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Celestial Turtle by lordFelwynn Celestial Turtle by lordFelwynn
This isn't Pratchett's A'Tuin - it desperately lacks elephants. And a discworld.
Yes. This is something totally different... :D

Commission, 2013.
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Given 2014-02-17
Celestial Turtle by lordFelwynn ( Suggested by UmbreoNoctie and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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An absolutely beautiful piece. It really struck me as unique in the composition, and the contrast sucked me in. As I continued to view this piece, I realized the landscape on the turtle's shell and I was pleased to see how unique of an idea you chose to represent. The digital craftsmanship is MARVELOUS, and the amount of detail is stunning. I really enjoy the balance created with the sun at the bottom and the mountains at the top, and the stars in the background create good eye movement without seeming overdone or too busy a background.
If I were to see anything changed, I'd like to see perhaps a little more contrast in the landscape. The turtle is so detailed and crisp with so much light and dark with less middle values, so it's a little depressing to see all the middle tones in the shell. I'm happy to see the crisp houses with red roofs, however I think what would really help push this was more atmospheric perspective- dull out those sections that are farther away, and crisp up the parts in front, using more of those lights and darks.
Beautiful work though, I'd love to have this on my wall or in a gallery!
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:icontlau18:
TLau18 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
OMG did you get the idea from Discworld? The Great A'Tuin the Star Turtle's son!
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:iconlordfelwynn:
lordFelwynn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional
I LOVE Discworld, yet the idea wasn't directly linked to it. ;)
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:icondrofckan:
Drofckan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
love the end result :D
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:iconivanrostoff:
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
This would be a very small world. You can make out individual buildings. Even if the people were three hundred feet tall a hut would still be smaller than the empire state building. And you can not see the empire state building from space.
I wonder if other world turtles meet with this one and people move from world to world.
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:iconlordfelwynn:
lordFelwynn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional
I think people would have boats, at least, even if two turtles don't often approach each other... ;)
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:iconculu-bluebeaver:
Culu-Bluebeaver Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Stupid me, because in small-view I thought this was Gamera XD

Amazing work btw. :clap:
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:iconmaxwildcat:
maxwildcat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
 A'Tuin it is not, but amazing piece.. nothing to add to the wonderful critiques and compliments 
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
AWWW - well done
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:iconadriftphotography:
adriftphotography Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
"He holds us all within his mind." (Stephen King's Dark Tower series)
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:iconrolandboyce:
RolandBoyce Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing , love the concept and well done on the daily deviation! 
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:iconblueartis:
blueartis Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
Awesome
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:icontyneras:
Tyneras Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Awesome! it's like an over-grown dragon turtle, the ones that get mistaken for islands. In SPAAAAACE!
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:iconchristais:
ChrisTais Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist
It's make me think Maturin , turttle in "Dark tower" by Stephen King.

"See the Turtle of Enormous Girth"
"On his shell he holds the Earth."
"His thought is slow, but always kind."
"He holds us all within his mind."
"On his back all vows are made;"
"He sees the truth but mayn't aid."
"He loves the land and loves the sea,"
"And even loves a child like me."


Nice expression !
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:iconvidkid19962:
vidkid19962 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool owo it looks really good ^^
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:icononjikun:
onjikun Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :D
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:iconlordturtlemonk:
lordturtlemonk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww baby turtle
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:iconemasqueradegallery:
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Very cool -most excellent! :)
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:icon4u64ica:
4u64ica Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pandaria!
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:iconclockworkrobotguy:
ClockworkRobotGuy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Our world is on a giant space turtle!? AWESOME!
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:iconfoxgoddess44:
FoxGoddess44 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!!

Also, I really enjoy the Pratchett reference 
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing....
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/02/d…
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Hehe!  This is cool.  :D  What a literally wonderful picture.  :clap:
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:iconknightfall1972:
Knightfall1972 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Spelljammer?
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Darn, I saw the thumb and immediately assumed it was Great A'Tuin. Great job baiting and switching! And congrats on the DD.
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:iconphodyr:
phodyr Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like one of the baby world turtles! Very nice.
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:icondestiny-919:
Destiny-919 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
i saw this cutie and immediately thought "great a'tuin!" so your disclaimer was good
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:icondaaash:
daaash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is extremely beautiful!
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:iconamyimusicalnotes:
AmyiMusicalnotes Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*takes the turtle* Mr. Turtle*runs off to youtube* LETS GO TAKE YOUTUBE BACK!
and then google was longer apart of google
the end c:
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:iconfutureisunclear:
futureisunclear Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
cute 
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:iconfireyfreyja:
FireyFreyja Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
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:iconastrocitizen:
astrocitizen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I love art like this, but typing in "giant turtle" almost always gets me nothing but HGamera fanart :(
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:iconapestudios:
ApeStudios Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Wow... Speechless!!!! Great work
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S-D-C Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
:3 So glad this got a DD. Awesome comment btw. 
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
heh, first thing I thought was that it couldn't be A'Tuin, thanks for acknowledging Pratchett! He is by far my most favored of authors. That said...

This is a beautiful turtle! And the details are exquisite! Congrats on the DD! It's much deserved!
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:iconbrandmyhre:
brandmyhre Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can always say its a homage to "Golden Ax" though. Ah, how I miss the gaming of 1989.
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:iconbitsy83:
Bitsy83 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I'm glad I read the description first. I was going to be like "DUDE!!! YOU FORGOT THE ELEPHANTS!!!!" 
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:iconbeowulfdoomhammer:
BeowulfDoomhammer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aww it looks like a baby :D
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:iconiridescentcatalyst:
IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Neat!
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:iconfirest:
Firest Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Awww, a baby Diskworld...   :D

An excellent and impressive pic.  :nod:
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:iconsigmacore:
SigmaCore Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing is what it is. :D Like something out of the old Dungeons & Dragons Spelljammer setting. And the colors are so bright and vivid on the turtle's shell. Loving the "little" solar flare and all the shadow and light effcts on the underbelly. Truly a spectacular piece! :D
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:iconjarrakul:
Jarrakul Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
A'Tuin or no, this is quite beautiful. I love how the shell ridge becomes a mountain range.
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:iconloquacious-x:
Loquacious-X Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I'd be happy to wear this on a t-shirt, it's really quite well done.
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:iconlord-darcy:
Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
:iconcongratsddplz:
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:icontottletherunt:
TottleTheRunt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Artist
Day be hatin' and wishing that dey were him XD
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:icontsforeverstrong:
TSForeverStrong Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
:iconomgsocuteplz: OMG IT'S SO MAJESTIC!!!!
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:iconjoyfulljunebug:
JoyfullJuneBug Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014

I love your interpretation of this! For some reason I always imagine him as having the planet hovering over his back. Clap 

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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks awesome! I really like the idea to leave the pattern on the shell and blend it into the world. It's very creative :)
The light is beautiful and the stars in the background add so much to this image :D
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KariTBB Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I can't even explain why, but this picture looks really awesome. I love the lightning :)
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