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Guardian of the Sunset by EthicallyChallenged Guardian of the Sunset by EthicallyChallenged
I was approached by a fantasy writer and agreed to use one of my old images for a book cover. I touched it up and added more detail and colors and here it is :)

you can check out the older, uglier version here:
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EDIT: Wow, I checked my messages today and it turned out I got a DD! Thank you so much for making it happen, Ginryuzaki and ^laserBEAST!!! Peeps have been asking about the book, the series is called "Il sole di Alur" and is written by Alissandro Fusco. It's supposed to be out this winter as far as I know. I'm very glad you like the picture, folks!
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Guardian of the Sunset by ~EthicallyChallenged ( Suggested by Ginryuzaki and Featured by mamiffer )
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ReaderByLamplight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
A truly great achievement, worthy of all the praise received in previous comments, and then some. The V-shaped composition neatly draws the viewer in, while the posture of the character -- half relaxed, half dynamic -- gives a commendable if discreet tension to the piece. And you simply cannot grow tired of the sun setting behind soaring peaks ! Above all, there definitely is an old-school feel to this, both in painting style and in mood, which recalls a time when fantasy art was perhaps a bit less enamoured with dramatic vistas and Piranesian architectures. A (slightly larger-than-life) mountain brook can sometimes be enough to provide plenty of atmosphere, and the whole picture has an agreeably wistful quality. Forgotten realms, indeed.

As a final musing, comparing this with the older version, I was rather sorry that the branches overhead had to go : they gave off an interesting wintry tinge. But those mossy trunks quite make up for the loss, and tend to emphasize a certain romantic atmosphere. 
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Your comment really makes me want to try harder to get better. I'm glad you like it.
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:iconcorzar:
Corzar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nicely done great pic
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alonllife Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is amazing! keep it up :)
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:iconneocaos:
neocaos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Epic, melancolic, poetic, everything is there... Nice work, really !
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:iconfajlo:
fajlo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Bjuti!:)
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:iconarchproart:
archproart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
real quality piece...keep up the good work
from archproart.com
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gyanofargyll Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
=Love= the detail. Hate that someone else got to you first about using this for a book cover. Please contact me (kimheadlee at earthlink dot net) about a different adaptation, thanks! :)
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Cyrusma Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
absolutely beautiful !
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Milena-Zaremba Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastyczne! Te detale, światło, rozmach... chciałby człowiek coś bardziej konstruktywnego napisać, ale tyle słów i emocji...
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful work
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PatrykWojciechowicz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! This light is absolutely stunning!
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! You're very kind!
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PatrykWojciechowicz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I say what I see :).
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Nice atmosphre :clap:
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzevl:
zevl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Welcome :aww:
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:iconeterna-noche:
Eterna-Noche Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful...!!!!
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Breed89 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
awesome =D
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Thardia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Breathtaking. So much inspiration! A well-deserved DD! :clap:
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
amazing !
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you!
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:icondan-demille:
Dan-DeMille Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely breathtaking image, I am in awe!!!
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EthicallyChallenged Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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cmcvs Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazingly stunning art!
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Dianote Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I can understand why this image jumped out at the writer, not only is it beautiful, it also evokes peace of mind and nostalgia .
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roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
great...
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:iconalcolorika:
Alcolorika Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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:iconlev-bannikov:
Lev-Bannikov Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Awesome. :3
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Faedou Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful light ! nice work !
Best Wishes
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waterfall801 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Wow this is amazing! Great work!
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:iconadrianfarenheittepes:
He reminds me of Artorias from Dark Souls. :clap:
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
:clap:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You deserved that DD in the highest regard, you've created something amazing here. :love:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting composition and style! Congratulations!
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Starkiteckt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Skyrim!
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DANTETHEFLAMEHOG Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What's a skyrim?????????????????????????????????????????????
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Linnae Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Lovely.
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Gargoyle-Princess Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
love the sense of peace you captured it reminds me of P.a.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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quadallae Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
wow that's awesome! I love this
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SonofZion-JLM Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love this piece!
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TwistedHarbinger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
This is fabulous!!
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sicruz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Wonderful! Gorgeous colors and highlights. I really like it! Great job!
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MMHinman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job^^
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NautilusNemo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful
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