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Dia de los Muertos by SmxDeadlyDesignz Dia de los Muertos by SmxDeadlyDesignz
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Aegina challanged me to make a fantasy piece, but as you can see it came out looking very dark (don't ask me why) I think it still has some fantasy elements in it.

I dedicate this piece to =aegina Enjoy it dear.

Let's break this piece down:
After masking all the parts of the pics that i want to use..i added multiple textures to the horse. Some parts of the armor on the horse are made from scratch about 37%. After placing the model on the horse, it didn't seem to look quite right...so i decided to chop the model in half :P I changed most of the facial expression, and added alot of other elements to achive the desired effect. The head on the right is painted with some texture and again some other elements.
After alot of retouches/blending/paint work and couple of hours later....A new piece is born. Here you can see a bit of the process---> [link]


Model: Sarah (Ik wil je nogmaals bedanken voor alles)
I got some fantastic shots with this model, sadley out of the 100 pic we made only 20 are good enough to be used in future pieces. (This doesn't mean that model didn't do a good job, it just means i have to be a better photographer next time hehe)

For those who are interested to see a bit more detail ---> [link]

Thanks for viewing.


stock: [link] (All stock images i used, have no usage restrictions)
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:iconlumalux:
lumalux Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing *__* Gonna watch you~
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Looks great.
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:iconckt:
ckt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Student Interface Designer
So dark...♥ I love the composition in this.The whole concept.
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:iconsulelikiz:
sulelikiz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
very good work... take care of yourself! :w00t:
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:iconsteptome:
StepToMe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
so amaziiiiiiiiiiiiing :drool::omg:
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Thank you :D
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:icongod-machine:
god-machine Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
I really adore this piece. It's like some faint bloodstained memory of a dream, a bit frightening and strangely familiar. Keep up the good work!
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
h.. he .. hell machine :) cool
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
Hell machiene from future of hell hehe thanks man
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
yeah thats cool! take care
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:iconlilyas:
Lilyas Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006  Professional General Artist
You have a great feeling for settings and colours! Amazing work! :D
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
Thank you :D
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:icondream4a13thhour:
dream4a13thhour Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
dude that is gorgeous work! how long have you been using photoshop?
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Thank you, well i've been using ps for about a year and a half now. Still new to the game :)
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:icondream4a13thhour:
dream4a13thhour Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
good stuff- keep it up man! :)
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:iconpaulocunha:
PauloCunha Featured By Owner May 19, 2006   Traditional Artist
Excellent! Your work never ceases to amaze me!:thumbsup:
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:iconwyrmrider:
WyrmRider Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
te ha quedado genial, great work ;) amazing!
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Merci!
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:iconsallow:
Sallow Featured By Owner May 17, 2006  Professional Filmographer
wow, this made me stop and look closer. great works
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Thank you.
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:iconmadam-natas:
Madam-Natas Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional Photographer
:faint: This is spectacular... Your attention to detail is breathtaking or thats the bag around my head ...
Either way this is magnificent with a perfect execution! I am so Jealous :faint: :+fav:
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Hehe...i actualy made this one with a bag over my head lol Thank you for the compliment and fav too!
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:iconmadam-natas:
Madam-Natas Featured By Owner May 17, 2006  Professional Photographer
:rofl: You are so welcome! Bags are fun :crazy:
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:iconcyclonaut:
cyclonaut Featured By Owner May 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
cool!

Looks good!
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Thanks!
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:iconvryce1:
Vryce1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Well dude! This rocks. Your art shows alot of details and complexity and imaginitve thought. Awesome work:D
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Thank you very much bro!
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:iconsensory-ghost:
sensory-ghost Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
:jawdrop: The details is awesome!! Very delicate! how did you do that?? :wow: :omg:
:faint:
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:iconsmxdeadlydesignz:
SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
How i did this? If i explained this in this comment i would be as long as the bible lol Thank you for your compliment :D :hugz:
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O-Uaglione Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
stunning workd as always bro. impecable blending. i really love your palette and it's very consistent in all your works.
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Thank you for your kind words bro :hug:
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:iconanaasel:
anaasel Featured By Owner May 12, 2006   Digital Artist
:wow: Looks fantastic :clap::clap:
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Your awesome Ana, thank you :hugz:
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takuminanashi-stock Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
That's insanely cool, I love how well it all blends, you rock. :D
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Thank you for the compliment! You rock :D
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invayne666 Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
This is amazing! Theres something about horses, that I've always found to be very dark, and you definately let that shine in this piece. I've been longing to use a horse in one of my pieces but I've never found the right way to do so. Congrats!
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thank you, i would like to put more animal elements in my pieces...but as you say it's always a problem to do it in a right way.
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:iconmercurius11:
mercurius11 Featured By Owner May 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic work, you can see how much effort and time has gone into creating it :clap:
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thank you, if it whas up to me i would spend even more time on these works...only other obligations prevent me from doing this.
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:iconrabidbribri:
rabidbribri Featured By Owner May 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! Very nice. Your detail is phenomonal (sp?)!
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thank you rabidbribri! btw what is sp? or do you mean ps?
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:iconrabidbribri:
rabidbribri Featured By Owner May 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
sp = spelling? I wasn't sure if I spelled it right.
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:iconfensterer:
fensterer Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
Fantastic work as always bud! I love the horse! :) I always look forward to seeing your work! Good job bud! :)
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StygianDeath Featured By Owner May 9, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn...

What'd that take ya? Five minutes? :lmao:
Love it! Everything about it! :D
Great work :D
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
Thank you SD, man if it whas up to me i would make it in 5 min, the only thing is photoshop can't keep up with me lol
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:iconstygiandeath:
StygianDeath Featured By Owner May 9, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know the feeling! :nod: :D
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wish it were bigger! it is gorgeous!
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SmxDeadlyDesignz Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
Thank you, i want to post my works bigger, but then you would get this big watermark logo on it....and that would just distroy the piece imo.
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rwwingsfan19 Featured By Owner May 8, 2006   Photographer
woah very cool
awesome work and textures
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SoulCatcher78 Featured By Owner May 8, 2006
Stoopid power outage made me loose a great comment so I will try this again...

That's my kind of fantasy image...no wuss evles or faeries, jus some good old "Brothers Grimm" kind of fantasy. Something like this should grace the cover of a classic like Dante's Inferno. Detail work is fantastic as always and the balance of darkness is impressive. My favourite parts are the mask like faces feeding each other lies while they rest by the lamp/signpost *which is gorgeous btw*. Beautiful work my friend.
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