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The Sea Horse by duckiethedonkey The Sea Horse by duckiethedonkey
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Yayy finally finished! I had an urge the other day to do some photoshopping but I had no idea what to do, though I wanted a challenge. And then it hit me. After doing Kasmir, I thought, well I've done a fire horseh... Now why not do a water horseh? And bam this idea was born XD And I'm pretty pleased with it! And when I get bored in the future, I could slowly make my way through the elements :P

This picture took quiite a while, though it was probably finishing it up that took the longest... I've been fiddling with all the opacities and contrasts and whatnot for days T_T It's probably not taken as long as Kasmir though; there was much less hand painting involved (Though there was some!) I DID have to cut the coral reef out using the pen tool though, and since that's basically just constant clicking, my wrist absolutely killed after doing that. I think that's the longest time I've ever spent cutting something as well, the reef took close to an hour to do T_T AND the reef was seriously the bane of my existence when I was doing final touchups... I have never used the burn/dodge tools so much in my life.

The mane/tail also added to the wrist pain... Though I'm pleased with how it turned out! Arrsis' brushes were amazing - who says you need a graphics tablet to make them work XDD The sharpening tool was also one of my very best friends throughout this manip. [hugs the smart sharpen filter and never lets go] I WISH I had a graphics tablet though, that would have made life SO SO much easier... and would most definitely save my wrist from permanent damage XDD Buuut I probably won't ever get a tablet because I don't think I do art often enough to make getting one worthwhile >.<

There are still quite a few bits that I feel aren't quiiite right though, but I can't seem to fix them so that they're perfect XD So if anyone has any critique or anything, please just hit me with it ^_^

But yeah, overall, I'm proud of it, and I've enjoyed making this image a lot. Thank you so much to those of you whom I've pestered to give me critique!! [glomploves]

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Storm by Lifehouse
How long have I been in this storm?
So overwhelmed by the ocean's shapeless form
Water's getting harder to tread
With these waves crashing over my head

If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I'd see you
This darkness would turn to light

And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright
I know everything is alright

I know you didn't bring me out here to drown
So why am I ten feet under and upside down
Barely surviving has become my purpose
Cause I'm so used to living underneath the surface

If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I'd see you
This darkness would turn to light

And I will walk on water
You will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
I know everything will be alright
I know everthing is alright
Thanks to ~Useless-ID who suggested this song after I showed her the manip. It's such a lovely song and fits quite nicely so I thought I'd put it here too XD

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STOCKISTS
Background
[link] by klsetter at sxc.hu
[link] and [link] by ~crimsonvisions-stock
[link] by =Della-Stock
Sea Creatures
[link] by *Dracoart-Stock
[link] by ~Cybrea-Stock
[link] by ~phantompanther
[link] by ~cyborgsuzystock
Seaweed
[link] by ~BrokenFeline-Stock
Horse
[link] by ~Jello88
[link] [link] [link] and [link] by =arrsistable
[link] by ~shd-stock
[link] by *Khelgar
Bubbles
[link] and [link] by ~Thykka
[link] by `DigitalPhenom
[link] and [link] by ~ohimskrewed-stock
[link] by konr4d at sxc.hu
[link] by manolo at sxc.hu

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:icongypsysophie:
Gypsysophie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing😍
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:iconcatcrazygurl94:
catcrazygurl94 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
I've seen this is the episode of 'Legendary Creatures' that features the kelpie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4gB4s…
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RiptideVertigo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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pardos66 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
this is my element.
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LoveArt3441 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Ouah It's so beautiful :0 ! I love this !Love
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27GreenStrawberries Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks SO beautiful!Love 
I don't know what to say. I read how much effort you put into making this- and in my opinion it's worth every second.  
The longer I look at it, the more shadows appear in the background, the more details I discover.
It seems like I see the horse underwater from a window of a submarine.
It must be one of the most stunning manips I've ever seen, and it's a pity you can't continue your work now.
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww that's such a lovely comment, thank you so much! I'm glad you like my work, this is still my favourite piece that I've made, even after all these years :) I do think about getting back into manipping again sometimes but I sadly don't have the time, and having been out of practice for years, I don't think it would be the same XD But thanks again for such wonderful words, you just made my day! :) :heart:
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:icon27greenstrawberries:
27GreenStrawberries Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing to thank for- I just said what I thought ;)

