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Ouroboros by Jason-C Ouroboros by Jason-C
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"The boy who had no name knelt in the snow. Before him, crumbled into dust, lay the picture. Now all was lost. Now nothing could lead him to the Water of Life. When he looked up, he saw, blurred by his tears, two forms in the snow. One was large, the other small. He wiped his eyes and took another look. The two forms were Falkor, the white luckdragon, and Atreyu.

Zig-zagging unsteadily, scarcely able to control his feet, the boy who had no name took a few steps toward Atreyu. Then he stopped. Atreyu did nothing, but watched him closely. The wound in his chest was no longer bleeding. For a long while they faced each other. Neither said a word. It was so still they could hear each other's breathing.

Slowly the boy without a name reached for the gold chain around his neck and divested himself of AURYN. He bent down and carefully laid the Gem in the snow before Atreyu. As he did so, he took another look at the two snakes, the one light, the other dark, which were biting each other's tail and formed an oval. Then he let the amulet go.

In that moment AURYN, the golden Gem, became so bright, so radiant that he had to close his eyes as though dazzled by the sun. When he opened them again, he saw that he was in a vaulted building, as large as the vault of the sky. It was built from blocks of golden light. And in the middle of this immeasurable space lay, as big as the ramparts of a town, the two snakes.

Atreyu, Falkor, and the boy without a name stood side by side, near the head of the black snake, which held the white snake's tail in its jaws. The rigid eye with its vertical pupil was directed at the three of them. Compared to that eye, they were tiny; even the luckdragon seemed no larger than a white caterpillar.

The motionless bodies of the snakes glistened like some unknown metal, the one black as night, the other silvery white. The havoc they could wreak was checked only because they held each other prisoner. If they let each other go, the world would end. That was certain.

But while holding each other fast, they guarded the Water of Life. For in the center of the edifice they encircled there was a great fountain. Its beam danced up and down and in falling created and dispersed thousands of forms far more quickly than the eye could follow. The foaming water burst into a fine mist, in which the golden light was refracted with all the colors of the rainbow. The fountain roared and laughed and rejoiced with a thousand voices."


-Michael Ende, from The Neverending Story [link]
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snowangel1993 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Amazing
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
nice one
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Happypants3 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
It's fascinating how just a palette swap can basically transform the atmosphere of a piece like this :D While I absolutely love both, this one captures my attention more. There's a minimalist beauty in using the two simplest colours, plus of course the whole zen thing going on.
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Jason-C Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried one day to understand zen

I spent the rest of the day in my den

I retired to bed

Busted my head

And lived the rest of my life as a Hen
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Steven-Becker Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty cool man, love the lighting and the shadows! :+fav:
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xxtjxx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i always like how you light and render. n though these colors are less vibrant, they truly suit the object better. :clap: nice and clean wallpaper
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Jason-C Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent render!!!
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Jason-C Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An excellent comment!!!
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kuzy62 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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