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Earth Colossus by Exileden Earth Colossus by Exileden
For information: It's 100% traditional medium made picture.

There are so many really wonderful entries for that contest in majority done by digital medium… so I decided to go with traditional medium :heart:
I could do in digital, but I thought it would be really fun to take a challenge for myself doing in traditional medium game-based illustration of biggest elemental boss and I wanted to give a little support to traditional art, which is not much appreciated today amongst the digital creations. It was truly challenging to do with real media, took me really, really long time especially creating self-made textures! But it was really experiencing to work on such like that.

If anyone is curious about design, I'll explain: I did pretty careful research for making a design for my colossus to represent it as earth colossus plus with using not-common elements which are representative to earth.
Design is based on raw earth physic/biological elements.
That "electricy" is not actually thunderous electric, it's actually electromagnetic power. Every planet and earth has electromagnetic power, and even with precious stones there is energy (technically that energy is not visible at all, but I was thinking... to show it, since it'd show more life and power of it's beast. I think, without it.. it would look like… just a rock. But I want something to move it. )
generally it's concept of a moon shaped ancient colossus, with it's electromagnetic power can bring and rise the rocks and earth dust, shape into arms and any earth related elements around it- inspiration comes from scencist article when the energy on planet fades, planet dies in space.

medium used: colored pencils, watercolor paints, alcoholic paint, alcohols, airbrush, ink, markers and self made textures. slightly adjusted in PS to bring natural colors after scanning and clean scanner's dirt. Over of a week of work.
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kos1604 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
  1. incredibly interesting
Pewitt0Jack Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
"alcohols?" like whiskey and wine?
MaazyPaaz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist
I honestly dont know what im looking at....
Dedyk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
haminaw haminaw haminaw haminaw
TehMagicalToaster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I have no idea where the head is on that thing BUT I LOVE IT <3 Ish sho cute <3
sinninginheaven Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great job!!!!! Hard to see traditional art in this level of details, good job :)
ZhengHu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
fascinante.... i love it...
Eye-of-the-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOO! traditional! :boogie: amazing! :wow:
Kyuubinoyouko15 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
What's the size of the this?
sbarnby71 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
It's nice to see somesome take the time and effort to work in the traditional mediums, so many people claims to be artists when all they use is the in-built functions of a computer applying pre-made textures and effects and great undo button.

Love the work here and I'm sure when you held this up when you'd finished you felt that great satisifaction of knowing the paint/inks staining your fingers had gone to create a wonderful piece of art.

A much overused saying these days, but this is keeping it real.
toxic-nightcore Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is AMAZING i mean I'm just in AWE! i have seen a lot of great work but this beats so many i cant even describe it. You beat many artists <3 Better than De vinchi
slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KAPOWIE13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
WOW that is so AMAZING
TormentedDevil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Faridnite Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
this is epically wicked! Absolutely love it XD
NituweHe09 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I can't believe you did that in traditional medium! Heck, I don't know how you did that at all!!! I love your artwork, but this just blew my mind! It's amazing and powerful.
TASKMSG-Ayu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Wow. So much detail.
xXxElementalWolfxXx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just amazing! You don't see something like this everyday. I'm in awe that this is traditional! You really brought out your creative side with this, just simply astounding!
Legendora Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is so stunning and I still can't believe the fact that it is traditional art!!
Zyteche Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Good work
pEtrIfyEd-shEEp Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student General Artist
such an amazing concept, and so beautifully intricate! c:
LIAMODEARME Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Interface Designer
this image is blowen my mind
towlie36 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I for one am a sucker for traditional art haha. So that just makes it all the more amazing.
MIHO24 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
I can't describe how awesome it is :jawdrop:
And in traditional media...
Absolutely magnificent!!!!
wannyford Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
gstar244 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Great earth concept really speaks out with great detail and logic ,hope with practice i can also perfect my art 2 such standrds. It is really difficult wen goin with traditional methods.
stoffkimba Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Totally agree with the Zelda comment - my first thought was something along the lines of "I'd be so scared to have to battle this thing in some videogame"...
I love that you did this in traditional media (I've been watching you quite a while btw). Way to disqualify yourself from the get go, though. I've yet to see a traditional media entry make it in one of these contests. (The traditional entries that made it to the semis this time were the two sculptures, which is an enitrely different beast altogehter, literally.) Correct me if I'm wrong. This is one of the times I'd love to be wrong.
Exileden Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I agree, it makes me to think for zelda boss... somehow ^^

