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Kelpie by JollyRotten Kelpie by JollyRotten
This Kelpie idea is based on a book that I read. It was about Big Foot and also Sea Monsters. There were a lot of eyewitnesses who reported that the sea monsters they had seen, looked like black horses with long ears, necks and tails etc. which sounded more like a form of Kelpie.

Ah, pity, I wanted to participate in "deviant critique" with this, but my subscription has terminated. Critique welcome, nonetheless. ^^

A painting process GIF can be seen here [link]
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:iconjacij:
jacij Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   General Artist
Very cool interpretation of a kelpie :) Love the dark colour scheme with this, suits really well
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Cristacake Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not good with words so I'll just say I love this :heart: Kelpies are so cool, I adore the musculature and those cute little spots :)
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Shades0fBlack Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:jawdrop: Die Viecher sind so klasse und mit dem Bild hast du das Aussehen wie einen Nagel auf dem Kopf getroffen! Wunderschön!
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Vielen Dank!
Im Moment bin ich ziemlich Pferde vernarrt und versuche sie zu Zeichnen. ^^
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Gern geschehen :)
Bin gespannt, was da noch kommt.
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
AM liebsten würd eich ein ganzes Artbook über irische Sagenwesen machen.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hey, das wäre klasse :D Mach doch ein digitales Artbook daraus und einen eigenen Ordner in deiner Gallerie oder so, das wär dann so was und wir könnten deine Bilder bewundern! :#1:
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wenn ich wenigstens einen Cent pro Klick kriegen würde.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Arw :/
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EmmaSeptimus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
es gibt viel zu wenige menschen die diese Wesen überhaupt kennen :,DDDDD
*freut sich nen ast

mann die story über kelpies war mein liebling als kind in dem großen geisterbuch meiner mutter
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Es gibt irgendwie nur die Menschen, die sich gar nicht dafür interessieren, oder die, die sich sehr dafür interessieren. ^^
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EmmaSeptimus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
geht eigentlich ich bin halt damit aufgewacksen ^^
kindheits erinnerungs bonus *+
xD
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herzeleid31 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Writer
This doesn't look anything like the kelpies from all of my old childhood books and that's awesome. I really like this rendition and I think it looks a lot spookier than a simple black pony with glowing eyes. This is wonderful.
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! Though I wanted its eyes to be bigger and more glowing, but it didn't fit the rest of the horse.
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Rinaca-chan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is amazing.
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Omny87 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Ooh, I like this! I've read about Kelpies. They either pretend to be drowning to trick humans into rescuing them only for them to be drowned themselves and then eaten, or they trick humans into riding on their backs and running off cliffs into the sea. Does that sound right?
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's what the ymainly do. xD
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PaperArtillery Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Finally, someone does the Kelpie just right!
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lilittu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well, great drawing and glad to know about the kelpies and this story as well :)
in my opinion, I think the drawing quality is excellent and excellent work on the lightening, specially in the legs. The designe is also creative, there are a lot of details that you can admire in this picture, such as the tale and long neck and the way you made it to draw thsi creature with long ears and this still looking like a horse and not a donkey.

The only thing I would change is the you might add a little of variety in the coloring, is a monochromy and looks well, but you could, I don´t know, add some other colors in the background and give a little of variety to the picture. That would be it, but the rest is simply perfect :)
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm so sensitive to colour that I often lower the saturation more and more while working. Maybe I should try to watch out for this habit in the future. ^^
Thanks!
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lilittu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hha
no prob
at times myself too:giggle:
I´ll be here to keep looking at your work :)
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing picture! background is fantastic, and you've captured the kelpie well.

my critique would be that perhaps the head could be a little bigger, as it is slightly out of proportion to the body and tail. I also think that the body should have more of a fluid, watery look to it, as the kelpie slinks through the water, almost like a snake swimming or an eel, if that makes sense.
i like the spikes you have given it along it's mane and base of the tail, perhaps if they were a little longer, pointing backwards? again to add to the fluidity of the creature.
the tail suits it perfectly, like an eels tail.
however, you have captured the horse aspects of the kelpie perfectly, and the body and head are stunningly drawn, so lifelike and muscular!

all in all, and amazing piece, with some tweaks, you could really capture the kelpie to perfection. :D

hope that was ok! it was my first real crit!
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. ^^

I wanted to give it a wet skin and also a mor esnake like look, but I simply couldn't manage. ^^
Funny you mention the spikes, they were in fact longer, but I thought people would find it ridiculous. xD

Critique noted! :D
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm glad you didn't mind my critique! i always worry i upset people! but really i love the drawing, you've captured it beautifully :D you should read a few of the books written by scottish authors about kelpies, like 'the kelpie's pearls' which i think was by mollie hunter. you will probably really enjoy it :D
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Would be stupid If I ask for critique and get upset. ^^
Ok, I would If someone just said "this is shit" and no further explanation. xD

Currently I'm researching a lot and read old irish/scottish/english/welsh folktales, but maybe later I will start with novels too. ^^
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i have a decent knowledge of scottish and some irish folk tales, being scottish myself. so if you ever need clarification or anything, give me a shout. i might not be that helpful, but i can try :D
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the offer!
Can you recommend anything apart from novels?
So far I picked out some books which I have started /want to start, for example "Irish Fairy Legends" by Thomas Crofton Crooker.
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i haven't read it myself, but i'm told that the 'Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures' by katharine biggs is supposed to be excellent.
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JollyRotten Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just wanted to thank you for the recommendation!
I've recently got my hands on a copy of the "Encyclopedia of Fairies" from Katharina Brigss.
It was an old library copy and therefore halfway affordable. ^^
It is really a good book, especially for research! Apart from the alphabetically listed Information you get from it, there is also a lot of additional information, leading to other authors and books.
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