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Kraken by BenWootten Kraken by BenWootten
Fury of Artic seas, a great kraken attacks a viking ship. This is drawn for Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms' book recently released by Wizards of the Coast.

Thanks to Kate Irwin for her great art direction.
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supercilious-zahhy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
LOVE IT!!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers !
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VenusOfCruel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Wow, this looks like D&D's illustrationsApplause 
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It is indeed for D&D, good spotting
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Tatiax Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's EPIC!! Now I'm inspired!! 
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, one of my faves
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this. Just this.
Oh.
Wow.

Can I use it as my phone wallpaper c:
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry! I should have said dudette ;)

Hello to a fellow New Zealander
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem xD Cheers!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers dude!

You can indeed use it as your phone wall paper:)
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks so much! Haha I set it on the lock screen and now I don't really wanna unlock the phone because I just stare at it 
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Minimijo01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Fight a giant squid huh? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Don't forget your water wings and tartar sauce then
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GloryAngel Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Viking longship! :D
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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plainred Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
It's so slimy...

Hey, is concept painting different for book illustrators? Cuz I noticed book illustrations have a tendency to be sort of flat, and framed, and showing everything. Do you change the style of your painting depending on whether you're doing books, or trading cards, or film concept pieces?
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I do change my style, especially between concept work and illustration. I tend work up the entire canvas for an illustration, sometimes too much;) I also shift styles to suit the publication or game i working for and what their style guide looks like.
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theycallmeBoba Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Those Vikings better stay on their guard unless they want to end up like their buddy who's gettin pulled under. The Kraken looks BA!
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Hylnur Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Very good!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!!
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:iconishmadrad:
ishmadrad Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Nice lady ;D However, I can see a "weird" position of his face / neck respect to the position of the body / shoulders.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I know, and I didn't see it until too late:(
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Badass! I love the composition, all those sweeping vertical gestures.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude, it was a bit of a puzzle getting it all to sit together and not become confusing, loved doing it.
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, I love it.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive and splendid! I particularly like the way the woman seems determined, with no kind of fear.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
She is a staunch lady alright
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CharlotteEarle Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Amazing detail, love it :)
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks !
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puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
How are you so amazing? Can I keep you in a little box and make you draw for me every day? I'd call you Fred and I promise I'd feed you and take you for walks and stuff :heart:
The composition of this piece gives it so much movement and POWER! I am almost afraid that I am about to be crushed by a flailing tentacle! This is so glorious, I can't explain!
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hugest thanks for your really generous compliments, I really appreicate you taking the time to wrtie....but I am a fraid i am clostrophobic so the whole wee box idea just isn't going to play out;)

Sorry to be so tardy in responding:)

Ben
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puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Dang :giggle:
You're welcome Ben :D
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! I really like the Viking feel! :D
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers dude:)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any time! :)
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Kajehase Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Grandma likes to claim her dad caught one of these with his trawler '44 (but it got away...).
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
They always get away, damn snaeky things. Have seen the footage of the colosal squid being caught in antartic waters? That one didn't get away, check it out.
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felisdeityus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
WAY HEY! Super cool! Love the detailing on the figurehead!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
FANKS lady. Man I am sorry to be so slack in answering. Nice to see you the other day.
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:iconfelisdeityus:
felisdeityus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Yeah, you too, bro! We gotta get some Cthullu in - yeah!
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Damn dude, pure awesome.
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Huge thanks
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Xitaqa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Wow, awesome! You convey the sense of everything-in-motion that Wizards (and other publishers) like so much, and yet you make the action solid and grounded, even as that ground tilt-a-whirls around the actors. I hope the fans and publishers will appreciate what you're doing!
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mna, thank you heaps for you really awesome compliment, I am flattered. I really enjoy these big story based pieces I have been getting recently.

I am also really sorry that is has taken so long to answer.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, gorgeous job with that ship! Did you use a model for it?
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I had some ref from books on longships, they are truly beautiful in form, amazing design.
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KhairulHisham Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010   General Artist
Is that kraken with the long 'a'?
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I am not sure, I use a 'long' A, but I am an idiot, so who knows :)
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KhairulHisham Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011   General Artist
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest line reference. ;-)
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