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Frying Fish by lychi Frying Fish by lychi
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 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
inkredable ^^
darktyp Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
this is so beautiful.. awesome work!
JasperK-StoneKing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I enjoyed the story that went with it!  Interesting realisation of a concept.
Valley2909 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Wow, this is amazing! *_*
quartdecoeur Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job~
Ticki-too Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning! :la: Love lights, spirit and that freedom what this makes me miss.
DavidShepheard Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
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.
CePheala Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Colorful and appealing ! Great job :3
Constance-fire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yep lucky as hell, god i'm jealous
Constance-fire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
...the dude on the thing is lucky
kcgeronimo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
I love the character
scottsouth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
I like how you drew the kid. It looks like he can barely hold on. It adds a nice subtle comedic tone.
DaVinci22 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
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
lychi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Thanks for the ref! That looks like a cool game. :D
DaVinci22 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
no problem. and its a great game. an old school classic
xXOdakotaXx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
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!!
lychi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Thanks so much! :D
xXOdakotaXx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
shigemitsubaki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
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.

lychi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thank you! Appreciate the comment and crit :D
Parady Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
this is amazing , the colour are great!
something1181 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
ok the dude on this fish ruined it :(
supersonicsound Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  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
oturlu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008   Writer
thats really cool! it reminds me a lot of skies of arcadia
DreamJ Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Great concept but more important : Wonderful stuff of you :D

It make me dreaming *p*
YuuUtsuko Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Wow this piece looks so epic! XDDD
patricktoifl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome mood and coloring! Great lighting!!!
Artistic-Defiance Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Oh, wow! @3@ I love the brush-strokes and the look of a quick painting. The style is amazing and I love the ship - makes me want to try out those brush strokes. May I ask what program you did this with?
lychi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Hey there! Thank you!
I used Photoshop CS3
Artistic-Defiance Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
No wonder - it's gorgeous. @3@
moonfoot45 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Student General Artist
this is the shizzle! Kickass material x100 billion lol
bluesaga331 Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist
Awesome. I can feeeel the wiiiind. XD
Glenlight Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
That's awesome. I love the little guy on the fish thing!
ilfed Featured By Owner May 20, 2008   Interface Designer
Flying fish are always awesome. I really like this one. I like the composition with the fish and the ship coming out of the clouds.
Jumei Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
martinplsko Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Love the clouds and simple light effects.
miomo Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
ships + clouds + blue-purple = <3
Peach-Bubbles Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008

You did this on my birthday...
eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
:lol: Power to doing fun stuff > homework! :ninja:
Yeah... I think most of the people here are guilty of that... ^^;
Awesome pic btw. :heart:
mixlagula Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
wonderful. it just overflows with a feeling of adventure.
radu-jm Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
amazing brush strokes!
Motorfish Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
This pic is so inspirational! You have no idea!!!
Monami-kunART Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow thats really cool looking but i think it looks better from a distance and the person looks a little funny i know the picture is supposed to have a look of movement but i dont know he just looks weird i think its the way its postioned on the fish and i suppose maybe the water could have a bit more detail but like i said it all depends on how close your looking at it ^^;
lychi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Haha thanks for your comment!
I'll be keeping those opinions in mind, especially for the boy's position. But, there isn't any water in this picture (so that may be a problem and some crucial mistakes on my part!) They're actually in the sky with clouds. =P
And yep, as the months pass by I've been getting more sensitive to the really bold brush strokes in my older works, and I just may go back and smooth out some of those brush strokes, get some more subtlety in there; maybe that'd solve a few problems for you =)
Monami-kunART Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
sorry i didnt notice i still like the picture its great^^ your artwork is amazing and i hope i can get to be as good as you are someday lol XD
PeGGO Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great concept idea and good story ideas too..!!
really like it
DarkxXxChoco Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
CoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoL !!!
awsome GreaaaaaaaaaaTeeeee
i love it all....great job...=D
SkyePrints Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
wow thats awesome!! love the clouds and the ships!
Narutolunatic Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
WOW! This is absolutely beautiful!! The bright carefree colors are wonderful! I love the blue on the pirate ship and the boys expression!
holy crap... its awsome!!! also... it looks like the the boat in maple story :D
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