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Cetus by aeryael Cetus by aeryael
This was my submission to Light Grey Art Lab's COSMOS exhibition. I was honored to be one of 100 artists to participate, each one creating a depiction of a constellation or astral body. Mine was the constellation Cetus, the sea monster. Each piece of art is now part of a beautiful tarot & oracle deck that is for sale on Light Grey Art Lab's shop, along with prints:
shop.lightgreyartlab.com/

Link directly to my piece's art print: shop.lightgreyartlab.com/colle…

Cetus means "big fish" or "sea monster". In Greek Mythology, Cetus was the sea monster sent by Poseidon to devour princess Andromeda, and slain by Perseus. But the name was used to refer to various sea monsters, including in the Bible, in which Jonah was in the belly of a "huge fish".
I really love to meditate and study about the symbolic meaning of myths and creatures and, well, everything.
While water represents emotions, the sea represents the unconscious, and it is populated by a myriad of creatures, often mysterious, unknown, living in deep dark abyssal waters... there are certainly monsters dwelling in the deep of us. But we can only get to know them by allowing them to come to the light...

As a card on the Light Grey Art Lab's tarot and oracle deck, the meaning of this card is: "Underlying Emotional Issue - Self-Doubt - Fear"

The star on its chest is Mira, "the Wonderful", the most notable star in the constellation.

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Woooww thank you so much for the DD!! :heart: :heart:
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Cetus by aeryael ( Suggested by LukasFractalizator and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Student General Artist
nice artwork! :D
also sorry for commenting on so much just now. I enjoyed your art :)
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016   Digital Artist
Haha no problem, I'm glad you do! Thank you!
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Student General Artist
ok :)
ur welcome :)
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Now that is killer, job well done!
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:iconjayanam:
jayanam Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece
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:iconartistmyx:
artistmyx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
congrats!
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MrOtterson Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely worth fearing and being in awe of.
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:iconab1996:
Ab1996 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
good
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
well done
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:iconcinnamoncandy:
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconmojo213:
mojo213 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Amazing. It's so stunning great job
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BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Wonderful work!
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asguardian9000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Fascinating inspirational, it is beautifully and articularly created with professional skill and it really makes you think when coupled with your description :meow: :love: :clap:
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RieyTails Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Artist
Delightful artwork, the shades of green are done very well and fits in with the aquatic setting. The sea monster looks ferocious like it should, too.

Great artwork and congrats on the DD! :clap:
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
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EquisEspada Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
You know, this artwork reminds me of a problem I had when I was kid:

"Oh no, the dragon is too big! Quick make the tail curve and coil around!"

Now that I'm older I know that the whole beast doesn't have to be in the image to look good.
Though this artwork almost make it look like you trapped the beast in a tiny square box, and its coiled so it can fit. 
This coiled up pose decreases its silhouette value. 
Also the hell is with the vestigial fins there? I swear they almost feel frankensteined in. 
And if this is supposed to be a giant fish how come we have nothing to compare it to, sure there's small fish in the distance 
but that's hardly a comparison. 

And I won't lie the glowing iron man chest piece kinda feels like it was placed on as an after thought. 
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MCR404 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
WOoOOOOoooOOoOOOOOOOOOOOOw
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, truly deserved DD! I like the way you integrate all those "sea monster" concepts in one, and the analysis you did of it: "Monsters dwelling in the deep of us", of our mind. True.
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! Congrats on the DD
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:iconoxni:
OXNI Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! :D
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ZaZaBelle9200 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
I love the contrasts in color! How it's orangey beige in the light and seems to glow in the dark under water it just looks so realistic and its pose just screams movement... It's amazing!
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Tiger610 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:33< yeah, that's what she's like 
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TheKEVisHere07 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Epic monster :o
Great work.
Congrats on the DD
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks! You too :heart:
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MaryMangle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Filmographer
Mmmmmmmm...Awesome!
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Midgetastical Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
NOPE
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
what?
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Damn some interesting information there :love:. Congratulations on your DD! :heart: :clap:
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sJibbi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation
Great execution of the scene.
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StreetKombatfighter Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
great work
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That-Last-Guardian Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student General Artist
I thought it said Cletus
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Well, you can name it that if you'd keep it as a pet
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:iconthat-last-guardian:
That-Last-Guardian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Yeah great idea
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Very good colors, great strange anatomy, the head pushes some primal 'terror' buttons.
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Threshie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: Love this! Especially how the planets and stars are beneath the surface, and there's normal clouds above.
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aeryael Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I see the deep ocean and the cosmos as symbolically similar... great dark depths, full of life and mysteries, mythologically the bodies of dark mother goddesses.
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Zlushy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
That looks so awesome ö.ö
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harley1key Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Holy crap this is amazing
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