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This work has probably taken longer to finish than just about anything else I've ever worked on; mostly due to extraneous events happening rather than the complexity of the image. Originally this project was started in mid-2003 and I've only just now finished it.

I originally modeled this using a combination of Poser and Bryce; the basic female default figure from Poser as well as a basic skull. These components were imported into Bryce where, after many delays and changes, the other shapes, forms and textures were all applied and rendered.

After being rendered as a 20x30 inch canvas I began the laborious task of airbrushing over the basic textures and forms using Photoshop 7. For the most part this post-production work was preformed with a single-pixel airbrush tool, occasionally going as high as a five-pixel brush.
By using such small brush sizes it greatly increased the amount of effort and work required but it also made it possible to work in the tiny details visible in the full sized canvas; some of which can only be hinted at and glimpsed in this much smaller preview.

Quite frankly the sheer volume of work required was quite intimidating and resulted in my working on it only sporadically from 2004 until now but it is finally completed.

You can find detail shots at full resolution here; www.deviantart.com/deviation/5…
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kevinroberts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Disturbing, also unique and beautiful! The finish and sheen of the metal is superb as well, I can tell the meticulous detail you put into this. I hope you feel all the effort was justified, seems like an impressive achievement.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Artist
Man...The Art has been Torn Open...The GReat and Secret Show has Arrived...:firelite-photo:
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sohansurag Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
WHOA..GIGER-Esque! :D
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks- Giger has been a big influence to a lot of my work :)
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LittleDirk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
my first artbook i bought was from H.R.Giger ...
Great work! I love it!
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BeautifulBizarreMag Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Awesome!!! :faint:
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MDFive Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this is pretty awesome. Not much to say after sayin' that.
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AmedaN Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Damn dude, thats freaking tight! Very wicked and dark like a nightmare. I just don't have that much patience.
Seeing this makes me wanna curl up and take a nap inside your head...hehe...so imaginative!
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:iconcolero:
colero Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is extremely well done! The compostion, lighting, use of positive and negative space. Im very impressed (and that's very hard to do).
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Negative space has always been one of my favorite tools.
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projectvxn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
This is beautiful. It reminds me of H.R. Giger's Tarot series. Which, as I'm sure you know, are very well done in dark tones with shadows creating the details.
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forbiddenorchid Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
I absolutely love this one!!
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AD689 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
its a pentacle, the square and compasses and somehow the logo for OBOD - The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids... something tells me the image resolution could be bigger.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The actual resolution is 20x30 inches at about 200 pixels per inch. I just don't post that particular file on the internet.
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Abhorath Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Those glyphs around on the ring around the head look extremely familiar. I also recognise the seal on the chest. Excellent work. What are the glyphs?
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The Glyphs come from a font called "Alchemy" which I downloaded to several years back because it was fairly unique because of the symbol usage.

The symbol is a stylized pentacle which I include in nearly every work.
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Abhorath Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
That's very interesting. I really enjoy the more 'occult' concepts, such as those alchemical glyphs (I see some are astrological; the two coincide quite often) and the pentacle. If I'm not mistaken, that pentacle is from the Necronomicon?

Anyway, still saying excellent job, hehe.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That particular pentacle was on the cover of the bogus 'necronomicon' that was published a couple decades ago. I liked the design so I adopted it.
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roren001 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Ok I am sure you have already heard this before. But, you have definitley captured Giger's style and made it your own.
I love the use of the symbolic message.

This would look so awesome painted on the tank of a chopper. Consider it. Hell how about a whole chopper themed on this piece?
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oddbydefault Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
wow - unbelievable!
it must feel so good to just finnish finaly!
i really love all the deatail you puyt into it, its such a warped and interesting imagine.
very inspiring - thankyou!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It really was nice to finally finish it- I've never had a project that sat around unfinished for so long.
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caralena Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
cool,it looks so life like,very good.
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angeloz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
:clap: It reminds me of works of H.R. Giger :)
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my bigger influences :)
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angeloz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
It influences me too. His art have something magic in it :)
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Hells-Blood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
This is pretty damn hot, I like this alot.:wow:
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ittoryu24 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
the gigger like is pretty cool :)
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Davenit Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Wow, if anything has deserved a DD on this site this one does. That is one helluva creation.
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Frannie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is effing awesome! It actually made me shiver a bit when I saw the thumbnail in my messages. I'm gonna put it in my favourites so that I can buy the print when I finally have money.

You know what the only thing is that could be cooler? If you made a sculpture of it from actual metal. Like a 3D canvas. But made of metal. I can't describe how awesome that would be without having to heavily censor my own comment.
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
Amazing image! I'm surprised with your talent, as till now I saw you as the almighty policy staff director. :)

The fact that it has taken so much time to be completed adds value to the final image. I see it as a mix between H.R.Giger classic toning and claustrophobic ambiences, mixed with a more futuristic and polished approach.

Congratulations for such compelling work Daniel.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Nix0xiN Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
I take it you like giger. XD
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007   Photographer
Hi :)

This image has been featured in The Nightmare Collection [Vol. 15]. You can see the article HERE.

:heart:
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bleedsopretty Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
i love it! i've been waiting for you to finish this ;P!!!! when i get money i must get a print!!!!!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It took forever- mostly because I kept putting it off in favor of other things but also because I mostly used a single pixel brush on a 20x30 inch canvas (damn my high standard for detail =P )
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darkinfatuation428 Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
words cannot express what i think about this work! as soon as i layed eyes on it i was in awe. it is so beautiful. and you spent good time producing it. well done!
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nuvem Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
impressive!
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fangedfem Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
Impressive :) The details and overall impact of the imagery is wonderful, I especially admire how it has the same color tone throughout but yet loses none of the detail, well done lighting in that respect - your hard work paid off well :nod:
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axrine Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
WOAHHH! :D
OMG! YOU MADE ALL THIS?! O_O
IT'S SO DARN GOOD!!! xD
So pretty! xD
Good job!
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RockGirl1582 Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
this is absolutely breathtaking. the amount of detail and tireless work is evident in the final production. the crisp colours and cool contours really add to a very surreal, very abstract emotion.

simply fantastic.

i hesitate to say that i am reminded of h.r. giger, but want you to know that while i see an influence, this is the farthest thing from him. i hope that makes sense?
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realitysquared Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
H.R. Giger is always my biggest influence for works like this one :)
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rockfaerie666 Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Student Photographer
That's a good piece and in my opinion, definitely worth the wait. Those skulls you implemented are quite original and really add to the atmosphere of this work, so I guess you indeed achieved your goal.

:+favlove:
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imperial-Stock Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
Wow! This is amazing. Crisp and clear too. This had to take alot out of you. This is a very unique piece. I have not seen one like this anywhere on DA. Very original. Loe the tone you use also. Gives it a sense of power, and deep mystical mystery. :clap: :trophy:
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bz Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
awesome work. all that work definitely paid off in the long run
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EclipseDarkmaster Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
It may have taken forever to finish, but the end result was well worth it, Good work
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fourteenthstar Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
fantastic work! well worth the wait :blowkiss:
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:iconrealitysquared:
realitysquared Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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StinaWiik Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Terrifying and beautiful, a brilliant mix!
Great work with colortone and metal.
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SkippyJr Featured By Owner May 29, 2007   Filmographer
This is great work,
Very good concept,
I really liked this one.
:)
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radioPooh Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
it scared me .

i always think you don't like me for some reason .

i know i'm artistically / cutting edge / just saying

but i like your art

it's deep
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