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Lava Skull by umbrafox Lava Skull by umbrafox
I finally got it through my thick skull that always having my brushes set to opacity sensitivity was hurting me more than it was helping. :P

Anyway, here is a very "Metal" piece, that was inspired by :iconankaraven:. Although I doubt that it's what she had in mind :)

[Edit] You probably won't be able to tell unless you fullview, but I cleaned it up. I smoothed here, sharpened there, gave the ground a little more than just "flat black" tone. Just generally made it look better :P And since :iconankaraven: asked for one and I can refuse her nothing , here's a story to go along with it. I admit, though, that now the story could probably do with some "cleaning up" :P

One day, the Pilgrim was wandering in the cracked and foggy land of Norca. He was really starting to think that the very nice green fellow who had given him directions at the squat and squallid hut three days ago must surely have been mistaken about the best way to get back to the road to Shallidrar, when the bank of mist in front of him blew back. A huge black skull appeared, glowing with an dull ruddy light from within its eye sockets.

As this was certainly unlike the barren blackened landscape he had been passing throough for the last few days, the Pilgrim stopped and stared open mouthed at the phantom before him. It didn't seem to have been made by the hand of man, as it was rough and irregular. Also it stood alone. No block of hewn stone in the area. Neither rubble nor road nearby. Yet that nature could have formed such a perfect likeness of a human skull, bumps and horns aside, seemed equally unlikely.

As the Pilgrim contemplated the origin of the bizarre apparition, Patches approached it cautiously and sniffed at the base of the giant skull's chin. As if the touch of the fox-dog's nose had woken a sleeping demon within, the stone skull shuddered lightly.

Both the Pilgrim and Patches backed up a step as a symbol burned forth on the skull's forehead. The Pilgrim squeezed his hands against his ears, as a deep sepulchral voice boomed from the rock.
"SEEK YOU PILGRIM, FOR THE PROPHET OF TIME!"

The last word faded away. The Pilgrim opened his eyes and took his hands away from his ears and ventured a thought.
"Uh yes sir, but if you don't mind... why should I seek the prophet of, time, was it? And where should I look? Oh, and if it isn't too much trouble, which way is it to the main road to Sallidrar? ...sir?"

But no more sound came from the huge skull. After waiting a few minutes, the Pilgrim turned to leave. After just a few steps, he realized that Patches wasn't with him. He looked back to see where the dog had gone, and saw him lifting his leg on the skull.

The ground began to tremble, and the glow from within the skull grew til the Pilgrim realized that it was molten lava oozing from inside it. Patches let out a yelp and took off past his master down the far side of the slope, and it wasn't long before the Pilgrim ran right behind him as the eruption of the giant skull grew stronger. and bits of stone and lava began to fly everywhere.
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BeccaB323 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, This is awesome!!
Could I use this in a photo manipulation, please? I will definitely leave a link leading to this page on it.
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I guess that'd be cool. :)
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:iconbeccab323:
BeccaB323 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, thank you!! :)
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03m0ntecarl0 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
great skull i like it
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K1tardast Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Nice one :skull:
you don't mind if i use it on my site (on 404 i think) do you?
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, go ahead. A link back would be appreciated, of course. ;)
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K1tardast Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
[link] is the site
[link] will bring 404
Thank you ^_^
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Hell-fire-666 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that is Badass!
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol thanks ^_^
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Hell-fire-666 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
np
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chumii Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Looks like a Monkey Island 5 mockup =) great!
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks! :)
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cr0z3r Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
u-fucking-nique.
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Neurotiker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Wow, even if there isn't everything set very clean at close view, this picture looks plastic, and realistic. Hm. Reminds me of Monkey Island.
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :) I am gonna clean it up soon. Wow I haven't thought about that game in years lol.
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Neurotiker Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Well, I didn't think about the game, too. It was just the picture you drew that reminded me. ;)
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michiganj24 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Very Heman esque
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks :)
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GLADIATOR57 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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jumpingelf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice image bud its sweet good work
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :D
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TULIO19mx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! Reminds me of the lair of Skeletor from He Man. Fantastic colors!!
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe thanks man. :D
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Ankaraven Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No, not really what I had in mind, but cool nonetheless. :D
Are that Pilgrim and Patches in the foreground? You usually write a bit of a story when you paint a picture with them...is that still to come?*looks hopeful*
Now to the painting itself...
The contrast between the darker parts of the skull and the orange gives the lava a nice glow. The dull red helps that expression and creates an interesting lighting effect. The background is great, I like the bits of cooling lava obscured by clouds of steam.
The whole painting looks a little rough... a clear edge here and there might work wonders on the overall clarity.
The ground between the Pilgrim and the skull could use a tiny hint of texture...the way it is now they look a bit like they are floating.
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:iconumbrafox:
umbrafox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
Yes, that is the Pilgrim and Patches. :blush:
I guess now that you've noticed I'll have to come up with a story. :P

Yeah it is a little rough. I did it a little quick between commissions.
I can punch it up a little soon. You're very right about the ground plane.
I did notice that they looked a little "floaty"
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Ankaraven Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for adding the story, those always make me laugh. :)
The painting looks a lot better now it´s cleaned up and the ground turned out good...it looks like there are bits of ash and smoke are drifting around...very healthy for the two adventurers. :P
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ShonRichards Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Wow, didn't see the traveler till I clicked on it big size.

Symbol reminds me of the Yellow Sign. Intentional or freaky coincidence?
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