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Drag You Into The Dark by pallanoph Drag You Into The Dark by pallanoph
EDIT: (1-27-2013) File has been given increased contrast along with digital paintovers in various areas to fix flaws in the original painting.

A (stupid) portfolio type project I gave myself over the holidays. Here we have a kelpie returning to the depths of its icy lake with unwitting prey. This is why you don't jump on the backs of strange horses, kids! Things aren't always as they seem.

I didn't intend for the image to turn out this way, but rather made it up as I went along. I have been struggling between a more realistic approach and stylization... I'd like to push the contrast more, since all I get is a kind of awkward final image.

This was drawn/painted using Derwent's Graphitint pencils, which are lightly tinted watersoluble graphite pencils. Final details were added with watercolor and white acrylic. So... a "sort of" experiment, if you will. Someday I'll get better (THIS YEAR?)

I'll be getting back to posting commissioned work soon, since I have new nibs/renewed energy/scanner/etc.

Approximately 4.75" x 10", graphtint pencils, watercolor, acrylic on Stonehenge paper. Comments and critique encouraged.
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KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really the kind of piece I expected from you, but I love it never the less. The eerie vibe it gives is magnificent, and I love the kelpie's head. So intimidating. <3
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Aerozopher Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
inspiring :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Whilst I do think something like this could benefit from increased contrast, I also think it looks great as it is; there's certainly no issue of too little contrast. And it's so small... how do you do such intricate things? :noes:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes indeed... :nod: When I finished this, I admit I was pretty disappointed with the contrast/color, and its effect on the composition as a result. Thankfully, I've been able to tweak it rather extensively (for me!) in photoshop, and hopefully I can update with the much improved results. :nod:
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb! I can picture such a story behind this, even though you say not :giggle: There could be!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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Excellent stuff. ;)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
No! Not stupid, superb!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, though I said "stupid" since I felt I didn't get anywhere near where I wanted with this. Thankfully, photoshop exists, so I can make the whole thing pop better. :D
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always! :)
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the concept and I really love how, as you scroll down, the kelpie's face emerges from the seaweed tendrils. The obvious focal point for me was the human's face but then you see this creepy ghost-eyed skeleton horse face peeping out at you. :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I'm really glad that worked out! Sometimes I'm fairly certain my ideas/concepts/intentions never come out properly. :XD: I'm in the process of retouching this in Photoshop, and thankfully it's looking far more dramatic. Hopefully I'll get to update it soon. :D
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L-Archi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Have you heard of this comic? :[link]
It prooves that strange monts are not necessarly bad :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't read it, but I should during my downtime. (Or I should just get faster at work to up my productivity... :XD:)
I want a skeletal mount! But with a saddle installed for those bumpy rides. :XD: (Oww!)
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OmniWitch Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Kelpie? Oh my God, they're so creepy. Out of all the mythical creatures I think these things scare me the most.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep! And even worse if you find yourself wary of any water you can't see into. "ACK WHAT JUST TOUCHED MY LEG???" :fear:
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WindieDragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
From a technical standpoint, I have nothing to complain about. The way you rendered everything is awesome, especially the horse's bone/algae face! Overall the composition creates a nice pointed 8 shape, but I think the girl's leg is breaking the visual flow. Like, everything starts out nicely at the bottom with the horse's legs, then widens for the body, then it comes back together at the ears/mane to lead you right to the girl's face, but her bent leg is just out of place to me. I assume you meant to show it getting tangled in the kelp, but I think it would have worked better if the leg were down and plastered to the horse's body by the kelp. It would emphasize the "capture" aspect of the piece, you know? When something gets captured, the predator would want to bring the prey close and hold them tight. Maybe you could have added some flesh bulges to show how tightly the kelp was wrapping her? You could then leave the upper body loose to emphasize the "capture in progress" part as well.

It's a little hard to describe without being able to gesture to stuff, but I hope that made sense :).
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I see perfectly well what you mean. :) I think I included the leg that way to give the illusion that the resistance of the water is pulling at her, though despite that, and her waning resistance, she can't win against the kelpie. I'm not sure how much I can alter the position of her leg, but I may add some tightness to the kelp that's already binding her to give a stronger illusion of being tight.

Thanks for the feedback! It's much appreciated. (And sometimes very hard to find on this site these days... :giggle:)
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WindieDragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
(Sorry for the super late reply.)
I kind of see what you mean with the leg positioning. Obviously it's too late to change now, but I think the water resistance would have been better demonstrated by having her right arm drifting upwards. I imagine the water would have a much easier time pulling her arm up than the leg, since arms are lighter than legs.

You're welcome :). I don't have as much time and energy as I'd like for these things, but I try to give constructive feedback at least once in a while. I've been through soooo many crits in school, and of course all of them were the kind where participation mattered :lol:.

Oh man...that brings me back to my first ever drawing class and critique! I was so dumb and clueless, haha.
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Great to see you posting and this is as usual, just amazing <3 The kelpies legs look a little awkward, though? Might just be the angle, but I feel like they aren't quite in the same line with the rest of the body. I just love the seaweeds :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been a little scarce around these parts: Too much keeping me occupied, and I'm always slow during the winter months. (Should I be hibernating? :lol:) I did have issues with the legs, of course... not sure how well I can tweak them in photoshop. :B (Still making the attempt to salvage this piece a bit, though! :D)
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Jo-san Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice effect! I like how the seaweed is attached to the skull of the kelpie and, like mane, tangles its victim.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I imagine kelpie mythology may as well have involved people getting tangled into seaweed and drowning, so I thought including the weed as part of the kelpie to be very fitting. :)
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Jo-san Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a rather cool interpretation.
In Sweden we have a similar mythological/folklore creature called Bäckahästen ("the horse of the creek") and long ago parents used this fairytale as a means of scaring their children into staying away from creeks and thus keep them from drowning.
I'm guessing the myth surrounding the kelpie is pretty much the same?
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Niur-Tarow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome sauce, dude! Beautifully done!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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dwuff Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I had that Faeries book as a child, the Brian Froud/Alan Lee one. The story and picture of the Kelpie in there TERRIFIED me! Well done, those dead eyes suit the creature!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yikes, I'd imagine! I see so many pleasant looking kelpies about (which is a little contradictory) so I can't help but indulge myself every now and then by drawing a nasty one. :giggle:
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dwuff Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hehe well there's nothing pleasant about them! Dunno how people can draw them otherwise. XD
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Artist
I love kelpies, this is a really good representation of one, well done :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm not pleased with how this one turned out in terms of contrast, texture, etc, so I've been editing in Photoshop. Hopefully I'll have the new and improved version ready to post soon. :D
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shekiahjoy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
i. fucking. love this.
consider your experiment successful, looks awesome
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Though I felt it looked a bit flat given the choice of medium and my overall issue with getting good contrast. (After all these years, I still can't train my eyes to figure things out better. :lol:) I've been altering it further in Photoshop and it's improving drastically already. I'll upload a revised version soon. :)
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shekiahjoy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
awesome, can't wait to see it! :aww:
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