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Ancient Tower
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© 2012 - 2019 Rathsi
Paper, Colored Pencil.

The story to this image.

The winged creature, a Leirbag, is roosting in a tree that has a parasitic plant. Much like mistletoe, this plant is attached to the branches of the tree through which it absorbs nutrients from the host tree. This in turn causes the tree to develop a striped pattern along its peripheral branches and to develop eyes, two of which can be seen in this illustration. Because of the Leirbag’s camouflage skin tone, this tree provides the ideal environment to safely roost for the evening. The blooms of the parasitic plant are iridescent, providing a warm, welcoming glow for the Leirbag. The naturally occurring basin in the trunk of the tree provides a source of drink for the Leirbags. It is laced with reproductive spores of the parasitic plant that will be carried to the next tree by the Leirbag
In the background, next to the cave, are four mega steles, one of which is lying face up. The heavily walled tower is a type which leaves the viewer to question its function and purpose.
In the foreground, among the stones and roots, are four faces, two of which are staring back, silently observing the viewers reaction to this image.

Just a quick note: I currently have another WIP posted. This work takes place on the other side of the mountain on which the ancient tower rests. I find it an interesting, although not new, concept to illustrate the same place but from a different vantage point.

Do not use/distribute, edit, color, recolor, trace, post on photobucket/other image websites, or otherwise manipulate without my permission.
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Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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Comments (20)
Clandesty's avatar
Clandesty|Student Traditional Artist
Awesome work! So much detail and color, and a very creative concept. Nice!
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Rathsi|Professional
Thank you for your kind words
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Clandesty|Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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K-S-O's avatar
K-S-O|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a lot of detail!
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Rathsi|Professional
Glad you liked it enough to comment.
This is one of my favorite pieces.
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Rathsi|Professional
Thanks again
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mihoshigurl's avatar
You're very welcome. :hug:
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DailyBird's avatar
DailyBird|Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, simply wonderful! I love the creativity of this as well as the brilliant use of colors :love:
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Rathsi|Professional
Thank you for the comment. If you look at my "Valkyrie" it is the sister / compliment to this piece. It too will be soon colored like this piece.
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DailyBird|Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, dear :) They are both fine pieces of art. I look forward to seeing your new masterpieces.
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XBUDDYFORME| Traditional Artist
Wonderful work,must have taken a lot of time!
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Rathsi|Professional
Thank you, the feeling is mutual. Your work is also outstanding. This is about 60 hours of work.
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lockedinmyheart|Hobbyist General Artist
I love the details in the corners of the border. This world you've created is captivating.
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Rathsi|Professional
The details you mentioned were a learning experience.
Again, your comments are appreciated.
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Karadactyll|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just found you from one of your students. He was right, you are very talented, as is he. Very nice.
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Rathsi|Professional
Thanks for the compliment.
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mousykat's avatar
wow.. just love it.. the colors the theme... can't believe it's done by color pencils, it's just beautiful!
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Rathsi|Professional
Glad you liked it. It was a "tunnel vision" project. Isn't it wonderful what you can do with colored pencils?
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mousykat's avatar
agree it's just amazing, but I also like the way you look into things and that you could share with others. Love it!
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