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Guardian of the Sea by OrmIrian Guardian of the Sea by OrmIrian
"The Guardian of the Sea" or "The Last Narwhal"

… I hope you like it- It’s my very first digital underwater picture

EDIT: I added more details to the submarine and corrected the size of the narwhal.
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what you would probably notice the most about this lovely piece of nightmare fuel is the grabber tentacles around its mouth look similar to a human hand, however i think the eyes need to be changed a little bit, since you have to actually look to notice the, so either making them a different color or changing the style their drawn in would greatly improve this artwork, and adding a short story behind it would be nice as well, such as explaining the creature, and its origins, or explaining the story behind the submarine(if it isn't a submarine, sorry, but it really looks like a submarine) are they on another planet, were they exploring the frozen oceans of one of Jupiter's moons? Details, it needs more details, i know you were probably trying to leave it up to the reader to decide whats happening, but in the event that the reader has no imagination, it would be better to give a story so that anyone who reads this will understand the who's, the what's, the when's, and the why's. but in the end its still a very nice piece of artwork that has given me a unnatural fear of the ocean.
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aefyn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome, this is so well drawn, I especially love the mood and lighting, it makes for a truly terrifying image :D
TheBlaqkRose Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very frightening!
EmeraldFoxSeamstress Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the scariest sea monster I've seen today O.o and I've seen a lot lol.
NeroShoumetsu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
wow i love this :D
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
Gidala Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What the heck is this?A narwall?A squid?
A lobster?

That's what makes the pic so awesome
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thank you! :D
Novarock Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
ouch! don't need a bite from it!! XP

anyway! :) great work! :D
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :D
foozicle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
that is one badass creature you wouldn't want to meet...
awesome detail :nod:
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
Well, no, I wouldn't want to meet it either- at least not in that submarine there :D
Lee99 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I would hate to come across that thing! sure hope there isn't anything that big living in the ocean...but you never know!can let the imagination run wild!
For a very first digital underwater piece, it is very well done! I like the creature design! ^^
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D I can't help myself, but always wish partly that my creatures would really live... No matter how dangerous they are :D
I studied first some drawing videos of underwaterscenes, before I started to draw this picture. I think without those videos, it would look terrible :)
Lee99 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
heheh, I wish I could meet my characters, go to their world and explore the vast mystical landscapes, oh, of course I would need my comrades to protect me from all the dangerous creatures. :P
I think we artists all wish we were gods, in a small sense of the word, we are like gods because we can create amazing things and do miraculous things. :P

I too use reference material in all my artworks, you can't hope to pull off accurately realistic artworks without having something to go by, my work is a mixture of digital paint and photo manipulation, my photo manipulations are mainly just for scenes, my characters were digital, appart from tiny bits in a few. The art of photo manipulation is something I got good at when I had job exp with Weta Workshop here in New Zealand, you know the company who made Lord Of Th Rings? King Kong? and they make many props for other films like HellBoy etc, anyway, whil I was there I learnt how the pro's worked, so there you go, that's my little bit of history for you...sadly I never got hired full time by them.
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly :D That would be sooo great to see all the drawn creatures alive!

Yeah, I think you're right... But I don't like to involve photos too much in my work. If I do that, I wouldn't really think I had drawn it. That's also the reason why I don't use special brush aside from the standard brush.
Ah yes! I heard from this company! :) I think it's great that you had the possibility to see how they work in companies like that... I would be enormous happy if I could that too, but unfortunately there isn't a company like that around here.
Well, perhaps you'll have more luck in the future! I hope it for you and wish you much luck for getting a job there! :hug:
Lee99 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! It would be so much fun seeing our designs come to life! but when they try killing you, the creatures that is...then it's not so fun...:P

Yeah, allot of people feel using photo elements is cheating, I only use photo elements in my scenes because it is a quick way to get realism rather than spending weeks on drawing everything by hand, not that using photo segments is easy, because it is isn't, but I used to feel like you do, I felt that using photo's meant it was no longer my drawing, but I feel differently now, I'm satisfied with what I can produce with this method, and it often requires a mixture of my own digital painting and other Adobe skills all combined.
My time at Weta was memorable, I recently emailed them asking for my designs for (District 9) now that the movie is coming out here, I don't think my designs were ever picked by the creator, but I still liked them, Thanks allot for your encouragement! I really appreciate it! :hug:
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right now I started to use some of my photos- only for getting some training in drawing better perspectives and for some training in human anatomy. Humans are very hard to draw for me, especially the face :P
I think I could probably do something similar for the background... use a photo for getting the form and the right perspectives (and lighting) and then transform it till it is what I want. Would be maybe easier than imagine a background and than mess it up because of my lack of skills :D
It's great that you try it anyway, even if they don't accredit it at the moment.
Lee99 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Humans are hard to draw and the face is hard to get right for everyone, getting the shape and placement of the eyes, especially from other angles is quite hard, that's why I use reference when doing humans, I no longer make up any of my character's completely, I always have a photo to go by, and then it's just a matter of changing the appearance so they don't look just like the person in the photo.

Yeah sounds like a good plan, using photo's as a base for angles and structure is a great way to expand on your realism skills, and it still takes imagination to change an image into something completely new!

I look at it this way, if the pro's of the industry create amazing concepts with the photo manip method, and that you can even buy tutorials on how they do it, then it must be something worth learning! aye! :D
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first step in this direction is already done :D My newest picture (Fire Demon) based on a photo. But even though I used the photo I had some perspectivic mistakes in it :) But it's mostly because the figure of that demon is much more muscular and powerful looking than its model :P

I didn't know that they do it in this way (before you mentioned it) :) I guess I have to try it now :D
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
:horns: thats really awesome :d
Nightscales Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow awesome work! Love the designs, composition and the colors a lot! Very detailed as well :D Very impressive :3
Lumysaara Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
it reminds me of the strange fish living close to the bottom of the ocean. pretty impressive, i like the fact that you added the submarine, it helps the viewer realize just how huge the Guardian is, and also the fact that the drawing continues a long way down, with the body of the creature and the ocean floor. it helps add depth to the whole image, and also makes it look ore dramatic.
sigma-the-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
wow thats very good!! the shading is AMAZING and the narwhal is soo scary and awesome!!
amazing detail and water effects!! :heart:
looks so real!!!


pfors Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Just one small thing that bugs me. I can't tell if the submarine is right in front of it or a bit in the background. I'm guessing it's in the background since it looks a little less distinct in the details. But since I can't tell how far away it is, it doesn't give a sense of scale which seems to be it's main reason for being there.

In any case, nice monster design :)
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm yes, you're right... Thanks for telling me, I didn't noticed it. :hug: Well, I tried to improve it a little bit (I hope it looks better now).
The submarine had less details, because it's the first time since I drew something with metal and so I didn't really know how to draw it ^^;
pfors Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
At least the perception of scale is sorted now. Now the monster looks huge :D
Metal is tricky, it's all about reflections.
Gorgone Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
He looks scary. Nice job! :)
MrsGraves Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Wonderful piece!
Peanguinex Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Its quite fantabulas!
Septs-Shadow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Thing looks like it would EAT Narwhals (and use the horn as a tooth pick).

Fantastic work and great texturing / detail on the creature.
Argo602 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Very good!
Solomen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I have the theme to The Last Unicorn stuck in my head :O_o:

Nice pic :D
OrmIrian Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe! :D
Well, Narwhals are somehow "Unicorns". The horns of these whales were sold (maybe even today) as horns from unicorns, that's also a reason why they almost died out... Sad, but true :(
I know this movie too :D
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