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Chronoscape- darkness by alexiuss Chronoscape- darkness by alexiuss
Darkness. Nothing but absolute and pure, crushing darkness, so thick that I could not tell whether my eyelids were open or closed.
My body, wrapped in a some kind of cloth.
Flakes of what felt like pieces of metal and glass rustled off my body as I slid sideways and got up.
The pain no longer seemed real; it shot back and forth appearing and re-appearing, an illusion of what it was before.
I’ve amplified my other senses as far as I could, staggering about like a moth in the sunlight, completely blind and utterly defenseless. My feet rustled on something like metal and snow.
Was I destined for hell, because I simply chose to disbelieve in heaven?
Perhaps I was just still asleep, somewhere out there, many years ago?
The view was black and opaque. I concentrated to distinguish any light. There was none.
So this is what hell is like? Nothing at all to see, only metal shards everywhere to step on? Was I even alive? The ground rustled beneath my feet. My running shoes were still on me, the little plastic parts catching onto the rustling ground. There was thick, metal dust in the stale, cold air. The dust filled my mouth, covered my hands, harassing my senses. Sand and metal scraped between my teeth. The pungent taste of ash stung my nostrils.
“Appcha--aaayyy” I loudly sneezed, flailing my arms about in the pitch-black, stale air.
“Chuuuaaayyyyy... Ayyyy…. Ayyyy…” an echo of my sneeze danced around, running forward. I tried to imagine how big this illusive hell was. A cavern? No… more like a mountain plateau. Impossible…
“Light. I need light. I would kill for a light right about now. Kill whom… there’s no one here… or is there? Curse this thick darkness!
My pockets… there must be something… There... wait…” I reached deep down into the left pocket of my pants.
“A lighter? No, it can’t be. It sure feels like a lighter.”
I tried to remember where this came from. A slideshow of images started to unwind itself inside my brain. Days…. or was it weeks? I could remember the black letters on the lighter. “Vote Sarah Slean for student Union president”.
“Thank you Sarah. You may just have saved my life… if I was still alive that is… time to find out….”
I pulled the lighter out of my pocket and raised it up, my thumb slowly sliding down its rough metal wheel with the usual “Krrhhhhhhh” sound.
It was the most magical sound I heard. I prayed that the lighter would work.
A tiny sparked formed itself in the bottom part of the wheel, connecting with the hissing gas that escaped from the bottom chamber.
“Thmkkkk” the spark ignited, generating a tiny ball of fire that spread itself out from the metal chamber.
“Whooooshhhhhh” A miniature sun was born in my fist, temporarily blinding me, rays of light beating in all directions, mercilessly chasing the darkness away.
“And wherever light goes it will always find darkness there, waiting for it” an old quote leapt off my tongue.
What miniscule flame the lighter produced, was apparently somehow enough to chase the darkness away for thousands of meters around me. I was in the middle of a barren field, covered in dust and metal, black and orange rust covered everything from the ground to my hands. A massive scrap yard of unknown civilization stretched all around me, as far as I could see. Black plants poked through here and there, increasing in numbers and turning into a curvy field far off.
Farther ahead, loomed leviathan mountains of jagged metal, rising up left and right and vanishing in the murky, syrup clouds. Twisted, bent and torn up shards of steel, hexagonal beams and piles of mangled, rust covered metal rose here and there out of the field, some covered in black plants, slightly resembling dead prairie trees. The dancing sun on my hand generated countless shadows from each shard and beam that crisscrossed and flailed left and right.
I wrapped myself tigher in the ambulance bedsheet looking like an orange caped crusader- completely out of place.
“Yep, it’s hell all right” I concluded then and there, my heart sinking. Around me was a dead world, burned out who knows how long ago, now made up entirely of dead monoliths, broken carcasses and ashes…
Large, orange flakes of dust, illuminated by my lighter floated around, everywhere, like bloated up, massive snowflakes, some resembling dried up spiders or twisted starfish. I nearly recoiled in shock and let go the lighter as I saw one of the spider-shaped dust flakes land on the ground and silently scamper away through the metal mush, very quickly, disappearing somewhere between the cracks. This world wasn’t dead. Instead, it was filled with inorganic dust monsters.
“Ahhh.. ahhh” I flailed my arms as some of the dust particles that landed on them, started to crawl on me, trying to get away from the burning light in my hand.
“Ahhh ahhhhhhhhh ahhh geeet awaaay!” I spun, shaking the countless, nearly weightless, cold, spider-flakes off me. My skin chafed everywhere.
In another second I stopped caring, as a monstrous shape had started to emerge from the charcoal, somber cloud ahead, capturing my attention.
“Twhoooook… twhooook… twhooook…” an array of massive, angled legs dropped into the field, gliding and clipping on the shards of metal.
“Ohh… my… ghttt..tchhh” I uttered looking up. A dark body, made up of a few sharp tetrahedrons, supported by a few, relatively thin, but incredibly long legs, loomed in the obsidian sky somewhere up above me. A single, even longer, slightly thinner leg, covered in millions of constantly moving, long, flickering hair probed the ground ahead. I realized it was the same as the tiny spider flakes, only about a thousand times bigger, even more horrific was the realization that the colossal thing was made up or at least covered in the same tiny metal spider-flakes, all of them crawling up, down, sideways in a mess of motion. My hair stood up as goosebumps ran all over my hands. The lighter was starting to burn the skin on my finger.
“Twhoooook… twhooook… twhooook…” The legs approached me, one of them hitting a large metal carcass nearby that looked fairly solid but dissolved away into the air as if it was made up entirely out of ashes, metal dust crumbling down and ascending into the air.
I realized that the monstrosity was blind, but it craved the warmness of my lighter, as its probing; thin, metallic leg slashed through the ground here and there, its claws reaching for me.
I dashed back from the monstrous spider claw in pacifying fear, sliding on metal shards.
The gliding claw slashed against my hand, thousands of separate strands reaching for the lighter, like metal flakes drawn to a magnet.
The lighter flame flickered and my finger slipped off the little yellow button as the claw engulfed my hand.
“Hwshooooooosh” my only source of light and warmth, in this cold and dead world, was gone.

