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Gathering of the Whitewood by BJPentecost Gathering of the Whitewood by BJPentecost
Zbrush, Blender, Photoshop, probably 80hrs, give or take.

I'll probably nitpick/add/minus/fix a few more things but this is 99.9% done. There will also be another version for the spectacular Leoliss who brought me my nice new totally friggin awesome monitor so I can continue to do art..... and not go entirely bankrupt by medical bills, the 40K condo that told me no gays allowed, student loans....... T__T yeah, welcome to adulthood.

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An alien world of utterly strange sights and sounds surrounded five warriors as they stalked deep into the gnarled, twisting guts of an unknown wood. Unlike their familiar, homeland oaks and pines with green leaves and dull, brown bark, this forest gleamed like the inside of an opulent queen's jewelry box. Pearly trees burst forth from sparkling blue topaz, amethyst, and opal grasses alongside crystal boulders glistening with stars of trapped light. Lunar god rays aglitter with silvery ethyrdust poured down through brilliant gemstone leaves, scattering splotches of blue, purple, and turquoise about in a play of light and color.

The forest might have been a cathedral of unparalleled beauty if it was not so deeply unsettling at the same time. Each one of the five warriors felt the truth of it resonating down to the marrow of their bones, a deep and potent, visceral understanding that they walked in a place their kind was not meant to be. Every overloud crunch of white dirt beneath their boots, every caress of some strange flora, every whispering noise, every flash of movement, felt like a brush with death or maybe even something stranger than death. Yet the warriors pressed on. As uncertain as they were of their surroundings they had orders to be carried out with swift and diligent obedience.

"Stop," the man leading the formation said, holding up a white, leather-gloved hand. The four others came to a halt behind him. He squinted down the sparkling, lushly overgrown game trail they had been following. A huge, pearly tree with veins of blue crystal snaking between jaggy, oval scales of bark lay across their path. The veins gleamed brightly near the top but blackened down towards foul, rotting roots. It was the only instance of dull browns and grays they had encountered to that point.

"Well, we should have known it was too good to last," a woman spoke, shouldering her runework enchanted cloak around herself. "Back into the thick?" Her voice was muffled by an ornate mask she wore over her nose and mouth. Runic sentences carved  around the edges deterred toxic gasses and cleansed the air coming in through the vents. They each wore similar masks, white, like the rest of their armor, but metallic and lined inside with rubber. Their cloaks and hoods were the same as well, white and edged in runic equations.
 
"How right you are," the man replied, lowering his hand. Reagan was not the official unit commander but his particular talents made him a logical choice to lead the formation through the unknown territory.  

"Can't we just climb over it?" one of the other men grunted. "It's a fowking tree, not yah mum's arse."

"Something is tainting the ethyr there," Reagan replied flatly. Their eyes saw only a fallen tree where his eyes saw a swirling black and red cloud of miasma. "We have to go around. That is unless you want to end up undead or infected with some horrible, unknown disease." The four in line behind him shut up suddenly and were quite careful to give the areas he indicated a wide berth. Their sigilic baubles, amulets, and runework leather armor protected them to some degree yet they knew there were no true guarantees and none of them were willing to gamble a stroll through miasmic ethyr.
 
