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Background - Glitter Grotto by priteeboy Background - Glitter Grotto by priteeboy
With the contest extended, I thought I'd try and make another environment for *wewy's contest. This time, less realistic and more fantasy-like ( phew, just made it in too )....

Glitter Grotto is a medium sized city which was originally a mining town, but evolved into a tourist attraction. Built around the biggest crystal inside what is actually a colossal geode rather than a true cave, this city is nested where it can be well-lit from the light coming from the crystal, as well as feeding most of its power-needs from the energy it radiates. Its light gives off a beautiful sight as it refracts through the glassy bodies of millions of other huge gems scattered all over the rock walls, each appearing as a faint purple flash from such a distance.

And as you can imagine, if this were a stage in a game, you would be sure to run into some very interesting characters ( and enemies ) in this dark, mysterious world :evileyes:

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:iconpiegirl13:
PieGirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
this is so beautiful! purple is my favorite color, so i really love this.
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite colour too! :highfive:
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:iconpiegirl13:
PieGirl13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
awesome! High-five!
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:iconcathness:
cathness Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So COOL:):):):);)
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:iconrelira:
Relira Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
It's so light and pretty!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool, man!
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Neptune83 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
crystals are awesome. Can you make a quick picture of massive crystal deposits floating in the sky? I would love to see it on your site.
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, no free requests. Whatever time I don't spend on paying commissions I prefer to work on one of many of my own ideas that I've been wanting to execute for ages :idea:

If you want to see one that badly you could try commissioning me, I have done crystals in commissions before [link] :)
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Neptune83 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
When I get settled financially I will commision something from you. Great work all around and thanks for posting it. Cheers.
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wishspell1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
omg this is gorgeous. You need to set up a page of all these rooms. Holy christ I wish I could draw like that. As I had told you a while ago, I use paint shop pro and make rooms people like but damn I wish I could do this type of detail. This be great for a secret room with treaure in it. This is sort of what I am interested in but lower on the glitter. I want to set you up for our site on the main log in page for art work for people to take notice. I also sent you a note :)
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually started out with Paint Shop Pro 6 and that's all I had for 6 years starting from 2001 :shocked: I created some reasonably detailed stuff in my later years with it before upgrading to Photoshop, it is possible :nod:
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andymag13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
it looks like avatar movie or the crash banticoot cristal
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More likely Crash Crystals I'd say ;) others have also mentioned some other games too, but I forget the names. Guess glowing crystals are very popular in games and fantasy/sci-fi movies :D
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andymag13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
yes they are and in crash theyname are power cristals
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I totally forgot about the ones you actually collect :stupidme: I was thinking of the ones you sometimes see in the actual stage-backgrounds (especially the underground stages 8-))
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:iconlee-sherman:
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Down in Fraggle Rock! :D
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'Fraid I've never heard of that ^^;
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:iconlee-sherman:
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
It was this Jim Henson puppet show that was on when I was a kid. It was about these creatures that lived in an underground country called Fraggle Rock, which is just a system of caves with inexpliable light sources coming from all over the place. Weird as hell. Anyway, one of the "sets" looked like this deviation.

You can find the opening credits and clips from the show on Youtube, unless they've been taken down.

Thanks for the llama, by the way.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I kne wit sounded a little likd a kids show, I remember they almost looked Sesame Street-esque, I think one was called "Gobo" since I had a storybook involing that character...or something like it :XD:
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Yeah, Gobo was the main character with no personality. Then there was Wembley, who was the wishy-washy one, Boober, who was the buzzkill, Mokey, who was the hippy chick, and Red, who was the bitch. :)

They guest starred in a Muppet Christmas special where they were inexplicably twice as large as in their own show.
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SunChinese Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful =3 it reminds me the emperium from Ragnarok Online *-*
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I think someone else said the same, but I'm not sure if I can remember as most of the comments this got was a few years ago =p sound slike a beautiful level though :omg:
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emanuil-tolev Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
All perfect, but "we require more vesphene gas" :P.
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never heard of vesphene gas :confused:
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emanuil-tolev Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Never played Starcraft, eh? Eh, I say!

It's become a famous phrase from a very famous PC real-time strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment (now it's quite old, and just as popular). That particular phrase was very catchy (meant you were out of a certain resource), because its voice acting was terrific, it was just a thing that stuck on your brain.
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ha ha.if I were a deviant by that time,I'd enter this contest too-and I saw aroundI saw many wonderful entries*u*
and,be sure,yours is among'em:la:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but the results were pretty much just putting the popular artists on a higher pedastal, I wasn't happy with much of the winners :p guess my "style" didn't fit :judge: Glad you liked it :)
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
well,yeah,that usually happen:roll:
haha i like it indeed:3
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candy55270 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
cool
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DBreDBULL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Amazing work...and for some reason it makes me feel like a cola...hm...
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, if the crystals were brown I could see that, maybe a grape-flavoured purple soft drink would be more appropriate :XD:
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DBreDBULL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
well, im just weird like that=)
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WanderingxFlame Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
This is awesome... kinda reminds me of a scene from a game. When I have writer's block, I'll come back to your artwork for inspiration xD

btw I just read a comment that it reminded them of Golden sun, I totally agree!!! I love the colors and lighting!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to be an inspiration :worship: I havn't played Golden Sun myself, but it's cool if ideas like mine really could be applied to games like that, gives me hope for a job :fingerscrossed:
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WanderingxFlame Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I'm surprised you don't have one, because you're really talented and you have so much art to show for it!
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Vypor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
OMG.

CRYSTALS.

YAY.


Umm, may I be so rude as to inquire the name of what program you used to create such an image?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not rude at all, I actually used all thre eof my main programs to make this, 2 are 3D, one I used to model the crystals called Cinema 4D, another used because it's better for landscaping stuff - Vue 6 (now I used the newer Vue 7 though) which I used to make most of the cave and where I textured and adding the lighting to all that was 3D, and finally - extra effects and touch-up's were done in good o'l Photoshop :nod:

Not that all three were neccessary, one could make the same image in just one, but it would be longer and harder to do, I have three so I might as well exploit the best features of each to save me some time and broaden my options :w00t:
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Vypor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Ahh, cool!

lol, too bad I can't afford any of those right now. xD
I just love crystals of any kind, and the prospect of being able to make them like this was instantly appealing to me.
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Lunore Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the violet glow effects. especially the halo
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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evil-anatomy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
This reminds me of the book, The City of Ember. :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never heard of that :oops: glad it reminds you of something that I assume would be very imaginative though :bow:
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evil-anatomy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Oh, it was just made into a movie so I thought you'd probably have heard of it. I don't mean to make obscure references. :P
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:iconkuddos:
kuddos Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
we require more minerals...
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something tells me if they were this common - they suddenly wouldn't be of value anymore :lol:
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kuddos Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yup, like water...wait!... well not for long, water will be more expensive than anything... :P
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KandiViXenKHAOS-92 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This kind of reminds me of Sailor Moon^^
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never had anyone refer to that before :giggle: glad you like it :D
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KandiViXenKHAOS-92 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp:
^^
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Lint22 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Did anyone mention the DKC3 reference yet?

All those crystal Grotto's where you find the Banana Birds...

That's instantly what it brought memories of to me.
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