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Hi guys, long time no post. Work and doujinshi projects have been keeping me busy; as a result this is the first digital painting I've had time to finish in a while.

I had a few ideas in mind for the story behind this, but one was of a seafaring culture where women who lost their husbands or lovers at sea would be turned into wood or stone to become figureheads which protected the vessels.

I experimented a little with photographic textures, but the majority of the work is digital painting with custom brushes. The water was the most challenging part, I repainted it several times.

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Time: 8-10 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS2 & CS3, Wacom Graphire tablet
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I truely love this
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Roelant's avatar
Roelant|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice, it's a pity modern ships don't have those anymore :/
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Tunquen|Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE the water, congratulations, you draw exelent!
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Filmchild| Digital Artist
Congratulations! This has been chosen to be featured on Picture This Artists for Change Page on Facebook [link] of which is linked back to this deviation.

A beautiful piece here, well done. :aww:
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LanternofMasks's avatar
The water is beautiful, amazing job, brilliant! Keep up the good work! :)
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idia199's avatar
I love the waves, great art :)
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steluta95's avatar
very much:) l admire
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LynElizBergs's avatar
I was recently viewing all of James Jean's art covers he did for Fables. This reminds me of a sad version of issue #73
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D3WABATE|Student Interface Designer
Hi..
this is the 1st time i see it.. :aww:
great work.. :)
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F-A-B-U!!!!!i love!!!!!!very beautiful.:hug:
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ReisAngel|Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning~! :D
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Featured here -> [link]
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Risachantag|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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you're welcome :D
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chilja|Student Interface Designer
Wow, beautiful pictures
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You have been featured! ---> [link]
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Lovely art, amazing stuff.
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darkside-ky's avatar
If you hadn't said it was your idea I would have believed it. That's why most ships are refered to as a "lady".
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koos-tall's avatar
Woa its so pretty :)
love the feel it gives off
really captures the moment
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ME LIKEY!!! makes me wish i had artistic talent lol.
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Punkle's avatar
absolutely amazing!! i love the color scheme!!
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blackbirdrose|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way you did the water's great! :clap:
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OZiRiZ's avatar
impresive!
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gammafries| Digital Artist
i love the way u paint especially the sea.. well done
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