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Tribute by GarretAJ Tribute by GarretAJ
Practicing some new techniques and refining some old ones.

I like the conflict that comes from confidence and fool hardy belief. This better reflect the challenges we all face in real life.
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diphylla Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there :wave:

You have been featured here: fav.me/d7iwfp9 :heart:
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet thanks.
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diphylla Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For a practice of new techniques and refining of older ones I must say this is bloody brilliant. Love it! :heart:
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's a few years old, but I think the art still holds up.
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diphylla Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
welcome and agreed!
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JessHavok Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Jormungand and Thor! Fantastic work! I am pushing my own style to become more along these lines, I love this soft style its so dreamy.
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. You'll get there, keep up your studies.
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JessHavok Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well I've already graduated for game art couple years ago, its just the matter of practicing at this point. But yes, your work is brilliant, hats off.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Your paintings are class!
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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009-1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Amazing =D
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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AmayaElls Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He walked up the stairs, spear swinging by his side. It had been ridiculously easy to retrieve it for his master, he wondered why he was told to handle the job personally rather then sending on of his underlings. He would definitely have to talk to his master about that, he should be devoting his time to organising the army, not gathering tributes. He reached the top and looked out into the stony cavern beyond. He couldn't see his master and briefly contemplating leaving and returning later.

The stones on the cavern floor moved and suddenly a great body thrust its way up. It seemed like some form of sea serpent thrusting its way over the land. It towered above him baring its many teeth, each one was almost as long as his arm. His master, his greatest weapon. He bowed and held the spear above his head, letting his long silver hair shield his expression. How to word this? How should he manoeuvre the silly snake for his own purposes?

"My lord." The snake seemed to like that honorific, "I have brought the spear, as you asked. But I must beg to ready your armies to carry you to the glory you deserve, rather than spending time collecting knick knacks like this."

The serpent lowered its head until he was bathed in its warm and pungent breath and hissed, "I rule here, I will say when we are ready."

"I beg forgiveness my lord but you have not seen the men, I have." Then man said, "They are ready to follow me, I mean you into battle any day now. But the delays have caused fights among them."

"Send the fighters to see me, I will end this since you seem incapable."

"My lord that would not be wise."

"You seek to advise me now?"

"I know men my lord, better than you."

"You are wrong." The tip of the serpent's tail flicked the spear out of the man's hand and into the cavern, "I know men very well, and I know you."

The man was now very aware of the tail, behind him, blocking the only safe exit. He contemplated trying to flee but brushed the thought aside, the snake did not know, it only pretended intelligence. He simply lowered his stinging hands and watched the serpent through his hair.

"Would you like to hear what I know about you?" The serpent drew it's head back a little and laughed, "I know you are a good leader, but an arrogant one. I know you would never accept commanding beneath another. I know that you entertain delusions of ordering, or manipulating me to your ends, even ruling through me once we have won."

The man straightened, shocked. How could the snake know this? What traitors exist among his camp who were high enough to share these private thoughts.

"And I know that even now you will doubt my intelligence." The serpent hissed, "You were clumsy in your manipulations, only the thickest of humans could have missed your attempts to manipulate me. Yet you hold onto this belief that I am a beast. I am not a beast."

"You have mis..."

"Mistaken you." The serpent swung his head, "Unlikely, but you have served your purpose. You have gathered an army for me and returned with the one weapon I know of that can harm me. I do not need you any more."

"Are you dismissing me?"

"In a way."

Almost an hour later another man ascended the stairs, his steps hesitant and fearful. There was a great smear of blood on the high pillar, all that was left of his commander.

"Your rank?" Came the dreadful hiss.

"General." The new man said with a fearful squeal.

"You are now my new Marshal." The creature said with a threatening kindness to its tone, "Your predecessor made the mistake of ordering me, will you make the same mistake?"

"No." The man said, "I will not my lord."

"Good, go ready my armies for war."





I hope you like it. The story is yours to do with as you wish as long as you credit me. I would also like permission to post this story as my own deviation with your image as the thumbnail, I will credit and link back as the source of inspiration.
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, Very nice.

Interesting take on a possible storyline that can fit to this image. I love it.

No need to ask give permission for anything here. You wrote the story, I panted the image. Link away.
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AmayaElls Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was mostly asking for permission to use your image as a preview. Thank you, I am glad you like it.
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool.
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Darrok Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa so cool!:la:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:
This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TaKe-bamboo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Artist
cool!!
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NICK-XMG Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
cool
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NICK-XMG Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
cool
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sir!
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rokushoxxx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its really cool man! Its amazing to watch how you work towards this...
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional
wonderful!
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kiinastar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Wow! Truly amazing!!!
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Sennish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
**
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DementedEmperor Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I think he's hungry :P
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StormtheRed Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doesn't look like the serpent's much interested in the spear...
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Calin-4 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wicked!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This work has been featured here: [link] :D
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet thanks!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
welcome XD
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ImRandomArtist Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
anyone else thinking that dude is fuked? O.o
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ksn-art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very cool!
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CaptainStabby Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it :D
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autumnsmuse Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
I normally don't really go for monster artwork, but this really speaks to me. It seems to me that it is a metaphor for pride... but maybe that's just my monster. ;)
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I worked on this piece with that concept in mind. Of course people will see their own story here, but my is similar to yours.
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smiaa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i like this one better
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GarretAJ Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
better than what?
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vlewis123 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*O* wow, quite amazing work :3
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ShotinSlash Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Looks Amazing! Can't wait to see more! :D
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