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Califur 3 by balaa Califur 3 by balaa
Conbook cover for Califur 3 at which I was given the privilege of being Guest of Honor. The theme for the con was 'Villains' and I just wanted to do something along the lines of a magic book belonging to a villain. This was done in early 2007, but I held off posting it to keep it exclusive to the convention.

This is a combination painting and photo-manipulation. If you are curious to see what stock photos were used, check out my livejournal: [link] The sketches in the bottom left are old old sketches I did some years back.

Just wanted to share with you folks since I have been absent for so long! There are a few other pieces I can now post up as well, so watch for them!

size: 11"x17" at 300dpi
tools: photoshop & tablet
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:iconjainaokamii:
JainaOkamii Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
So amazing :)
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:iconshapeshifter29:
shapeshifter29 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Looks very Myst-esque.
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:iconwyldhart1395:
wyldhart1395 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Niice XD
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:icontgwolven5:
TGWolven5 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Is this an actual book or something you designed? Cuz if it's a book, I wanna read it!!
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:iconthegreenkanintoffla:
ThegreenKanintoffla Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
OMG! This looks like something from a movie!!! And I LOVE fantasy <33 Amazing how you used the colours =3 And those sketches are just too damn good ;)
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:iconfatalityfold:
FatalityFold Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Amazing. =)
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:iconphantompanther:
phantompanther Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Gah, this is gorgeous. :o I love the texture and the colors. :love:
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:iconcatchan:
catchan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Fabulous!!
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:iconkatarthis:
katarthis Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent composition and whimsy. Things like this illustrate your diversity.

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:icontearup:
Tearup Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww the little wings. ^^ *dies*
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:iconmanjaro-wolf:
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Student General Artist
this is so awesome :D that book looks real :D
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:iconkrishna76:
krishna76 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008   Traditional Artist
i wanna winged frog newt ! gimme!
translating id in to superego
i really like the winged critter hes very well done . as is the layout of the whole disighn the textures look so realistic i can allmost fell them thur the screen. you sertinly diserved being the Guest of Honor.
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:iconniaries:
Niaries Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Sheesh I thought this was a photo of a real book. Amazing job. Wow!
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:iconosandstorrm:
osandstorrm Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Ahh, lovely textures! It looks completely touchable. Great book cover design.

If it's not too much to ask, may I request that you post a higher resolution of this image for use as wide-screen desktop wallpaper?
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:iconflame-and-darkness:
Flame-and-Darkness Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
really cool good job
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:icone-da:
E-dA Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
WOW... really cool :D great job ;)
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:iconelliannah:
elliannah Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool..and I love the color scheme in this. :D
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Beautiful, the textures and colors are just stunning.
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:iconvalixy:
Valixy Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Ahh, wow Balaa, this looks really incredible. :heart: Great work.
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:iconksheridan:
ksheridan Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Is this perhaps a bit Myst inspired? :P

Good work. Wish I could get a physical copy.
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
can't say it is myst inspired really but I would not be insulted if that comparison was made ^_^
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:iconlimizukistudios:
LimizukiStudios Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zomg that's awesome
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:iconsilvercluto:
SilverCluto Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Writer
I want one of those dragon-frogs. *_*
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:iconaramis-dagaz:
Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Looks like a screenshot from a Myst game. Nicely done.
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:iconkatcardy:
KatCardy Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love the frog dragon! ^-^
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:iconkai-ken:
Kai-Ken Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
woah that's so realistic and detailled! ♥
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:iconxxred-butterflyxx:
XxRed-ButterflyxX Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Digital Artist
It's amazing ^^ :+fav:
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:iconnixly:
Nixly Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the FrogDragon! Amasing, super, cool, creative, attractive, wonderful, ... ok are you getting the point?

I really love the Book and FrogDragon!
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:iconraptorarts:
RaptorArts Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
very nice!
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:iconjimpavlica:
JimPAVLICA Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
OMFG... Is that a goo story behind the coner?
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:iconinsane-reynard:
InSaNe-REYNARD Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I've been to Califur, Hope to see you there.
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:iconyellow-fr3ak:
Yellow-Fr3aK Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist
YOU made the cover!! wow thats so cool!! your art is so amazing ^^
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:iconakeli:
akeli Featured By Owner May 3, 2008   General Artist
Woooooooowwww, daymn.
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:iconmuse-silent:
muse-silent Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing! I like to smoke effect.
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:iconpatrickkillian:
PatrickKillian Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love this.
Excellent work! Can't wait to see more!
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:icondragontrap:
Dragontrap Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Man I wish I could go...
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:iconbafa:
Bafa Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
:jawdrop: Amazing!!!!! The textures and the frog creature look so realistic!!!
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:iconflufdrax:
flufdrax Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The frog lizard looks real enough to be a photo. Excellent book cover :)
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:iconluve:
luve Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
WOOOOAH. that is an excellent cover for a conbook. very creative and so attractive.
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:iconmaxrunn:
Maxrunn Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
awsome idea
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:iconsilvahscales:
SilvahScales Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Nice frog dragon thingie lol
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:icontakma-rierah:
takma-rierah Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Villains? A third volume?? Clearly this is an allusion to Heroes! =D *shot*
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:iconeviecats:
Eviecats Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Wow nice detail, I esp love the gem!
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:icondbzchick:
DBZchick Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love what you did with the frog/lizard/dragon! The sketches are a nice touch too.
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:iconkaiyuga:
Kaiyuga Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Student Filmographer
Awesome work and YOU'RE ALIVE! :glomp:
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:iconkrwe:
Krwe Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
I like it alot and i still have the con bookfrom last year
X3
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:iconthallys:
Thallys Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Lovely ! I like the lezard-frog mix creature, cute.
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:iconsmiling-zil:
Smiling-Zil Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
That's so awesome!
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:iconsimbamarasa:
Simbamarasa Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
just beautiful: all of these soft cool-hues colors and antique faded textures. i especially love the froggy-lizard!
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KungFuStrawberry Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Words can't explain how great this is :D
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