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Blood on the Water by FoolishLittleMortal Blood on the Water by FoolishLittleMortal
"He'll tear your gut and he'll eat your heart raw.
His eyes gleam red, his heart will never thaw.
Mark well these words, you quaking babes.
Blood on the water follows Captain Velehk Sain."

Did I mention I love this random character in Skyrim? :D
Inspired by the book elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Pi….

Of course we all know he's not as fearsome as the book want you to believe. :B
But after turning him into something cute and cuddly Velehk Sain plush by FoolishLittleMortal I thought I should redeem his character with something that kinda fits the book. :)

Now you see why I needed a bigger canvas. There was so much to paint. I couldn't have done it well on the 'regular' size.

I struggled with the water (or should I call it blood? :B).
And it's the first time I've actually made a ship. I wanted it to look scary and Daedric-ish, so I based some of the shapes of the ship on the structures I've seen in Oblivion.
I hope you guys can recognize what he's holding in his hand as a heart... OTL
I made the heart and blood glowing to represent life energy.

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Cheers to Bethesda for making awesome random characters in their Elder Scrolls games. :D
I hope to see more of Velehk. But that will probably never happen.
No pirate adventures with a Dremora for me. :C
I hope they keep making awesome/funny Dremora (or other Daedra) characters. :D

Materials: Acrylic paint on canvas. 60x90 cm.
Time: About a week
Character belongs to Bethesda.
Painting belongs to me :iconfoolishlittlemortal:

EDIT- I removed the mature warning for now. I want people to see this when it's a thumbnail too. If it really is too scary and bloody I'll put it back on. :( 

EDIT 2 - Fixed the 'D'. The ref for the Daedric letters I used had a mirrored 'D'. I didn't think it would matter, since they also showed the regular one, but all refs I could find had the mirrored one so that's what I ended up using. Then I finally found the official letters after I made this and found out it was indeed mirrored. Was too lazy to fix it earlier. Now I just have to go fix it on the actual painting... :B

More art by me:
Good old uncle Sanguine by FoolishLittleMortal Conjured Dremora by FoolishLittleMortal Oblivion Xivilai by FoolishLittleMortal Sweet innocent Cicero by FoolishLittleMortal
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:iconcandlestickstudios:
Let me begin by saying this is one of the best pieces of art I've seen in a long time. Props to you. Even more props if this was handdrawn. However, I see two areas that don't need but could most certainly use improvement:
1) The "Heart" in His Left Hand
-In the description, it is stated that the organ he is holding is a heart. It may just be me, but I do not see a heart. Personally, I am having trouble determining what it is--despite the description, because (as I've said), it doesn't look like a heart. I do believe you should improve on detail.
2) The Boat
-Something about the boat seems unrealistic to me. It may be the over-sized stern that bugs me, especially when you take into fact that a stern on a boat like that in real life would be about half of this stern's size.
These things could just be me, but I recommend taking this ideas into consideration. Other than that, the art is exellent.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10
COLOR: 9.5/10
DETAIL: 9.6/10
VISUAL: 10/10
OVERALL: 9.6/10
Thank you for taking the time to read my critique and have a good day.
~CandlestickStudios
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DarkAbbyss Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
whoua! I love this !
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:icondrifter-dx:
Drifter-Dx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
now this reminds me of a cover for an 80's novel,
or an 80's movie poster if you catch my meaning.

capital job. =3

btw, you know what they SHOULD have done with Velehk?
after releasing him they could have made him into a summon
to fight for you (120 secs tops)
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:iconhastur66:
Hastur66 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Simply astounding! I mean, wow! omfg 
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconthepoetwhoposes:
ThePoetWhoPoses Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
This. Is. AMAZING!!!!! I love it!!,
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:iconotaku4242:
otaku4242 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

OMG IT LOOKS LIKE THE COVER OF A MOVIE FROM THE 50'S XD

awesome.

