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EXIT INSTINCT by ekud EXIT INSTINCT by ekud
``EXIT INSTINCT

jmaller making scary things for dc xvii ....

inspired by:
- a long philophical talk with a best friend
- the universal instinct that bonds us all
- *ed0

this was originally a 4000x3000 poster. it has been cropped to WP for convenience, but all prints are of the original full size image.
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:iconkideoteque:
Kideoteque Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student
This reminds me of SotC... it looks as tho the colossai is emerging from some sort of sand storm.... superb work
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512media Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa... it's like we're under attack by a future Final Fantasy airship. I mean that in a good way, in case there's any confusion.
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:iconmeredith:
meredith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005
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i really enjoy it. thought youd like to know.
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ekud Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
wow, you've even colour co-ordinated for it!

thanks for posting the link, your desktop is so pretty!

i have the big print of this, it looks much better as a poster than a wallpaper IMO...
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:iconmeredith:
meredith Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
you can bet your bottom dollar i coordinated it!
i freaking love it ;P

i have no doubt the print looks better, but if im not seeing it large and in charge on my wall, at least its my desktop wallpaper!
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:iconekud:
ekud Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
tell me if you want it, i'll take it down to base price for you.
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Digital-soul- Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i love the faded effect on this gives it a lot of power gj
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JwktheHempMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2005
The text doesn't help the image, perhaps you should place it at a less focal place within the image.
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:iconmusicphreke:
musicphreke Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
sweet render man, i don't like the color of the textures and brushing/bg (?) of the right side.
great work

mP
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Exhale-NL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
ultra sexy style mate, realy love how a sort of realism has been put into the piece. As if the render is a machine that has come to life. I guess it's because of the soft colors and the brushing that reminds me of snow. Lovely work, keep on rocking with this style!
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pepponen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
This is absolutely tantalizing. At the same time it has a sense of movement and stillness, the fog leaves something for the imagination and the whole color-scheme is just... I don't know-- epic?
I don't know why, but somehow your style reminds me of old Final Fantasies.
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:iconekud:
ekud Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
you totally arent the first person to say that, one of the dc guys reckoned it looked like one specific boss in fact!

thanks for the comment :)
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:iconpepponen:
pepponen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Glad to hear I'm not going paranoid. I just simply can't put my finger on the Final Fantasy element this picture has.
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precurser Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shapes and colors and contrast are all amazing. i am really liking this new grungy style you got, reminds me of how 'backstab' looks, i imagine the grunge was made a similar way that i did, it gives for a very textural feel. top notch stuff justin...
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Xevil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
like the effect, the foginess, however, i feel that for some reason, this render doesnt fit it too well, still a really nice piece tho..
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turtlspace Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
a desert, vast sky, miles of sand, amazing color, then a horseman, dark, i can almost hear the sound of hooves. riding to where? your work is not to be glanced at, you really have to LOOK, absorb the piece, definately worth the time to appreciate. :+fav:

what do you see in this one?
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:iconekud:
ekud Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i like the way you actually view the piece before you comment.

you arent the first to mention horsemen...
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:iconturtlspace:
turtlspace Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
your work definately needs to be viewed, it's very complex. very good. prints must be amazing once framed and hung. :gallery: again, very good.
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:iconmortalitas:
mortalitas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
you know i love your new style :P. stylish as always. Freestyle rocked the cazba.
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:iconed0:
ed0 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
:heart: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :heart:

;)




i loved this one
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xshadowx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the scummy filter or w/e you used to do this, nice job :)
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ed0 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
"filter"?

that is one of the most disrespectful comments i've seen!

ekud put a lot of time into what you are saying was done by the click of a photoshop filter
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xshadowx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
1. Hopefully you realised I said "w/e you used to do this."
2. I ment no disrespect, I simply don't know how he did what he did and chose the word filter out of my head.
3. I cant tell sarcasm on the internet so sorry if you wern't that serious ;)
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ed0 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i understand, i actually was serious here... because i knew for a fact that he spent a long time with that, and someone thinking its a 'filter' would make me extremely mad if i was justin

no harm done :) (at least to me)
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F3rg Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
looks great.
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caleb-case Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
great choice of colors and shadows :D

