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Dulcior Nocens Somnium

By AlexRuizArt
**updated version for the Hive Gallery art show this Saturday in LA, if you're in town sing by! It's printed 40" wide, massive:)**

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start! Here's something I've been working on for a while, and it turned out to be quite the contrasting complement to an image I created over two years ago:[link]

In case your wondering, the title means in Latin literally, 'Pleasant Bad Dream', in that if I were having this dream I'd be terrified as well as awed!:) All done in photoshop and painter, and took waaay longer than it should have haha.. There's things hidden in there, as well as things I don't even know about...tell me what you see!

Thanks for looking!
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HorseCrazyAshay's avatar
AWESOME! I see a million different squids, an weird stag-like thing, a rocket, a dragon, a leopard-skin... this reminds me somehow of Van Gogh's art!
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tigerstar5078's avatar
Looks kind of like a wolf
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Hypnaganja's avatar
This is un-godly EPIC, can only wish to one day make a piece this intense. Perfect title for this as well. excellent piece. Peace.Love.Light.
DarkAnimalStudios's avatar
This one is so beautiful.
Yes, finally found it! I used this as my wallpaper and I'm glad that I now know the name of artits, who did this.
I'll be looking at thia awhile , very good
snowowl24's avatar
i see......magic!!!!!!!!! :O lololololololoo!!!this is simply amazing
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Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day!
morqwal's avatar
how do you get the spine looking shapes and the spiky circles? do you paint individual or paint a set and then work with copy/paste and/or other tools?
AlexRuizArt's avatar
I use a lot of custom brushes for that effect.
morqwal's avatar
oh, well, very cool. so, if i were to guess a way, cause i'd like to try getting back into painting, then could i cut a brush, or something, into a saw-toothed shape?
AlexRuizArt's avatar
absolutely, you can make a brush out of anything! I have tutorial downloads on the exact subject for sale here: [link]
morqwal's avatar
thank you !!!
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kaseylsnow's avatar
Adore it--this is an incredibly inspirational piece with all of these gorgeous colors--thanks for sharing. :)
Beautiful! What did you do to make this, any compositing other images, or just pure painting?
AlexRuizArt's avatar
thanks:) yes, much compositing of photographs, and a hell of a lot of custom brushes and shapes!
Thrasher2's avatar
I have no clue what is going on in this piece but it is too visually stunning to lessen my love for it! Great work!
artmaks's avatar
Simply amazing! One feels the hours spent doing this work ^ ^
Liketheisland's avatar
This is just- wow. So much detail and depth, and excellent lighting!! It's blinding me with awesome. *fav*
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