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Frying Fish
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Published: November 19, 2007
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I really should not have done this; got homework to do! It started out as something I was supposed to finish in an hour, but ended up spending about from 2.5 hours on instead. Would have been longer if I didnt have the fish-dude drawn already

The flying eel came from a game design student who asked me for some concept art ideas earlier on this year; the story is really interesting, about people who live in flying oldish-ships (like Treasure Planet meets Oregon Trail, which I looked at for inspiration today-- TP, I mean) and these travelers would have to find food and places to rest and fight off colossal oceanic creatures that live in the sky. As for the rest of the earth, someone had pissed off some higher being and so everyone lives in floating Noah's Arks now (no, it's not really like that in his story.) I found my eel yesterday again and decided to do something with it today!

Now, time to do my painting homework and sleep even less!
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ReaverPan's avatar
ReaverPan|Hobbyist Artist
inkredable ^^
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darktyp's avatar
this is so beautiful.. awesome work!
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JasperK-StoneKing's avatar
I enjoyed the story that went with it!  Interesting realisation of a concept.
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Valley2909's avatar
Wow, this is amazing! *_*
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quartdecoeur|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job~
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Ticki-too|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning! :la: Love lights, spirit and that freedom what this makes me miss.
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DavidShepheard's avatar
Nice painting. This reminds me of Spelljammer (a tabletop RPG where sailing ships can fly into space) and Waterworld (the film with the guy with gills).

I love the idea of a world where the native people can capture and train flying fish. Seeing this picture makes me wonder if the guy on the fish is a curious nomadic tribesman friendly towards the ship, or if he has used the cloud cover to sneak into a position where he and others can leap onboard, ambush the crew of the ship and steal their stuff.

I do agree with a couple of the comments about the fish rider. If he leaned back like that, he might get ripped loose from the saddle and end up on the spiked collar behind him. I think that a pose like a motor-bike rider or horse rider might seem a bit more realistic. I think the direction of his hair also looks a bit odd. I would expect the fish to go forward and the wind to blow his hair backwards. But it seems more like it is going upwards. However, that doesn't spoil what is a great picture.

I'm going to submit it to dA's Spelljammer group, as I think the members will love this.
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CePheala|Professional Filmographer
Colorful and appealing ! Great job :3
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Constance-fire|Hobbyist General Artist
yep lucky as hell, god i'm jealous
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Constance-fire|Hobbyist General Artist
...the dude on the thing is lucky
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kcgeronimo's avatar
I love the character
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scottsouth's avatar
I like how you drew the kid. It looks like he can barely hold on. It adds a nice subtle comedic tone.
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DaVinci22's avatar
if you like that flying eel design you can check out Panzer Dragoon Orta for xbox. there is a character that uses some kind of animal to fly around on, and it looks like an eel
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lychi's avatar
Thanks for the ref! That looks like a cool game. :D
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DaVinci22's avatar
no problem. and its a great game. an old school classic
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xXOdakotaXx's avatar
Wow, that is incredible. I love the composition, how the two subjects are emerging from the clouds, the lighting, and the brushes you used ^^ great job!!
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lychi's avatar
Thanks so much! :D
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shigemitsubaki's avatar
Love the blue tints on the ship! Not to mention how you captured the action perfectly :D

Mhm, as for critique, some edges on the ship don't match up, but then that's a minor issue.

:+fav:
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lychi's avatar
Thank you! Appreciate the comment and crit :D
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Parady's avatar
this is amazing , the colour are great!
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something1181's avatar
ok the dude on this fish ruined it :(
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supersonicsound|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wao, I like this. I like this a lot actually. The loose style looks so good here, and I like the mood of the colours.
The background history was a very interesting idea, but I think that the picture can tell a history all by itself too. Very inspiring work! <3
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oturlu's avatar
thats really cool! it reminds me a lot of skies of arcadia
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