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Riverbed by Mr--Jack Riverbed by Mr--Jack
Ha! It feels like it's been a while since I did anything big like this, though I guess I've actually been a bit more productive lately than usual.. Oh well! 
I had this in my head for a couple of days before I started, and unlike most things that start off like that I actually got to the end of it! I was partly inspired by memories of old natural history books with big illustrations of different ecosystems and a whole bunch of animals in there , but made to look as natural as possible... I feel like you sort of get away with it looking a bit less contrived with an underwater scene like this, but I have fond memories of some jungle and savannah scenes, too.
I ended up playing with scales a bit so it's not quite canon, since most of them were either 2 or 3 feet, which was a bit boring.

I really enjoyed working on this! And it came out pretty close to how I originally imagined in my head, which is always nice.
Hit download for a desktop-sized version, and for a better look (recommended!)
A sort of process is up here now, too!
Riverbed Process by Mr--Jack
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:iconkaizokushojo:
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner 8 hours ago   Traditional Artist
This is amazing, and I know precisely what illustrations you're talking about.  Those were so neat, and this is so very like them.  Excellent. :D
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PineRain Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely! It makes me happy looking at it! :D
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DanaYoung Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Artist
Yes!
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endoftheline Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This is freaking awesome. Great job on the atmosphere and depths. Came out fantastic!
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TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
wow. great detail
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HJeojeo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh I wish this was a print
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Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
...these are all pokemon, I didn't even notice at first. You've made them all look so natural and real, great work.
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Deano-landon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Your paint style is always impressing me! Do you ever traditional paint? Anyways keep it up always inspiring me!
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KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is really awesome. It looks so natural and realistic, but really its filled with pkmn.  There's so much going on it, awesome stuff
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MagnusMansson Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful depth 
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