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The Moon Path by Nambroth The Moon Path by 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 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
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
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sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting makes it all come to life..... I am at loss for words.....
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LordSia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Gorgeous. Love the lighting and the colours, calm and soothing...
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SplodgeGurl Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist 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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sorenguardian101 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Cool
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LadyFenix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
So lovely. )0(
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PinknBlackZebraz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh it looks like a ghost or a spirit of some sort. :D very nice
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KateriTekakwitha Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my Lord this is gorgeous and so is the story excerpt
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royishot Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that is the moas beautiful picture i've ever seen in my life you have a gift. I love it
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Iguruwashi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the mood of this work! Overall gorgeous!
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ma1212 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Can I use this for my blog?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
How?
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:iconma1212:
ma1212 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yes please. I wrote a little story and this fit so well with it.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Okay-- just provide credit/a link, and don't alter the image please. :)
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ma1212 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'll do that thank you very much!
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ma1212 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
can I use it for my blog?
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Wafflley123 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist 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?
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SkyhawkC Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student 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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Wafflley123 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
sooo does it cost $$$$??
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SkyhawkC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student 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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Wafflley123 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconokfaceplz:
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SkyhawkC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student 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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Mistress-Of-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Absolutely beautiful:):D
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CheeseSmurf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Could I use this ?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
What for?
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CheeseSmurf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
To be a backround for another picture.. pwetty please :)
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tabbicat12 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
beautiful
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DreamOutLoud98 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! this is AMAZING! u are very talented
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starchaser98 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Your detail is incredable! this is fantastic!
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Hyacinth7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Beautiful :love:
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DivineRaven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love this and the excerpt to accompany it.
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ellencore Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
So inspiring!!!
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Artsy290 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wwwwoooooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the detail is impecable. great job!!!
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Cheshire-Stray Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Just... astonishing! O_O
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XVSkulblaka7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
The Lighting effects is just outstading! :iconla-plz:
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MelikeBirsenAtes Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Your work has been linked here: Tesla's Current Circuit
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Nambroth Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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MelikeBirsenAtes Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
You're welcome. :)
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Irish-Mist Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Greetings from South Africa! I absolutely love this painting & could look at it for hours! It's truly beautiful. All the shades of colour are gorgeous. It makes me feel like I'm witnessing part of a spiritual journey. It makes me yearn to fly alongside this beautiful bird. Congratulations on doing a very special artwork!
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magicloop2009 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
We aonly se a blue moon one every four years, but I like this photo
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jacniel1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student
is this by any chance a pheonix??
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   General Artist
beautiful picture!
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DragonBalance Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Words can't describe it. :pat:
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AKRine Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The lighting is just BEAUTIFUL!
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SpottedLeafDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Its beautiful!
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Sammaella Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student General Artist
someone PLEASE feature this 8D
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placebodu39 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
wow c magnifique !!
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BlueSkies21 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Ghostly and beautiful.
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Emoling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
WOW!! <3 x
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zeank969 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
this is beautiful
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