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Tudor Samson by MatesLaurentiu Tudor Samson by MatesLaurentiu
"The wind swung the multitude of snowflakes around, like millions of tiny razors, melting on his face. The ship creaked under a new assault of the waves, mourning deep with its wooden voice, dangerously leaning to its side while the freezing water of the sea swept over the deck, pooling under his feet. Tudor took a deep breath and steadied himself, grasping the staff and reaching deep within for the Call. His first uttered words got lost in the howl of the wind and the moan of the beaten boat, whispers compared with the voice of the wild winds. But soon his voice grew, a sound resonating eerily in the snowstorm, a deep buzz vibrating in the cold air with strange, arcane power. The pooling water on the deck started moving around, shifting against the natural movement of the ship, making small streams around the man, gathering before him and twisting itself, like winding wire, into the air, higher and higher. It started shaping itself into something like a serpent made of water, yet becoming alive, hissing furiously at first, like trying to oppose the command of the wizard, swinging wildly from side to side and mawing at the air with a fresh, amphibian head. From the whirling water, eyes, beaming with energy opened and the elemental, freshly pulled out of its plane, steadied and tilted its head listening the command..."

Sorry, couldn't help myself. I used to do this a lot, add a story to my images. :D Tudor is a d&d character, a former farmer turned wizard. I don't know anything about his situation here really but I just came with what I imagined was happening. :D
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Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
This is awesome, there is some epicness going on.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed it is: storm at sea, a magic boat and a wizard summoning elementals - what more can you want? :D
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SilverbladeTE Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn that's good!
you should play Spelljammer ;)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not much time to play spell hammer and all my old gang is busy rising kids, going to work and playing online games nowadays. :D
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RR-319 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really great work, i hope to see alot more.
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. :)
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:iconrr-319:
RR-319 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
your welcome
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mocha-zeid Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
coool ♥
stick to the sea, i love it : )
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, fairly a hard subject. I still learn to deal with water translucency and light reflection.:)
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Maestro74 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome! i can almost feel the cold rain on my face..
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad I managed to translate that feeling well enough.:)
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ArysPole Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A perfect mix between traditional mage character and something new =) Compiling story and picture imagine fills mind with feeling of huge wawes...
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The character himself its a farmer turned wizard but I always felt judging by the description that the client brought some western influence into him. I'm glad you liked the story. :D
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Xorpz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Excellent work!
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind. :)
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Ole-Ingvar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Risky guy - to call water elemental in such blizzard
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its salt water, doesn't freeze as easily as sweet water. :D
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doggl101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
well done as always, and you should bring back the stories for all of your images! Really adds to it in my opinion. keep up the good work
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I'm thinking I should do that. I used to be a bit of a writer too but painting took precedent and slowly even the small stories disappeared (mainly because I felt they were the stories of my clients, as were the character and not mine). But I'll try to revive that habit, thank you for the encouragement. :)
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really fantastic, the snake is breathtaking!:)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it. To be honest I wasn't sure I can make it and it did proved a challenge. But it was fun to work on. :)
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is not only beautiful, it is wonderful, the snake seems crystal!:)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wanted it to look like water but I don't know how much I managed that. I did pretty good I think but there is always a risk that it looks too much like ice or glass.
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Arjo62 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion is perfect. All my congratulations for your artistic side!:)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind. :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really awesome! I love the detail on the water serpent! Well done! :D
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Water is always difficult to paint, at least for me. There is always a risk to look too much like glass or like ice. I think this time I might have got it right 'tho. :)
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TheBurningTree Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Nice work :D
I really like it, heh. That snake is amazing!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its a water elemental but I felt like, do to the fluid nature of water, a resemblance with a snake its the best way to go. :)
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Dungeon-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
The snake is funny :XD:
It is great. I like the man's clothes, you always make it look perfect. Though I think the deck is quite empty...
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The client never mentioned any kind of crew for the ship so I guessed the ship might be magical (not unusual with high level adventurers). Originally I had some barrels rolling around but I realize not sailor would ever let stuff on the bridge untied, especially during storms, so I took them out.
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Dungeon-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
There might be not only barrels... maybe some gratings covering the hold or whatever.
Well, that's my humble opinion :XD:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True, but those are usually placed towards the middle of the ship, thus, out of sight in this case. But hey, a ship's deck is meant to be spacious, battles are fought on it at times. :D
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Dungeon-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
And they used to keep prisoners under the deck ;) And well, a grating is such a good chance to make an enemy break his leg... :XD:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They were and it is indeed but as I said, the grating would be towards the middle of the deck, so not visible in the image anyways. I'll do try to keep my background a bit more busier next time 'tho. :)
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Dungeon-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
OK :)
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Katzztar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I'm not familiar with the sailing ships... but wouldn't the grating for the hold be near the middle of the ship deck? But like I said, I'm not familiar with the sail ships, I'm just mentioning what I've managed to see online. That's why I'm asking, I'd like to know.

This looks off to the side so the middle doesn't show but would be located to the right side of the picture.
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Dungeon-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Well, I'm not quite familiar also. I think it depends of the size or purpose of the ship. I said so just because I thought the deck would look less empty... That's how I just see it.
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