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Brambledeer - Life Colossus by IlluminatedNewt Brambledeer - Life Colossus by IlluminatedNewt
This is my contest entry for the RIFT Colossus Contest [[link]], choosing the Life planar theme.

It took me a while to come up with an colossus idea for this contest, since I wanted it to fit the setting within the game. I decided to go with a giant deer with it’s antlers full of plants. Since all of the planes in the game are bent towards the evil side of each element, I decided to make all the plants thorns, briars, and other wickedly-looking plants. The Life plane is all full of plants, so I imagine this colossus as being large enough and strong enough to just bulldoze his way through anything, with remnants of the places he’s been stuck in his antlers. The Life plane also has a strong theme of “survival of the fittest” in it’s most extreme form, so I decided to give this colossus predatory teeth (it looks a lot more intimidating this way, too).

While I was drawing this colossus, I found that antlers full of thorns and plants looked too busy, and it was too hard to tell what was plants and what was antlers. It was then I realized that instead of making thorn-covered vines interwoven through it’s antlers, I could just make the antlers themselves giant thorn-covered plants. This made the antlers less complex, and gave the colossus a more hybrid look between plant and animal.

Running with the half-plant and half-animal theme, I decided to steer away from making the colossus just an ordinary giant deer and instead focused on making the colossus more fantastical, such as giving the colossus tree-like legs. I recalled the common fantasy cliche of “the spirit of the forest” being a graceful white deer with flowers growing in it’s footsteps, and decided to give my colossus a similar ability (but a more evil version of it) - instead of flowers growing in it’s footsteps, brambles and briars grow wherever he steps.

Made in Adobe Photoshop CS
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KaiAkuma Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
JAW DROPPED> HOLY CRAP THATS AMAZING
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Katoracked Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! Scary cool!
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SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Very epic. Nice.
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chemicalkidd Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
kick-ass idea!!
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GingerBreadPup Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me like those old bookcovers of Goosebumps. XD I wish this was one for the covers too. I would be perfect : )
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shinji606 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
<3 I sorta wanna pet him. LOL
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GladiatorM88 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
that is one impressive stag...wouldn't mind making a trophy of him
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional Writer
O.O epic....this I how *I always imagined a spirit of the forest to look! :D I'm so favoriting this, you did an incredible job :D
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Craptaco Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Im so with you :)
This colossus is amazing :D
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ghjfgyt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Cool!!! ;D Look [link] ;DD
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