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Dying Earth - WIP
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Published: March 12, 2012
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Another art challenge by :icondaekazu:, :iconteanah:, :iconvinegar: and :iconmaudt:!

For each challenge we interchangeably give ourselves an idea or topic to illustrate and a short, specified time to execute it in whatever shape or form... of course, without knowing what the others are going to come up with.

This week's topic is ~maudt's idea: Dying Earth. Exploring the motifs of death, decay and the ecological disaster that is the state of our planet.

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I thought I won't manage this time for the challenge's deadline, but at least I found some time for a wip. I had countless ideas, but nothing good, so I did what I'm usually doing when no inspiration strikes me - I took lots of random textured brushes, doodled abstract things, blurred, erased, repeated, sharpened, flipped etc. I keep doing it until I find the shapes interesting enough to start developing some forms out of it. In here the background is still in between - some bits are blurred or textured blots, some already have more shape.

As for the girl - expect, well, more balloons ;) I used `lockstock's picture as a ref for her hands. Not final yet, but it will probably change a bit in the end anyway. It's a wip, so it just shows a general atmosphere the final piece will have. Or, knowing me, the final piece might end up looking completely different. It's one of those pieces that constantly change from the beginning as I develop new shapes and ideas for it. It actually started with a lantern in the deep forest, divided by a big gap in the earth with some lava flowing.. I might actually publish earlier steps with the finished piece, they're really.. not similar to this.

*daekazu's version:


=Teanah's version:


~maudt's version:
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EtquitteDino98's avatar
Can Extinction Rebellion use this for posters?
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UCanCallMeJesus's avatar
Finally refound it! I love this so much. It just has so much in it when I look at it: a dying earth, losing innocence, death. defiantly one of my favorites
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Wayleen's avatar
Very poetic and beautiful...
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Simbabadass|Professional Photographer
featured on my other account here [link]
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jujubug12|Hobbyist General Artist
this is beatuiful
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LunaFeles's avatar
LunaFeles| Photographer
great work!
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TheArtfulJellyfish|Student General Artist
AHH! When's this going to be done? I can't wait to see the finished product. You are still planning on finishing it, right?
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vinegar's avatar
Yes, I will definitely finish it. Hopefully soon. I will update this image then, so if you're watching me it will show up in your messages again :)
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TheArtfulJellyfish|Student General Artist
Ohoho yes, I'm watching you. XD I added you the second I saw this picture heh. Your art is absoflippinlutely gorgeous.
Well I'm very very glad you're finishing this picture, can't wait to see the finished result!
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TheArtfulJellyfish|Student General Artist
Wow. Just... wow. The apocalypse and balloons? I love that idea. I've been searching around for more artwork like this and I can't find anything. You carried it out beautifully, too. I applaud your artistic skill and your concept.
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lemoncurrymeetsyoshi|Hobbyist General Artist
i love the effects you've used....this is beautiful
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Mellnoia|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is wonderful...so dreamy :3
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sizzy's avatar
I like the dreamy feeling this picture makes me feel :)
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ZombieSandwich|Professional Digital Artist
That is going to be so beautiful!
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ZhengHu's avatar
ZhengHu|Student Filmographer
this is amazing. Wow, vinegar you have good ideas. i like this very much.... is a sketch? if it is.... i will wait for the final work. would be.... mm.... maravillosa (¿marvelous?).
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Yume-Inc's avatar
I actually really love the piece as is! I'm sure the finished one will be just as amazing, maybe better, but the wip has it's own little charm. c:
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danis58's avatar
A very unusual yet beautiful technique. I like how you didn't make it all dark and colorly gloomy, that you managed to still transmit the message in this way.

Amazing piece! ♥
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Neyuu| Digital Artist
Love this!
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Spirit-of-Art|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! it´s fantastic!
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vya's avatar
That´s great! :heart:
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jvern's avatar
Beautiful, and the atmosphere is amazing. I have to ask, is this a reference to the song "99 Red Balloons" ? If not, or if you don't know the song, it fits very well.
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Colourbrand|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting spin on the concept - the balloons: metaphors of messages in a bottle saying there was life here once?
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vinegar's avatar
something like that exactly :) But also, as *daekazu called it, a "ball on the ruins" :)
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