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Spelunking - Eskchange 2018

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By KiRAWRa   |   
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My gift for Muscah of their esk, Keho (#339), for the Secret Santa Eskchange at ThoseWhoWentMissing!
Terribly sorry for being late with my submission - I got sick over the holiday break and it didn't help how ambitious I got with this picture... but I hope it was worth the wait and that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, Muscah! ♥

My first thought when signing up for the Eskchange was to draw an interaction with my esk, Daffodil, but upon getting my assignment, that idea went quickly out the window considering Daff would be no larger than one of this Esk's mushrooms XD
I imagine Keho loves his boundary and knows all the best spots to hang out in, but I also wanted to depict how a massive esk like this would find it frustrating to be confined to such a space for several decades. How might Keho react if he encountered an adventurous spelunker? :0

Just for fun, I put together [a GIF] of WIP shots showing how I painted this image c:

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Image Point Totals: 102AP, 26GP
+10AP, 4GP - Shaded Illustration
+5AP, 2GP - Full Body
+20AP, 6GP - Scenic Background
+1AP, 1GP - Enchantment
+5AP - Personal Work
+10AP - Other Esk
x2 Holiday Eskchange Bonus
Esk are a closed species by witherlings and part of the ThoseWhoWentMissing ARPG
Image size
1368x884px 1.6 MB
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qzilla8425's avatar

This reminds me of Kulve Taroth from Monster Hunter World

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MapleCloudsHobbyist Digital Artist

I absolutely LOVE the detail. <3

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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! ♥
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MapleCloudsHobbyist Digital Artist

You are very welcome Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1]

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EffloretHobbyist Digital Artist
This is just...breathtaking wowwwwww, so sooo soooooo gorgeous!! That esk is magnificent and the little details are wowwwww !! Fantastic job<3
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ♥
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lightningspamProfessional Digital Artist
Gorgeous style and lovely esk <3
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! ♥
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MuscahHobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD Love 

I'm so in love with this picture I'm speechless ;w; I mean, I love everything about this: the atmosphere, the way you painted my big boy, the moss on his back, his fur, the "small" spelunker (probably the first human being Keho ever encountered in this life!), the amazing composition and every little detail like those water reflections on Keho's legs. You did an incredible job painting this, it's exactly how I imagined Keho and his boundary! It's too bad you couldn't include Daffodil, but I understand it would've been hard to do so considering their respective sizes xD It's beautiful, thank you very very much Love Heart 

Don't worry at all for the wait, it was 10 000% worth it. I hope you feel better now and that you had wonderful holidays despite being sick! Best wishes for the New Year and thank you again for this amazing gift, you really brighten up my day Heart 
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Ahhh I'm so happy you like it nwn ♥ Your esk has a wonderful design, boundary, and backstory, and I found it very inspirational and fun to draw :3 ♥
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KiireHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this background is absolutely stunning! You can tell how your ambitions really paid off! :heart: Keho looks so cute, taking a little shower! 

The depth in the entire piece is absolutely lovely, and I really love how you were able to show off a lot of expression with Keho looking back towards the unsuspecting caver! I also love all the fur detail that you put in the picture, it really helps pull your eye towards Keho and it's just such beautiful eye candy to look at! Those reflections also work super beautifully on him, too! ;v; Also those aural horns just look gorgeous, too! Wonderful job. :heart: 
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Ahhh gosh thank you so much for your in-depth comment! ;u; It's lovely to know people are taking the time to search out all the little details I put into this drawing ♥
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satuurnityHobbyist Digital Artist
this is so beautiful!!
I love the idea of the man being there, it shows how massive the esk is
and the reflection from the water owo

<3<3<3
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! c: I'm glad the sense of scale comes across in the drawing, I was really aiming for an imposing figure!
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satuurnityHobbyist Digital Artist
well congrats, it worked! c:
I hope I get as good as you someday haha
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
oh surely you will be!
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LadyTeaTimeHobbyist Writer
Holy heck, this is amazing!

The way you've done this really does make the Esk look huge and the design is just... wow.

I am also loving the background and the wee man hanging down. xD
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ♥ 
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LadyTeaTimeHobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! :heart: !
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J4BHobbyist Digital Artist
"Oh, I'm sorry, was I interrupting your shower?"

Looks gorgeous I say.
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Haha, can't an esk take a shower in peace?? 
Thanks! c:
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SaiyariProfessional Digital Artist
This looks fantastic <3
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KiRAWRaProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks very much c:
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HeorukzHobbyist Digital Artist
looks super great!!!!
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