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Below the Rust by zancan Below the Rust by zancan
Dusk's falling on my decadent reality. My everyday landscape keeps drowning, I'm a microscopic orange stain in a rusty universe. I hope you'll come tonight... Surprising thread of my thoughts, my guide and lover, let me cross again the dark frontier of my fantasies! So close but uncertain to reach, this blurry paradise hides behind my eyelids.
Release me... and I'll fade like a drop in the infinite ocean of a dream.

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details and making of at zancan.fr
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'Below the Rust' is actually my biggest painting (it is 1.2 x 0.8 meters wide), and the one I have spent the longest time on. Five months, doing an average half-time work. The fact is that I can't help myself doing those small details that nobody can see. Using a 1-hair brush on a canvas that wide is totally insane!
This is only oil paint on canvas, but before starting to paint I made many sketches, and even a colorized version with photoshop (to set up the right colors).
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Given 2002-11-27
It already has a million views, but i just don't care. This is one of the most beautiful things that our community has ever been blessed with. Below the Rust by zancan is simply breathtaking... ( Featured by ekud )
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nikkitoul3000 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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korrohinaru Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
Amazing piece!!
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Hotrod2232 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
This. Is. Amazing. I wish I could make art like this. My abilities mainly stick to kind of cartoon looking characters and anime characters/ and story characters.
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aerroscape Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Digital Artist
really inspiring great piece of art!!
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SomeoneII Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
The bit with the tree and the fish reminds me of that Dark Water stuff from Doctor Who. But a brilliant job! Well done.
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Aurelie-Cholley Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
AMAZIIIIING !!!!!!!!!! ^o^ !
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passtimemultidirect Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
absolutely incredible. i sit in awe
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davidr2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Quite surreal. Reminds me a little of M. C. Escher and Salvador Dali.
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:iconkrinmu:
Krinmu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
which world would you lice in?
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SasukeVsMadaara Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a beautiful picture <3
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MrJuniorer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome!!
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:iconmewmewmyoo:
Mewmewmyoo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa! What a beautiful color change *0*
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:iconmorningstarskid:
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Artist
Daddy....Dali!!!
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:iconkurokitsune999:
KuroKitsune999 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy Jesus oh my god
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
good idea :)
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NaturePinkSky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Wow hemoso *o*¨Magico :o
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Jiyugami Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very interesting concept. I like the contrast of colors!
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aTinySpeck Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
wow
this is too much......*gasps because of awesomeness*
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WhirrlingGears Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Id love to see this backwards, her head in the world below and her legs in the rust
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leniart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing! <3
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agoshima Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing.
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Otempora-Ayo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible! I can't even stand the thought of a one hair brush with something this big. Clap I think I've fainted. 
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Ap0c0lypse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
SO SICK SKILL!!! INSANE!!! :D :D :D
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VasilKakafi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional
Wonderful!
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Gouveia7HD Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Amazing O.O
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
excellent
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RainbowPasteArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :D
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iarakanata Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
wonderful
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Manic-Mad-Hatter Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It has a very Dystopian-Escher feel. Beautifully done.
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MGDubois Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Lol the rusted metal trees are a nice touch
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tagumonman55 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"I can't help myself doing those small details nobody can see"

I know this feeling exactly! When Making something thats like 40000 pixels by 50000 Pixels, with 600 res. I will still go in with a 0.5 Pixel Brush in Clip Studio, to fix that small detail~ XD

Great job on this painting ~ I love the Colors, and Accents~
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Empi-lll Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful :) I love the colors that you used and the detail is amazing
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Usvakas Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Cant believe it's painted. I can only imagine all the work that this has taken :nod:
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
For some reason, my first thought is how to get out of the water and climb up into the buildings and be useful for my team.
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Deep...
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xXGoldenPheonixXx Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So interesting it reminds me of a story I had made. Of a city underwater, the people there brainwashed and left to be mindless citizens. They were captured above, and sent to the watery city. A girl recently sent there is helped by a guy who is a soldier of the militery there he helps her to escape.
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Dhaena Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the most beautifull art i ever seen..
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Kr-4stof2013 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
beautiful work.
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Kiwicat16 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely phenomenal! Paint is not my forte, I would never have gotten all of the detail on this without my colored pencils. The detail is fantastic, every time I see it I cannot help but marvel at its beauty. 
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Mousie-Lou Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
whoa...that kinda made my brai take a run around, I i leaned back a little in my chair! The depth and detail in this is absolutely amazing. Confused 
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patanom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work Love 
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Tofiqm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
awesome
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Techie8 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Amazing.
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LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love this work, I really like the perspective and the misterious city!
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leangsta Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept! 
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Thegreatdilpickle Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
dooope
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kishorr Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Clap Clap 
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BlueMoonScorpio Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love this, it was made when I was seven but it's still gold. :)
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