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RIFT CONTEST - Air Colossus by Vyrilien RIFT CONTEST - Air Colossus by Vyrilien
Air Colossus

Here is my entry for the Rift 'Create a Colossus' contest (link to news article here: [link]).

This Colossus is able to swallow vast amounts of air, storing it in its throat sac which expands to quadruple its size when fully inflated. Through various pores and exhaust outlets located in its fins it is able to redirect air currents around it enabling it to move through the air. Alternatively the Colossus can create devastating gusts of air by forcing all the air out in a single exhale. Additionally its head acts like a lightning conductor and it stores the electricity to be used as a source of energy as well as enabling it to use lightning to fry its foes.

So yeah, I know I stand no chance of even competing with all the other amazing entries out there and it certainly doesn't get many points for originality, but I'm content. Having been busy and generally distracted from investing more time into my art I hadn't been able to finish a single proper painting in over two years. So when I happened to stumble upon the Rift contest announcement I decided this was a good time as any to try and get back into things.

Not sure what else to say. I'm just happy I managed to make it before the deadline (though barely). Thank you deviantART for this challenge and the opportunity, I really needed this. Thank you to everyone who still watches me (I don't know why you would as elusive as I am on this site) But I'm ever so happy you still do :heart:

Critiques are encouraged; they helped me so much on my last painting and I'm very thankful for them!

~Vyrilien

Time taken: Approximately 3 weeks on and off (~60 hours from concept to finish maybe? I am not very efficient...)
Tools used: Painting in Corel Painter Essentials 3, touch-ups in Photoshop CS3, Wacom Intuos 2
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:iconkaitiakianahera:
kaitiakianahera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
i like the swordfish idea very striking pose too. I like how you blur it out its like someone with a big lens camera shooting from the airplane capturing some movements. Expertise
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:iconmeankeith:
meankeith Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
omfg soo good... i will be like you someday.. just imagining...
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you will! Everyone's gotta start somewhere :) Just have fun and never stop drawing!
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:iconmeankeith:
meankeith Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for the advice!! :iconthankyouplz:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome :)
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:iconcorustenebrae:
CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
niiiice :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconskkon:
Skkon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Ooooh... Pointy Fish!!! ^w^
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Swordfish ftw :'D
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:iconskkon:
Skkon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
WOO!
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:iconindia-lee:
India-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I definitely love this! Insta fave :love: :squee: :love:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :love:
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:iconaquamarin-graphics:
Aquamarin-Graphics Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very unique ! Like it very much ! I'm amazed !
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Really happy you like its design :)
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:iconasatrart:
AsatrArt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Very awesome concept!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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:icontrences-bloodlust:
trences-bloodlust Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
This thing is amazing!
i love the design, and the art is gorgeous!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad you like the design so much! Thank you! :heart:
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:icontrences-bloodlust:
trences-bloodlust Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Yes I do! Your very welcome! ^^
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:iconchibipokz:
ChibiPokz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
So... is there any possibility of me eating that fish ? :3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that you mention it, he DOES look like he'd taste delicious.
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:iconcoxdri:
coxdri Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I really thought it was very good his art and history, congratulations ...
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! I am very happy you enjoyed the description too :)
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:iconnoshimoto:
Noshimoto Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Doctor Who
ahahha
nice nice.
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:iconengelchen19:
Engelchen19 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
wow nice.
would be a nice boss in a game like final fantasy or so =o
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:iconwaterwarrior360:
waterwarrior360 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
giant airborne swordfish
but very good all the same
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree it's a strange combination :lol: I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I just ran with it, haha.

Glad you like it though!
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:iconillusioninme:
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
wonderfully simple, and majestic.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconillusioninme:
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
^.^
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:iconhideyoshi:
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh hadnt seen this one in the contest. I like the concept and the rendering!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thanks for taking a look! It's a real honour since you are an artist I very much look up to :)
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:iconktownjeff:
ktownjeff Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beast
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:icontastybedsore:
tastybedsore Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hope you win!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Unfortunately I didn't manage to place in the semi-finals, but a lot of other more amazing people did, so no harm! :D
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:icontastybedsore:
tastybedsore Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
fucking amazing!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you think so!
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:iconpurplebenji:
PurpleBenji Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like a swordfish or was that the original goal
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, well spotted! I just love sword-fish :heart:
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:iconpurplebenji:
PurpleBenji Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they are awsome..but I do have lots of repect for them..i would never think of eating one
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HaydenM Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice lightning effect. Splitting red and blue hues apart is very clever, reminds me of using oldschool 3d glasses actually. It's a lot classier than a single jagged trail with a monochromatic halo/glow. :3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I saw this trick used by a different artist (~randis) and I thought it might work here to have the lightning stand out a bit more. I was actually afraid I was overdoing it a little, haha, so I'm glad you like the result!
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LadyPhoenicia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
First off, I am incredibly happy that you are again active on DA. Your works have always inspired me and I can't wait to see the latest additions. The stories and background with each piece is another aspect I look forward to.

That said, this is just another artwork that I love from your collection. The painting flows and the viewer can get a wonderful feel of how eloquent and smooth the colossus is. You have always been great with detail and this is no exception. While I definitely don't want to cross paths with this creature, he/she is a very beautiful beast. I absolutely love it :heart:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to know that you you still remember me and my work and that could inspire you so much. I've been suffering from a bit of an art block for a long time and I think I'm finally snapping out of it! So hopefully, I'll be updating more often.

I'm really happy you enjoy this one too! Thank you for your wonderful words :hug:
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:iconladyphoenicia:
LadyPhoenicia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
It's my pleasure :cuddle: I absolutely empathize with having an art block as I faced one myself a few months ago. Couple that with being busy and it's completely understandable. Can't wait to see more!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aren't art blocks the most horrible things? :( I'm glad you got rid of yours too; sometimes it seems like they'd never end! I'll do my best :)
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:iconlord-of-the-pirates:
lord-of-the-pirates Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, he's so wonderful *__*
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you think so :heart:
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:iconnightwindwolf95:
nightwindwolf95 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Absolutely stunning!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: Also, is that icon from Claymore? I love that anime :)
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