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Realm of Dreams by AdamBurn Realm of Dreams by AdamBurn
A print of this painting can be bought here [link]


In dreams anything is possible, what appears to be so real and natural in a dream seems so surreal and unnatural in the real world. A lone dreamer stares up at a huge winged giant carrying a giant artefact on his shoulders which is attached to him with huge golden chains, a beam of light guides the giant and his burden to their destination, but what destination? And what purpose does this giant structure serve in this dreamscape? As the giant walks it creates ripples of the environments surface, like standing on water, the ripples glow a fantastic cyan and emit strange glowing particles. The dreamer looks down to see the same effect where they are standing. This all feels so right, no fear, no shock just comfort, a sense that all is well. This land is perfect. This land is home.
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My entry to the CGSociety challenge themed Dreamscape, the past few challenges I haven't really been interested in, the last one I entered was Secret Agent which I had great fun participating in.
This time I threw myself even further out of my comfort zone and painted something very different from my usual stuff but I have really enjoyed it. Inspired by Greek, Aztec, and Roman statues and myths I combined an odd giant similar to Atlas, only winged and carrying a huge golden structure coated with Aztec decorations. An odd sight yet this is a Dream. The POV is also an odd one, its looking up as though through water, you can see the "surface" as the giant steps onto it, as well as the dreamer. I got this idea of a solid water surface after watching Final Fantasy Spirits Within a while ago.

Lots of great images being done for the contest so far, I'd be happy if it just gets into the runner up section hehe.

Enjoy
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snufkin734 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
wooow
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DanPilla Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great!
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TomHengst Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
rockefeller center ? :D
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Used as reference yus, due to the sculptures height you can get some cool perspective shots of it and was agreat help in getting the anatomy right :ahoy:
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SnowMonk Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heh, Wow. This is really amazing.
I'm a little struck, just by its complexity and your short story about it.
Very Nice.
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tarnvogL Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this could be the savior of DevilMayCry 4 -> [link]
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thraxllisylia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this piece, that was an unusually quiet contest, sadly. but this has an amazing perspective. well done!!.
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tarnvogL Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
reminds me of the endboxx of DevilMayCry 4 :P [link]

nice work
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neutronton Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome perspective, really nice!
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CSWoelf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I love this. Talk about keying the imagination.
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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ShortyMunky Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
incredible! i wish my dreams were this imaginative!
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bdoyle102 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Beautifully done
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nexshadowsoul Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic!
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Burtonfan96 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work!!! :D
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Triumviratus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
HAIL MORTAL!!!!
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
great work!
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NaygonElvanleii Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...now this is something really giant. not only the giant himself....the whole drawing is just...WOW!
this gives me a really special feeling...i can't describe that!
thank you for beeing such a great artist :)
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ElSohnSchon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wao , amazing perspective O_O
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stahlfeder Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This has to be the most epic thing I've seen since I played God od War 2 last week! :fav:
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diablo2sam11 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This is so amazing, the perspective is really intruiging
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KoldAcid Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this should get a DD and soon
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well...so much for all the other entries I've seen also uploaded here. I wished e'm luck but in reality this trumps most of them :shh: It's very unexpected yet feels like a classic that's been on here for ages already. A mix of the past and future wrapped in one, and the fact it seems like we are looking at it form just below the water surface was a unique idea too, it looks like it weighs a thousand tonnes yet it so elegantly steps on the surface of the water not breaking through :meditate: Like those dreams we've all had where the physics of stuff is just way off but it feels perfectly normal in the dream :XD:
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, the fact you picked up on all that just looking at it really makes me happy as that's exactly what I was going for, something that doesn't make sense in the real world but in a dream is so normal, the mix of old and new, the disregard for physics. But how well it does in the contest remains to be seen, there are some very well painted images some fit the theme well others could easily be part of any number of other themes like Sc-Fi or Fantasy and to me just don't feel like a dream state, more of just an alien world or sight. But we shall see, not sure how long it takes for them to decide on winners but usually quite a while.
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Lyguani Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Very exquisite, I like the change. Not that I don't really appreciate your other works, its just a nice to see you produce something...different from your usual. :)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah it was quite refreshing to try something new
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StefanHuerlemann Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow, definitly your best.
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Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Writer
Your skill never cease to amaze me Phoenix.
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xybre Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. I love the artefact.
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DanLuVisiArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
holy fuck. <3
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ha I'm pretty sure that's what the little guy is thinking. Thanks :ahoy:
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Wow this is amazing, lotta detail in there.
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Galasteno Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Atlas Reference?
It looks awesome!
How long does this take you?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this took a few days on and off, maybe about 12 hours work in total
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krigl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Really stunning, magnificent work!
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FallingDark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My god. You are a legend, sir.
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fmacmanus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
THIS IS GOING TO BE A DD HOLY FUCKKKK PHEONIX yOU ARE A GODDDD
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SamODJ Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got any WIPs?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, its on CGSociety here is the link [link] the different stages can be seen in a list bellow the text
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Airon-T Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing art! really epic! i love it :)
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fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
mr. burn you're a hero. keep on being awesome you're an inspiration to many
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :ahoy:
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ec4370 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Amazing!
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fastnovice Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
This looks like the dream scene from Final Fantasy: Spirits Within. Awesome work!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice man.
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cilios Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:faint:
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
awesome!!
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1r4k Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
man!!! that's awesome! you have the skills! i think you should start posting tutorials.... i would be glad do follow each one! specially the space scenes!
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Meema Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing piece.
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MorgothAinu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
epic :love:
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