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Fake Guardians by Sallow Fake Guardians by Sallow
To the reality eye the forest looks like any other but in the altered states its a fierce place to be. In an SSC ( shamanic state of consiousness ) trees are not trees and the tranquility of the beautiful forest becomes a bloody fierce nightmare .
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RowanKeltizar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fucking scary O.O
Cailleach-oidhche Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
beautiful. Brilliant idea!!!
xdesiring-flightx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
b r i l l i a n t, complex && twisted sense of nature ;]
MadHyperSquirrel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
dear god, stunning collection.

KKL Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007
this is an amazing work of art, it gave me some inspiration. thank you :)
Oigres-Undead Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
ahh, the truth... very nice piece of work you have here.
sanjab Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great work! :)
The-name1ess Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
ohh brilliant, you did an awsome job, it looks great :) a great idea aswell.
Ukuli Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Now there's effective way to stop threecuttings... :plotting: Yep, I like this one too. :lol:
alacran3 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
really an art of someone who experiences states of mind beyond the frontier of ordinariness.
admire your work, hope one day also i will be that good..
qbs666 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
awesome :clap:
i watch this pic and i scare this beasts :fear:
tysonius Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
I've always felt that, despite their beauty and tranquil nature, large forests are creepy places to be--I've always got the feeling that something is watching, or sneaking up on me. Now I'll have this image to add to that. Thanks. :P :+fav:
Senthrax Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006  Student Artist
what can I say...
This is outstanding work +fav
everthing combines to an awesome dark athmosphere
nicksname Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006

My hat is off to you.
I have searched high and low through your gallery, giving each piece the time and contemplation it so deserved. But no piece has struck me quite as starkly as this one.

The compositoin, textures, colors and fine detail twist and intertwine in a circular compliment. I've seen few paintings where the message and feeling was steeped so deeply into every nook and crany of the image.

I am over-all, impressed. The nod to a tribe-like society on the tree. The anatomical detail in the bone and muscle structure. But most importantly, and perhaps most overlooked, is the details in the mist amongst the trees.

While writing a lengthy paper about this would not only be easy, but an enticing endeavour, I don't have that kind of time on my hands, so this simple comment will have to do.

You can expect I'll be buying a print of this when the funds become available.

Sallow Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional Filmographer
thank you for your comments and taking the time to look through my work. It would indeed be a tribe like society, so much so that the animal instinct could be shared throughout the tribe, one creature smells /feels the fear of an enemy, they all awake and become alert, desperate to feed on that emotion once more. thx again for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts .
Doctordrink Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006
damn well it does, just look at those teeth/mouths, sheesh... But it's an awesome pic that feels like it came straight from a movie... hell, this sounds like it would make for a good movie!
El-Oso-Es-Peligroso Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
This is incredible. Very, very nice work.
gndesigns Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is really great!
Sereda Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
I do hope you are going to write the story of these creatures and places. These images absolutely fascinate me. Your work is just amazing.
Sallow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006  Professional Filmographer
thanks and yeah I'm working on an illustrated book at the moment but need a mass more images, they will have with some level detail about the characters and places, followed eventualy by a full on story.
Black-Messenger Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
AnayaBladewind Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ksjdfhgjkh WHOA! ... :+fav:
bucz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woooooow!!!!!!!!! :+fav: and :+devwatch: for that stuff...
ShiMoonWind Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
I love the almost ghostly feel of the creatures even if they do seem solid. It feels just as the description says. as if looking at the forest from a differant point of view somewhere outside our normal reality. Beautiful work.
Noko Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Great work. The concept is out of this world, you have a very good imagination. The lighting and balance of this is also outstanding.
Tomoran Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, creepy and atmospheric. As eerie as those tree beasts are, I'd love to walk in that forest. Wonderful work.

melleciouss Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
outstanding piece.
mercurius11 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous work, really unsettling but brilliantly executed :-)
mercurius11 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous work, really unsettling but brilliantly executed :-)
Poerti Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Great idea, great concept and GREAT DONE! :worship:
painpainting Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Very cool!

A bad and mean moving forest. Full of these tree creatures.. Very nice idea and visual :clap:

fensterer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
You have some pretty bizarre ideas! :) Nice job!
Stigmadjo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Wow This is very great !!! one question : how do you make this creature ? Photmanipulation or drawing or a mix of two?
Sallow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer

For the characters I looked at photos of apes to get an idea of the shape I was after then I made a basic model on 3dmax, very basic just to play around with how I wanted the shadows to look. Using that as a ref I drew the characters in photoshop, painted the solid shadows , tones, light ect . Then on top of that worked in overlays of texture, wood, rhino, skin, bark, anything that looks and feels right. The teath and mouth were old b+w pictures I had of a lions mouth, just stretched it , widened the image , coloured. Then add a ton of layers of painted dust, tone, ect. So yup a mix, delending on what look I'm after. Hope that helps.
Stigmadjo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
ok thanks so much for this explanation ;) At the begining, just while looking at quickly, I thought you used Poser and Photshop...etc Anyway Congrats!! the result is perfect. And thanks again for your "trade secret" :D I think that I would test used this kind of technique ;)

Bravo again :clap:
Sallow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Professional Filmographer
no probs, yeah 3dmax for this one but have used poser many times, its a great little package for getting shadows ect but its anatomy is a little week so u always end up tweaking. My most used packaged are poser, max and photoshop.
Stigmadjo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
I used Poser before too in binomial with photoshop but I had never a correct render... Thanks again all this gives me ideas for next deviations

KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
Holy shit that is scary!!

Looks like a very well done movie poster. I'm seriously impressed! :clap:
whathisname Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
Nightmarish and disturbing... Brilliant! :thumbsup:
YuuUtsuko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006
MY, that's an awesome concept X3 And I love your description!

Definitely explains what's goin' on in the pic,
but it's not like I need a good description to adore your art! XDD

Always a fan of your work, dark or not!
LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Very original and well done! Love the misty fog effect you added to the piece. :thumbsup:
LupinGoddess Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I hadn't at first realized the creatures were trees until I read the description. I thought the monsters were simply standing in front of them. The creatures are quite well done - I love the gaping maw of the one in the forefront especially. However I think some more work can be done to make it more apparent that the trees and monsters are one and the same.
DaStafiZ Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
this is realy kickass :clap: awesome piece !!
PorkHunt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
fuck yeah man thats intense
Shinsha Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006   Traditional Artist
Great job. I almost didn't catch the hidden figure super imposed over the Shaman tree. :) Nice way to keep me on my toes. Love the texture and mood coloring.
Sallow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006  Professional Filmographer
:) didnt think anyone would notice that . He's the 'green man' in a twisted otherworld.
Winterdreamer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
creepy! and a very neat idea, I love the textures on the trees.:)
plague-rat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
wow, that freakin awesome!
GrungeTV Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Awesome! The concept is very original. Well done! ;)
sylphstarwind Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
Hoo, another scary critter... This is some Silent Hill shit right here. I was having trouble coming up with monsters for my SH fic, but I'm sure you could come up with some easy... Though I don't know, maybe monsters is the wrong word?
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