cool too (wish, I could do such illiusions of shine).
The background is another thing which quite attracts the eye - nice way using colours to make it look like it's a coral riff :clap:
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I'm glad to see such a comment under my work. :aww: *is impressed*
Thank you so much for the kind words! And I'm happy someone noticed the elementalist too. :)
The full piece is 3000 pixels wide and 2250 pixels tall.
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:iconkxeron:
kxeron Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome (and it's truly a big piece :O ) Good luck with the contest :)
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:iconuruczek:
Uruczek Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
zajebiście Ci to wyszło :D
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Dziękować! :hug:
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:iconandared:
Andared Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I like the way you used the creature's wings for the composition. The bones in the wings guide the eye to the tiny figure facing the creature. Very well executed.
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:iconaerilien:
Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you. :aww:
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dancingwithrobots Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
fabulous lighting here! the magical blue colours of light are beautiful, so well done!
overall the highlighting is great throughout and contrasts against the dark really well. i think brighter colours would have maybe improved this, but i can't fault much else. really really good work, i hope you do well in the contest! :hug:
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you! :hug:
You're right, the brighter colours could have improved it, but the contest is closed for now... Oh well, we'll see. :D
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dancingwithrobots Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
it still looks awesome though :la:
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DoodleParrot Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I can imagine this epic boss battle with music from Contra playing in background...
...
AWESOME! :dance:
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Aerilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I know! Contra music makes everything more epic and manly. :D
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's a really elaborate looking creature. That little wizard person down there looks totally screwed. :D
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