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Extraction by Varethane Extraction by Varethane
So, funny story for this picture! Around September or so I was sitting beside my mother on a train bound for Montreal, and I was sleeping while she worked on some documents beside me. At some point I half-woke from a sort of doze and I saw an interesting image on one of the documents she was looking at, which looked (through blurry half-open eyes and no glasses) like a silhouetted winged figure standing dramatically on a cliff edge, pulling some sort of sword or something out of the ground. I was really confused as to why this would be among the documents, until my eyes focused properly and I realized it was actually a map of the rivers and waterways around Manhattan (with the water filled in dark blue and the land kept white).

The idea of the composition I'd mistaken it for seemed pretty neat though, so I sketched it loosely in my little notebook and then went back to sleep.

I scanned it in when I got home and then forgot about it entirely until a couple of weeks ago, when it turned up again as I was backing up some files. And now it's a painting 8D

Edit: Wasn't totally satisfied with some areas, so I poked it a little more.
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1H3ro Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic!
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Varethane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Thanks!
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:icon1h3ro:
1H3ro Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome thanks for sharing great art!
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waxburden Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
This is really cool and dynamic! :O
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GothJunkie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Artist
Very dramatic! Love the energy of the painting.
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Awesome painting with an awesome story!
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
XD Thanks! I'm happy I finally got around to rendering this up.
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:iconblue6:
Blue6 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
holy crap o.o i so want to commision you one day. if you ever have commisions xD
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Hehe, I do open them occasionally... Might do it again soon! :D
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Blue6 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
if you do save me a spot o.o also are you doin fan expo this summer again?
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I.... hope so! I mailed in an application, anyway, haven't gotten word back yet. But I'd really love to!

Would you like me to send you a Note when I open up again? It'll probably be within the next couple of weeks. (:
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:iconblue6:
Blue6 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
well let me know if you get in ill come say hey again! and yes please! id love something by you =]
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
For sure! :D Aahhh why's it take so long to hear back, ala...
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:iconblue6:
Blue6 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
.... eveyone was too distracted by the leafs games? xD
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
That only really applies to last night <_<
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vashperado Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
that is seriously hype! what a pose
and the story of the blurry map makes it even better
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Varethane Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Hehe, thanks! XD Nothing quite like finding out that the cool artist whose work just inspired you is actually nature... (not that nature isn't always inspiring, but at first blurry glance I really did think I was looking at someone's really badass drawing, and in my head I was all like 'daaang I wish I could come up with compositions as cool as that')
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vashperado Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
kinda makes you want to try it out with another map!
but perhaps you can't fake moments such as these
its a perfect story

Nature is my favorite artist!
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I'll study some cartography and satellite photos, and see what comes out :U
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:iconvashperado:
vashperado Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
it might come out amazing like the manhattan map guy did!
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Haha, I can only hope so... XD
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crysanthemum963 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Lol, that has happened to me before (the finding an image among something like say...a counter top xD).
This looks great!
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I've been inspired by shapes in things before.... I think this is the most directly it's ever happened, though! I wish it happened more often this way, it's kind of cool having the whole image jump into my head fully-formed...
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crysanthemum963 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Yeah~:icontrueplz:
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snartha Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
This is super cool, I love the design of the outfit!
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
:D Now if I could just give the rest of my characters interestingly-designed outfits instead of boring ones....
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Buuya Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Damn girl, you know how to work a texture. I really like the contrast between the rendering on the back and the CRAZY WINGS OR SHADOWY BADASSERY EXPLOSION ETC.
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:iconvarethane:
Varethane Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
SHADOWSPLOSION

Thanks! 8D
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geralin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Very dramatic! :D
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Enkaharal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is epic ^_^
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sky665 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's so cool! 9n9
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Shizuru321 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Breathtaking! :la:
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Cool.
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PluckyPooka Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Very cool.
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   General Artist
Wahh, neat inspiration for a picture (makes me think of how I always see Northern Canada as being a shark-sheep, maybe I should draw that) and the finished product looks fantastic! So dramatic, feels like there's a real story going on, here. I love it!
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Varethane Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Hehe, yessss, draw it XD

I have actually been turning over some story ideas for this picture... (probably tying it in with this picture). Will definitely post further progress on it, though it might be slow :U
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   General Artist
Ooh, really? Yess, I will keep a watch out for it (:
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