They slunk around the obstruction through a grove lit up bright as day by patches of stained-glass and mirrorshine vegetation. Ivory trees gleamed brightly against churning shadows aswirl with shapes and roiling with strange scents. Darkness slithered in and amongst the pale columns like a slow, mountainous serpent dragging along a perverse cacophony of whooping, chittering, groaning, and knocky stuttering sounds with it. A pall of clouds overcame the moon and the warriors suddenly found themselves plunged into near pitch black darkness......
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Purple prose? WHAT PURPLE PROSE!? And this is why I can never be a writer. XD
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Lovely.  Charmingly intricate, poetic in its majesty, showing a warm affection for all kinds of life...  Your noble dragon looks powerful, yet gentle, and this picture utterly lacks any ill emotion.  Well worth the long hours of skillful, patient labor and... a favorite! Thank you.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Wow! What a nice compliment. Thank you!
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mbinz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
loving all your attention to detail `¬)
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Ganet Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Something to be truly proud of~
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks.
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brokencreation Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is stunning * reads your description * well... hu 
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sanguinerose430 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
i don't have words for how amazing this is. this will be printed and on my wall at some point. breathtaking.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
X3 Thanks.
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
You have been featured here: nikkidoodlesx3.deviantart.com/… :rose:
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diphylla Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :wave: you have been featured here: fav.me/d7azgv3 :heart:
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks.
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diphylla Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was my pleasure :heart:
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twisted-witch-art Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that dragon creature breathng glitter? Please telly me it is.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. He is a rare, glitter-breathing dragon, known for their terrifying presence and FABULOUS taste in shoes.  ;)
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twisted-witch-art Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Forget the other dragons, I want THAT to ride!
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Hawock Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
So beautiful and detailed, I've been just zooming in and staring at this for several long minutes now... love it.:heart:
So nice to see little derp frog again also, making a special guest appearance ;P
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ Thanks. :D Congrats on finding derpy frog. Me tinks I shall have to be more clever about hiding him from now on. XD
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Hawock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
It took me a while before I spotted him, but hey, from now on, I'll be lookin' ;)
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Beautiful piece of work, love the professional quality, details and colours
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Tazzila Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I have no proper words to describe how amazing this piece of art is...

(brain:Oh so pretty colours-UH! DRAGONS, Argh my god---*fizzles*)
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks! I appreciate the compliment.
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leonel-guido Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Damn this is really sick, is very detailed and very well made ​​this is one of those jobs really great epic supersaturation and fantasy elements in it violate my mind.
Amazing I stand and I applaud you for this great work!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks.
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leonel-guido Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you´re welcome!
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childersart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
EPIC!!
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. ^__^
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golem1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic stuff.   Well drawn figures, amazing use of color.  

Might be better advised to do more drawings with less content per drawing.   Maybe illustrate particular moments from your exciting narrative, after the manner of N. C. Wyeth...
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm more of a Bosch kinda gal.
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golem1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, very good.   Now that you mention it, I can see the relation.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Although to be fair I also worship at the altar of Bouguereau, Bierstadt, and Parrish but they are VERY difficult to emulate. Maybe someday.......
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golem1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not acquainted with Bouguereau or Bierstadt, but at a glance I can well understand why you like their work :)

Would that be Maxfield Parrish?  Long a favorite of mine.  I believe I have  a book filled with his works, somewhere....
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yesss. I <3 Parrish. www.artsycraftsy.com/parrish/m… My favorite work of his.
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golem1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, yes, a favorite of mine as well.  I understand he achieved the exotic effect by combining landscape features that would never occur together in reality.  I don't remember exactly, but I think the vegetation is characteristic of New England, while the rocky topography would be seen in the southwestern desert.
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BlackNastopian Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   General Artist
This......Is just beautiful and inspirational!!!
You good sir/madame are a GREAT artist!
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GrayFox2510 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
As usual, your artwork is as colorful as it is beautiful.
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Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Work !!! :)
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Amarinth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
.... What. No gays allowed? Where the fuck do you live, dude? Russia?

Also, this is spectacular and gorgeous. I knew it was digital... there's no way you could paint that on a canvas in 80 hrs.

I miss painting. I'm jealous... and I stand in awe of your talent and eye for colour and physiology and musculature and structure.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Worse..... Florida. XD Also, thanks for the compliments. :D
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Amarinth Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss painting. Also, Florida? Ew. That should be considered discrimination. I'd sue if I were you, but that's just me. I tend to be a huge fighter, and I get bitey when people throw that crap in my face. It happens a lot. I'm pan... and my mum is one of 'those' christians. So yeah.

You make me miss painting. QQ
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ilinea Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh. my. god. this is just AMAZING! :la: I love everything on it, every creature is amazing, the colours are amazing, just ..WOW Wow! 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^__^ Thanks.
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ilinea Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist
:aww: I thank you, for your beautiful art :hug:
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StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
PRISMATIC TO THE MAXX!
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really hate those fairyfolk gatherings! They leave fairydust all over the place. Have you ever tried to clean that up?! Now have you? Every time you put it in a dustbin of garbagebin the darn thing flies off right after your broomstick! Nuu 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
=P
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I PUT IN ALL THIS EFFORT INTO CLEANING AND YOU ARE MOCKING ME!!!! #dumps a bucket of fairydust on the offender# Explosion 
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Y- YOU BASTARD! *Shakes like a wet doggy*
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