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Sacred Grounds of Deningrad by snakeart Sacred Grounds of Deningrad by snakeart
'And there I stood on this gigantic waterfall, watching over the Sacred Grounds of Deningrad.'
'Only hearing the sound of water crashing down below my feet while drifting away in thoughts.'
'This was one of these places I fought for in the war with Kadessa, such beauty just had to be protected and kept from being destroyed.'
'I think Iíve finaly found, after all these years, a place where I can rest and live peacefully for the rest of my life.'


After writing down this last sentence he closed his diary and picked up this specific letter. A letter which confirmed his retirement, a dream had come true, his dream. With knowing this he stepped out of his house, off to the grounds he just wrote about. It would mean the end of his story, our story.

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It sure has been a long while hasn't it, i've kept you all waiting but I think it payed off. I started a while back with this one and I've lost count with the hours I spend on it. I wasn't inspired by anything specific, it was just a fantasy I wanted to realise on 'digital paper'. I created it with photoshop and used no references, stocks or what so ever. At the end the psd file was almost to heavy to handle, over 1 gig... still it all turned out good for me and i'm most pleased with the finished product. I connected the story with a creation I did before and I think it suits it very well, a little serie which may expand itself later on... time will tell.
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I hope you'll enjoy this creation.

Untill our next meeting,


Goodbye



P.S - WATCH THIS IMAGE IN FULL VIEW AND IN A DARK ROOM TO SEE ALL THE DETAILS

Related parts of the story:

'Returning Home'
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:iconrohn:
rohn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
:O my god thats the greatest use of color ive ever seen!!
+fav!
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technia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005   Digital Artist
i may be a little late in comenting but i just love this, the detail is unspeakable, is it airbrushed. keep up the great work, + fav :w00t:
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craftw3rk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2005   Digital Artist
gosh, this is huge in terms of tiny detail! I love the way you did the water and the mist. colors are great aswell, maybe a bit too saturated overall, but still great. only critique i could give you would be that the perspective seems slightly off. I'll give you a fav for this anyway, because I want you to continue doing paintings on that scale. ;)
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tonare Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Looks liek you alot into this image. The waterfall ( i think that what they are? ), dont seem to have the right perspective, and the colors dont really mix well with the oranges and yellows. My favorite part is the very top middle in the back. It has a distant Matrix city look to it.

Just keep brushing, and improve your skillz. You'll get it. I remember all the nights I used to have with no sleep when I used to brush everything to death before DA lol. 3d is so much better if you learn to animate smoke and make your own materials and mixed with some brushing, you can achieve amazing things.


Good job man..:clap:
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tonare Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like you put alot into this image *
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trevor-gfx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
I could sware that I saw this place in Chrono Cross :-)
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polarix Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Beautiful. Just everything beauty.
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v3xa Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2004
i love this..
there are no words that i can use to describe this piece.. it's just... beautiful..
i love how the smaller view just shows small waterfalls, but when you get to fullview, you see all these beautiful little features...
i'm in awe.. top notch brushing, everything's put together very nicely too..

fantastic job
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4x Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004
+insta-fav :D
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:iconrealization:
realization Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004
Must have taken forever,the brushing it's awesome mate :D
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:iconcyberzon:
cyberzon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004
you know i like it alot ;)
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recussion Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
sommige stukken zijn echt heel mooi :) het is totaal niet mijn stijl, maar knap dat je dit kan maken hoor :D
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pete-aeiko Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Its come out really nice bro and you sure can tell the amount of effort you put in, from your initial conceptions to the final brushmark this piece has defined a landmark in your digital creation of art and we are all viewing it with open arms and a great sense of fantasy.

Good perspective you managed to sort out that nice in the end, I think the whole image is a bit too highly saturated, I mean it helps bring out certain features but makes it less real if you see what i mean..even though it is fantasy. I think you could have added some more detailed parts, for example I really like the part to the right of the waterfall with those 2 aircraft, some more stuff like this would be a nice addition to the overall structure..

