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It was not long ago that Man found life on another planet.
What they found was beyond all they had hoped for. It was an unknown species, and they took it with them back to a secret lab on Earth to study.

In the beginning, the Creature was small as a fist. But as time passed it grew in both size and appearance. It was astounding!

The Creature they had found appeared to be part human. It had the head of a woman, but instead of a human body it had tentacles. But nomatter what they tried they could not communicate with it. And that made Man insecure of the Creature and its intentions.

Word leaked and soon everyone wanted to see this strange Creature.
Man saw an opportunity to earn a lot of money by putting the Creature on display and have people pay to see it.

From this day they kept the Creature locked up in its small prison.
Because they were unable to communicate with it, they couldn't understand it, and concluded that it was either not intelligent OR it could have some evil agenda.

The creature did not like it, and it tried to communicate it but noone noticed it. All that mattered now was the money.

Then, one night something happened. A light, a beacon had been turned on. For this strange Creature was dearly missed by her own kind, but it was not until now that her abilities finally came to life.
And she realized that her own kind communicated within. In silence.

She gathered all of her strength and sent out a distress signal.
Soon they would come for her. And bring her home.

Soon.
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NinePrisms's avatar
Really love this, it's very powerful and the image is stunning! I love the colours and lighting, and she is quite adorable!

Poor thing. I think the image it's self tells the story well, and then the story you wrote really adds detail. I hope her kind comes for her, maybe the story could even have a peaceful end... but either way she deserves to go free, no one and nothing deserves to be treated badly.
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. La la la la
Regarding the peaceful ending it really depends on wheter Man is smart enough to NOT attack them when they arrive IF her signal reaches them.
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I despair for the end if it's based on our current government and world. Although I believe man kind to be far kinder then we think yourselves to be... I know full well our "rulers" are not. It also seems that is the world she is in with how they have treated her so far. I don't really despair for those that caused her the pain, but all the innocents or brainwashed people that end up hurt because of decisions the higher ups made, and the many innocents of her race that would likely get hurt or die too.

Maybe a human takes pity on her and manages to find a way to break her out, then her signal reaches her people and she manages to get back home. If anyone dies it would be only the few involved, but there is a slim chance they could get away with it without anyone getting hurt beyond losing their job for not catching the ones responsible. Depending on who the human/s trying to save her are that is! Then maybe the ones that lost their job end up making an even better life for themselves because they find what they are truly passionate about! :nod: (sorry I felt the need to make a happy ending... xD)
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite alright. We need more happy endings :-)
I was about to include a janitor to the scene when I worked on it. That could have been the person to develop a bond with the creature and the one who would break her out. But I went with an empty scene to really make the solitude shine through.
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Pearlbomber|Hobbyist Writer
This is a really awesome drawing and even better description! Stuff like this is the reason I love Sci-fi so much!:D (Big Grin) 

I would be both incredibly freaked out and fascinated with this creature!
However, as a scientific approach to this new creature I'd assume it as being unable to communicate. Remember, it was taken as a child and without interaction with it's own species it wouldn't learn any concrete language from them, and given that humans can't communicate with it wouldn't have learned anything in terms of communication... This doesn't mean the creature isn't intelligent it just means you can't communicate with it.
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It's true that the creature wouldn't know how to communicate in a spoken language. She was a squid like creature at first so noone would know what they had actually found. But as a grown creature she knows her telepatic abilities and the emergency alarm she sets off is like a human would scream (just much louder and farther). Then there's the intelligence level to consider too of course, which is far greater than human intelligence 😀
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Pearlbomber|Hobbyist Writer
Oh, so it's like a scream. That would make sense, but I wouldn't think she'd know anyone would be coming to help her... She might be screaming to get someone's attention/help, but wouldn't know anyone would come to the rescue. I mean, she may be 'smarter' than humans but she's entirely untaught, so it's safe to say she doesn't know very much. It would likely be very disheartening for the creature to be screaming and have no one around her reacting to it!
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes if it was to be heard by the humans she wouldn't know if that would work, since there's no sound. She might be untaught but this mechanism is like a beacon / trace signal for her own kind so they can find her. This is as simple as screaming so it requires no training. Only a lot of distress. The activation of the beacon is the reason she glows. Also she does this at night and noone sees her doing it. So maybe she doesn't want the humans to know after all they've done to her.
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TheMaskedModel|Hobbyist Photographer
Well, now that's awfully creepy. :O
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which part? The picture or the story? :-)
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TheMaskedModel|Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely the picture. Without even the written story the image tells its own macabre tale which sends a chill down the viewer's spine.
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! It's nice to know that it's speaking to strongly :)
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shadowdollcat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the story!
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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shadowdollcat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your most welcome!
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DamaiMikaz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting is great! 
I also like the combination between the art and the story. It really brings it to life :)
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah I thought it might need some explaination. Otherwise people wouldn't get it and move on..
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DamaiMikaz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think a good piece of art really needs an explanation, but it certainly helps to draw the viewer into the story :)
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Paintwick|Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the story that illustrates the drawing, it makes it even more powerful!
Now talking about the scene, everything looks really nice, the light on the floor is very realistic! It looks like we're in a true museum/laboratory :D
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Hug 
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Paintwick|Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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LvLOneArtist|Hobbyist General Artist
:O awesooommmmeeeee awesome lighting .. nice reflection uhmmm the floor in the hallway looks a little weird because the pattern stops buuut its fine   oooh and the please do not tap on glass sign is cool .. did you make that ? 

i guess the only thing that could make your art better is uhmm like .. perspective angles and stuff color is fine because  you want people to focus on the octogirl and not on the rest of the image 

oh and it still kinda misses that punch but i guess thats fine cause its a story drawing thingy..

 oh there is 1 spelling error  .. you wrote happended  ^^ 
overall i'd say ... ITS FUCKING AWESOME AND DONT LISTEN TO ME CAUSE IDK WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT 
p.s. except for the spelling error thingy ^^
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Neelai|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I never get so much feedback so I'm very happy :-)
Yes, I made the do not tap sign too. Perspective is indeed one of my struggles. I never know how to check it unless I'm drawing a box.
Yes.. The punch. I was thinking about adding something else in the room but wanted to make a point about her loneliness so empty space worked better.

Thank you again for commenting! :-) :-)
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LvLOneArtist|Hobbyist General Artist
oooh then i was spot on ^^ yay 
and np .. any time 
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