:floating:
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:iconpsy-pro:
Psy-Pro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
its a wee bit blurry buddy but its still looks awesome :) u r a true pro when it comes to abstract and brushing :)
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nonsenzedesigns Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
very dramatic. i like it even though i'm trying to decide if it would look better crispy or not. I know that the colours you chose help extenuate the soft feel of this piece, but i can only wonder if it would be better a with a bit bit more focus and less haze in some places.
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ekud Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
its not as blurry as you might think, have another look you can still see all the details.. i've just intentionally hidden parts of it...
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pseudopod Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
yeah...my fav from this series...like some great big scaly monster rising up out of the desert...........I wanna see the movie!
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Hollow-Phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
I love this one... the way it's cloudy and obscured, lacking the sharp lines and transitions of most abstract/vector wallpaper. Stands out beautifully. Keep it up!
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l1b3rat3 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really love this "style".
The abstract colors are beautifully used here. The gradient is very nice addition to the piece, utilizing both colors of it.
The render is what attracts me the most, and how you brushed around it. The way it looks like it "submerged" into the piece with the brushing over the top and the littl piece at the bottom is very nicely done. I really enjoyed vieiwng this piece, all the elements are very nicely done here, colors, render, and composition.

Nice job
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versaen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
I love the atmosphere in this piece :). The only thing that I don't like is the placement of the typo, doesn't look very good out there.
The render is very nice, and the soft brushwork works great. The color scheme is exellent, one of my favourite to work with.

Great work on your stuff for freestyle, I enjoy it. Would love to see this on my wall.
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darkarchmage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
just awesome work dude
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:iconlikuid:
likuid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Interface Designer
Wonderful. I'd like to see the render.
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Fenixgfx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i think the un-clean and blurry feel to this brings it out for me , im not sure why i do like that effect but it just looks swoit! :heart:
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filth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
This is one of the those pieces you immediately recognize that it's by ekud. Very organic and dusty (in a good way) with a solid render. Keeping background ambientish and minimalistic is a good thing, it supports the render perfectly and makes it stand out just the right amount. The minimal typo is a nice touch.

Ace.
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jmulder Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Interface Designer
You only just got around to posting this one eh? You know I liked it the first time you showed it to me -- it's so different from the average work seen on deviantART.
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dalla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i love ekud.
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affekt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Jabbarwock just laid down a pretty damn good comment. :|

I suppose I pretty much agree with that... I do feel that the main structure is a little imposing though... adds a lot of unnecessary weight. I think that maybe to shrink it down and offset it more to the bottom right edge would have left a more minimal, visually pleasing style. As before, the colour scheme is well chosen; it has a underwater sort of feel... like when the water is clear and a ray or something disturbs the sand as it makes it escape; it gives me that sort of impression. Typo is well positioned as well, but the second line is either unneeded or maybe could be scaled down, although I suppose doing that would make it extremely hard to read.

Another cool image. :)
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M1ndfieldS Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
very mysterious atmosphere. typo is very good...I like the way the piece just fades
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:iconblufire:
Blufire Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005   Digital Artist
Very pretty piece! :)
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MisterBlackwood Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
Your pieces are like well rendered Rorshach tests; a picture that you could stare at for hours and never quite get to know. The central idea of the imagery is always at the tip of the brain, out of reach like a dream upon waking. 'Exit Instinct' might be dark horseman riding out of the dusk; might be a dying bat or a crushed scarab; might simply be a tarspot in an old abandoned port. Might. Might. Might. A shaped, carved, visual aberration. The representational abstract. With, seemingly, no more sense or reason than a nightmare or passing fancy. The way we sometimes find oil slicks, or bezoars, or roadkill strangely, compellingly beautiful.

Make no mistake: I like it.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

By any chance, are you able to make a living doing this, and if so, do you have any advice?
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ekud Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i love the way you actually look at the piece and think about it before commenting. it's appreciated.

and no, as much as i wish i could, i do not make a living from this, i do it all for pleasure.
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MisterBlackwood Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
Well thanks I try, when the mood takes me.

It's too bad you don't do this for a living, I keep trying to find some career advice. It's one of the reasons I'm on here so much.

See you around ;)
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:iconekud:
ekud Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
if you find out, let me know.

i've managed to make a fair bit of money from design work, but not enough to support myself.
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skr33ch Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Please people start commenting and faving this piece, otherwise ekud is going to stick a dog up my ass. SIDEWAYS!
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skr33ch Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i'm lovin it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

much love to you
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bullseyepimp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i love those colors and the overall softness of the image! well done, another brilliant piece from ekud.
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i-04 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
I like it too, really nice colors man
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