Colours are quite well and do compromise each other just too bright I think in places, but this kinda seems to fit with the sketchy style in parts for example the path on the right, the cloud type things are done very nicely. Overall a highly skilled piece of digital art in many respects, but I think you could do better and im looking forward to see the next piece in the story. This is classic, emotional and dynamic...well done bud :)
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snakeart Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
thx for the indepth comment bro : ), appreciating your words and thoughts... about the high saturation, this may be the cause of your monitor, i've heard others have had this problem as well... i'm having an LCD myself and its not bright or to saturated at all here... perhaps you could have a look at it with another monitor?... would just like you to watch it at its intentional quality
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pete-aeiko Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
your probably right bro im at home on a shitty crt...sorry i didnt think, ill check it on my tft later!

no prob bout the comment ;)
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silvatrez Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
:jawdrop: holy flying penquins!! this is breathtaking bro....gj!
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djprodigy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoaaaaaaaaa shit dude. this is sex in artform lol
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portwolf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
oh my fuckin god.... you're mad! this is completelly awesome! i love it!!!
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Bash87 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004   Digital Artist
heel mooi man!

comment op msn
:+fav:
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gnowoga Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
Looks like the water is falling upon the clouds. I love this one. It's so detailed and a lot is going on! Great job! fav
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nk-chan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, that's so cool! I mean... it's already amazing with the structure and the color and all, (which is what I sat there & admired in the thumb ^^; ) but the little tiny things add a whole new level of coolness. XD never seen anything like it, awesome work :clap:
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enii Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
LUCAS!!!! Yet another brilliantly vibrant submission. The colors are fantastic as well as the visual concept. :hug:
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nickick Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
sweet shit bro, the colors play well together, keep it up ;)
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TreeWandering Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
'Ten Commandments Awesome' work, deserving of posting to God's own bulletin board.
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oblivionxyz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
surreal :jawdrop:
you are an artist master! :#1:

which trade of tools you did you use?
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Vjera Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004   Digital Artist
Fantastic artwork!!!!
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xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
I enjoy all the smaller details.
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sniprz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
:+fav: really really awesome ! never seen something like this before !! :+fav:
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PatriotLRF Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
Are you god? :| wtf nice work man really nice
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Viviphyd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
nice brushwork, great atmosphere

overall it's a superb work of art
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aarora Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
Nice man, the brushing is soooo detailed, amazing work man.
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Dest1ny-04 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
very cool bro. great work

keep it up :)
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AlexiaN Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
Incredible piece man, you know how much I love it. Very well done with the building in the back.
Brushing is amazing.
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flisk Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
damn, that's some nice work. im liking the transition from the dark to the bright side.
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Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
ehrm lucas... sorrie maar et ziet er niet af uit imo... de donkere plekken links en rechts boven zien er zo fucking schraal uit... Ik had hier echt meer van verwacht, sorrie.
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snakeart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
ik wist dat je em niet af zou vinden maar schraal???... wat is hier in hemelsnaam schraal... een extra verdieping heb ik rechts bovenin gemaakt met hier en daar wat mist er tussen... precies etzelfde als bij de zwarte gedeeltes... gewoon voor mee contrast en verdeling... schraal betekend bij mij dat ie grof is en totaal niet smooth.... nou sorry maar dat zie ik er toch echt niet in en als dat bij jou wel zo is dan ligt et aan je monitor
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Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
schraal in de vorm van vaag bedoel ik... Op die donkere plekken zie ik af en toe een opening en bij die stad zo'n uitsteeksel. Ik denk dat ie veel beter had kunnen zijn m8, but still... Erg najs airbrush werk :)
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videa Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
impressive :+fav:
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l1b3rat3 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the waterfall and people are amazing n so is the backdrop, the little people are so cool!
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spyroteknik Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
nice man, nice, really like the city in the back
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Reflection-X13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. amazing brush work. just wow.
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Spiranic Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
OMFG !!!
The detail ! damn !
:+fav: for sure !
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Bloodbane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning.. It has indeed been a while since we've seen anything from you.. This is a beautiful piece and it was well worth the wait. Absolutely a :+fav: from me :) Keep it up dude..
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xtreamegfx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Photographer
Well nothing to say really but OMG!!!!
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xtreamegfx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Photographer
Well nothing to say really but OMG!!!!
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triXter2004 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
damn nice work here bro....really love this style.....amazing detail in this one :+fav: :D
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secroit Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, i like the addition in the background, very nice. Looks like a tower. Overall very nice piece, good use of colours.
But one thing bother me:
Theres is this happy mood on the lower side and a bad feeling on the upper side. I think you made it because u like it. But not me. ;P
Anyway, great piece and its definitly a fav worth.

Keep it up mate.
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naken Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
its an amazing work!
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enpioc Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
Ja, dat ziet er strak uit man. Dat mag trouwens ook wel voor de tijd die je erin gestoken hebt. Brush is, zoals ik van je gewend ben, weer tot in de puntjes verzorgd. En de rest mag er ook wezen ;)
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Jayga Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
Absolutely Awesome. :fav: # 20.
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