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What Lies Beneath by Kechake What Lies Beneath by Kechake
From the rivers climbs a terrible, monstrous creature. Faceless, with cracked, rotten skin. Leaving behind a trail of slime, it goes searching for food. A stream of fog wraps the trees inside its deadly blanket, smothering everything alive, burning off their flesh with its poisonous air.

The waters are dark, its surfaces glowing in the thin light of august moon. Something growls and gargles, and a hideous beast stretches its limbs, its slim frame like an ever-growing tree, emerging from the waves.

Two fragile, sleeping wings flutter in the night. The creature, astonished, sniffs and grasps, trying to reach the beauty with its twig-like fingers. Its hungry eyes become soft and silent, watching the bug take place on its hand.

It rips off her wings.

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By itself, I think this is a well done picture. It's an odd creature against a pretty background with a butterfly on its finger. Being a writer myself though, I can't help but marry your description story with the picture, and that makes the whole package absolutely brilliant.

Vision
That you can take all these disparate elements and turn them into something both beautiful and terrible is quite astounding. Through the combination of image and words, you turned made what would otherwise be a rather odd picture into a tightly themed story of its own.

Originality
This piece feels truly original. It uses elements from other stories and ideas, but makes all of them into its own.

Technique
Your choice of color palette is brilliant. The wash of blues paints a very mysterious scene and the butterfly, being the only thing that isn't blue, really stands out. Almost all of the separate elements blend perfectly so that I might not even know this was a photomanipulation if I didn't see the category.

Only two things restrain my praise. One, along the model's right arm, it looks like there's a seam, perhaps from the bodysuit she was wearing. And two, the creature's texture varies, especially around the chest. I don't find the circles near as menacing as the patterning on her hips or, even better, on her left leg.

Impact
I had to look at the picture again after reading the story. I think that counts as impact. You've captured that delicate scene where the creature's eyes soften. The scene right before the perfect kicker, where it seems things might turn peaceful and happy.

This isn't a happy story; I think I see within the picture/story a substory of senseless destruction. Does this creature symbolize an old lover that permanently scarred what was once a lovely person? The unending march of humanity and progress against the wonder of nature? Faceless businessmen stripping the beauty from a creative idea to make it more profitable? (I'm looking at you, Hollywood producers.)

That so many different messages, from personal to global, can be read into the image and imagery you've created is... well, that's awesome.

Summary
Neither the story nor the picture would be what they are without the other. Both are neatly done and interesting on their own, but together, they make a truly artistic and thought-provoking piece.
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luckynr1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Awesome work!
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ClaudiaSchirmetz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013   Digital Artist
fantastic!:clap:
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perigunawan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
welldone
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im1happy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This is awesome work:love:
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BeehiveStudio Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello there my friend!!!

Finally the last issue of Dartzine is now out, just wanted to let you know that your work has been featured in this issue as a contest price offered to CREATURES CONTEST, I know it is a bit late but better late than ever, if you wish to see your work feature you will have to check the webzine at.

:target: Dartzine 10th - AT ISSUU

You work was also featured in my journal, you can find it on the session called CREATURES CONTEST WINNERS check the thumbs and you’ll find it…

:target: Find Featured here

Have an amazing week! :heart:
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Kechake Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
You mis-spelled my name. :(

Other than that, the magazine is beautiful, and I have to admit, I never read it before - but now I definitely will! It's well written and has lots of interesting articles for growing digital artists. Plus, the crossword :D Thanks a lot.
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BeehiveStudio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So sorry for that :kiss:
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The-Blound Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Amaziiiiiiiing!! :la:
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dynamite-factory Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Wow. Impressive.
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This piece gave me goosebumps. Thank You
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Keep your sense of curiosity, Mystery and Wonder alive.
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