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Hippocantes by Vyrilien Hippocantes by Vyrilien
Something different.

Started painting this strange Kirin/Hippocamp thing in 2010. It was a doodle that was heavily inspired by !Azrael-Nekhbet (who unfortunately deactivated her account -a shame, because her work was AMAZING). I was never satisfied with how it looked so I just kept painting in the hope at some point it was going to look good. It didn't. It was such a jumbled mess, the anatomy was all off and oh god the colours...*shudder*

So yesterday I looked at it again and cringed. I did however remember how I had painstakingly painted every single one of those scales by hand so it felt like such a waste to just let it rot somewhere on my harddisc for all of eternity. I decided I wanted to try and salvage it.

I stripped it of its colours, inverted it, threw on a fresco filter, painted in a few scales (since I hadn't actually gotten to doing the legs before), threw in a photo filter for a bit of colour, fixed it up here and there via liquify and then called it a day. In other words I just completely butchered it. And I think it's better like this :'D (As seen here: [link])

So don't worry, I'm haven't changed my style or anything, this sort of just 'happened' and I couldn't leave it alone, haha. I'm not quite sure what to think of it myself either.

~Vyrilien

Time Taken: So damn long I'm ashamed to even give as much as a guestimate.
Tools Used: Corel Painter Essentials 3, Photoshop CS3, Wacom Intuos 2

P.S. Is anyone at all interested to see some of the paintings/WIP's I never finished that I have lying around? I was thinking about uploading them to my scraps. Then again I'm not sure if I'll ever be getting back to them like I did with this one. Plus I just hate spamming people's inboxes.

EDIT: Holy crappity crap crap. A DD? ;_; A big thank you to =Isvoc for the suggestion and ^wdwparksgal for the feature! I'm so so honoured!
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Given 2011-10-12
Hippocantes digital work by ~Vyrilien ( Suggested by Isvoc and Featured by WDWParksGal )
:icontelthona:
telthona Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
you should draw more stuff like this *u*
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really should haha! Kinda like this one. Unfortunately it was one of those happy accidents so who knows if I can even replicate it :D
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:icontelthona:
telthona Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
it looks very precise xD im sure you would be able to recreate this success :>
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:iconcinderr0se:
CinderR0SE Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely love this! Great job!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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:iconultimatecluckinbell:
UltimateCluckinbell Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016   General Artist
Wow looks so dark that's so so cool
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:iconfirebornform:
FirebornForm Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015   Digital Artist
Looks positively evil and as good as official Japanese scroll artwork! :D (I own the Okami art book)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Big compliment, thank you :) Also I should say I'm envious! I'd love to own a copy myself, being a rather huge fan. 
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:iconilquira:
Ilquira Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, simply wow
Wonderful idea and art style
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconilquira:
Ilquira Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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:iconrosaka-chan:
Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Every now and then I need to return to this piece, it's just so gorgeous.
The way the light touches the scales and that insane amount of detail couldn't possibly make this artwork dull for me. :heart:
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:icondragonsanguinary:
DragonSanguinary Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
holy shit this ones really cool
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconfalk2021:
falk2021 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
wow this looks great!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondoodah:
Doodah Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congratulation ! ! !well deserved :clap:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icongwiber49:
Gwiber49 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
So ethereal.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) (Love your avatar btw) 
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:icongwiber49:
Gwiber49 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your welcome.
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:iconverifast:
VeriFast Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
my fav from ur things 
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree! Thanks :D
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:iconmedullapancreas:
MedullaPancreas Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
How dare you *shudde* at this masterpiece you didn't even make. The signature is not yours.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is my name in Chinese, it reads 霜華. Also I uploaded a progression of this piece so you can see how I painted it (link in the description). What I'm more interested in is to know who is claiming that this painting is theirs.
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:iconmedullapancreas:
MedullaPancreas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Master Shuanghua has sent me. He says you likely painted over his masterful work to get the "progress" pictures and that your name is Caroline Lahaise. What do you have to say for yourself, infidel? 
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rats, and here I was thinking I had him locked away far from where anyone could reach him and his treacherous words. No matter, I shall plead the Fifth and watch as the whole internet bows down at my feet! 
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:iconblackheart7x:
Blackheart7x Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
one word: WOW!!! *_*
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconinkdoodler:
inkdoodler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Dragon-Unicorn Hybrid!!!!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It so totally is! :O How did I not see this before?
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:iconfoxy-grandpa235:
Foxy-Grandpa235 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Digital Artist
One of my favorite pieces I've seen so far on DA! This is the style I would use to depict my mind to other people. super jealous that I didn't come up with it first ^_^ will you marry me?
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a huge compliment! The style used was purely accidental, but I'm quite fond of this one too, so I'm happy to know what others see in it :) Thank you!
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:iconchampagnecorpse:
ChampagneCorpse Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Damn... Damn...
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:iconsplidge:
Splidge Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks a lot like how I imagined a Kelpie or water horse as a kid, and it is sincerely amazing!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconarcturus-90:
Arcturus-90 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconarcturus-90:
Arcturus-90 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Not at all! n.n
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:icontravis-clarke:
Travis-Clarke Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. F'in beautiful and I love the style.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mighty honoured to hear that! Thanks :)
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:iconkevinnichols:
KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
very nice
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:icondrosera-sundews:
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Those scales are truly amazing, so is the head! Totally awesome!
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:iconcruuuuuu:
cruuuuuu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!!
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:iconwilderstorm:
Wilderstorm Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This reminds me of a cross between a thestral and a capall uisce (found in Irish mythology and Maggie Stiefvater's "The Scorpio Races"). I LOVE it. I would like to ask your permission to get some form of it as a tattoo :3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By all means! I'd love to see a picture if and when you get it done. That would just make me all kinds of happy :D
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:iconwilderstorm:
Wilderstorm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's going to have to wait a while, because I'm currently flat broke XD But I certainly plan on it!
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:iconbleaksquid:
bleaksquid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am so getting a print of this for my new apartment.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Being the owner of my very own print, I have to say it looks great on a wall~! ;) Glad you like it so much!
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:iconliquid-grievous:
Liquid-Grievous Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant design.
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