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Bone-Dry by fiachmara Bone-Dry by fiachmara
Updated with a slightly better snake. Note to self: next time, draw a scorpion or something. 

June Prompt - Exploring Dangerous Areas


The ground cracked, baked under the sun, heat waves rising above it, a boiling red sea into the horizon. The last vestiges of life fled to the corners, the cracks and crevices, or turned to dust on the canyon's floor. It had been months since the last drop of rain fell upon their home.
Thumping, thumping, thumping.
Is it the life or the sun? The slowing heartbeat of some creature curled desperately in the last waning shade of a rock, or the relentless drumming of the sky's firey pulse? 
Súice couldn't tell. 


Súice's home itself is a dangerous place - rife with poisonous creatures, painful plants,  no water, and intolerable heat. She wouldn't trade it for the world.

Base Score: 10 AP (Shaded Illustration)
+5 AP (Full Body Bonus)
+10 AP (Simple/Vignette Background)
+10 AP (Monthly Prompt)
+5 AP (Personal Work Bonus)
Total AP per submission: 40

Base Score: 4 GP (Shaded Illustration)
+2 GP (Full Body Bonus)
+4 GP (Simple/Vignette Background)
+1 GP (Monthly Prompt)
Total GP per submission: 11

Esk are a closed species © witherlings
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:iconcnhstudios:
CNHStudios Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty.
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LinWyrm Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous, the texture, the detailing is lovely and I can’t get over how amazing that skull looks too. :heart:
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Caliki Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Saying the snake looked like shit was indeed a little too much imo, however the fixed snake looks really good!! I really love the detailed scales, this mustve taken super long!!
also jee fiachmara, look at those stats you're becoming really famous that's so cool!! You really deserve it c:
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you friend. It’s funny - the whole piece took just a hair under two hours, with the original snake. The new snake itself took nearly an hour and a half! I suppose the only way to learn to do the hard stuff is to dive in and do it. 
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Caliki Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Definetely is, I usually try to get around drawing the difficult stuff c':
I just hope you didnt felt disappointed or anything by those rough comments :0
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Luckily art school supplied me with a relatively thick skin. Any sting the comments gave me was more embarrassment due to the fact that I very very clearly didn't try my best, rather than feeling incompetent or not-good-enough or shamed or hurt or anything like that. If there's only one thing I've got going it's that I've gotten decent at not taking things personally and trying to be as objective about my work as possible, and I'm thankful for being able to do that (it didn't come without a lot of practice and error tho).
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Caliki Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
good to hear that ^v^
kinda a reason why I dont really wanna be famous, I do have a kinda thick skin
but dA is also my main source for appreciation (because in my job I dont get too
much of it haha and sometimes you just question yourself) so idk if I would take it well
after a while :0

however I do appreciate any useful and contructive feedback a lot~
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I can understand that. I don’t wanna be famous either - I just want to make good work and pay the bills :> email sent!
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AlexFireflyZhou Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and melancholic.
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LoserPoint Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have no clue why the people who said it looked like poo said that. it was gorgeous to begin with. im sorry you had to fix it, unless you were truely unhappy with it yourself. i personally loved it as it was and idk how they saw that. it looked just like the snake it is..
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fiachmara Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Haha it’s ok! I wasn’t terribly happy with it but in truth, I didn’t try my hardest. The whole piece took only 2 hours to make, and instead of being more critical and trying a bit harder, putting a little more time and effort into it, I just let it slide, excusing myself a la “snakes are way too hard / too many scales / ain’t nobody got time.” So, it was a good kick in the bum to get me to put a little bit more work into it. (I’m still not thrilled with it but - honestly - snakes and their scales are hard!)

And thanks! It means a lot to me <3
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LoserPoint Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2 hours is still a lot of time! scales are indeed hard, which is why im hesitant on drawing a lot of things tbh. dont want to make it look bad, but i guess thats how we learn, haha. ^^ put as much effort as you want into your art, itll turn out as great as always <3
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Maska322 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This snake… look like shit XD
But this is a very good picture :P Well done mate!
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I JUST updated it with...hopefully a way better version.
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Maska322 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
And now we can talk! :D Nice snake ;)
I remember when I was drawing a flame ball it looked like shit too, so you are not alone my friend! :D
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Well that’s what I get for rushing it a bit too much haha. Thanks!
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JT-Animations Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE!
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Smartmouse-IOI Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I really adore the shading it's very nice, and the detail on the skull is very nice!
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ViolaZierau Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH its a SNAKE! Not a Pile of Shit! Dang me x3
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I mean, it might as well be given how badly I did it.
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NonieR Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Hmm. I like the rest of this, but the soft blurring of the snake's scales & pattern doesn't match the crisp edges and colors on the rest of the picture, so it's giving me a bit of a headache as my eyes try to resolve the focus level.
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fiachmara Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed.
I think I'm going to have to go back in and try again. It was hard to figure out how to manage the lighting on scales without doing every, single, individual one - but clearly, doing it simply as a smooth form isn't working.
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philsmiles Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I first thought he pooped next to his skull😂
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sketchy40 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it .
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Zerucune Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. Looks so much like an oil painting. I would totally put this on my wall xD
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Lachtaube Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, this is gorgeous!
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Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting is so gorgeous!!! fantastic!!
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hinkoro Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!
I love your character.
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Stereozilla Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Very beautiful atmosphere!
I love how it has a very vintage-ish effect to it and it brings a peaceful feeling when looking at it. *-*
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Caliki Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I really love that kinda watercolour-acryllic-y feel it has c:
awesome piece! land eel x'D
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Supercaptaincoolman Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Land eel is best eel.
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OkamiOrange Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the shading on the skull, great job!
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leafshadow04 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
Land eel, danger noodle. All the same. Snakes are so adorable =3

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ART AS ALWAYS, Fiachmara!
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