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Neptune by MelissaFindley Neptune by MelissaFindley
Neptune, sort of. I had no idea where this was going, but thanks to some steering from my Ustream audience--who were insistent on tentacles, mermen, and things on fire--here's the result.

Holy crap, :) Wow! Thanks so much for the DD (archanN and duhcoolies). Thank you to everybody who has favorited this or commented on it, too. I can't possibly thank each of you individually, but I do read all your comments and appreciate them.
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Given 2009-09-16
Neptune by *Mercuralis - The intricate details, the lighting and everything about this gives it a surreal look and feel. Awesome work. ( Suggested by duhcoolies and Featured by archanN )
rainchickk Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
he is handsome.Has a medusa look to him
Lillian9 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
He's beautiful in a scary way. Awesome!
KTFish7 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Regardless of how the direction came about, it is your talent there in this picture, and what you have done here in your imagining of this aquatic male is nothing short of truly inspired and beautiful. Images like this are why I scour Deviantart looking for artists, this is truly amazing and impressive, period.
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I love that molten glow, and the Medusa hair, and his intense expression, and of course the abs :) Awesome depiction of Neptune!

Woah, hey, it's Mercuralis! I just saw your ID, and am not at all surprised! :clap:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Whaaaaa this is so amazing
CheckPlease2211 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
can I use this for my ships t-shirt design?
heolson Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
really dramatic composition and lighting!
beachelf Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
:icondennisflipplz: Awesomely Awesome! :icondennisflipplz:
Sashelas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite radiant.
sailorcrystalkiss Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
If Neptune is real I bet he would just like this.Perfect:)
DesignerKratos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hi there my friend :wave: your fantastic work Featured here [link] i wrote a link and all credits to you as well :D hope you like the feature
and thanks alot for sharing that with us friend
Lorelei-Coral Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Featured here -> [link]
danka-ns Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
featured here:
[link] :heart:
Benzene-c6h6 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and captivating. I feel the scabbard and silver should be tarnished, like they've been in the sea for a long time. But that's just my humble opinion, otherwise this is gorgeous!!!
Rophix Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the Trident is an amazing piece of artwork.

The whole thing is almost exactly how i always imaged Neptune/Poseidon, except that he needs a beard of seaweed =).

well done =)
RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice lighting. Love the octopus hair and the moray eel!
PetraImboden Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :D
I really like the colors :D
Xclang Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
great :)
xsheyliix Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
This is one nice work of art!
cobblestonepress Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
THis is so gorgeous...there are just no words.
mike-reiss Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a god of the sea I have respect of.

Fantastic image! Your work is amazing... :-)
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning! I love the lighting and colors.
Valedhelven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
:wave: Hello! :iconpeachplz:

I'm just letting you know that I've featured your awesome artwork in my journal this week: [link]

Thank you for creating one of my very favorite images here on dA!!! :deviation: If for any reason you would rather not be included in this journal entry, please let me know and I can remove your image… But I think you should know that I will cry if you do :tears:
:iconblush--plz: Otherwise, I look forward to seeing what else you create! :painter:
~Ellen :iconcookieteaseplz:
allison712 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconballoonplz: [link]
Eye-In-Vision Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Simply Incredible art...all of it, but love this one the most. My brother is actually working on a Neptune-Mershark tattoo for me and this got both our attention on here. Wow!!
XValnarX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
if you say to me : thx for the fav. i will kill you, and your family-.- thank you!
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
I know you probably meant that to be funny (I hope). But it's not. Just so you know.
XValnarX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
i am sorry, if i hurt you
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
jokes like that aren't funny. You never know if the person you are talking to has been stalked, attacked, raped, or abused and threatened before. In the USA, making death threats online, can be considered a criminal offense.
thaknobodi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
there is a sympathetic anthropomorphication of space/shapes/texture on my subjective part in the orange region by the trident of another illusory face. kind of like illuminati symbolism... the feel of this is reminiscent of an "atlantean" kind of dark energy.
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
congrats on the DD! Cool character design, he's got a great face -
eternalvinay Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
wow wow wow!! stunning pic!

fantabulous + incredimazing :dance:
ObsidianStudios Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A very stunning and captivating piece. I must say this captures the imagination, and brings to the minds eye an image that those of us who have read these stories as children, real life, and childlike giddyness. Really great job on the colors, composition and mood. Impressive work indeed!
JesterSeven Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
That's fantastic!
Rikiicherry Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student Photographer

ChaosPhotography69 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student General Artist
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats, Mel, on the DD! :w00t:
Goblin-Time Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I like his non-human traits. They would seem to make sense, given what he personifies and controls.
Dabblinguy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
"I am Neptune, god of the Sea. I sink ships and conjure up storms."
"No, you're not- I am! And you know nothing of my work." :XD:

Awesome work! This is what Aquaman should look like/be =D
"I love comic books and I love anime. It’s kind of like being in a crack house with no money.”- Samuel L. Jackson
laralynn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
wow! it's so so amazing!!! Teach me how to draw like that! by the way your voice is so relaxing! =)
MuyLoco Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
this is awesome!
Nebride7 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Absolutely stunning!
the-wee-me Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Wow, I'm way impressed. You managed to make the tentacles look like really great hair. Very beautiful.
Kaylayn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Love the eyes.
Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Digital Artist
Congratulations on DD! :D
SephirothCrystal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is very beautiful. My favorite parts are how he just seems to glow, his eyes, and his eel companion. <3
Amafel-Elf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing!
BrianPaulino Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is amazing--I really like the way you painted it. :D
hairypackman Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work. The detail is captivating! I especially love how his trident glows.

I'd have to say this is exactly what some of the characters will look like in a story of mine. I swear you peaked in my brain and painted what I was thinking. I would like to ask you to read my narrative poem if you wouldn't mind. The story itself is not completed but this is the overall story at a glance.


Please tell me what you think and if you feel this look you have painted would go well with the story or not. It would be much appreciated!

I don't mean this to seem like a mindless self promotion but I've been looking for an image that would capture the essence of the story and I think this is it!
kakashibonato Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautifull!! It looks real can I tou...oups !!! :onfire:
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