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Two guards posted along the rim of a floating island. A religious cult has built a temple and surrounding dwellings on this island, and they float across the continent indoctrinating and spiriting away new followers. Of course, the more established religions on land encourage all to resist the new cult and attacks on the island are common. These guards especially have to look out for fires being set in the path of the island. It floats and steers very slowly with the use of huge lode stones. Peasants on the ground are taught by the churches to set forest fires in the islands path to suffocate the inhabitants.
These guards use very rare and expensive cartridge rifles (plundered, the industry of cartridge ammunition is long forgotten) to pick off scouts or shepards who appear to be hurrying to warn towns of the island's advance. The cultists undergo a series of skin bleachings so that they begin to resemble dolls or puppets. The female is the example of successful treatments, and the figure on the tree is covered up due to severely disfiguring mistakes made in the process.

Animator's blue colerase pencil and Photoshop. Prints available here [link]
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BuuckPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is simply fantastic!
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MyortvayaDevitsa Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much
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Angel-courtesan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Amazing. I'd like to write something more constructive, but it's just so beautiful. Love the lines.
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neogynotaler Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your work makes me think of EXALTED. This inspires a great Yozi-cult in my head...
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! :wave:

I would like to let you know that I've featured your incredible art :winner: in my journal. :pointr: [link] :pointl:
Hugs,
Anj
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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anjaleck Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Hugs,
Anj
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Valvado Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Its F..ing awesome Love it
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Bobbishe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
What do you suppose would happen if they ran into a town or something that had figured out cartridge rifles? And had beenanufacturing sniper rifles? Or hell, even those breachloading flintlocks from the island in the sea of time seiries? Hmmmm....
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gruaige-doiteain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
agree w/ ink42, sooo creepy sooo cool. love ur storytelling, that's what really makes me appreciate ur art.
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ink42 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
that is hugely cool and hugely creepy. i love it.
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SimsDoc Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
This has to be one of my favorite Pieces. Since it has a good backing story and the feel it creates when you look at it.
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jCarhat Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
one of my favorite pieces. the attention to detail is amazing, the folds in the clothes and the roots digging in and hanging off the cliff.

great story behind it too.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here.
I hope that this is OK :aww:
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farawayforest Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Beautiful image. amazing story too.
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Fyrrea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks steampunkish :) Good job!
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LastRider100 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student General Artist
are you Kieth Thompson? love your style and approach to art, very good
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Pakoune Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your style so much ^^
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CaptainStern Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!!
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iancjw Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice work :D
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Linuscat07 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
A most charming pair. Could use a bit more food - eh? I don't think I will be asking that girl out for a date anytime soon, but she looks as if she knows how to use that rifle. Not my type of religion - probably don't allow drink.
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Living-with-aliens Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student General Artist
This is really creative I love it <3
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mattmattart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
that's pretty awesome
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rice-claire Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Your style is very interesting. And I like your bio of the two guards =)
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Esladon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
oh sweet jesus, thats visionary.
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Valkyhria Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Amazing picture, and a pretty damn cool story to go along with it.
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KalumArts Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
truly inspired work!

your gallery is excellent
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Eyelids-pie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student Filmographer
This is just about the coolest thing in the world
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LordLeonidus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
wow, this is a rich and detialed picture with a livid and well constructed paragraph, your work always fascinates me, a bestiary would be magnificent.
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Blitz-bat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredible. :D You are just the best.
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blouse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
this is amazing. i can feel the full story behind this picture!
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Gjomlez Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Stunning, but I dont like the floating island concept
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Dankhavi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Beautiful, yet disturbing...I love it...Kudos...!!!!
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Terror-and-Love Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
This is surely one of the most amazing works I have seen on Deviant Art.

Wow the detail and art style is incredible. How long did this take you?

Really a fantastic picture. I love your clothing design.
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mansongothic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Featured - [link]

:heart:
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MyFavoriteAxe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student Filmographer
Very, very nice. Great atmosphere and idea.

fav for sure!
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InnosPL Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Brilliant work... Amazing colors and design of characters. Just like always your work is my inspiration!
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mrTINYman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
From my point of view, your best work. Powerful atmosphere, good composition, nice concept etc... But still, the best thing about this piece is the colours and the facture.
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vaara02 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow you are skilled
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Wrale Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mr. Wormwood you are so goddamn cool! Art with story!

I, of course, wanna see more robots.
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King-Crow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Very well drawn, but almost more importantly you have very original concepts - real, thought out characters.

Probably not the first to say, but your work reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch.

I don't draw alot, but the ones I have drawn were compared to Bosch as well. Sadly my techniques are far behind yours!
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scientist1234 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
cool. saw this on epilogue.net... i think? cool stuff.
love the idea of the floating island... and snipers and cults... awesome ^_^
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Golubaja Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured you on my journal. :D [link]
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Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The day starts. They watch, they waite, they pray. The day ends and so does there watch but not their prayers.
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Insomiak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
This is probably weird, but I love that the top one is slouching. I'unno. =)
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mirhiel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
great
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FlyingNerve Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Just....Amazing!
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terminalcondition Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Fantastic concept. I've not seen this one before - your details are here are beyond that of pencil and paper.
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007   General Artist
...so charming,weird and melancholy...I love teh soft china-pattern colours,quite delightful:heart:
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Copers Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
D00d! howw?? lol you have such an imagination! Your insanee!!!!!!!!!! Loll i cant een believe this!! hah its like the best drawing ive ever seen!!!!! really!
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