I understand that it isn't easy to start drawing or manipping again after a long time. After some weeks it's already hard
to get back. And after years... 
Who knows, maybe you'll have some time in the future and could start again (if you'd like to), maybe you won't.
Anyway, I hope you're happy with whatever you do :)
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MonstrousBeauty Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Photographer
I have never forgotten the title of this piece and your username ever since I fell in love with it in 2010. Ironically I only just joined dA yesterday XD

This is truly my all-time favourite picture of a horse in water <3 You are so talented!
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for that lovely comment! Totally made my day, thank you for being so sweet! I'm so glad you like my work, even after all these years :) :heart: :rose:
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superhorsecrazy12345 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you! :) :heart:
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:iconcheshirecatgirl11:
CheshireCatGirl11 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you! :) Glad you like it!
:heart:
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Hehayo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
It's officially, I am no longer depressed!
Slightly more motivated... this is just beautiful! No joke, and you SUBMITTED THIS ON "May 23, 2009".. wow.. O_O

If you truly, you know-- I don't know... tried to developed your skill (in your spare time), I'm sure you would be amongst the best graphic artists in the world. No joke! :D
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:iconmakian-feathers:
makian-feathers Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece has been stolen for a layout contest on howrse:
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah I saw it yesterday but didn't get a chance to reply - I went back today to respond and it was gone, so I assume she has removed it?! :S
Thank you SO much for telling me about it though, I really appreciate it! :) :heart:
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makian-feathers Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The owner of the forum has removed it, I noticed when I got on :3 haha. You're welcome!
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:iconawaiting-destiny:
Awaiting-Destiny Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I would like to inform you that someone stole this piece for a contest on howrse.
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah I saw it yesterday but didn't get a chance to reply - I went back today to respond and it was gone, so I assume she has removed it?! :S
Thank you SO much for telling me about it though, I really appreciate it! :) :heart:
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Awaiting-Destiny Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem, i really hate art theft. 
Your on howrse?
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No I'm not on Howrse, I just created an account so I could see and reply on that forum :)
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:iconawaiting-destiny:
Awaiting-Destiny Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, ok. yeah she took it down. Its all good.
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0NeonTiger0 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This is just so stunning, I had to add it to my favorites! ( If that is ok)
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you! I'm glad you like it! :) :heart:
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joker-nick Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
cool
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:icondestined4hope123:
Destined4Hope123 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Oh gosh, this is too amazing for me to express it.Waaaah!
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks! :) :heart:
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:iconmucki2012:
mucki2012 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconflying-paper-hearts:
Flying-Paper-Hearts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OHMEHGOSH! This is stunning. :D
The Ponybox.com community would love a amazing equine artist like you. (: We are all horse lovers who are always looking for honest, friendly new players. Hope you join us!
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xiaomimi0714 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I love horses. I prefer them as a sign of beauty, grace, elegance, and fearlessness. I only add deviations that include horses to my favorites, and congrats, this deviation is my first one and will stay! I only pick 0-2 favorites anyways. =)
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww well I'm extremely flattered! Thank you so much for those lovely words, I'm glad you like my work :)
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Tigerclawz12 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love love love this! =)
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks! :) :heart:
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henley421-side Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Artist
Being featured here: [link]
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :rose:
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:iconhenley421-side:
henley421-side Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you for teh rose, I shall feed it to your next piece fo art! XD
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:iconbloodbytes:
bloodbytes Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful work! What colors! Gorgeous! :clap::hug::rose:
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :) :rose: :hug:
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:iconcharlieswebsies:
Charlieswebsies Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! Amazing work, the emotion factor in this is almost startling!
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks so much! I'm glad you like my work :) :rose:
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:iconcharlieswebsies:
Charlieswebsies Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! And you wouldn't like this?!
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:iconcharlieswebsies:
Charlieswebsies Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agh, excuse my typo, I meant to say, "who wouldn't like this?!"
^^;
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Snowwwi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
WTF ,soooo beautifuuuuuuuuuuul :3
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks! Glad you like it :)
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:iconremmiee:
Remmiee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soooooo beautiful, breath taking ;; :aww: :+fav:
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks, I'm glad you like it! :)
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Remmiee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nana:
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Deeetjeeeuuuhhh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Its amazing! Have you a tablet? (sorry for my bad english)
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:iconduckiethedonkey:
duckiethedonkey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks! And no I don't have a tablet! It would have made life a lot easier, but no, I just have a mouse :)
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