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Phobetor by M0AI Phobetor by M0AI
I'm finally getting around to posting the rest of my Semester 2 stuff from TAD.
This here is my final work from composition class. The theme was Dreamtellers, and it was up to us to decide just what that meant. So here is a strange entity enshrouding a sleeper in a cloud of nightmares. I named him Phobetor, after the Greek deity for frightening dreams.
I attempted to be rough with this one. It may just come across as somewhat unfinished, though.
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Whiskerwind Mar 17, 2012
heavens above this is beautiful
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M0AI Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Why thank you!
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guillegarcia Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hoh! i love this one
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M0AI Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbensen-daniel:
I don't think it looks unfinished. I love the sleeper's expression. I'm a little sad though you didn't go for triple-nerd bonus and put the nightmare monster on his chest. Also, what's with the sleeper's glued-together fingers?
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M0AI Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, sir!
The fingers are like that because there's this theory/tradition in art that hands just look more elegant if the middle and ring fingers are held together. James Gurney made a post about the phenomenon on his blog a few years ago, though unfortunately I can't find a link to it.
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:iconbensen-daniel:
Oh I didn't know that. Looking at my hands, there doesn't seem much difference as far as elegance goes
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MetalSnail Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff, love the colors!
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M0AI Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks, man!
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Hah, it took me a minute to catch all the different "faces" in there! That's really ingenious, and fits perfectly with the nebulous, amorphous vibe of a "dream creature." I'm getting something similar from the tail, an almost Blake- or Munch-like quality in both the forms and the texture there. That hand on the bed is brilliant too, with its resembleance to a human figure seen from behind!

Hmm, I think I see what you mean about the "unfinished" quality, but to me it only reads that way if you compare the individual "rough" elements to the more polished elements within the piece. The sort of sketchy shading on the scales at upper right, for example, by contrast with the face of the human figure. But again, I love the texture here and it feels very intentional to me...Yeah, I love that tail, and the sheet or bedspread.

You know, I was all set to suggest that a different color scheme on the "cloud" might better communicate the sense of "exhaled nightmare"--I was thinking of an inky, iridescent, nebular oil slick kinda thing, lots of bruised violets and purples with phospherescent highlights. But the longer I look at this, the more I like the reddish hue, and the more it seems necessary to the overall color composition, the lighting, the contrast, everything. I almost have the impression he's being enveloped in some sort of wet, fleshy flower (no Georgia O'Keefe cracks, plz). And certainly the figure's troubled expression and resistant pose indicate that he's in the throes of nightmare.

Love the wormy little cephalic tendrils, by the way...Reminds me of the Oankali from Xenogenesis! : D
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