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Mythical Creatures Contest - Quetzalcoatl by Vyrilien Mythical Creatures Contest - Quetzalcoatl by Vyrilien
Mythical Creatures Contest - Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl is a Mesoamerican deity whose name means 'feathered serpent'. Quetzalcoatl, or rather the feathered serpent deity, has been worshipped by many different ethno-political groups in Mesoamerican history.

Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the historical sources, Quetzalcoatl, being one of the important gods of the Aztec pantheon, was related to gods of the wind, of Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge.

So....I know I've been absent from deviantART a... while. Last submission was in February apparently, but whenever I'm not feeling inspired there is nothing quite like a contest to get my ass into gear again, so here is my go at this. Worked hard to squeeze as much time I could afford into painting this as I could and I'm still only just managing to submit this moments before the deadline. Oh how typical of me...

Sorry it's so detail-heavy, I was never good at the 'simple yet stylish' thing. May look cluttered here, but should be okay on a shirt I imagine.

In hindsight Quetzalcoatl was not the most original of subjects I could have picked (I've seen him float around quite frequently in the contest gallery), but I didn't really have any time to start over for a new creature design. Hope you don't mind.

Enough rambling, hope you like it! If so, please consider voting for the design. Apparently this contest is one of a popularity kind, so please accept my apologies for having to pester you about this.


Time Taken: Twenty? I'm not sure.
Tools used: Photoshop CS3, Wacom Intuos 4

Larger version of this found here for better view of details: [link]
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HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Photographer
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Tytoquetra Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   General Artist
Must. Have. GIMME 
gA-rth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Frickin cool! As soon as saw it I had a feeling it was some kind of Aztec art! Kick-ass man kick-ass!
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, that means I did something right! Glad you like this one :) It was fun to do a stylized illustration for a change :D
allanjefferson666 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
good art, when will be the result of the contest?
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) And not sure! They announced the semi-finalists three weeks ago, so I'm kinda waiting for the final result now.
Bedlamite91 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   General Artist
awesome work man!
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
AfifHashlamoun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
yay you entered :D i'd love to have this shirt XD
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