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13 Nights 2009 The Creature by Grimbro 13 Nights 2009 The Creature by Grimbro
13 Nights 2009 has begun!

Night one is the Creature from the Black Lagoon aka Gill Man.
This really was the 1st piece I did. There is alot going on. Mostly due to the fact that I was really trying to create brushes that gave me the look I was searching for. I wanted a brush that was a bit transparent that allowed me to lay color down but also let some of the base color come through.
True to Basil's workflow I worked from a B&W photograph as a start and build off of it with color and brush strokes.
Go here for a summary of this years 13 Nights:[link]
Hope you like it
Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconsuperkim111:
superkim111 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Very cool! 
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:iconart-by-mike:
art-by-mike Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
One of my favorite classic Universal creatures.
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:iconpaulbaack:
PaulBaack Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really excellent! I love the coloring and brushwork – it reminds me of a sort-of cross between Frank Frazetta and Basil Gogos.
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thanks so much. That is huge praise, Frazetta and Gogos are probably the two most influential artists in my life.
Thank you
Grimbro
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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:iconpaulspatola:
PaulSpatola Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is sweet!
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:iconchri55t:
Chri55T Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Love the Creature!!
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:iconterra-fen:
Terra-fen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gillman <3
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:icondickstarr:
DickStarr Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Brilliant! Simple, yet so detailed!!
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:iconjaguaro:
Jaguaro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see the Creature Feature!

Jag
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:icondigielectro:
digielectro Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Grimbo you sexy best you, I love your 13 nights :heart:. The Creature is pure win.
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:iconjpmorgan:
jpmorgan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
One of the all-time great movie monsters. (One reason is because of the design; he doesn't have shockingly exaggerated fish features, but he looks like something that might reasonably evolved over the ages.)
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:iconarthammer:
Arthammer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Looking good man! Solid as ever. Next!!!
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:iconlordwormm:
Lordwormm Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist
bootiful. my favorite monster too. thank you for the treat!
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:iconleighyoung:
leighyoung Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What I find amazing is your brush strokes. In small view the image looks so detailed and realistic. In large view, you accomplished that look with a few brush strokes and a couple of colour changes! It's really amazing to see, going back and forth between the two sizes.
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Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Leigh thanks so much for that observation.
I struggle with that so much. Sometimes wonder am I putting in enough detail? am I putting too much in?
Does it serve the image? Do I have a focal point?
I am finding more and more that painting for me is wrestling with those questions sometimes more than whether I am actually getting a likeness of the subject matter!

Thanks for sharing
Grimmy
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leighyoung Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you do a great job of it. It's like seeing what you think is a photo from far away but as you get closer you realize it's a painting. I suppose it means you know how to conserve your brush strokes so things don't get all mucked up.
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
My favorite movie monster of all time!
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:iconchizixel:
chizixel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
:iconlove::iconlove::iconlove:
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:icongorefest39:
gorefest39 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
wow! this is really badass, really dig the claws, this must of been tricky to paint,a nice classic to start the countdown!
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:iconfrozenverdugo:
frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Love it! Seriously awesome way to start off the 13- are we gonna be seeing a Dr. Freudstein at all?
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Not at the moment. But I can put him on my to do list.
I will have to track that DVD down

Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconfrozenverdugo:
frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
AWESOME!
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:iconzamoth:
zamoth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
here we go again! go buddy!
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you came along for the ride!

Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconjargonjones:
jargonjones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Nice work Grimmy! I think ya did ol' Basil proud!

Can't wait to see the other 12!
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

I told you that you would dig it!

Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconjargonjones:
jargonjones Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
I dig indeed!
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:iconjmringuet:
jmringuet Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ex-cel-lent!
That gill man jumps from the screen.
Just great!
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Oh wow, is it really that time of the year already? :giggle:
Anyhow, awesome work and it's just great to see you start this week! :)
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:iconjustin-mabry:
Justin-Mabry Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Yay!!!!! grimbo's 13 nights of fright!!!
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:iconapbarr:
APBarr Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
best of the famous monsters first!?
great job
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Start with a bang and finish strong!

I hope you will continue to come check out some of the other monsters. ;)

I know Gill Man is special and I think he is the perfect lead in

Good to hear from you again SAGG.

Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconbranchewski:
Branchewski Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg another 13 Nights! I remember those from before. It feels like it was so long ago. I haven't been on dA a long long time.
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good to see you back!!!

Welcome!

Cheers
Grimmy
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:iconemmamount:
EmmaMount Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
i love it!!! i love Basil Gogo's work
is this a tribute from you to him?
that spooky smoke and lighting behind is fabulous!
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:icongrimbro:
Grimbro Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey rosie-lee,

Yes this is an homage to Basil you can refer to my journal here [link] for explanation

Cheers
Grimmy
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