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HUNTING THE ALKAZIR
by Finnian MacManus

For depthCORE XLV: PRIMAL [link]

“There’s not many a bounty hunter that can bring down a Great Alkazir… The demon rampages through civilizations, absorbing them into the infinite crust of it’s skin. It’s true form lurks behind layers of architecture, landscape and lifeforms, but those layers rip apart just like any other substance… when you apply the correct amount of firepower.”

Photoshop and Tablet, hope you enjoy!
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations in hangaroundtheweb.com
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:iconobstination:
Obstination Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're doing amazing works, bro. You're just getting better and better. Congrats! :D
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:iconcraftypixel:
CraftyPixel Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
- Awesome :D -
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:iconpanelgutter:
panelgutter Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible!Love the way you've rendered the rock!
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:iconphildunne:
phildunne Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible piece dude, my favourite of the chapter!
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:iconhadiprayogo:
hadiprayogo Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice artwork! :D
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongljakagmo:
gljakagmo Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
any advice on what book to buy or tutorial to color like this?
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm unfortunately I didn't read much tutorials for coloring, more for values... would say to check out FZD's youtube videos!
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:icondchan:
dchan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Incredibly beautiful and well done!
Congrats my friend.
See ya!
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconasemharun:
asemharun Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome work! Love the atmosphere
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconexcalibur-t005:
Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Interesting concept. I wonder if anything remains alive in the cities that end up piled up on this thing's back?
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconchangingcactus:
changingcactus Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
that's... wow it's incredible.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconrebelliousrehan:
RebelliousRehan Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
a mythical land
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love myth
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:icon2wenty:
2wenty Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love this composition. Kudos, this is great!
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much
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:icon2wenty:
2wenty Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no prob
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting style. Congratulations.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconinkstitcher:
InkStitcher Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love this! :D
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsmiling-demon:
Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, the ship design is particularly cool.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much Alastair!
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:iconspectorknight:
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Just amazing. Crazy impressive and strange all at once.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconstickersticker:
stickersticker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took a while to "enter into" this picture. I think I stared at it full screen for a full minute or two (which is a long time for me, flippin through my usual 200 new deviations not to mention my ADHD meds are just starting to kick in) before I really started to grasp the world. At first I was just taken by the fabulous colours, the intriguing shapes of the aircraft, and the wonkyness of everything. Then I started recognizing signs of life - weird alien life - and the familiar themes of organization we associate with civilization. I started to get where I am, and then I started to realize what was happening. The demon itself, the "Great Alkazir," looks perfectly impossible. This is something I love about sci fi; the way it rejects a human norm while conforming to it enough to communicate something - it kind of has that mind-stretching aspect to it. I feel like this demon also defies the conventional "creature creation" styles that we see a lot these days, which are overly designy and detailed (3D models, textures, anatomy, stuff like that) and can sometimes end up failing to provoke any response on the part of the interpreter because they dictate rather then suggest. Leaving room for an open-ended interpretation of this beast is the perfect fit for a creature you abstractly describe as a "demon [that] rampages through civilizations, absorbing them into the infinite crust of it’s skin" Finally, when I really feel like I am immersed in this setting, I start to notice the action (weird, that this is what I notice last). The motion blurs, the missiles, the violence, the thrill of pursuit. Not only am I being transported to this other world, I am here at such an exciting time, maybe even a deeply important time. It's almost like I should feel lucky to have seen this, like a shooting star or an historic event.

This is a great example of what I find exciting about good digital art; it's about world-creation. Even if this is just one of a million images I'll see today, it generates a new space in my mind. I'm left with an abstract idea that there are other places out there, weird places, where things are distinctly different from the reality I experience in my immediacy. The limits of our collective imagination get pushed further and further every time something like this is released into the world. I'm glad I took the time to let all that sink in.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, i'm so glad you read this much into the image :) really happy you enjoy it, and world creation is exactly what i would like to do as a profession...
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
They should really focus on just pushing their village somewhere else.
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:iconelreviae:
elreviae Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome mate !! :)
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you bro!
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:iconelreviae:
elreviae Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;)
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noblekale Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Hrmmm.

A good, solid concept. Rich, smooth colourings. Good textures on the stonework. Great details on the creature's face...

The only thing that spoiles it for me, is the black outline/'arms' on its mid section.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The black section is the demons 'true' form... rips in the creature skin expose the unknown evil beneath.
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:iconbiwervincent:
BiwerVincent Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love your colors and the rainbow grounds...really cool.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkeren-or:
keren-or Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is spectacular!
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconinsanekaffeine:
insaneKaffeine Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so amazing!
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :D
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:iconkaioshen:
Kaioshen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Those fuckin colors... you dirty tease.
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks Kai!! Glad you like the colors dude ;)
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:iconfelewin:
Felewin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoy this immensely!
Very creative, to put it too plainly :P
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :)
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:iconstrangeprogram:
StrangeProgram Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great, awesome palette and scene
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:iconfmacmanus:
fmacmanus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much Dyst!
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