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The Day Of The Pumpking by Borruen The Day Of The Pumpking by Borruen
Heyo, boys and girls

After 998 layers, it's done!

EDIT: Fixed some highlights

so, this piece's been sitting on my desktop for weeks, I started it and then I had so many things to do that it stayed there, forgotten and abandoned for a while. So, when things got a little better I started working day and night to finish this painting once and for all. I just can't look at it anymore haha

Concept!

"Every year the inhabitants of Catratsburg celebrate the "Day Of The Pumpking". A ritual, held every autumn, to recall a legendary battle between the evil General Pumpking and the mighty hero Roland Ratsburgh and his loyal squire Kats.

The Pumpking was the impetuous general of Graveland, a militaristic city that wishes to destroy it's rival, the peaceful Catratsburg. By conquering it's nemesis, Graveland would be free to expand more and more with no opposition. The piece portrays the day when the two forces confronted each other. Two heroes against a horde of evil beings, the fate of the whole world to be decided by a valiant mouse and a loyal cat. The battle raged on."



It was inspired by Fantomas/Phantomas, Zelda, Chrono Trigger (the rat was based on Frog), fairytales, Animal Farm, Tim Burton, Town Musicians Of Bremen and some other stuff

that's it hope you all like it! Comments Favs Critiques, everything is more than welcome!
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:iconmerrak:
All around this is amazing work - full of character and atmosphere. The story in the artist comments almost writes itself. If nothing else, you've succeeding in pulling the audience into the scene and invoking their imaginations.

998 layers is extraordinary. I can't imagine that many. My computer begins to get itself bogged down at only 200 for a 2800 x 1200 image - and it's not a cheap machine. Of course, I don't need the number to tell much effort went into this piece.

There are a lot of good points to write about. I can't touch on all of them, so I will mention what stands out to me most: the lighting. It is beautifully done. The classic light vs dark theme works well here, and those ominous glowing eyes are a nice touch. The soft yellow colors on the left, with the slight haze and glow invoke a perfect fantasy feeling to this work.

I don't have anything to say on technical matters. This work does a good job showing off the artist's skills.

Above all else, I feel the strongest aspect of this work are the two heroes themselves: their defiant stance in the light of poor odds. All the technical aspects of the piece work well to bring life and drama into the pieces' story. Excellent work.
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:iconkrissybkillin:
Now THIS is an awesome piece!
I love how vivid and bright the colors are, and how you made them to blend from right to left in 'heat' which adds to the feel of a coming evil. Your use of colors also adds to the effects of the shading and lighting which are on point!

You paid nice attention to details from the town and lake in the background, to the trees, grass and leaves. These elements also add depth and perspective to your piece which is very nice.
I see a lot of subliminal themes in this picture which add interest along with the depth: like the trees and extra villains that are almost hidden behind the main antagonists; the town, birds, and protagonists that are waiting for the up-coming danger; the road that shows how far these hero have gone to protect their home.
It's all nicely done!

I then love the composition in terms of the balance:
The cat and mouse are very outnumbered and out-larged, which makes them so much braver. I think that the way you have the cat and mouse more of silhouettes adds to the idea of it being a legend; they're left ambiguous which gives the idea of fantasy, or more of vision than of reality. Almost making them larger than life.

As for things I would change:
I would only say that the fact the town is so far away also means that it would be easily skipped over, and because of this, most visitors if they miss the town won't see what our heroes are fighting for.
A personal choice of mine would have been to highlight the cat and mouse only so they can contrast from the landscape around them; although it could be argued that their remaining in shadow
might add to their being smaller than the Gravelanders, in literal size as WELL as power. [Their being a smaller power and STILL being able to win the battle makes them even cooler, and adds weight to their actions: they have MORE of a fight.]
I just think that adding more light around our heroes would help to make them feel more like the ones being celebrated.

My other thought is on how the image itself is so small (Although I know it's a trouble with how the previews here go:
You're work is so nice that it's an injustice!
I think that it being bigger could make the image more impactful; it would be more like a big burst of color and vision that would get a viewer to go "Woah! What is THIS? I must look at this more carefully to understand what's going on!"
So I think that finding a way to make it bigger if possible might be a nice investment.

Overall I LOVE this work!
It's so imaginative and you pulled the idea off so nicely!
[It's hard for people to take the ideas in their head and actually get it down, so kudos to you.]

