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Foray in the Deep Sea


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The anglerfish is a somewhat creepy creature living down in the deep blue sea, which lures its prey with its luminescent fin. But suddenly something even more frightening comes in the way of its foray...

Finally a new work and my last one of 2020! This one is a manipulation and lighting practice made for kuschelirmel-stock's contest "Out of the Darkness into the Light":  Out of Darkness into the Light CONTESTAs the days are getting shorter we do our best to lighten our mood with lamps and candles, trying to keep the darkness at bay. This darkness can be literal or more of a metaphor (for anxiety and depression), same with the light. For this contest, I want you to choose at least one of my stock images and create a photomanipulation with darkness and light.You do not have to limit yourself to images depicting night scenes with candles or lamps (though those will surely give you a great opportunity for high contrast images), you can also think about other light sources in other (dark) settings. For example moonlight, magic / fairy light, an eclipse, a dark cave, sunlight shining through trees, a sunset,... The only thing I would not recommend is a full on daylight scene since there are less opportunities for showing darkness when the whole setting already is so bright. Also do not limit yourself to just actual light and dark - you can also use the concept to convey a mood, an idea or a whole concept; you can be as abstract as you like!From a more technical side, what I would love to see is your skills with lighting: how light plays off your main character or object, how the scene is illuminated and how the shadows help to define your image - keeping in mind that darkness is rarely pitch black.,Theme: Out of Darkness into the LightMandatory Stock Use: you have to use at least one (1) stock image (sorry textures, brushes, actions etc. don't count) provided by @kuschelirmel-stock, this stock image needs to be easily recognizable in your work and needs to be linked to directly for easy reference, the rest of the stock you use is up to you (NOTE 1)Medium: Photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want - but the main part has to be a manip)Deadline: The contest runs from 01.11.2020 until 03.01.2021 23:59 CET countdown to deadline | list of local times and datesSubmission Rules: The entry has to be made for this contest and this contest alone - uploaded after the start date and before the deadline - please include a link to this journal to promote the contest! (NOTE 2)Judges: @kuschelirmel-stock & to be announced laterWhat we will be judging on: Of course your entry needs to fit the theme, using light and darkness in contrast, using photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want). We'll be looking at creativity and technical skills (like blending, use of light and shadows in a logical manner, etc) (NOTE 3)NOTE 1) It should go without saying, but I feel I need to say it anyway for the sake of clarity:Only entries with legitimate stock sources will be accepted. Google is not a stock site, it is a search engine. It is your responsibility to make sure you adhere to whatever rules are attached to the images you use (link back, credit, notify,... whatever the rules may be). If you use your own images or ones you bought that do not require you to credit, please also indicate this in some fashion. I reserve the right to decline your entry if I cannot be reasonably sure that all your stock is in fact legal!NOTE 2) You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win once. If you want to avoid competing against yourself, you might want to choose just one entry, your best.NOTE 3) While I am giving you free choice as to what you want to use as the mandatory kuschelirmel-stock image, I would like to make it a point that if you use a premade background with pretty lighting and your own part in the lighting is only minimal, it will not score very high on the technical side of things... I'm not saying it will automatically put you at the bottom of the list, but it will mean the difference between individual places for sure.How to EnterUpload your image on dA and specify in the artist's comment that it is for this contest. Then note me on my stock account @kuschelirmel-stock with your entry so I can add it to the Contest Collection. Alternatively you can also just comment on this journal.-- If I get less than 20 entries I reserve the right to extend or cancel the contest for lack of competition; I hope this will not be the case! --Entries Counter 12latest entries:,entries are added as they arrive Prizesprizes are updated as the contest progresses - if you would like to donate something yourself, please leave me a comment or a note 1st Place1500 points from @kuschelirmel-stock 500 points from @Butterkuegelchen 500 points from @AwakenedComposites 3 exclusive stock packs from @kuschelirmel-stock (see this folder) 3 exclusive stocks from @AwakenedCompositesJournal features at @lauraypablo, @AwakenedComposites, @kuschelirmel-stock & @kuschelirmel 2nd Place1000 points from @kuschelirmel-stock 300 points from @Butterkuegelchen250 points from @AwakenedComposites2 exclusive stock packs from @kuschelirmel-stock(see this folder)3 exclusive stocks from @AwakenedCompositesJournal features at @lauraypablo @AwakenedComposites @kuschelirmel-stock& @kuschelirmel3rd Place500 points from @kuschelirmel-stock 200 points from @Butterkuegelchen100 points from @AwakenedComposites1 exclusive stock pack from @kuschelirmel-stock(see this folder)3 exclusive stocks from @AwakenedCompositesJournal features at @lauraypablo @AwakenedComposites , @kuschelirmel-stock& @kuschelirmelHonorable MentionsPre-cut Stock Open Book from @kuschelirmel-stock 1 exclusive stock from @AwakenedCompositesJournal features at @lauraypablo @AwakenedComposites, @kuschelirmel-stock @kuschelirmelNote to the donors: Please check if I represented your wishes to donate correctly - thank you so much for the support!!!I am looking forward to your entries!...
I had a lot of fun using light and shadow to create the gloomy atmosphere of this underwater scene. So I hope you'll like the result, too!

Thanks a lot to the stock artists:
Memento Mori by kuschelirmel-stock  Greenery 01 Pre-Cut Stock by kuschelirmel-stock by kuschelirmel-stock
Stardust Texture II. by galaxiesanddust.
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ArmyStyle1's avatar

i like all of your arts lol

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thanks for the compliment :D

PendragonArts-GEA's avatar

Magnificent! Brilliant lighting too... and what a surprise for the angler! Sublime concept and composition.

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Magnificent work! The lighting is impressive :clap:

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Glad you like the light, thank you!

lauraypablo's avatar

:wow: Erik, this is spectacular! I love what you did, I'm seeing the winner here :la: I'm pretty sure of that :D

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haha we'll see about that :D thank you so much for the great compliment Laura! :)

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Love it Erik! fabulous work

ErikShoemaker's avatar

thanks mate! Happy New Year!

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Cool work as always Erik! Happy New Year and all the best!

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Thank you, happy Near Year to you as well! :hug:

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...excellent work my friend...:) ...

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Erik are welcome my friend a plesure looking at your art during 2020

happy 2021 2u...:w00t: :airborne: ....:+fav:

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