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Singing in Dead Languages by MoonsongWolf Singing in Dead Languages by MoonsongWolf
An art trade with *HeiXieXun of her character Kuutamo. The theme and setting was, by request, based on the song Lautturi by PMMP. "Lautturi" is Finnish for "ferryman." The title is a line from the English song translation.

I was surprised that this one came together so readily. Usually I spend (waste?) hours fighting with these things to make them look consistent instead of piece-meal. This was a pleasant (and much needed) surprise.

Stock credits:
Sky: [link] by *night-fate-stock
Sea: [link] by ~M3-Productions
Wolf: [link] by ~SAMUEL-FallenAngel
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Volinfer Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic? Definitely.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it.
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:iconintegrityy:
Integrityy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student General Artist
wow, and I thought my art was god. That is amazing! Good job :D
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Thanks, I'm glad that you enjoyed my work. :)
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:iconintegrityy:
Integrityy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Student General Artist
No Problem :D
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:iconmystichowlkuru:
MysticHowlkuru Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
BEAUTIFUL!!!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Thank you. :)
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:iconmystichowlkuru:
MysticHowlkuru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Your welcome :)
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forty-foursunsets Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Writer
This is amazing, I love this so much!! The background is just so perfect, and the wolf Nuu amazing work! It looks so real!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it! :)
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:iconmijakaa:
Mijakaa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconthelittlecuteartist:
TheLittleCuteArtist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! ^w^
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks. :)
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thank you. :)
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TW-Photo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem.
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VegaAquarii Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Wow, this is very well detailed. The texture of the water is very well blended. Amazing job.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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:iconjay-em-ee:
jay-em-ee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I love how eye travels between the foreground and background so seamlessly, like it's almost a single object.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Thank you. :)
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:iconfullmoonphoto1:
fullmoonphoto1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
I can hear this piece as I see it
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:iconshadowhedgiegal:
ShadowHedgieGal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this shows alot of loneliness
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
It was a trade for someone who asked for an image of a wolf based on a specific song. I thought that the song sounded a bit lonely or mournful, so that's how the picture ended up, too! :)
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ShadowHedgieGal Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh cool.
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EVfreTWI Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
WOW stunning :O a-ma-zing job! keep it up
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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:iconevfretwi:
EVfreTWI Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
You're welcome :D
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Blazengale Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
the manipulation looks so seamless. it is hard to believe that it wasn't done this way from the start
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Thanks! I spend a lot of extra time repainting them or painting in transition areas to help them blend together better. It's time-consuming, but usually worth the extra effort. :)
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lyoth737 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it'S amazing
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Thank you. :)
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:iconlyoth737:
lyoth737 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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RobbinJenniferBott Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Wow the wolf almost looks real, you did this how did you paint it it must have taken awhile to do, I must say U have great talent and well maybe we could become friends.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
This is a photo manipulation, meaning I had photos as a base to work on. I repaint parts of my photo manips to make them look more like traditional paintings. If you look at the artist comments, I link all of the photos that I used, so you can see what they originally looked like. :)
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Leethhorses Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
cool
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Thanks. :)
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Leethhorses Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Ok.:)
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:iconkyanri:
Kyanri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
The...the background....and the wolf...AND THE TITLE :faint:
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Thank you, I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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lesliemarie-manips Featured By Owner May 26, 2010   Digital Artist
woah ! i love the effect ! what did you use on it to make it look like a painting ?
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
I repaint my photo manips completely. It's not a filter or anything, it's all done by hand. If you would like to read a detailed description about how I do manips, I have a two-part journal entry about it, starting here: [link] :)
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Kyanri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I'm not sure how much of a photomanip it is if you do it all over by hand X3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I'm still using the photos for the base, but it is really more like a matte painting than what you might normally call a "photo manip." However, I still classify them as photo manip because it is done using the photos themselves, not just referencing... and I don't want to have to explain that the process involves using photos every time I submit one of these! :lol: So it's a big time saver for me, and causes less confusion and/or possible misunderstandings, if I just call it a manip.
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Kyanri Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
X3 true true, I guess that makes sense
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:iconlesliemarie-manips:
lesliemarie-manips Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   Digital Artist
okay thanks ! :D
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LostInBlue13 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
omg love the wolf : D
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Thanks! :)
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xChocolate-x Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I don't know but I feel much emotions by looking at this! :D
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