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Forgotten Fairytales by JoJoesArt Forgotten Fairytales by JoJoesArt
A melody, which livens up the forest... and awakes a long forgotten fairytale...

There is some kind of a story behind this picture. But I want you to imagine yourself what this story could look like :) so tell me in the comments ;) :D

This image took so much time and effort to draw! I think it's my hugest picture so far! I hope you like it!! :heart:

Drawn in PS CS4 with Hanvon "Artmaster" - graphic tablet
about 20+ hours


RIFT theme: This is the colossus of life :)


:icon1dakota-smith1: has written a very beautiful and awesome shortstory for this picture... thanks so much!!:

That...tune....has not been heard on this side of the world in....a very long time. It has been so long...I had almost forgotten just how wonderful it is. I must see. I must see where it is coming from. Who brings it here?

The earth is stiff around the Guardian but despite of this he lifts himself above the surface. Nearby there is a young woman playing a small instrument on the stump of what was once a mighty tree. The Guardian speaks in her mind "you who are you?"
Without faltering the woman answers "my name is Arethusa. My ancestor was once the nymph who resided in this tree."
"Why do you come here Arethusa? Why do you play that song?"
"This song has been passed down my family for hundreds of years. As a child I heard the stories of you, great Guardian, and how you have kept this forest pure."
The Guardian was silent
"I have come here to tell you that there is very little of the outside world left and what is left is burning....did you know this is the last forest?"
"Yes. I have felt my kin dying this past millennium."
"Why have you done nothing to stop it?" Arethusa said. A tear trickled down her cheek and onto her flute.
"I cannot leave this forest. I am the very heart and soul of this place. I am bound to this place forever."
"The song is almost finished."
"Then we must soon part ways and you will go back to the outside world."
"There is nothing for me there."
"You must go. If what you say is true then it is time for a new age. I give you a piece of my power..."
Arethusa felt roots entwining themselves around her feet and crawl up her legs. She felt a glow fill her up. For that one moment she was bound to the forest itself and she could see it. In her mind's eye she saw every tree, flower, and blade of grass. For that one moment she could hear the forest singing along with her little tune.
"You must return to the world and may where ever you step be the home to my children. The age of the forest will rise from the ashes. All will be well.'
As the song ended the roots fell away and the guardian returned to his slumber, preparing to wake at the dawn of a new and brighter earth.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-13
Forgotten Fairytales by *sanguisGelidus

CATEGORY: Contests / 2011 / RIFT Create a Colossus Contest:

The suggester says of this deviation originally created for the RIFT contest, "The image is full of atmosphere and magic, mostly because of the lighting and wonderful colouring. The blue eyes of the dragon as a contrast to the greens and yellows of the background add a focus to the picture and make the dragon look like he would be hypnotized by the dryad's melody. Overall, the image is massively detailed where needed, well composed and highly enchanting. It seems to tell the viewer a story, which not every picture can achieve." ( Suggested by ArmyOfDarkrai and Featured by WDWParksGal )
ok This is my first Critique so sorry if this really sucks.

When I see this Master piece it makes me a little sad that I forget fairy tales and when I see fairy tales made into a movie I cry. This picture is one of those pictures where I just stare at it and think for quite awhile. I always have an emotion with every picture I stare at. The dragon is so detailed and the trees, the moss and the grass growing over the dragon makes it look very old. The lady playing the flute is being covered in wood that means that she is becoming a tree starting to look old.

Every picture I stare at about fairy tales I cry a little wondering, "If I don't believe in fairy tales then what do I believe in?"

I think this art is magical and beautiful 5 stars for everything because this art work is amazing.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
20 out of 21 deviants thought this was fair.

This.... makes my heart beat faster then a normal human's, and it brought tears to my eyes. I once imagined that the dragons had hidden in the woods, blending perfectly with the surroundings and, therefore, not rousing the suspicion of there continued existence, and this picture, so realistic and beautiful, shows how my mind turns and twists, and how it might somehow be true.

And how this ancient dragon was roused by the sweet music of a hybrid girl, nature bound, horned with those of a graceful, majestic deer, and with the beauty of a fair maiden, young and innocent, touches my heart. It seems that the forest has also laid claim on her, wrapping its roots around her legs to hold her firmly in it's grasp so that the forest and the dragon my listen to her sweet music forever more.

The dim light suggests the trees are heavy with leaves. How it just barely shines through the gaps, inconsistently. The rabbits and birds show no fear of the two creatures, for they know they will not come to harm in their presence. Oh how I wish I was with her, sitting by her side, playing the penny whistle, and gazing into the dragon's daring, startlingly bright teal eyes.

Oh what a wonder that would be.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
16 out of 17 deviants thought this was fair.

