pedro8999 - favorite
I love this striking and beautiful illustration. The first thing that caught my eye was the fantastic lighting - the way the fish is catching the light of the divers, and the light beams coming in from the surface. The luminescence of the fish really brings it forward, emphasizing its huge size. The perspective and sense of scale is wonderful. The whole image just conveys a sense of wonder and the excitement of discovering the creatures of the deep, and is wonderfully executed!
MBrainspaz - runner up
I love this amazingly detailed and gorgeous environment piece. The positioning and rendering of the creature brings so much movement to this piece, and the depth of field - using color perspective as well as a soft blur - really emphasizes the deep underwater feel. I can really picture this piece coming to life in a 3D animation. I also love the idea of an underwater city!
V4lii - runner up
What I really like about this image is how the mysterious creature is at the surface rather than deep in the water. The contrast helps accentuate the difference between the dark, scary water below and the bright light at the surface. We can only see her legs and arm, leaving us to wonder what kind of creature she is. Is she dangerous or will she help the character who is sinking down? I just love how this image tells a story but leaves a lot to your imagination.
Lailamon - runner up
I think this piece is a really unique approach to the theme. I like that the creature is scary and beautiful at the same time, and that her power comes from within. The hair strands spreading out to the edge of the canvas, as well as the patterns and lines, add so much movement and intensity to the image. She has the allure and mystery of a mermaid without depending too heavily on mermaid/underwater tropes.
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