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Holy Diver by slshimerdla Holy Diver by slshimerdla
This was both a study and made for the purposes of a tutorial on perspective (which I'll post a progress deviation/link to in a few days). It's funny how it progressed... I was originally inspired by a quote from Douglas Adams: "The silent thunders of the deep."

However, while I was painting it and trying to figure out what kind of figure to put in there as a reference point, so we could see how big this guy truly is (I was going back and forth between a diver and sharks), my husband saw the tiny diver I'd put in my thumbnail and started singing the song "Holy Diver" by Dio. Immediately inspired, I decided to make the diver be doing some sort of underwater exorcism against what I can only assume is some kind of demonic beast-dragon-eel-thing. 

So a big thanks to my amazing hubby for some inspiration for the story behind this one. :)

You can check out my tutorial and time-lapse associated with this one here: youtu.be/Ms7dAawueS8

EDIT: WOW! Thank you SO much for the DD!! That means so much to me! :heart:

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Holy Diver by slshimerdla ( Featured by KovoWolf )
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
It's no clean tiger, but it's great still. :3
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm getting old, so I had to look up what that meant, but LOL! Glad you liked it. :)
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
Getting old?
It's in the lyrics to Holy Diver! X3
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! I got the "tiger" part of the reference immediately. It was the "cold tiger" that had me thrown off, cause when I looked up the lyrics to be sure, that exact phrase isn't in there anywhere! 

What can I say, I get confused easily! :(
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
Cold tiger? O-o
I said CLEAN tiger! XD
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that was a typo. The only lyrics I see are "ride the tiger" and "jump on the tiger", which is why I am apparently so confused. But like I said, that happens. :)
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:iconpokeyfluffytail:
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
After "Ride the tiger" he says "you can see his stripes but you know he's clean"
hence "clean tiger" x3
It's okay though. C:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Holy goodness, you're right. It's been so long since I'd heard the song, and I never did a search for the word "clean" on the lyrics page.

I wasn't trying to say you were wrong either way, anyway. Sorry about that. :) We just got picked as adoptive parents and we are trying to rush through all the paperwork needed to make it happen, and so my brain is just totally fried the last few days. Thanks for your patience in explaining what I was missing. :heart:
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LeLunien Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very dynamic ! In any case, the dragon is not even looking at her, confident in its future take :) !
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I assume they gauge their strike from way back, then make a strike at their prey. >:D
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:iconhappydeathman:
it's so dynamic that i imagine music clip for song Ronnie James Dio - "holly diver"...i mean that it's look like alive!....and good video tutorial!
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks so much! :D
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:icongrazerone:
grazerone Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome :clap: :clap:
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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grazerone Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very much welcome, keep up the good work!:clap:
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:iconpiratepoo:
PiratePoo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor diver
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No doubt!
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:iconpiratepoo:
PiratePoo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And wright after I post that comment, I realize that he/she/they are making a cross appear in think "air" ( or water)
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PiratePoo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really good btw. Keep up the awesome work!!!
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:iconmraddled:
MrAddled Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I want nothing to do with the ocean.
Great work!
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
LOL. :) Thank you!
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:iconlonewolf100:
lonewolf100 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Awesome job
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much! :)
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:iconevilmariobot:
EvilMariobot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
Wild Gyarados appeared!
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for stopping by! :heart:
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:iconevilmariobot:
EvilMariobot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
You're welcome.
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:iconzaco21:
zaco21 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
Very interesting!
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you liked it :)
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
Congrats
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconmelcandy:
Melcandy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This deserves more favs
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, shucks. Much appreciated :)
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:iconmelcandy:
Melcandy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Np
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:iconsalyssong:
salyssong Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy when people I watch get a DD. I'm glad I was part of your journey to this point.
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yayyy! I'm giddy. Thank you so much :)
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:iconsalyssong:
salyssong Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, I'm looking foward to your future work.
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andybaum006 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2017
Is this Subnautica? 8P
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure what that is, so I guess not! Just a mythological leviathan-like beast that I made up as I painted. :)

You can see the process of creating it in my youtube process video here: youtu.be/Ms7dAawueS8
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HorseLeafsCabbage Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's pretty cool~
That being said, I love the composition and sense of scale here (and the way the sea monster's skin is glowing from the heat between its scales).

Side Note: Judging from your description, I guess you weren't making a reference to the DIO song of the same name (or the Killswitch Engage cover of the song, the one I'm more familiar with), as fitting as it would've been.
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's not a direct reference, but when my husband walked behind me singing that song, it influenced the story behind what was going on in the painting.

I talk about it in my YouTube video that shows the time-lapse and talks about story, if you're interested: youtu.be/Ms7dAawueS8

Thanks! :)
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iLDS Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
OMG it looks like the Gyarados 
Beautiful study Love 
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much! :)
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:icontatsu-ken:
Tatsu-Ken Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It's going to take a miracle to dodge that huge mouth and even then the suit might get damaged. And that's a bad thing because the oxygen is contained by not just the container but the suit as well.

In other words he/she/they is minced meat and is about to be eating. If he/she/they do manage to dodge that attack the serpent can easily circle around and attack again.

Nice artwork btw!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I agree, she's definitely in some trouble. Theoretically, given the markings on her suit, she seems to be experienced with this, and maybe even part of a group of divers that do these underwater exorcisms. Maybe they have contingencies for this kind of thing? Who knows. :)
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ColtonthePhantom Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Down to long in the midnight sea.
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Tatsu-Ken Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yeah to be honest I am scared of the sea, See I one time almost drowned and died.

I wouldn't have been alive if it wasn't for that one person that manage to spot me flailing around in the water before rushing to get the lifeguard.
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:iconcoltonthephantom:
ColtonthePhantom Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That must have been scary, but the line is from a Dio song also called Holy Driver.
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Tatsu-Ken Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It was very scary but it's odd. Because when I drowned (Didn't die.) My whole body felt like it was at peace.

Like I was no longer flailing in the water. People often say that drowning is peaceful and is a great way to die out of all of the ways you could or can die.

From that experience I can tell you that it indeed is infact true.

When I woke up I coughed up water and the light shined on my face like I haven't seen the sun in ages when in reality it was actually like five minutes since I last saw the light.

Oh. And I never heard of Dio. I will look it up sometime.
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ColtonthePhantom Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That sucks. Holy Driver is a good song.
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:iconilovexovers:
Ilovexovers Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
Looks more like the Midgardian serpent from Norse mythology, commonly known as Jormungand.  The serpent that encircles the earth
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