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Forgotten Fairytales by sanguisGelidus Forgotten Fairytales by sanguisGelidus
A melody, which livens up the forest... and awakes a long forgotten fairytale...

There is some kind of a story behind this picture. But I want you to imagine yourself what this story could look like :) so tell me in the comments ;) :D

This image took so much time and effort to draw! I think it's my hugest picture so far! I hope you like it!! :heart:

Drawn in PS CS4 with Hanvon "Artmaster" - graphic tablet
about 20+ hours


RIFT theme: This is the colossus of life :)


:icon1dakota-smith1: has written a very beautiful and awesome shortstory for this picture... thanks so much!!:

That...tune....has not been heard on this side of the world in....a very long time. It has been so long...I had almost forgotten just how wonderful it is. I must see. I must see where it is coming from. Who brings it here?

The earth is stiff around the Guardian but despite of this he lifts himself above the surface. Nearby there is a young woman playing a small instrument on the stump of what was once a mighty tree. The Guardian speaks in her mind "you who are you?"
Without faltering the woman answers "my name is Arethusa. My ancestor was once the nymph who resided in this tree."
"Why do you come here Arethusa? Why do you play that song?"
"This song has been passed down my family for hundreds of years. As a child I heard the stories of you, great Guardian, and how you have kept this forest pure."
The Guardian was silent
"I have come here to tell you that there is very little of the outside world left and what is left is burning....did you know this is the last forest?"
"Yes. I have felt my kin dying this past millennium."
"Why have you done nothing to stop it?" Arethusa said. A tear trickled down her cheek and onto her flute.
"I cannot leave this forest. I am the very heart and soul of this place. I am bound to this place forever."
"The song is almost finished."
"Then we must soon part ways and you will go back to the outside world."
"There is nothing for me there."
"You must go. If what you say is true then it is time for a new age. I give you a piece of my power..."
Arethusa felt roots entwining themselves around her feet and crawl up her legs. She felt a glow fill her up. For that one moment she was bound to the forest itself and she could see it. In her mind's eye she saw every tree, flower, and blade of grass. For that one moment she could hear the forest singing along with her little tune.
"You must return to the world and may where ever you step be the home to my children. The age of the forest will rise from the ashes. All will be well.'
As the song ended the roots fell away and the guardian returned to his slumber, preparing to wake at the dawn of a new and brighter earth.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-13
Forgotten Fairytales by *sanguisGelidus

CATEGORY: Contests / 2011 / RIFT Create a Colossus Contest:

The suggester says of this deviation originally created for the RIFT contest, "The image is full of atmosphere and magic, mostly because of the lighting and wonderful colouring. The blue eyes of the dragon as a contrast to the greens and yellows of the background add a focus to the picture and make the dragon look like he would be hypnotized by the dryad's melody. Overall, the image is massively detailed where needed, well composed and highly enchanting. It seems to tell the viewer a story, which not every picture can achieve." ( Suggested by ArmyOfDarkrai and Featured by WDWParksGal )
Critique by VanillaZone May 27, 2011, 4:00:40 AM
Blindness instant!

Though I'm not a professional at drawing, I just had to say that this artwork resounds with an amazing forest like feel. The light trickling down from the trees help give the picture it's mystique and the moss on the dragon is very well depicted. The scene with the woman and dragon makes me wonder about the story that might be taking place.

In terms of originality, I never would have thought of a wood dragon myself nor have I seen such an idea in any fantasy book or manga.

The details in the drawing make me wonder, is that even possible with a tablet? (I'd love to learn XD) The intricate folds of the women's garment and the meticulous placement of scales on the dragon with it's piercing blue eye help add focus onto the two subjects. With subtle details even upon the tree trunks and utilizing color so as to harmonize the scenery helps bring the picture to life.

I would love to persist in my praises but there is something that I have noticed and want to bring to attention. Some of the branches on the trees seem to thin out without any leaves upon them. Seeing as it is a forest with a ceiling full of leaves I thought it a bit odd. Unless you were more so intending to emphasize the shapes of the trees, then I have nothing more to say.

My conclusion: This is a dazzling art-piece anyone would love. :)
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
194 out of 203 deviants thought this was fair.

I actually do not care what people will say about my criticism over this art, but I was taken aback while staring at it. Truly splendid and breathing of fantasy beauty.

I love the environment, the woods are very well done and the light at the background gives out a warm atmosphere. Magnificent.

The characters, the wood maiden, the animals and the Earth Dragon, I see a good bond between the two of them and it's very smart of you to let the viewer decide the story behind these two. Like that, no one is disappointed or misjudging your art.

Perhaps add one or two foxes and wolfs in the drawing next time, just to show a forest isn't about birds and rabbits, but other than that, this work is spectacular! I hope you get a DD for this!
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Totally mystic neighborhood 
Thekrazykiki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
That is amazing, yet oddly sad. <3
Watery-Flame Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Beautiful!
horselday2243 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
She had been searching so long for a place of peace and serenity, a place of beauty where she could place down her roots once and for all. A place that was in no danger of burning. A true home.

He had been waiting so long for someone to come to him, for someone to need him and his wisdom, him and his peace. Someone who would stay, and save him from the loneliness plaguing his soul.

She and he met.

A song was born.
FrozenHeartGirlie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! Earth *likes*
CorryRox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
AkwkardMovements Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Tree nymph for new champion? She can be Zyra's rival O.o
WingedSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
ITS SO FORESTY!!!!!!!!!!!
CrazyBaldGuy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I love the expression on the dragon's face.
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