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My entry for CGhub's Natives of the Lifeless Forest Challenge. [link]

Didn't really plan on submitting this at the end of the contest coz I got bored with it coz everyone else's entries looked cooler than mine xD To my surprise the submission system for the contest was still up and running 15 days after the deadline. So I finished it up this morning. Figured I started painting it, might as well... It turned out a little better than expected.

Ere's my write up:

Engkantos are forest spirits in Philippine Mythology. They have the ability to appear in human form if they wish to mingle and mess around with humans. Some of them are evil and they sometimes confuse people in the path they are taking around the forest and lead them to fall off cliffs (They can appear as someone you know). Some of them are simply mischievous and will usually misplace your things around to make fun of you and confuse you.

In the case of the challenge, the forest they live in is dead. They have lost their powers and have no choice but to appear in their true form to confront the father who is camping and resting in his journey with his sons... I've always imagined the true form of these "Engkantos" as glowing monkeys coz of stories of their mischievous behavior ever since I was a child.




Ere's the other entries to the challenge: [link]
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Miguelleugim17's avatar
naks galing !
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
salamats
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RAOcreations's avatar
RAOcreations|Hobbyist General Artist
This is really a great work!
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
thank you :)
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need art director [link]
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
would love to be an art director, but I got a good job right now :D i am however open to freelance work. please email me at johnbarryballaran@gmail.com for any of your freelance art concerns :D thx!
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Lustado's avatar
awesome!!
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
thank you!
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ur welcome
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Oktanas|Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic piece
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
thx :D
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\m/

hardcore
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
:ahoy:
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johnbecaro|Professional Digital Artist
freaking amazing!
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
salamat john! ;D
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fantomdranzerx's avatar
Very nice! The engkanto look really good. I like it when my relatives tell me stories about them :)
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
:ahoy: glad you like man
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
tnx man!
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PearlPhoenix|Professional Digital Artist
This is really well done! You are kicking so much ass :>

I know that feeling though, where you feel everyone's work looks so much better than yours. Don't let that get to you, you just never know how other people look at your work. Would be nice to see through other people's eyes...

But yeah, this is pretty epic :) you worked hard, you deserve the praise
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jbballaran| Digital Artist
hehe tnx Marissa. That's one of my problems. I get intimidated too quickly. I'm trying to convert that intimidation into jealousy so that I force myself to improve rather than get downed by the talents of other awesome artists out there. Probably not the best way to go about it, but it's working for me so far xD Good point about different pips see different things and appreciate different artworks. I'll keep that in mind :ahoy:
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PearlPhoenix|Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes I get down too, but I do become motivated to try something more when I see other great artwork...while I get jealous at others, but in a good way.

So weird ...lol
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