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Eclipse by ErikShoemaker Eclipse by ErikShoemaker
My contribution for Desktopography 2015, a collection of epic nature themed desktop wallpapers in various sizes: desktopography.net/
Check out the artworks, it's worth it! You can download this wallpaper in other sizes here: desktopography.net/exhibition/…

This Earth-like planet in a fictional solar system is orbited by a lot of moons that frequently eclipse the sun of the system. In such events, the local predators emerge from their cloud cover to go harvesting.

The cloudscape was created using some of my photos taken on a plane trip between Germany and Italy, with the addition of a photo from the NASA image library. The flying dragons are mostly a blend of snakes, alligators and bat wings. As always the elements are tied together with plenty of overpainting. Hope you like it!

Here are some stock credits:
TheStockWarehouse Hanging Bat | nudagimo Alligator 2012 foto und tube by birgit g | syccas-stock | snake 1 |  snake 2


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SakuraBast Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
I love cloud worlds! The way the light glints off the scales is really nice.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I managed to take some awesome cloud photos from the plane and then spiced them up later in PS for this artwork. It is much more amazing to see them firsthand :)
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Edo555 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Wow great. This could be a world without solid land at all. And native dragons flying like whale sharks filter feeding on cloud plancton.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a very cool thought! Might inspire me to explore this further :D thanks for the comment!
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Edo555 Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
I would want to see that:) For me clouds look like that there must be something abowe them.
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sitting-in-my-room Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, that's cool.
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Christianer3 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
I say to this Dragons flying in the Sky.Wink/Razz 
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AkhillesY Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Magneficent
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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AkhillesY Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
You're welcome
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:iconrewiko:
Rewiko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Just WOW 👍👍
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
awesome piece!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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LittleMissKirra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
i love the giant figures appearing out of the clouds, outstanding!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, glad you like it!
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DanielAtman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018
amazing art!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the compliment! :)
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qcmoff Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!!
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DaveSheepek Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
einfach mega das Bild 8-) ... kann es nicht anders beschreiben =D ^^
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
danke dir :D Bin auch mit den Wolken und dem Licht immer noch sehr zufrieden. Bei den Drachen würde ich am Nachhinein noch mal ein bisschen nachbessern, aber da bin ich bis jetzt zu faul gewesen. :D
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DaveSheepek Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kein Ding ^^ ... bitte bitte =)

ach was, die schauen doch gut aus =D
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
i really love this picture....
you drew this?? You are the best artist I know
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks so much for the compliment, I really appreciate it!! :)
It's partly drawn and partly made with photos I took on a flight. The cloud formations were amazing so I had to do something with them :)
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I had photos of amazing cloud shapes, but then my tablet broke. :(
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Xyarlo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017
This looks....awesome. I can't descrobe why, but for some reason this is just paralyzing me. I couldn't even say what exactly is special about it. I'm not a fan of those creatures. Maybe it's the beauty and liberty of the sky?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Parts of the sky are photos I managed to take from the airplane. It was indeed a magical view, I had to turn it into an art piece! Thanks for your comment :)
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Chiyoruu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
11/10
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D thanks
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
nice

TOOOOOOOOOTHLEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(splat!)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I saw your profile page.. 
I have NEVER seen art so good!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much for the nice compliment! There are tons of amazing artists around here, I'm sure you'll find better ones eventually :D
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I doubt I'll ever find anyone better than you.. My main goal is to be an artist like you now
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blush: I don't know what to say other than thank you!
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JdWolfChild Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome, you are really the best artist anyone could find
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Shadoken Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
This is an amazing piece.  It blew away the duldrums of my day in an instant and now I want it on a mural to cover an entire wall.  Thank you. This is inspiring, world shaking.. . . . . . FANTASTICAL!!!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks so much for the cool comment :D glad to hear it brightened your day a bit.
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megayver Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just amazing !!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017
Looks great.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Your welcome.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work. :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The scales look masterfull! Just like real snake scales. :) Very shiny. :nod: However, the tiny time wings looks way too small. Apart from that it's a beautiful picture. :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah bigger wings definetely would have made the creatures more epic. :nod: I don't remember why I chose these small ones actually. I think I intended them to be more magical creatures, so the wings are mostly accessories. Thanks a lot for the comment!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Schlemper-cado0 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017
All the pictures are amazing. A willingness to comment on all of them. Lololol. But since nowadays one does not have more time for nothing, I have to go work. lololol
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