I certainly look forward to more of your work :heart:
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OrangeLetters88 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just beautiful...
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EduardoLeon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excelente cara!
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TheKiwiSlayer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy snaps, this is amazing, I absolutely adore the composition, the overall feel and the color effects you have going on. I think the most layers Ive ever done was like...200 but 998? You sir, are crazy. But it produced such a nice piece in the end anyways!
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PaulinaChinea Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a lot of layers! I think this image turned out so well. The background colors give such a great feel behind each side.
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somniumsanguinis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
F*cking nice work !!!
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GigaLime Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My god, this is absolutely awesome.
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:iconglitch808:
Glitch808 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This. Is. Perfect.
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Shou-rei-on Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
It looks devilish good!!!! Great concept.
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AlexsPlushies Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!! I keep covering one side with my hand then looking at them both together >_<
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:iconkarageorges:
Karageorges Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Really nice piece of art!
Amazing atmosphere given by this picture.
Original and magical!
Greetings from Paris!
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:iconesculpt:
eSculpt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very nice piece :)
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Nokiramaila Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love those vibrant colors ! That''s funny how we can guess what inspired you, it's a mix of all you said !
Great work !
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:iconjorani2194:
jorani2194 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome work, like your idea, the lighting and shadows are really cool :)
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:iconspace0ctopus:
Space0ctopus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing skill. This is really really good. It's incredible.
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:iconerosenin23:
erosenin23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great colors :iconpervyfinnplz:
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:iconwangqr:
wangqr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg almost 1k layers? was it really necessary? :XD: but nvm tat, this looks GREAT!
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:iconsteelmullet:
Steelmullet Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Wow, awesome!
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:iconalex-simania:
Alex-simania Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really great and exciting. I love the colours you used.
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Z-A-D-Y Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the atmosphere in this picture!! brings back the feeling of a truly scary Halloween!<33
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:iconastalakio:
Astalakio Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful use of colours. Excellent work!
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t-i-l-d Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It's really cool and I love that it's so sinister! :) The expressions are great too, love that kind of smiles! Great work!
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Raaawr-artist Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the colour is awesome!
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ricardoforna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Excellent painting!
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Blaue-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I love the colors, they're AMAZING~:meow:
Did you really use 998 layers?!!! :wow:
That's crazy... but what a great job you did~:la:
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Demonmaster13 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Brilliant Brilliant!!
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MidNightsCastedAngel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Very lovely, like the colors as well.
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:iconaillia:
aillia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
this is really cool!
the colors are beautiful and well-matched with the concept!
and I'm in love with the tree in the background ;)
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:iconpandazoeken:
pandazoeken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this! Wonderful colors and a really cool atmosphere... Great work!
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ChInAdOlli Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colours are sooo beautiful..Its blinding my eyes!:iconsobeautifulplz:
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:iconxmiidorii:
xMiidorii Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Omg this is really awesome!! Nice colors, shading and just a perfect action scene.
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:iconzurew:
Zurew Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Really great work c:
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:iconcodekuro:
CodeKuro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty Epic.
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GARETHHH Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
wow! amazing colours!
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:iconsixzero:
sixzero Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice colors and shapes! Hope the little cat and mouse can win the battle.
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SigbjornPedersen Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
998 layers? haha your crazy :P
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YuukiMONSTER Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this so much! I seen this a while ago and never commented...but It kept poping up into my mind at random times and now that I've come across it again I just had to comment. Amazing work. Really leaves an impression. :D
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sistematicterror Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
phenomenal :D
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:iconkabrex:
kabrex Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome drawing, I really like the style.
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ChiantyVex Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I like the concept, the colours, the atmosphere.. its not too scary but not exactly a fairytale as well...very nice work you did on this and almost 1000 layers?!Wow!
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Laura-GT Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the colors on this one, you got the mood really right :)
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:icongordonjugah:
gordonjugah Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice stylization! Very vivid use of tones as well!
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psychicman3 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
SO AMAZINGLY DETAILED ZOMG :P and lol 998 layers! xD
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ninawesth Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool! Awesome, really! I love it, you're amazing!!!
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SimpleProdigy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
neat concept
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keroseneandgin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.
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Dorcyy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the athmosphere. So stunning and vibrant. :clap:
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SabrinaVzla Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This scene is pretty nice, the colors u used made it really special! Looks amazing, great job doing the hightlights and the shading!
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SamSupkowART Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great coloring, I love it!
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Anastasia-Ri Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
brilliant work.... undoubtedly brilliant...without superfluous words
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EmyBunnyArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
This is absolutely breath-taking!
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