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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :>
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:icontotherescue988:
totherescue988 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Great job! Applaud standing!
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :D
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:icontotherescue988:
totherescue988 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Not worth gratitude.
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:iconwautraetsm:
WautraetsM Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
He has a curved sword. A. Curved. Sword.
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:iconarrogances:
arrogances Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Wow this is astonishing. What context.
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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:icondrakynoch:
Drakynoch Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I fucking love this and there isn't anything anyone can do or say to make me change my mind. I want this image hanging over my bed! Dremora are my all time fave and Velehk Sain is BY FAR one of my faves!!!!!! 
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks for the compliment! :D
I really like them too. :D
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:iconinsanefangirl:
insanefangirl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you just made my day. I :heart: dremora, and this one in particular :3
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. ^^
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:iconsklavenbrause:
Sklavenbrause Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoo this looks awesome. Like some kind of movie poster. :D
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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:iconnetem:
Netem Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
:jawdrop:

I have nothing constructive to add. Just WOW! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one fond of Daedra, and Dremora in particular!
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
Deviantart needs more Daedra. :B
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:iconnorroendyrd:
NorroenDyrd Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
That grin... that ship... those colours... Someone dump my lifeless body in the ocean. :faint:
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol :D That comment.
*throws your lifeless body in the bloody ocean* 8D
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:iconvanovaemone:
VanoVaemone Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Writer
Bloody water with this nocturnal sky... *.* The only one Abecean pirate v
Your work is one of most detailed paintings. o :heart:
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most detail I've put in a traditional painting ever. xD;
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:iconjowain92:
Jowain92 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
For being the first time making a ship it's really good :D
I think this picture would be awesome as the cover on an heavy metal album.
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
lol That would be awesome. I always thought Dremora have good voices for a metal band. :XD:
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
GoodNIGHT!

You are so talented, you know that? This must've taken you AGES to paint. It's amazing!

I agree with the commenter below. It reminds me of those really cool, old-school fantasy and science fiction book covers. This really does belong on the
cover of a book.

I'm still sad that I don't remember this character. I wonder if there's a possibility that I missed him. In any case, I need to go looking for him, just in case ...
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That means a lot to me. ;_;

I thought it was going to take much longer than a week. But it seems that I am magical. :XD:
I guess it would work great as a cover. Personally it reminded me of an old movie poster. Heh heh. Blood on the Water, coming to theaters soon. :la: IF ONLY! lol

It's quite possible you missed him. I believe the quest doesn't even show up in the journal. You'll have to go under the Winterhold college in the Midden dark and find the Daedric gauntlet. There should be a table with a journal and a key next to it. The key opens a chest in the library of the college (but you can also lockpick it) and in it are 4 rings. Place the rings on the Daedric gauntlet and he will appear. :B

Not much really happens in the quest, but I thought he was fun. :D He seemed like a very interesting and cool character, but he's mostly shrouded in mystery. Which is a shame. So it's up to imagination. :dummy:
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:iconkwenos:
Kwenos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
It's got the air of those old adventure novels covers. And the use of complementary colours on it gives it a nice push.
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
It reminded me of some old-school movie poster. But I guess a novel cover works too. :)
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Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
It's amazing, and I love how Secunda and Masser are in the background <3
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
I just had to include the 2 moons. It also worked really nice for the composition. :D
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Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
You're welcome. I'm glad you decided to include them, and I love it when people pay attention to the details. You clearly know how Secunda revolves around Masser, and I applaud you for your research on Mundus! ;)
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always try to pay attention to details as much as I can. :)
I first just sketched those two in the background like that, because it looked nice. Then I was all like... "But can they actually have that position?" So I started Skyrim and watched the nightsky for many nights to see the positions until this one showed up. I have no life. :XD:
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:icontobassinesia:
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
lol You have no idea what "no life" is. I sit in front of my laptop all day writing Skyrim fanfiction that I'd never let anyone read. My life is wasted :lol:! At least you spend your days doing something as awesome as this.
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GOITACa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Outstanding composition
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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GOITACa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
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