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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.


~Vyrilien


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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:iconchris-illustrator:
chris-illustrator Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
I'm always a big fan of Quetzalcoatl, and he looks great here.
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:iconhimitsuuk:
HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Photographer
Nice.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icontytoquetra:
Tytoquetra Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Must. Have. GIMME 
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:iconga-rth:
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!
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:iconvyrilien:
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
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:iconallanjefferson666:
allanjefferson666 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
good art, when will be the result of the contest?
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:iconvyrilien:
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.
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:iconbedlamite91:
Bedlamite91 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   General Artist
awesome work man!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconafifhashlamoun:
AfifHashlamoun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
yay you entered :D i'd love to have this shirt XD
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:iconplainungry:
Plainungry Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!!
I love your way to draw, it is a very beautiful dragon!
the shadows are really beautiful. Is that I can ask you how long did you work on?
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your amazing compliments! They make me so very happy :hug:

As for the time taken: around twenty hours, but I'm notoriously slow, so it could have been done in less time. Spent too much time getting the lines pretty and smooth-looking, haha :D
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:icon00def:
00def Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
Youhou!! so cool!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:w00t:
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:iconplainungry:
Plainungry Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not you worried I also spend a lot of time realize every details of a drawing, like many of my friends who also draw. take time and think is better than going too fast.I do not put my design simply because there are errors when I selected the category (it does not appear!^^)
google traduction because i am french! ;)
bye
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose you're right! :D
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:iconjirael:
jirael Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a very unique interpretation of this deity. i really like the mane like head and the smooth but angular body. i would totally wear that.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Glad you like it my interpretation of Quetzacoatl. It's such an amazing deity after all.

(Now to hope this T-Shirt design will make it, haha :D)
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:iconjirael:
jirael Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can always try other websites like threadless or limited edition.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose I could! :) Never heard of the latter though; I will have to check that one out.
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:iconjirael:
jirael Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
actually, i think it's thisisalimitededition. but i am sure there are plenty more websites you could try out.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thanks; I was having trouble finding it :D
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:iconeyesofthewulf:
eyesofthewulf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Wow, hope they choose your design, it's awesome. As a mexican I can only say you gave all the meaning to this prehispanic god of us, it's a powerful piece.

(btw, let me now if there is a chance to buy one of this shirts if you decide to make an stock after the contest, please =))
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So glad that especially you as a mexican could appreciate it! I really wanted to do this amazing deity the justice it deserves! :)

I sure will! Even if I don't win the contest, I will probably look around and have it made through some other site. I'll let you know when I do.
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:iconeyesofthewulf:
eyesofthewulf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
So, what happened? I'm curious and excited =D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't manage to place, unfortunately :D Winners can be found here: [link]

I'm planning on submitting this design to Threadless though, so with any luck, this might become a T-shirt after all :)
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:icon00def:
00def Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Artist
Love this!! Really hope you'll make it up! :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Happy you like my design :) Fingers crossed, haha! There are some truly amazing designs out there competing against this one; so no shame in losing :D
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:iconlanerx:
LanerX Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dumb question, but how do I vote?
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my bad! I should have edited the description. Voting period ended yesterday :)
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:iconlanerx:
LanerX Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn lol, just missed it.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry about it! The voting period is only to determine which 100 entries end up in the semi-finals. The actual winners will be selected by a panel of judges :D
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:iconlanerx:
LanerX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you get in the semi-finals?
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dunno yet, the staff will take their time to review every entry in the top 100 (though no one yet knows which 100 those are, because the vote counters are invisible). They have to make sure they all adhere to the rules laid out in the technical terms and make sure that there's no copyright infringement and all that jazz.

Should take a couple of weeks before I know if I'm in or out :)
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH MY GOD I HOPE YOU WIN! I would buy this bad ass baby in a heart beat. Aztec mythology is among my favorites <3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww thank you so much! :'D Aztec mythology is AMAZING (and so underrated!) Glad you like my take on Quetz <3
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one is nice. Good luck.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconsiplick:
Siplick Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! I've been staring at this for five minutes straight, and the details don't end! I love your interpretation on the Quetzalcoatl. Best of luck for the contest!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, yeah, I go a bit nuts when it concerns detailing sometimes :D I'm so happy you like it so much! Thank you :hug:
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tessieart333 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great t-shirt design! I voted for you...Please check out my t-shirt designs & vote too if you wish...

"Fairy Magic-Tessie"
[link]

"Fairy Sparkle-Tessie"
[link]

"Mystic Unicorn-Tessie"
[link]

_Tessie
<3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:icontessieart333:
tessieart333 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your very welcome:-)

_Tess
<3
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:iconsilent-7:
Silent-7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Artist
It's GORGEOUS!

Really love the different shadings on the feathers and body. The winding geometric patterns adds a nice Aztec touch.
I do worry that some of the lines maybe smaller than 2 pt, but other than that is is very nice and stylish.
I definitely could see myself wearing your design.


Here's My Mythical Creatures entry: [link]
(your comments/critiques and votes can really make a difference)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! :heart: Really happy you like it! And yeah; I had to upscale the original template to 500 dpi to get in the detail I wanted to. I hope it's not a problem. ^^;

I'll have a look! :)
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:iconmarlevyina:
Marlevyina Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
That's great. Very original subject. The Latin American myths are very interesting and not much remembered when it comes to Mythical...
Well, if you want to check out my submission: [link]
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true! And they deserve much more exposure. Quetzacoatl is actually fairly popular this contest, I was happy to notice! I've seen quite a few entries depicting him. Thank you! :heart:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the monochrome works to balance all the detail ;p
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point! It'd have been very difficult to achieve the same shading with 4 colours, which is why I went for monochrome, but I guess it really would have been overwhelming if it wasn't. Thank you! :D
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