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The whaler girls by Zephyri The whaler girls by Zephyri
It was as sunset cast its final burning embers across the well trodden beach that the trio of girls perched atop a oil-slicked rocks finally sagged into the unforgiving surface, arms and legs weary with the ache of hard toil. The day was done; one of many for the women of the town after the Spears had brought in the huge beast. Already the rumblings of a far off storm were beginning to vibrate in the chill wind and it would not be long before the sands were churned and cleansed of the whale's blood.

A piece for a personal world building project. Those of you who remember the last couple of pieces I've done for Eidy, this is development for the village she grew up in, and that set in motion the events that would eventually lead her to being one of the best known pirateers on the oceans. 

All done in photoshop, and not without a good deal of blood, stress and tears. Too many hours for my liking!

Please don't use or repost this image without my permission. 

See the WIP images on my blog here: samhogg.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01…


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:iconcynaleatore:
CynAleatore Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I saw this design in ImagineFX magazine. Really great design! I just had to follow/watch you! :happybounce: 
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Pink7777 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Super!
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:iconkapow2003:
Kapow2003 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Gorgeous work! That lighting is just superb.
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:iconfayefujiko:
fayefujiko Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   General Artist
At first glance, I could have sworn this was a Turner work. :jawdrop:
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snowysylva Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting and emotion in this image are splendid, and the brushstrokes in the background add a fantastic amount of texture. 
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconkurokami-kanzashi:
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Beautiful!  I love how you've made the digital media look like an old oil painting.  Well done!
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:iconkatjanette:
KatJanette Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Artist
What a stirring piece!
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:iconcherryinthesun:
CherryInTheSun Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohh, this is toooo good :wow:
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:iconrkilby:
rkilby Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   General Artist
beautiful. really.
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Fantastic, I thought it was a mastercopy of a classical painting!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh thanks m'dear, a great compliment indeed!
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:iconangelica-bracho:
Angelica-Bracho Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional
GREAT! I rreally love all of those warmy colors :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconwildemoon:
WildeMoon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
This is really fantastic!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
This is flat out lovely, Sam. Even more; it reads like oil on canvas.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it has more of a rough traditional feel, as I'd like my digital work to push more towards that if I can!
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Sorry to be slow and sparse on comments. We just got my main comp working properly and as much data back on it as backed up safely. After 5 months on the laptop ye olde carpal tunnel has flared big time. :(
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JohnMcCambridge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Beautiful painting

Sam

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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers John!
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dankelby Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great work, Sam - the colours in that sky are superb. Now I'm going to download that brush set and absorb your powers, muahahahahahaha!!!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Dan! Hah, you'll be getting my hand-me-down powers from jonas, best to go steal them from the source. (Oh and check out his Level Up! Youtube vids with Woytek Fus - some awesome info in them!)
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Jessibels Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I absolutely adore this painting - I've kept it in my message centre for a few days now, so I could keep opening it up to have another look :) The sense of light and atmosphere are stunning and I love those brushstrokes. :heart:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I do that with some images myself, so I take it as a great compliment you'd do that!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Beautiful light and muted colors, very good character design, superb composition.  I'm so sorry it took so much out of you, but the painting is utterly superb.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, it's honestly the comments like this that keep me pushing through the  'screw this I give up' phases of painting. 
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Remember that movie about Michelangelo? 'The Agony and the Ecstasy?'  Pain often generates art.  
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darkwolf23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnyaar:
nyaar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have words for the awesomeness...
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heheh thanks!
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really love the look of this! I know all too well how seemingly countless hours can be spent to get something look right; but it's part of the learning process, I think. :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And yes, the illusion of simplicity and control is one that takes me a long time!
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:iconpiscapochas:
piscapochas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
extraordinario trabajo!!!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconjellyjango:
jellyjango Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
this is captivating and the lighting is amazing.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TerribleToadQueen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Beautiful! The hard work really shows!
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:iconchyminy:
chyminy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure I've seen this hanging in a museum someplace ;)  Well done!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks  Dave, appreciate the compliment!
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:iconchyminy:
chyminy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are surely welcome, Sam.  Always have been inspired by your quality work.
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gosh, this is gorgeous. May I ask what brushes you use? Are they custom brushes?
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
it's a number of brushes, but the main one I used is one of the canvas ones from Jonas De Ro's set here on dA: fav.me/d5rcqds
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'll have to try out that brush.
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conceptfox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your hours and toil have not gone to waste--this is a really powerful image! Great vibe, you really get the sense that something big and strange is going on while these girls work and just go about their normal day. 

Crazy. Keep up the awesome work Sam :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Ashley! Glad you get something a little otherworldly with it too!
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:iconryua:
Ryua Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your lighting is so beautiful.

Also, man it would take a lot of effort to butcher up a whale. Most people would be at a loss of what to do with a rabbit.
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