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Nymph

The Nymph dwells in muddy lakes, slow rivers, and in the sprawling depths of the marshlands.
It is gelatinous and semi-transparent in nature, with a thin bone structure that somehow manages to hide truly horrifying strength.

This water nymph will lie motionless in wait, before surging up from the black waters to grip its prey in many long-fingered hands,
and drag it struggling beneath the surface.

The Nymph enjoys ingesting prey whole during the last moments of suffocation, when its meal is still alive and twitching.
Best to avoid the water at all times, just to be safe...

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This was an illustration I created for the upcoming card game, Dreary Hamlet.

Dreary Hamlet was successfully funded!
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Given 2016-05-27
Nymph by VincentVanHoof ( Suggested by LukasFractalizator and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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I really like the overall feel of this image. A combination of the textures, colors and lighting really create a striking image that is original and sufficiently realistic and inhuman to invoke some horror.

Looking closer, it becomes apparent that the realism is somewhat muddied by a strange approach to anatomy. The creature has a two dimensional quality that is not obvious at first glance. The textures do not really seem to follow the three dimensional shape of the body, and certain anatomical details seem to be missing. Normally, I would consider this a negative feature, but somehow I really think it works in the case of this image. It is abstract in an unexpected way, and that makes it more intriguing to me than a lot of images that might be more realistic.

I also really like the background blur happening near the top of the image.

If I have to mention a negative, it would be that it is not as photo-realistic as it could be, but as I mentioned, I actually like this effect and find it more interesting than a more 3 dimensionally accurate image would be. Whether the artist was going for this effect or not is a different story.
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:iconnice-pr0ph3cy-guy:
nice-pr0ph3cy-guy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dangerous but cute
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!
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:iconnice-pr0ph3cy-guy:
nice-pr0ph3cy-guy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be great to have one as a pet, especially if you have a swamp in your forest.
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:iconkiwi-damnation:
kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Writer
Hey :) This piece has been featured here: Who's ready for Prose-ject 2016?!
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkiwi-damnation:
kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016   Writer
You're welcome, thank you for creating this :).
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:icontakuwaku:
takuwaku Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
He needs kisses ;w;
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I wouldn't recommend kissing it. 
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:icontakuwaku:
takuwaku Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
Hard to resist, he is too adorable xD
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:iconzazabelle9200:
ZaZaBelle9200 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Amazing perception of the concept congrats!
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:icontosiano93:
tosiano93 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Wow.This a great work.
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
Congrats
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconleopardknight:
LeopardKnight Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
The description reads like an entry in a Witcher's Bestiary.

Makes me wonder how this 'nymph' got the (highly innacurate) legend of being some kind of beauty.
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Edited May 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure. It's true that the classic Nymph is depicted as something beautiful. But I wanted to create a very different water spirit that fit the game I was working on a lot more. 
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:iconleopardknight:
LeopardKnight Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
I apologize, somehow i didn't notice the fact it was from an original game.
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No worries!
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:iconpoisen2014:
poisen2014 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
wow , fantastic
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconpoisen2014:
poisen2014 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
My pleasure!
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:icongrace-zed:
Grace-Zed Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy and beautiful. :) 

Congrats on the DD~!!! 
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Appreciate it!
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
Great work :D
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconrainbowfoxdragon:
rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Congrazzles on the DD :D
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrainbowfoxdragon:
rainbowfoxdragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student General Artist
No problem :)
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:iconlintu47:
Lintu47 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlintu47:
Lintu47 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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:iconevevictus:
EveVictus Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is creepy! Great job! :wow: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much was not expecting it!
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:iconevevictus:
EveVictus Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:icongetthecrapofme:
GetTheCrapOfMe Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yay
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yay!
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:iconredthestreetskat:
RedthestreetsKat Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconredthestreetskat:
RedthestreetsKat Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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:icona925312439:
a925312439 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
cool.
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconflaregun101:
Flaregun101 Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Well now I'll have nightmares. Thanks.
(It is epic btw)
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Goal achieved. 
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
:aww: ... awesome work!
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
A true pleasure, Vincent ... you're most welcome :salute:
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:iconkatamariluv:
katamariluv Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, what a very impressive creature! :D
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:iconvincentvanhoof:
VincentVanHoof Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmocha-passionona:
Mocha-Passionona Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
You should try the ningen next! It resembles this greatly
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