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The Moon Path
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By Nambroth   |   Watch
Published: November 24, 2008
© 2008 - 2019 Nambroth
Illustration done for "The Moon Pool" by A. Merritt, to be published in December's Baen's Universe E-Zine.

An excerpt from the story:
Far, it seemed immeasurably far, along this stream of silver fire I sensed, rather than saw, something coming. It drew into sight as a deeper glow within the light. On and on it sped toward us--an opalescent mistiness that swept on with the suggestion of some winged creature in darting flight. Dimly there crept into my mind memory of the Dyak legend of the winged messenger of Buddha--the Akla bird whose feathers are woven of the moon rays, whose heart is a living opal, whose wings in flight echo the crystal clear music of the white stars--but whose beak is of frozen flame and shreds the souls of the unbelievers ..... Now I saw that within the mistiness was a core, a nucleus of intenser light--veined, opaline, effulgent, intensely alive. And above it, tangled in the plumes and spirals that throbbed and whirled were seven glowing lights.



Painted in Corel Painter.
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NonieR's avatar
YES!

I've always loved Merritt's science-fantasy adventure stories, and I recognized this immediately by the circling lights.

Thank you for making this!

--Nonie
sbbelknap03's avatar
sbbelknap03Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting makes it all come to life..... I am at loss for words.....
LordSia's avatar
LordSiaHobbyist Artist
Gorgeous. Love the lighting and the colours, calm and soothing...
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SplodgeGurlHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
Give me chills... and the feeling that if the clouds were to close and the light disappeared then so too would the creature.
Haunting... ephemeral... and, as in the description, not entirely benign.
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PinknBlackZebrazHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh it looks like a ghost or a spirit of some sort. :D very nice
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KateriTekakwithaHobbyist General Artist
oh my Lord this is gorgeous and so is the story excerpt
royishot's avatar
royishotHobbyist Artist
that is the moas beautiful picture i've ever seen in my life you have a gift. I love it
Iguruwashi's avatar
IguruwashiHobbyist General Artist
Love the mood of this work! Overall gorgeous!
ma1212's avatar
ma1212Hobbyist Writer
Can I use this for my blog?
Nambroth's avatar
NambrothProfessional General Artist
How?
ma1212's avatar
ma1212Hobbyist Writer
yes please. I wrote a little story and this fit so well with it.
Nambroth's avatar
NambrothProfessional General Artist
Okay-- just provide credit/a link, and don't alter the image please. :)
ma1212's avatar
ma1212Hobbyist Writer
I'll do that thank you very much!
ma1212's avatar
ma1212Hobbyist Writer
can I use it for my blog?
Wafflley123's avatar
Wafflley123Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is amazing! 1 question: how do you people make stuff like this? Is it on one of those fancy computer things like paint but better?
SkyhawkC's avatar
SkyhawkCStudent General Artist
Yes, they're professional digital art programs like Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop. Nambroth uses Corel, I think. MS Paint is...bad. Unless you have a pro version or something.
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Wafflley123Hobbyist Photographer
sooo does it cost $$$$??
SkyhawkC's avatar
SkyhawkCStudent General Artist
Er, yeah, photoshop CS5 costs like 500 dollars or something, and corel painter also costs a lot, more than 200 dollars I think. And you also need a tablet for the best results, like a wacom Intuos4 that I use and I believe Nam uses too.
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Wafflley123Hobbyist Photographer
:iconokfaceplz:
SkyhawkC's avatar
SkyhawkCStudent General Artist
Maybe you'll be happier when I tell you that there are many nice free softwares you can download or use online too. Pixlr is online, it's not bad, not bad at all. :) dA muro is right on deviant art, that program is also online and pretty nice. And many people have learned to be pretty awesome things with just a computer mouse. It's just a ton easier with tablets ;)
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Absolutely beautiful:):D
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