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Tales from the High Seas by PReilly Tales from the High Seas by PReilly
A few months back I visited a local pub with some of my friends (Actually, I wouldn't really call it a pub....More like a scummy dive). The place was tiny, darkly lit and looked like the inside of a 17th century ship. Dark brown and thickly lacquered wood panels on the wall being held in place by thick shipping ropes and black bolts. There were all sorts of dusty antiques and nautical devices hanging from the ceiling and every inch of the place. Rusty metal objects everywhere (Maybe I should have taken a tetanus shot before entering.) An old diving suit , fishing nets, wooden mermaid statues, old nautical paintings with overly ornate frames. There were also brass lined portholes with dirty lime green glass for windows. As I was sipping my beer I was expecting a giant tentical to come crashing through one of the portholes and snatch away one of the scruffy looking patrons sitting at the bar.

Anyhow, the style of the place and the lime green ambient lighting inspired me to create this piece. I wanted it to have an old world nautical painging style...Like something you might find hanging in a cabin of an old wooden ship. I worked on it for a while a few months back and ended up putting it on hold for a while. This weekend I managed to tighten it up a bit.

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:iconhobbitshire:
hobbitshire Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Very effective image, emphasised by the ghostly green light and the creature's size. Great clarity.
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:iconnoblekale:
noblekale Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Really good work here - the colouring especially manages to convey just the right ambience.
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Jason77755 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student
CRAP! 2 COMMENTS? THIS IS AWESOME!
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Hanging a portrait of a ship being attacked by a Kraken within a ship.

Not good for morale, I'd assume, but Great Work! :thumbsup:
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:iconredinki:
redInki Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
géant.
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fooktom Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I love it.
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RosePriceOrganicElm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Artist
oh hellll yeah
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LEANDRONUNES Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
this place ... i think... show you the line of the creature color art... (laugh)
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myagalactic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
the imagination world, this inspires me to write about atlantis
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trailerparkzombie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really rockin'! I am quite partial to the maritime scene and giant cephalopods. Your work on this is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
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VanessaManic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
It's so great and scary and.. wow! I am amazed. The colour, the light, everything is wonderful! Fav, no doubt.
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:iconlooks-like-lynnie:
looks-like-lynnie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
woah, i seen this picture in the book "Fantasy Art Now" and I just had to check your drawings out. They're pretty impressive! :)
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plazivec Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Absolutely best, perfect color manage :).
Pity, the pic it´s not bigger :(.
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chew-i Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
sensationell
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cavalars Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
THE BEST!
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cavalars Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
THE BEST!
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galefra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Amazing !
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brendan-sharkey Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
humina humina
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melies Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Magnificient!

This is very well executed. The lighthing is breath taking. I must admit...sea monsters scares me too death...and the last drawing I saw that gave me chills was a frank Frazetta's a couple years ago...You are a master
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008   Digital Artist
I LOVE this pic :love: its a funny thing, really.. I was at a bookstore reading 'Fantasy Art NOW' and came across this, wrote your name down, and googled you for deviantart XD I'm so thrilled I found you on here, so that I can keep up with your amazing art! Thanks for posting! :hug:
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FIENDISH-ART Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome man
and rather scary
i hate sea monsters (shudders!!)
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JadaFitch Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional
i hope to some day make art as nice as yours
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ineptperson Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Artist
brilliant
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Ezera Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
OOH!!! KRAKEN?
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BlackInk-- Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Filmographer
wow, the lighting and the colour is just fantastic!!~
feels very much like some kinda twisted dream
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Arica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
My favourite picture in the "Fantasy Art Now" book.
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godzillasmash Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
amazing, you captured the style and look down perfectly.
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irondrum Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
i was wondering if my band could use this picture...i think it is absolutely amazing and it portrays the band name as well...
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^__^ I want to be on that boat ^__^
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Maleficus006 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
This situation...would suck. Otherwise, I'm speechless.
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Vincoid Featured By Owner May 21, 2007   Filmographer
Your style and detail amazes me... I wish I could make this :P
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jackieocean Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that this picture is currently being featured in my journal. [link] :ahoy:
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catatonic-muse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Amazing! It's so full of movement and action.
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HorseRotovator Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Wow, once again the way you capture lighting is just superb. :D
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ShadowPride Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Student Photographer
roflmao spooky place, good inspiration tough, :+fav:
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purplerose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007   Photographer
Very nice work. I love the yellow-green lighting.
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kle0012 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Stunning work. :heart:
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xRed-thunderDragoNx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
and this is truly a masterpiece!
have never seen before such brilliant use of composition, lighting, depth and a level of detail that blows me away!
textures are so damn realistic...
not any more words are left to describe my feeling about this scene, just... Congratulations. Fav'd.
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Xengdu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Am fond of your tentacles (ew ... the one on your painting ... even if tentacles may be fine to paint quicker), and of the light ... i've found a fine wallpaper :)
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fichot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
awesome.
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masterfulmind Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007
Beautiful lighting and atmosphere! Quite haunting.
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Walito Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007   Interface Designer
wow..this's awesome!!
i love it!
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Dionizije Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking piece of art! Amazing details and atmosphere!:)
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daiuswoi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
what i especially love about this (besides everything) is how eerie the light source makes it. something about the color and the way it emanates from sort of a unknown spot both on and behind the ship makes it just awesomely creepy. a pleasure to look at!
+fav!
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626elemental Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
Awesome! I love all the details! this is just incredible... you are a really good artist! Keep it up!
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:icon626elemental:
626elemental Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
Awesome! I love all the details! this is just incredible... you are a really good artist! Keep it up!
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EDDIE-LEE Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
reminds me of dead mans chest, but with your own flare!
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Morgum Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
nice! Love the colors
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clevelandexpress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007   Writer
Ahh, now this is a great piece of art work. Very throw back to the old sea farer type novels and books where anything encountered in the ocean was a million times bigger than the ship being sailed and it was always a hell of a battle for the crew to be able to survive.

I really love the look and feel of this, contgrats!
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Talon010 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007   Photographer
Love the rain and sea.. reminds me of dead mans chest, i saw that movie today. KRAKEN!
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