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Peril of Guarding by AlectorFencer Peril of Guarding by AlectorFencer
"As with so many things, the world had come to its end.

The last battle was a quiet one, fought in no more land than a wolf might wander in a day. It was not fought by deities, it was not even fought by warriors, but by a single, vulnerable friend.

He had fought for her before. He had fought because the whisperings of good told him she would make a difference.

Protect her, they deigned.

And though this was said to nearly a dozen, only Zal remained to fight for her. Where others had faded to the black or fallen with despair, only he had stayed at her side.

The world had come to its end. The Taer, its body emblazoned by the apathy of billions, fueled by ancient fears great and small and the nagging of death, decay, and destruction, descended towards the final light.

Zal's paws clutched the grit of earth; his tail swept the cliff's breadth. The world was ending, and his was the only body left to stop it.

He would be the one to die, so that when the world ended, she, at least, could survive."



Manojalpa requested a massive commission by me in which her character Zal guards a silver apple sapling from the terrible darkness that forces every light creating power to dim.


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This was one of the largest and most complex paintings I have done so far and I never thought I could finish it in such a short amount of time. I'm still thankful for the ones who really stayed 10 hours watching me stream. Haha. You're simply awesome. XD

All in all, including the sketch, I worked about 30 hours on the image. I tried out to not concentrate on small details so much but on lighting and colouring which will create the most important aspects of the painting in the end.

The original file is about 4500 x 5600 pixel on 300 dpi.
There is a better description coming very soon.

I must run out and do some mosaik simply for enjoyment. XD

Thanks a lot for looking!! :blowkiss:
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:iconspaceorchid:
SpaceOrchid Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing piece of art...it is  pretty similar to one dream of mine....Keep it up!
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trailerscore Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Featured on Franck Barré's epic Trailer Music track "The Ultimate Battle"! Fits perfectly! Thanks for creating this one! :)
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Igthorn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
You made something epic!
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UGNArtWorld Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ou... it's so beautiful. I love this painting.

Can I use it for a video (not for commercial purposes, just a simple YT music video)?
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Azureith Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
amazing and beautiful work!
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gudruna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
beautiful work
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
epico
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Ross-Makoske Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really neat.
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MandelCr8tor Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Artwork, love the dragons, great movement in this one
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Tahyon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful artwork!:clap:
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RealVect0r Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressed
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kellyjo503 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love love love your stuff
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XxLordRage666xX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
truly immaculant. i love this. and the story. awesome job xD
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Morfiemoo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! And the story too :3
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RedAventador Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
WOAH!!!!!!!!

INCREDIBLE! Wonderful detail, love the intensity!
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AlchemyFreak16 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
This is gorgeous. I wish I could have it hanging in my room!
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kenywhp Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
Featured on Monster Database!

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EphraimRayquaza Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Amazing and EPIC! :iconiwantitplz:
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Dakknay-Sade Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Jeezus Christ this is amazing. This piece really inspires me, and though I don't know you this piece is so beautiful I've gained an instant respect for you, thank you very much for sharing!

*ribbit*
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olafanderson Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Lovely, and excellent backstory.
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grinandferret Featured By Owner May 8, 2011   General Artist
This is absolutely stunning! The composition really flows and leads the eyes into it. The designs of the dragons are equally entrancing and beautifully designed. You have created a truly amazing and breathtaking piece. :onfire:
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AlectorFencer Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Thank you ever so much! :)
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Constrosity Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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Kittrex Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
What a beautiful painting! The story is so touching and well fitting! Great work! :D
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fitipaldi93 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy shit this is awesome :D
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dwdriver Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it,even the back ground is perfect!!!
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FaolanshewolfGold Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I can't come up with good enough words for this....just wow!!!
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lindy-hop Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever since you posted this photo, I've been in love with it. Over the last year, it has spent quite a bit of time as the wallpaper on my laptop. In that time, I've lost track of just how many people have looked over my shoulder and commented on how awesome/amazing/epic/cool/beautiful/etc it is. On behalf of all those people, I would like to thank you for creating this masterpiece :)
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DragonZoo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011   Writer
awesome pic! i've posted it on my blog, a dragon pic a day ([link]) with full links to your profile!
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Erebos-Lionpride Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sh.. wow!
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medo1o0o09 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
incredible :)
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MidnightRunnerMS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Masterpiece!
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auxeru Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Simply amazing!
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darkshadower Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
epic
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lionback Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
thoughts become things.... if it can be imagened then somewhere it exsists? WOW. great work, great imagenation. humbeling, totaly humbeling...
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Yeddie-Ed Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!!!!! It's a new look on yin and yang.
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Thalo-Ryder Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The idea behind this picture reminds me of the Silmarillion, and of the two trees, (their names escape me now) that are so filled with light and beauty but are almost destroyed by Shelob (or her predecessor, I can't remember, I need to read it again...) who sucks the light out of them. Beautiful picture.
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Compass-Wave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
This is definitely epic. The age old battle between good and evil. To be willing to give up life so that another might live is the epitome of bravery, if not a little saddening. Beautiful colors to make the contrast between light and dark very apparent. Smashing work! ;D
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Dialogous Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Writer
Great pic and greater story.
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7th-Of-The-Gods Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Wow, this is fantastic! O__o
I love this, wonderful work! <3
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Flitzthesoulreaper Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing!
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Bluetabbycat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, very atmospheric! This is really great work!
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GordonTarpley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
totally rules!
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Sinnickson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
BREATHTAKING! my heart skip[ped a beat!
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WhitewoodPhantom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful detailing!
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johnbecaro Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely stunning!!!
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Briliant :+favlove:
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SoulSeven7 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
oh my gawwwd... :faint:
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SoraNoRider Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Amazing :3
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WJTART Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
NICE !
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