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pinkmeowmix Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
This image gives me tingles of warm, fuzzy feelings. Everything about it is beautiful, right down to the amount of detail given to the small birds perched upon the tree branch and dragon. "Stunning" is an understatement!
Amberwarrior Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Epic, beautiful and inspiring.
PKimbe Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huge favorite of mine. Beautiful work!! Saw this pic in a dragon search on google and to finally find the artist that made it. YA.
mhoonruk Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Beautiful :)
ShroomDragon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so beautiful
82Troublemaker07 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Professional Photographer
I love this
FunVolcano Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is so great I love looking at it. 
Ermerlyn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Totally mystic neighborhood 
Thekrazykiki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is amazing, yet oddly sad. <3
Watery-Flame Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing! Beautiful!
horselday2243 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
She had been searching so long for a place of peace and serenity, a place of beauty where she could place down her roots once and for all. A place that was in no danger of burning. A true home.

He had been waiting so long for someone to come to him, for someone to need him and his wisdom, him and his peace. Someone who would stay, and save him from the loneliness plaguing his soul.

She and he met.

A song was born.
FrozenHeartGirlie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! Earth *likes*
CorryRox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
AkwkardMovements Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Tree nymph for new champion? She can be Zyra's rival O.o
WingedSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
ITS SO FORESTY!!!!!!!!!!!
CrazyBaldGuy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I love the expression on the dragon's face.
npgauth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had reached the end of the line this would really interest you im headed straight to the top dont hesitate trying this out
ayechamnah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had tried everything finding this was the greatest thing thats ever happened my success was effortless just think of all the possibilities
npgauth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Look I found interesting opportunity
Lixir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Kiss those diets good bye. Lose weight quick the easy way. Watch video!
LaurentusVonSenin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
This is Great! So beautiful!
I really hope YouŽll return to this here! Good time on Your journeys, anyway!
Alles Gute.
leahabg Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
The details man.. wow, the birds,the little bunnies..
LMonster2 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the worlds and creatures that you create. They are so wonderful and inspiring. Very original as well. There is just so much wonder and awe in it. Nature is such a huge things, and I love when the creatures or spirits are one with nature. Thanks for sharing.
BeastMaster-Sarah Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd like to bring to your attention, if you don't already know, that this picture is available as a wallpaper here [link]
Meduza1989 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jenna2000 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Digital Artist
RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome, I hope someday I will also be able to draw dragons awesome like you :)
I love that it is in a forest!
aweldeng Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
love all your art
imthinkin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
your art is beautiful and inspiring!!! add me to the fan list! :D
Ginnamonster Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*GASP* This is incredible! I love everything about this image. :)
mangasockattack Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice~!
makorrafan453 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your so creative and awesome it makes me cry tears of joy!!!
JourneyKK Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
ALL your paintings are so grate :)
TallE74 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW... this is amazing drawing... i wish i was so in tune with paints.... this should be a cover of some book....... love this X 1000000000000000000000000000000000
BeastMaster-Sarah Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
"Long ago, before man's time on earth, the gods created four Guardians, The Guardian of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth, giving them each an orb with the power to control the very fabric of existence itself. They then created us humans, giving the guardians the task to protect us from those who would do harm. Many years these guardians fought against evil, unseen to the human eye. Unfortunately, through time, humans found out about the Guardians, and their Orbs. Greed consumed many, giving them the lust to want to steal this power, and those who weren't wanted to save them. The elves of the earth, sea, and air banded together, and a way was found. By putting the Guardians in slumber, hidden from the evil grasps of humanity, the world was at peace, and a propecy was created.
'When the time does come, and evil has almost won,
the chosen one, shall rise and play the tune,
and awake our protectors.'
That time has come."
I sat upon a stump in front of the tree in the heart of the forest. The tree I grew up loving, it was my only friend. I raised my flute to my lips, remembering the time I saw the whole of the forest, as though it was a memory of someone, and they were sharing. I played the notes slow, getting faster and faster. The vines wrapped around my feet, but I ignored them, focusing upon my mission. The earth cracked, raising, rearing its head.
"Is it time?" he asked with his mind.
"Yes, Tornch," I replied, reaching the end of the tune, "it is time."
"Then let us hurry, and find my brethren."
Purestrongpoem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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NoBaFlo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it!Great!
Elvia-Zodiac Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
the dragon blend so well into the backround
AlyDay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
it reminds me of my fav game - shadow of the colossus
i guess that woman is a human? but she love nature and the forest`s spirits gave her a magic power)
Thalana Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Love your friend story !!!
Thalana Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Just Wonderful !
angeliIy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Artist
*A* Fills me with a nostalgic feeling.
DiscoFrisco1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so amazing.. i hope to be as good as you one day! probably not though ><'
SpottychanNya Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very green, I must say
that tree creature is very mystical looking and it brings fantasy to this natural looking piece of artwork!
You bring fantasy into a lot of natural looking things which I find very interesting, in a good way =)
I love this piece very much! I hope to see more of this style in the future!
MorriganArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ermehgerd!!! :D Absolutely magnificent!! DD well deserved, congratulations. :heart:
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