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Ancient Tower by Rathsi Ancient Tower by 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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Clandesty Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome work! So much detail and color, and a very creative concept. Nice!
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Rathsi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional
Thank you for your kind words
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Clandesty Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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K-S-O Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a lot of detail!
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Rathsi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional
Glad you liked it enough to comment.
This is one of my favorite pieces.
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
gorgeous
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Rathsi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional
Thanks again
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
You're very welcome. :hug:
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DailyBird Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wonderful work,must have taken a lot of time!
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Rathsi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional
Thank you, the feeling is mutual. Your work is also outstanding. This is about 60 hours of work.
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lockedinmyheart Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional
The details you mentioned were a learning experience.
Again, your comments are appreciated.
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Karadactyll Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional
Thanks for the compliment.
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mousykat Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
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 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
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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