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Dying Earth - WIP by vinegar Dying Earth - WIP by vinegar
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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:iconucancallmejesus:
UCanCallMeJesus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
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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:iconwayleen:
Wayleen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Very poetic and beautiful...
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:iconsimbabadass:
Simbabadass Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
featured on my other account here [link]
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:iconjujubug12:
jujubug12 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beatuiful
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:iconlunafeles:
LunaFeles Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   Photographer
great work!
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:icontheartfuljellyfish:
TheArtfulJellyfish Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  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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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
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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:icontheartfuljellyfish:
TheArtfulJellyfish Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  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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:icontheartfuljellyfish:
TheArtfulJellyfish Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  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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:iconbunnybites88:
BunnyBites88 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
WONDERFUL
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:iconlemoncurrymeetsyoshi:
lemoncurrymeetsyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the effects you've used....this is beautiful
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:iconmellnoia:
Mellnoia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is wonderful...so dreamy :3
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:iconsizzy:
sizzy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I like the dreamy feeling this picture makes me feel :)
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:iconzombiesandwich:
ZombieSandwich Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is going to be so beautiful!
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:iconzhenghu:
ZhengHu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  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 (ŋmarvelous?).
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Yume-Inc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
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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:icondanis58:
danis58 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
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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:iconneyuu:
Neyuu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Love this!
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:iconspirit-of-art:
Spirit-of-Art Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! itīs fantastic!
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:iconvya:
vya Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Thatīs great! :heart:
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:iconjvern:
jvern Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
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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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  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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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
something like that exactly :) But also, as *daekazu called it, a "ball on the ruins" :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good idea :)
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:iconmanittha:
Manittha Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
This is Superb!!
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:iconcuteprettyme:
cuteprettyme Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
this is the best! really.. but the shadow is a bit..wrong? i mean the woman's shadow .but i LOVE this picture! u can almost feel it!
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
it's still a wip, so the lights are not strictly defined yet. I still haven't decided if I want the frontal light or some delicate light from the back. But it will change :)
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:iconamoru:
Amoru Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
All of these came out beautifully. You have some great depth going on with the balloons already I'm excited for when this is completed.
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:iconirenukia:
irenukia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking ultra gorgeous so far, I can't wait to see it finished!
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:iconxtalithax:
xTalithax Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haunting and gorgeous :)
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:iconsophieshimazu:
SophieShimazu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Gorgeous colors and atmosphere! Kind of spooky, haunting, and eerie but I like it. :D
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:iconbrittanyannxox:
BrittanyAnnxOx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
this is beautiful. you have amazing talent !
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