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We All Want to Feel Special by dio-03 We All Want to Feel Special by dio-03
I think humanity’s first true act of creativity was to invent gods. Looking up at any mass of clouds, it’s to imagine how beings of a higher order could make of them their home. We’d be mere insects to the people of the clouds. Our life could be at their whim. What catastrophes could occur if we didn’t appease them? Who could possibly intercede with the gods on our behalf?
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RAS-TOKKEN Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great stuff man! I love how enormous this being is in comparison to its surroundings. Love the idea behind it.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
thank you very much!
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micQuestion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   General Artist
Aw man, Daniel Irizarri. This is byoo-dee-fool, mannn...

What you wrote beneath was too deep for one such as myself to ponder so I'm just gonna sit here for a few minutes to appreciate the stunning work you created instead. Dreamy stuff, fo real.

Peace.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thanks, Mic! The goal with this piece was to confront, and if you take any time at all to think about it and what it represents, then I succeeded as an artist.
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Fresh-Hex Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Hermoso uso de colores man!, me gusta como presentastes al diety parado haciendo nada, me hace sentir como si estuviera esperando que algo ocurriera. De echo, hasta parece que es invisible a las personitas en el fondo ;)

But yeah, I guess that's how people used to roll. Infact, it seemed spiritual back then, how people would fear yet appreicate everything that happened around them, River Gods, Wind Gods, Fire etc.. Now it's all just.. meh.

By the way, do you use Corel, Photoshop or what? cause your painting is always looking mighty good :D
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
Photoshop. I try to keep most of my work at one layer so there is a lot of painting over and playing with trasperency in the brush to create levels of tones. Me alegra tu interpretacion con respecto a la obra y su, mucho de lo que dices puede ser cierto.
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Rikyo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the mood its giving off haha Nice man~
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thanks, chris!
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lucas-irineu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This is great, I really love the lighting on it. The mood is done really well.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thank you!
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lucas-irineu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem, man.
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reau Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
very nice!
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thank you!
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theCEOofDEATH Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Those birds are huge.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
maybe they're prehistoric. I wanted the earth to look more primitive. so... giant birds maybe?
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theCEOofDEATH Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Works for me.
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SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous piece first and foremost. I love those sunset colors; they do seem magical when you get those very dramatic hues.

People have always been subject to forces greater than themselves. The sheer power of nature is staggering, and occassionally still reminds us of how small we are.

The way people reconcile our small and relatively powerless selves and the enormous power of our surroundings, is to humanize those forces, ascribe human motivations and desires (as well as human failings).

It's somehow more comforting to assume that someone something like ourselves is steering the ship.

Personally, I believe that if there is a being that has shaped the cosmos and ordered time, its intellect is as vast, alien and unknowable to me as I am to the bacteria that lives in my gut.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
Yes, I think you cut to the core of my ideas in the sense that if ever any greater cosmic being were to exist, we as mere humans would never be able to comprehend it. It is not a graspable concept, and that includes all the different interpretations of such by churches and religion in general.
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CesarSebastian Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Qué gran combinación de colores. Me encanta el efecto de luz sobre el personaje. Y el paisaje! Muy bueno :)
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
gracias, cesar! ya siento mayo confianza en cuanto al manejo de colores se refiere.
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CesarSebastian Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Se nota!
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dichiara Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artist
Beautiful work, Dan! Love the colors.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thank you marcelo!
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n8beezy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your style keeps me wanting to take notes. Thanks God for such talent.

A great question with a greater answer:

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
-Romans 8:34

:)
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thanks for the kind words!

I was raised evangelical so I'm aware of judeo-christian theory on the matter. It just never satisfied any real curiosity i had about the world.
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n8beezy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your welcome! I like the fact that much of your work has the flat comic lines and the painting makes the color pop and gives it 3-dimensionality. Your color choice is great too. Makes for great art.

Gotcha. I know you might have different hopes but I hope you don't give up on Christ.

Thanks for the artistic Inspiration!
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caanantheartboy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Artist
This is powerful stuff, man.

You first look at the guy, and isn't until you move down, and the scale hits you, that you really feel small, and judged.

Just powerful.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
Caanan, how've you been??

thanks for the kind words on the piece. It's good to hear from you!
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caanantheartboy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artist
I've always been the guy who goes to a party and observes, Dan. I'm always about, I just blend in to the wall... And the internet has a BIG wall. :)
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
ahh well, it's always a joy when you DO come out of hiding. : )
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laxamentumXI Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
The concept and execution is amazing stuff man. Visuals are interesting and eerie in the best way.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thanks, man. I'm glad people are getting what I'm trying to do.
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TopplingDominoes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The clouds are so soft and milky I could drink them.
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thank you! they took forever.
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TopplingDominoes Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Well worth the time :)
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FireDestined4 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I will not say anything about the figure cause saying Awesome or anything would be an understatement... Having said that. The scenery looks so freaking cool, like the water, the reflections and the details with the birds and the mountains. The color I mean it's so amazing, your background, the skies!!!!!
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Artist
thanks, elliot. This is why backgrounds are just as important to the image as the figures. This drawing would be just an ominous looking guy, without the background which gives it scale and proportion.
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