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Contagious by SmolderBone Contagious by SmolderBone
Again one of those 'started scribbling something and it ended up as something bigger than planned.'
Always happens to me. And unfortunately, other way around as well [more often actually, I'm lazy.]

I had no plans with this, I just did stuff and this happened over a day on/off. I've got nothing else to say. Mushroom deer.
Aaaaand I'm off to bed. At least I was productive today, eyy!


Wallpaper version here: :thumb348688943:
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Goodness, where do I start?

For one, as far as impact, the moment I saw this I thought of the Elk from Fantasia 2000, in the last (I believe) segment that was based on the firebird suite, but, rather than be the companion to the Spring Sprite in that segment, were he designed this way, he WOULD be the spring magic in the forest. I love the idea of "real" mushrooms growing from this body and antlers, but I like it even more here because they're made of energy, as mysterious and ethereal as elk themselves are in their forest habitat.

In keeping with the mystery, I like that you made the energy mushrooms match that of the fire coming form his mouth, with is all too appropriate given the posture males take when they make their screeching call. If I met him in the forest and his eyes were glowing and he looked as though he were going to shoot a fireball at me, I would promptly high-tail out of his forest. He makes the perfect guardian of the forest, I can tell you.

Nice! :highfive:
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Karnivil Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student Filmographer
Holey Shit! This is so cool!!
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Nevada216 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. La la la la 
This is, for lack of better word, amazing!
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Ivanitko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
it's amazing ... I haven't word fot this. la-rrrgoyle  
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DeviantRider94 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah Love 
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harlequinhybrid Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Wow
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drippingxpitch Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Glorious! I love this
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just BEAUTIFUL!!! :wow: :love: :heart:
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setmoon14 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
looks like the mushrooms are slowly taking over, combined with the look in his eye and the title. is that what's going on?
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
This looks amazing!
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
your amazing work has been featured in my journal jacquelinebarkla.deviantart.co… :tighthug:
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AEMarling Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
The dreaded firebloom cough. Great work!
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ISHAWEE Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
great job! Looks like he's really suffering from this enegry mushrooms disease.. very good expression and I like the fear that you can see in his eyes.
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is gorgeous! So beautiful!
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HealerInTwilight Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Was this by chance inspired by all those scary/creepy zombie creating insect fungi in the amazon? Because that's where MY mind went instantly. Very well done.
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning and great use of colors/tones. I love it. :)
It keeps reminding me of that creepy fungus that attacks insects in the jungles though.
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saiyanhajime Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
This is beautiful, the warmth amongst the ashy tones is superb.
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Leny97 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you´re featured in my featured-jornal MAY! [link]
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darkmask133 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Why am I reminded of Hannibal?
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KPeters626 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
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SmolderBone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Such an amazing blog!
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
That is so awesome!
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natchomp Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
that is absolutely amazing! how do I get to the wallpaper version?
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SmolderBone Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Uh oh, seems like the thumbnail isn't working anymore!
Well here's a link! [link]
Enjoy. :)
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HollieBollie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my god this picture is amazing!! I love the concept!! And the colors.. really everything!! WOW
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Eledhwen-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtaking ! I just love it ! :iconpinkballoonplz:
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Celia94 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Romantically Apocalyptic's life-a-lope xD Pretty cool
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, interesting concept with this design! Having a background with this beauty would be awesome to see!
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
really really cool painting!
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lauxih Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
woww
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PencilRenaissance Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool concept, i can't stop staring at it.........
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angelwerks Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Digital Artist
This is beautiful, and a little haunting at the same time. I especially love the lighting - ethereal.
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mutiny-in-the-air Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool idea, you have a hit!
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Doll-o3o-Face Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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This woman has posted your art on her blog without your permission and without crediting you. Your art is lovely and It should be kept safe.
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FrozenEerie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome nice art!:D love this deer
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TheZoMbieMoshPiT Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured here!: [link]
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :) !
Little feature here !!
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Rainbow-Titties Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Really amazing :)
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andreamichael Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Serious 'wow' material here. The light and contrasts are amazing and the imaginative subject matter is captivating. Big BIG like from me!
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IsaiahCoe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks awesome!
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy s**t wow!!
That is just amazing!
Better than anything I could ever do, planed or unplaned.
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ShakaBrotha Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really well done!
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synthetic-syn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
the best pieces come from being unplanned! thats when the creative juices really flow!! this is awesome!!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting idea with those glowing mushrooms on the antlers!
And I agree with the person who gave you a critique- it reminds me of the Firebird Suite, which I love...
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Aniviel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
very cool!
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theskins Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Jesus! IT'S AWESOME! *.*
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theskins Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Jesus! IT'S AWESOME! *.*
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SnowScales-IceFire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It's very nice.
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Psych-a-otique Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Im in love with it... i definitely want to download it as a wallpaper but i cant figure out how :'(
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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
nice! reminds me of princess mononoke
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This is absolutely striking! I love the sheer eeriness here; great work on the shadow and light, as well as the powerful concept.
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