The mare runs, her legs outstretched to cover more ground. The feel of the wind through her mane and against her form is exciting. She hears the familiar roar of waterfalls before she sees the running river. Her hooves crash into the water, spraying up against her legs. The water freezes against her skin. The water she treads on begins to freeze as well, from her touch. Quickly, the ice races up her leg, freezing her in place, the momentum threatening to make her topple over. Fish try to escape the spreading ice, but are only caught in the firm grasp. The mare prepares to voice her despair, a loud whinny full of panic-but her vocal chords have already started to freeze and all that comes out is a puff of breath caught in the icy wind.
So much effort went into this piece, I am quite proud of it. I'm not sure I completely accomplished the "frozen" look, but I do believe I came close at least. This is my entry fro *Autoile's "Out of the Ordinary"contest --> [link]
This image is 62.5 inches x 72 inches [4500x5184 pixels] and has 35 layers. It has taken about 16 hours to produce.
I semi-agree with Fallen-Immortal on the lines though: I know they're ice, however I feel like it would have done the image justice had it been smoother. More bright highlights on these and distortion beneath would have made it visible
Very beautiful. I can't say I understand or like the lines all over the horse's body, and my first reaction was that its neck appeared too long and skinny and its eye too big. The overall concept, however, especially paired with the background, creates a lovely, frozen effect. Wonderful job.