My entry for the Okami contest (right under the line, as usual). The original image at the specified resolution is 11.1Mb as a png image so this is at reduced size.
This was inspired by a game screenshot I came across where the main character is sitting at the centre of a water lily. It was such a beautiful image, and brought to mind so many other mythological tales of such as Venus rising from an oyster or the babylonian god who was born from an egg, that I knew that was the message I wanted to explore with my submission for this contest!
I've yet to had the opportunity to play this game, despite how utterly wonderful it looks, hence why I really wanted to enter this contest! I love every aspect of the art, style and story of this game that I have thus far been able to come across so I can't wait for any chance to play it personally!
Many, many hours of work went into this thing, and it was a whale of a piece with upwards of 80 (EIGHTY!) layers generated in creating it.
I've been sick as a dog lately with a chest cold and asthma and have had to miss some uni classes, and this image was only finished thanks to four great friends who helped me by giving me some feedback and drive along the way!
So a big thankyou for all of your wonderful people!
And yes, I love rainbow.
was used as reference for the very dynamic pose of the wolf in this image! (it's fabulous stock!).