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Behold, The Night Mare by Zephyri Behold, The Night Mare by Zephyri
A piece done for the CGHub Illustrated monthly challenge, the topic was song lyrics. Spent aaages trying to find something to do, then was hit by inspiration when the Smashing Pumpkins song, Behold! The Night Mare came on, and the image just bloomed in my head. Quick sketch at lunch time said it was an idea worth exploring, so I dd. Master copying pays off, it seems, I'm actually pretty proud of this piece all in all.

The lyrics:

I've faced the fathoms in your deep
Withstood the suitors quiet siege
Pulled down the heavens just to please you
Appease you
The wind blows and I know

I can't go on, digging roses from your grave
To linger on, beyond the beyond
Where the willows weep
And whirlpools sleep, you'll find me
The coarse tide reflects sky

And the night mare rides on, and the night mare rides on
With a december black psalm
And the night mare rides on
What I fear is lost here
The wind blows and I know


Direct Stock ref used:
[link] by ~Iardacil-stock
[link] by ~Ulvar-Stock
Other horses were a royal mix of photos.
All done in PS from scratch.
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Honeybelles3 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Beautiful
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MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful art has been featured here:  moonlightmysteria.deviantart.c… :heart:
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Andrew-Parkin Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I like this.  Very dark, enigmatic.  Props :)
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Schism-Walker Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is utterly amazing and very beautiful interpretation of the lyrics!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhelwen:
Helwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing, very beautiful work :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmks5958:
mks5958 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Wonderful!
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
simply incredible.
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WulframSchriber Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
They fit really nicely together. Took a listen to the song and this image fits very nicely with it. Well done!
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Bellatrix-666 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Just wow!
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Rezurii-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is all kinds of amazing! I would buy a print of this and buy a beautiful frame to put it in! :wow:
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Clever play on words.
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Tickclick Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   General Artist
This is amazig as fuck.
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DarkMagician37 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Wow! It's so beautiful and eerie, I love it! The contrast of the black with red is so amazing! Fantastic job!
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KyoSohma7 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is really beautiful and interesting. Also, I love the details.
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carlacorvino Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD, THIS IS PERFECT!
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TheAnonymBrainwash Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It's so beautiful XoX
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mrsmikescofield8 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
this is gorgeous!
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blooddarkened Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Okay so it told me to leave a comment when I fav'd this and its so absolutely beautiful I find myself obeying. While the entire thing is of course as you have seen in the many comments amazing! My absolutely favourite part though is the flow of the clok and the leading the red gives the eye through the page such lovely pettals!
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Sephiroth-Art Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Hello, I've given this piece a feature over here -> [link]
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Julia-Aurora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I really love the dark colors you used, and how the red of the flowers stands out.
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very beautiful!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Magnificent!!
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:iconzebree:
zebree Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
oO i love it! so great!
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brightii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
Thanks for sharing your amazing art with us! :)
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Hathien603 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Featured here: [link] :)
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meitanei Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Amazing. SO AMAZING.
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ArthurGWG Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I just love Smashing Pumpkins!
Very good!
That drawing is very alike many others done for a card game named "Magic the gathering". I can picture this image in a card any moment.
Congratulations.
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DeeMelino Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Iloveit! :D
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Liamythesh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg.... Just... wow.
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Gorgeous work!
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ErinM31 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Awesome! :wow: I love how dark it is and the flowers held by the figure at the right are a great touch! :)
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ceciliay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I have featured your lovely work here:[link]
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CatherineNodet Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! :heart:
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning! :love:
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lulubis123 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
wow dark unicorns look beautiful! nice
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Netah Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Wow, Sam. This is a powerful piece, very haunting.
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Number-void Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This just awesome. Perfectly in agreement with the song !
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jazzknh Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Evocative of all the best of Grimm's fairytales. Beautiful, yet horrifying. So Good to see your work.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you - the Grimm fairytale comment is especially appreciated, as I love those kind of illustrations myself.
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:iconzyta:
zyta Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Photographer
This is amazing. Love how it blends together. Always loved that. <3
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I've already commented on this, but I keep coming back to it! It's absolutely amazing!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh second time commenters are muchly appreciated, glad the image inspired you to come back again!
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Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Leykisha Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
that's amazing ** especially the red color in this dark atmosphere!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Leykisha Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
you're very welcome =3
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