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Foster Parents by Risachantag Foster Parents by Risachantag
I wanted some practise with dramatic lighting, so I decided to paint this picture with a strong back-light. I went back to my old technique of painting in greyscale first, so it took me quite a while to find a colour scheme that worked for me. (You can see the in progress greyscale painting on my Facebook page)

That egg isn't going to be anyone's dinner today!

Photoshop CS5, Wacom Intuos tablet, additional textures from cgtextures.com, 8-10 hours
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GallusVarius Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I can't tell who's protecting the egg and who's trying to eat it?...
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Cool design on that water serpent thingy ^_^
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RosieSenpai Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice.
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davidlucas Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous lighting effects! I've got a long way to go with mine...
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Jessethejester Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how does one acquire such a talent...??!
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:iconkistrix:
kistrix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Lots of hours! Just as I thought, not only 1 as in the other pics ;)

This is Excellent!!!
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very beautifully detailed. I love the action and fierceness in this!!
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Asarx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enchanting!! This looks so amazing, It's just awesome!!!
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KittyCatAddict Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! The waves look like they were extremely hard to draw :o
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phlofy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's amazing. Simply amazing.
My favorite part of it all, it may sound weird, though, is the water.
I have seen many good work from you, so the good figures are common.
But I feel that the water you painted here is so good, that, if you trim it, it could make a painting on its own.
I'm not saying that I don't like the rest of the painting, though. I'm saying that you really exceeded my expectations with the lighting in the water, and the water itself.
Keep up the good work :)
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phlofy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*Much good work.
I am a klutz with grammar today xD
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phlofy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*a lot of
:iconfacepalmplz:
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LordColts Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Fantastic work! =D
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sosweetgirl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!
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AntaraNN Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   Filmographer
Fantastic dynamic image. Great composition. (and everything else)
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bossie-boots Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This is awesome superb work :love:
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:iconblcksheep:
blcksheep Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so much action and detail!
Amazing work! :D
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool scene!
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lefrandi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME! Very Good concept and technique....
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I like the action with the spears in the serpent's body and the riders on the giant birds. I like the image where one rider is struggling to get back on the bird. Great job!
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Inemiset Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! So what's the story behind the title?
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Saiyakupo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Aww by the title I thought the sea snake was a foster parent XD; Disappoint *bricked*
STILL AWESOEM I like this style of painting :3
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Awesome who are the foster parents?
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:iconforeversightless:
ForeverSightless Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! I love the sense action. :D
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Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
So epic
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:iconpsyalera:
psyAlera Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this looks great! *A* I love the water. <3
I also like the little story this painting tells. >w< :heart:
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Collie-0 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
go go giant bird!>;o
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Esevans Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   General Artist
Love the action and the lighting. :D
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:iconlp-chan:
LP-chan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
this is amaziiiing!!
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LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture!
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SilentSicarius Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Wow, this is brilliant. I think you just created your own realm of dreams....I could seriously look at this forever and still not pick out all the details. I love it!
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TheMadKatter13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is so cool! And the title only makes it more awesome/funnier!
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reichan79 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
It looks very impressive. The serpent looks like mix of dragon with some water creature, very well done. And the parrots my favorite, I love the way the parrot look at the serpent, awesome. I don't know if you know but nervous parrot really looks like that. Spread the wings, open beak and hiss and their plume stand. :love:
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Saikotsunami Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Your scene is alive. It takes skill to make an image seem like its moving but you've really accomplished that well.
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Zemmiaphobia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's interesting that you can look at this like 'evil humans stealing a poor mother's baby' or 'heroic humans defending an egg from an evil snake'. Very cool!
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, great lighting for sure! And really nice composition you got going here! This is really awesome, great work!
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Takumy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm kinda lost .. who is the parent? the water Dragon or the Birds/ humans . who wants to eat the egg .?? .. >__< when i see this it makes me believe that the egg belongs to the dragon because of its size and the humans with birds are fostering it ..! 0__o" .. but why would the dragon eat his own egg?
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Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Ah, it's a little ambiguous I guess, but the dragon egg back there isn't the serpent's egg. The serpent is trying to eat the egg that the parrots are looking after.
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Takumy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh.. thanks.. I thought that was the dragon. Good picture though. U know is good when it makes people think
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marjosonic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A very epic scene. You can see the effort placed into it when you look at the smaller details. Excellent work.
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Raakone Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
This is wonderful, love the colors and details, how did you do this? Love the lighting, and the crashing waves.

THIS IS EPIC! Consider yourself faved!
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Sunimacrud Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know Wacom could do that! xD
I should pay attention to my tablet more often.
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Shidyk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is epic!
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shadowind98 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want to follw you, becasue your paints are... so amazing and fantsy...
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flutist Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's a super detailed art.. I kind of curious about the story behind this.. if there's any. Who is the foster parents?
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Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Oh, the parrots are the foster parents to the dragon egg in the background. They're fighting off the serpent there, that was looking for an easy dinner... and found it to be not so easy after all.
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WhereIsJambon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The detail in this is crazy good! Beautifully done! Very well done indeed :)

If you have the time please take a look at my artwork too, I'm new to da :)
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