Ah yes I saw. Sculptures are in general quite popular getting on semi finals I noticed on the most contests. But I never really seen for 2D traditional art, so for that I was aiming. But if they didn't pick, its ok because with my design I have way too strange taste! :D I dont really fit for RIFT at all. Wish some other 2D trad art talented artist would join that contest.
stoffkimba Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hej, sorry for the late reply. DeviantArt kind of stopped working on Firefox and I just realized I might as well try another browser (et voilą)...

That's my first time seeing a sculpture on a contest, but then I'm not a regular (contest watcher/participant/whatever). It's a shame about the traditional 2D art. I don't get it. Maybe it's because if the work wins, they'd have to get the original (physical) copy to do a really good scan or something? I can see how that would be troublesome. On the other hand, considering what kind of entries usually make the top positions (in the 3~4 contests I've seen) ... these judges are simply blind, hate creativity and ... aah, well. Guess, unlike the community the judges aren't artists. That would explain the completely different "community choices" (if there are any).

Personally, I recently sorted my watch-list and realized I'm pretty much disinterested in most CG art out there. And there is pretty amazing stuff. Still, I love even the crudest watercolor pic more than all the famed CG stuff together. Weird. And I just came to that realization after buying a Wacom tablet. *face palm* ...
maikyyyy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG :|
prue321 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
The detail is incredible. Great job!
Yakuza-Foxtrot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this deserves more views and a daily deviations
sappirex96 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you did this!?!
Radhikita Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
my god!!! the detail on this is breathtaking! where do you get the patience???
MooseSketts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
This is great! Especially since it is all traditional work!
FastHealingWounds Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This would be the best Zelda boss ever
shinianne Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
:clap: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :clap: BRAVO ! WOW !
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Now THAT'S impressive. :omg: You don't see something like this everyday, and that's what makes it all the more amazing. Those textures are DELICIOUS. Way to bring traditional media back into the frame! :highfive:
Exileden Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you a lot, Pallanoph! :hug:
It was pain in ass but texturizing is WAY more fun than with digital since you can use nearly every object to experiment making textures. With digital I feel like if I want to archeive rocky texture, I simply take from google, or CG textures and create texture :/ with traditional you are FORCED to draw EVERY pattern of texture such like structure, right shading- but you learn drawing from scrap :)
RainbowNoodle Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I must just tell you how simply amazed I am at your work. It brightens my day and makes me so extremely happy to know all of your stuff or a huge majority of it is all traditional. It's people like you who keep true art alive!
Real art is the art done without an undo button.
Your whole gallery feels me with aw, shock, and undying joy at the things you are able to accomplish.
True skillz, you have them and make wonderful master pieces with them!
FloatingToxins Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
EVERY, time I see your art my heart simply sinks... Your an inspiration to this world :) and I've never said something like that to anyone else before.
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
WOW. I absolutely love this style of yours!! You should use this style more often! So detailed and natural looking colours :D
Davey1980 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
onces again you inspire and amaze :) thank you for using traditional art. I love traditional. And it is a nice goal to set to look just as good with traditional art as the digital art. that's my goal.
CobyRicketts Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
and what type?
CobyRicketts Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
What size paper did you use?
dawndelver Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is very original
jiji970 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011

O.O I am putting my bet on it.
*throw 10 bucks onto the table*
Verstovia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this, and I am absolutely astonished at the fact you did this traditionally. Great depth!

Anyways, I'm not sure...Well I can see what I think is its head, but I'm not sure if it's given much significance. It kind of looks like...Just a body to me.
WhirlingDragonBlade Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God... you deserve so much props. That shit is just positively beautiful honey. This is so amazing, what you did. Like. God. O.o

Someone should make a video game with that as the final boss. IN SPACE. Seriously. xD

Amazing work, my dear. This looks like so much more than a week of work. Congratulations, and never stop being proud of this.

It's amazing to think that that tiiiiiiny little thing at the far left is the head. It just looks like this massive, amazing mouth. xD
AmuroWolf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Incredible. This is just...incredible.
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