This is remarkable. With the sort of 18th century feel, the lamplighter, and the darkness creeping up behind him, it reminds me a little of D.M. Cornish's 'Moster Blood Tattoo' series. You rarely see digital work with such skill, so huzzah, I say!
This is very good. The way that the lamplighter wants to cast out the shadows, but still, they are part of him! I also like the scenery: Dickens's old London or something similar where the dark was everywhere!
is this related to the book series called: The Monster Blood Tattoo? beacuse the depiction is uncannily similar to its text It is gracefully striking the very core of eerieness...stupendously beautiful bro
Those who illuminate the darkness will constantly be in danger of being consumed by it.
I really like the theme you've taken with this art, the solemness of the lamplighter himself is a testimony to the deeper themes behind this. The beasty behind him seems to be what I automatically label a Shoggoth? Lovecraft in Colonial America, he'd love it! What I see in that undulating mass is the twisting coils of uncertainty, that struggle we all face against in our everyday battles to struggle and prosper. Even when we succeed in lighting the torch our struggles seem to grow, shadows spreading and gaining form under the brilliance of our achievements. Constantly they are seeking to bring us down, and yet we must remain stoic and face them down if we are to survive.
On the matter of the painting itself I love how you combine the more formal painting style with a bit of lovely splatter and rough texture, such as the white by the lamp and the texture of the gas/dust/snow that the monster stirs up. This combination forms a subject of interest that captures the eye and imagination, that union between what looks almost real and what is plainly artistic materials is a contrast the mind is fueled by.
Fantastic job with this piece, every bit deserving of a Daily Deviation. Keep up the excellent work.