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Damsel by Wildweasel339 Damsel by Wildweasel339
You never know what you will discover as you traverse beyond the borders of your map. On this day, I came upon what appeared to be a damsel in distress.
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crimzonthorne Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The focus is entirely on her and I just expect a roaring dragon to enter stage left and gobble up the tribute or roast her and leave her bones behind like those next to her.
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UpCideDownRain Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow! This one stopped me in my tracks, incredible piece.
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! PS CS6 blur effect, is it? =)
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MegaRouge Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
got a sort of an odd Beirstadt look to it.
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AdamPop Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the way how you used the blur.
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long-danzi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
I love how everything is pretty much blurry except for her
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Wezlez Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
the lighting is sooooooooo amazing.
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ShillMynara Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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Absalom7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
awesome work! perfect game of the light. 'love it :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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rasenth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
The blur really makes the girl and the rocks really tiny! Not sure if that's what you were going for, but I liked it. :D
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Fierros Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Lovely artwork!
The blur efect make me think that we are watching her through the eyes of a monster, eager to taste the human sacrifice.
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JanecShannon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Clearly there's some kind of danger (whether from the girl or elsewhere). The fact that the skeleton sitting next to the girl is whole yet has no flesh either means that there's something in the area that can strip flesh from bone or that there are no predators in the area (who would have torn the body apart to eat it). The only reason for there to be no predators is if there was nothing to hunt (strange for such a well vegetated landscape). The fact that there's nothing to hunt means either something killed off all the prey or the prey got smart and left. (Which takes us back to the first option that there's something bigger and badder in the area anyway).

That really only leaves us with a couple of options. 1) The girl is a trap by the bad monster that scared everything off, 2) The girl is a sacrifice in need of saving, or 3) The girl is bait.

The fact that the area isn't hugely overgrown means that the herbivores haven't been missing long. So the humans are likely still in the area.

The fact that there's only one set of bones means that these people probably haven't witness the true wrath that this creature is capable of (which goes along with the theory that the herbivorous haven't been missing long) which means that they might not be worn down to the point of blindly sacrificing their women. So, there a chance there are warriors hidden in the rocky cliffs nearby.

If she's bait, the warriors will likely try to stop the hero(s) before they can even get close to the girl.

If she's a sacrifice, taking the girl without killing the creature will probably put the rest of the village in danger. The fact that she's not struggling (the chain is just looped over the rock, there's a chance she'd be able to get it off... maybe) but has accepted her fate, means she was probably chosen because she is someone responsible for the safety of her village or that she volunteered. Which means she won't want you to save her because she'll see it as her *responsibility* to be the sacrifice to protect the village.

Either way, the hero(s) should either find a different path (if they don't want to be bothered with the whole affair) or should wait until the creature shows up.

... For the record, in my mind she'd bait and is wearing breakaway chains. There are warriors hiding in the bushes and cliffs and they have her weapons for her.


A very inspiring painting, that was fun. I look forward to your next one!
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russellcattle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
hmmm...on close inspection, it looks like a corpse next to her, but not a mere skeleton.  It almost looks like some degree of biostratinomic autolithification has taken place, but its appearance looks more like a mummification, which seems odd. 

The fact that she was not naked when chained could mean that when it happened, children were present.  In ancient times, to mark a path or a boundary, a child was made to witness, and so that the memory would be vivid, something extraordinary would take place, so that even when the child aged and became an old man, he would remember the location as clearly as if he were there just yesterday.

(See the Wikipedia entry for "Beating the Bounds", which mentions the beating of children in conjunction with boundary marking.)

Perhaps the children of this tribe are beaten so frequently that there would be nothing noteworthy about that, so the next best thing is to sacrifice a slave-girl.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woah, I wish I had your sort of comments and analysis more often! :D

I think those scenarios are quite plausible. I cant say for sure what lurks in the shadows. Nor whether we can trust the lady to be an honest-to-goodness helpless damsel. In these parts, good samaritans are often the dead ones.


You've put value into some of those long hours spent painting on this. Thanks! :)
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Vaejoun Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty hard depth effect ^^ Almost like a micro photography of a miniature world. I like it
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LZakaria Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
What you chose to render gently draws in the focus. Love it.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Hmmm, nobody else around- 99% of the time, that means a sacrifice to something nobody else wants to meet!

So, either get out of there or be on the ready if you're going to release her!

This is a superb image!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to flip a coin. Thanks!
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GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Your work is extremely professional. Beyond mine.
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asdfghhjkl Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh this is too good, buddy
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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asdfghhjkl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, tell me did you paint and blur or did you use the soft brush
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I painted it with hard brushes then used blur afterwords.
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asdfghhjkl Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
must have hurt bluring that fine brush render but it's all for the greater cause
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Nordic-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the blur effect. it really draws the eyes towards the damsel.
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Never seen the blur being used like that, nice work man!
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uNdea-d Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing
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Lynja Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the blur effect, makes the rest of the pic pop out so much more
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AKRine Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I have an overactive imagination. ^^; I saw this and read the beginning of your artist's comment and for whatever reason I half expected the rest of it to explain that the 'damsel' in distress was actually a fake decoration situated on the tooth of some GIANT monster to draw in food... kinda like an angler fish with its fake glowing bait I guess... ^^; The rocks do look a bit like jagged teeth.

Anyways, awesome picture. The little skeleton is a nice touch.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hey, it's possible ;)

thanks
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ConchaPunani Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I absolutely adore this defocus.
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GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
The blur gives a 3Dish look. Neat.
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superhermit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the detail and the perception!!! Beautiful
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DarkPistachio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
My initial reaction was detached curiosity about said damsel, but only as an object. I started wondering why, and realised that the fore/aft blurs make me think this is a miniature landscape and miniature damsel chained to a rock, taken with a macro lens. Add to that the vast predominance of the land over the figure (size-wise) and I really feel like a floating observer. Interesting perception effect.
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Dilvish585 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Just what i needed for my desktop bg.
Amazing thing.
It's lightweighted, simple and epic.
Love such style.
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X9001 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Must be a trap
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Dark-Lemur Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Ha. If I ever did this to my gamers, they would assume the damsel was actually the lure end of a giant gulper ell-type monster. Or a sea witch in disguise or something.

Paranoid bastage that they are =P
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I love the out-of-focus effect! Did you draw it that way to begin with, or go back later and blur it?
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Sierra! :)

I added the blur in Photoshop at the end. I felt my messy foreground and background were just distracting from the subject so it would be interesting to put them out of focus.
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RichardChaplin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Some extra rendering would make it awesome, still looks really nice like this
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david353907 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah, I love the focus in this piece!!
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