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My entry for the Rift Colossus contest.
Earth plane
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Wow! Big thanks to both the DA semi finalist judges and Trion's creative team! and of course to the DA community for all of your comments and support!

You can see some progress shots of this entry here
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my entry for the Rift contest. :)
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A melody, which livens up the forest... and awakes a long forgotten fairytale...

There is some kind of a story behind this picture. But I want you to imagine yourself what this story could look like :) so tell me in the comments ;) :D

This image took so much time and effort to draw! I think it's my hugest picture so far! I hope you like it!! :heart:

Drawn in PS CS4 with Hanvon "Artmaster" - graphic tablet
about 20+ hours

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RIFT theme: This is the colossus of life :)

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:icon1dakota-smith1: has written a very beautiful and awesome shortstory for this picture... thanks so much!!:

That...tune....has not been heard on this side of the world in....a very long time. It has been so long...I had almost forgotten just how wonderful it is. I must see. I must see where it is coming from. Who brings it here?

The earth is stiff around the Guardian but despite of this he lifts himself above the surface. Nearby there is a young woman playing a small instrument on the stump of what was once a mighty tree. The Guardian speaks in her mind "you who are you?"
Without faltering the woman answers "my name is Arethusa. My ancestor was once the nymph who resided in this tree."
"Why do you come here Arethusa? Why do you play that song?"
"This song has been passed down my family for hundreds of years. As a child I heard the stories of you, great Guardian, and how you have kept this forest pure."
The Guardian was silent
"I have come here to tell you that there is very little of the outside world left and what is left is burning....did you know this is the last forest?"
"Yes. I have felt my kin dying this past millennium."
"Why have you done nothing to stop it?" Arethusa said. A tear trickled down her cheek and onto her flute.
"I cannot leave this forest. I am the very heart and soul of this place. I am bound to this place forever."
"The song is almost finished."
"Then we must soon part ways and you will go back to the outside world."
"There is nothing for me there."
"You must go. If what you say is true then it is time for a new age. I give you a piece of my power..."
Arethusa felt roots entwining themselves around her feet and crawl up her legs. She felt a glow fill her up. For that one moment she was bound to the forest itself and she could see it. In her mind's eye she saw every tree, flower, and blade of grass. For that one moment she could hear the forest singing along with her little tune.
"You must return to the world and may where ever you step be the home to my children. The age of the forest will rise from the ashes. All will be well.'
As the song ended the roots fell away and the guardian returned to his slumber, preparing to wake at the dawn of a new and brighter earth.

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Millennia ago, an entire civilization banded together to ensnare this devastating water spirit in cursed armor. However, once the deed was done, it was not enough to hinder the monster entirely. With no means to rid itself of the cumbersome shackles, it wiped out the entire populace of its planet in a blind fury. Ever since, it has been traveling the Rifts in search of a way to free itself with malicious intent.

I thought coming up with some possible attacks it does would be fun:

-Shoots a super-heated column of water from its mouth area. Indicators of this are a glowing of the neck and head area and steam venting from the forehead.

-Uses the bodies of its past victims as vessels to attack you with. Those bodies would be floating around in its own body, swept up by its powerful current and pushed out to create enemies to fight.

-Can smash stuff with its head in classic WWE fashion.

-Tail whip?

-Maybe create a steam/fog screen that hinders characters.


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Thanks to everyone's support and kind words throughout the competition! And obviously, thanks to the RIFT and DA teams for selecting my little water worm as the 2nd place winner!! I feel so happy. T.T


DOUBLE EDIT:

GOOD GANGLY GOPHER GRAPES! Second place and now a DD? I didn't even know that was
possible..... well I'm not gonna challenge that, haha. Thanks a bunch for picking this, it's
been an honor. :)
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Thought I could try my luck on the current contest :> Wish I had more time though! Started it today, thinking I would have days to finish it... But then I read tomorrow is the deadline! So it's a bit rushed, sorry for that!
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Thunder colossus
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I'm drown in work right now, this piece looks so unfinished but I couldn't manage to paint more hehe =P

Beware of the resin minions, they'll stick to you and carry into the colossus, where you won't die, but recycled in another resin monster.
The colossus is way hard to bring down, but once done, killing it is a piece of cake.


The design is way too simple compared to all other entries, but I love simple stuff. (My first 3D draft is... a table hahaha [link])

Hope to be back to DA sometime! ;___; I really miss it.

Art © Gina Chacón
Done in SAI and Photoshop (I missed using custom brushes too!)
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Hey!
Here's my try at the Rift challenge o_o I hope I did everything right.

About a day of work, pencil + PS CS3, no refs, as usual o_ov Lots of fun and experimenting too!

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Earth colossus :)
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This is my first contest!! I ´m very happy to participate. I will try to do one more illustration to have more chance. Right now I have to much work to do, I´m very exhausted.
Thank you so much for all your comments and critics,, and thank to Deviantart.
I hope you like it!
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