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AETES by TheCallyBear AETES by TheCallyBear


please click download to see all the details, then zoom in on the image by clicking it.
you can view my art this way best whilst also turning your brightness up.

this is my favorite piece of art - ever of mine. i am insanely proud of this, i have spent 9 long months working on this.
i have persisted, i have fought, i have cried, i have laughed. i have finished.

back in october 2013 Talisturo approached me asking to make her something, after initially being flabberghasted, i eagerly accepted.
to explain a little, Talisturo is my idol. she was my inspiration to start making art, and she is the reason i have always been so
determined to continue working at it, to improve. so of course, to be asked to make art for her, was the best thing ever in my eyes.

her brief was "contrast", with an example of water and fire. i loved the idea, but i wanted to surprise her, and do something
unexpected. so i came up with "lava and life". the contrast is to represent two of the characters in her book, another
character is seen shown in this image, Aetes. i'll be linking the website to her book very soon, keep your eyes peeled!

i would absolutely love it if you could take the time to check the stock out, and really see just how much most of it changed.

lastly, i am very sorry about the long gap in my art, i have been through some tough stuff recently.
but we are out of the woods now, and things are moving upwards and onwards. thank you for your patience. :love:

time - 9 months.
layers - base background 26, horse 73, hair 53, lava 30, trees/fauna 50, lighting/finishing touches/small details/ect 18 = 250 layers.
tools - photoshop cs5 & wacom bamboo fun medium pen and touch.

Solidified lava by CAStockWarmblood 94 by Colourize-StockMoss Forest 1 by leeorr-stock
tree: Alegion-stock : x | tree ii: TexelGirl-Stock : x | mushroom: whynotastock : x
mushroom ii: MaterDolorosa : x | mushroom iii: Stock7000 : x | sky: HVMK : x
work: TheCallyBear

This piece may not be used, copied, republished, or edited without my permission.
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Given 2014-08-08
Suggester says, "AETES by TheCallyBear shows a wonderful combination of multiple stock images, talented digital painting, intense lighting, and a beautiful juxtaposition of symbolic elements to create a powerful image with gorgeous details." ( Suggested by Deltapotamus and Featured by Emerald-Depths )
TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great glow.
TheCallyBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MiddysGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I. cant even. -falls over- Everything about this manipulation is just gorgeous. The DD is so well deserved! <3
TheCallyBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you! That means a lot, I really appreciate it! ♥
forever-halloween Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is all flows so beautifully together. Incredibly stunning.. WOW. No words for how impressive this really is. :clap:
Ladybug-Studios Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so no words :jawdrop:
You should be beyond amazingly proud of this :wow:
That hair :faint:
That fire :faint:
The background blending :faint: so much :heart:
yktkebr Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Wow thats fantastic! Great work :)
TheCallyBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :love:
ElishevaLight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks incredible! The detail work is phenomenal and each little part comes together absolutely beautifully. Great job!
Lavander-Thistle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so crazily beautiful :heart:
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