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Illustration for my sci-fi novel: [link] , Chronoscape.
Photoshop CS
Wacom Intuos 6x8 tablet, Canon 300D
Real size: 16'500x14'000 pixels or 140x120cm
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me a lot of a scene from War of the Worlds, the book and radio play, there the parson goes to confront the martians. Awesome work!
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Ali-eN Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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CheshireCat606 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible. I just love seeing artworks that have no compare. Applause to this and all of your other works as well. Truly amazing job.
:faint::clap::happybounce:
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DClerig Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Look like a reaper from Mass Effect...

But.. the quality and the work involved in such a piece must be immense.... Respect! & needless to say I think, awesome work.
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible work.
:iconbravoplz:
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:iconfeedyourspirit:
FeedYourSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad ass. So scary. Don't want to be in this cave with this thing.
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:iconramzakirk:
ramzakirk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
excelente etmosfera
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:iconakuinoseishin:
AkuiNoSeishin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Ĉu parolas Esperanto?
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:iconwrath9:
wrath9 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Beautiful..
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:icon4n631ofdarknesss:
4N631ofDarknesss Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
really well drawn picture, i love the shades and color, nice job
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Syprus666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
What the fuck is wrong with me.. I actually find this bugger cute! xD All it wants is a big ass hug.. And a kiss by the looks of things (l) Looks amazing btw!
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:iconandrejborg:
Andrejborg Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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:iconkegrat:
Kegrat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not sure if you are familiar with Phyrexia, but this art fits the landscapes of that fantasy world well
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:icondaughter0fnone:
Daughter0fNone Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of that movie 9... cool!
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Wow awsome!
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:iconknonz15:
Knonz15 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
This is like my vision of hell! Forget the flames, the dark and cold of space would be enough to torment me!!

I.E. Brilliant work!...i feel cold!
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:iconspyroandkagaminlen:
SpyroAndKagaminLen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sweet but was wondering how do you color it?
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dreamingshadow18 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So powerful. Good work!
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:iconnoskill1343:
nosKILL1343 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
amazing art :clap:
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:icondandeliesque:
Dandeliesque Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! it's just so realistic it becomes frightening ! :wow:
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kalmah800 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
(dead silence)...................
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:iconarcanic-salvation:
Arcanic-Salvation Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
This may be droning on along side many comments, but I felt compelled to let you know that this is very well written in my opinion.
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:iconichi-no-kurock:
Ichi-no-Kurock Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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:iconredaventador:
RedAventador Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful lighting and detail!
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Nathanmccart Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Hi dude
My band are looking for some amazing artwork for our Album, and this really fits the theme we're going for.

would we be able to use this artwork (obviously giving you credit)?

Email me if you're interested
info@tradjectory.co.uk
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MorguLord33 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Reminds on Melkor and Ungoliant
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:iconarkatox:
Arkatox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
My jaw almost literally dropped.
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:iconabdalkarem:
abdalkarem Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011   General Artist
Love your Darken painting , with some glowing objects
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:iconlovelynice:
Lovelynice Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Beauuuuuuutiful!!! Astonishing in fact. Wow.
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Death-Ark Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Holy s**t!! This is Awesome!! I really like this picture!! Its going on my favorites!! You never fail to please!!
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:iconktownjeff:
ktownjeff Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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:icontimmehmonster:
TimmehMonster Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Student General Artist
featured here [link]
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:iconkhaz2306:
Khaz2306 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
This is like Frodo and Shelob.
Awesome, beautiful artwork : ]
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:iconno1poser:
no1poser Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
love this picture the depth and clarity are awesome
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:iconjenny-3000:
Jenny-3000 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
That thing looks so similair to the thing that plagued my nightmares as a child.

Great art though
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:iconzogater123:
zogater123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
pure and cool :katana: :chainsaw: :XD:
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Jerk-in-the-Box Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I liked it when I saw it. I read your story. I looked at it again. I liked it so much more!
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cookiesanmilk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
i want to set my self on fire :onfire:
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GriverNight Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
niceeeee...!!!1 esta Pro la imagen...!! very Cool..!!
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Hidekidragon34 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I love it
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:icononimon90:
Onimon90 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
this reminds me of the scene from lord of the rings where they blind the spider Shelob O.o
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:iconmramila:
mramila Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a good work! :clap:
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:icondevilsaga:
DevilSaga Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Wow. This picture is so beautifully constructed. Amazi how a tiny lighter manages to reveal that entire cavern though lol.
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landor155 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
i've seen this one animated..?
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:iconloser46:
loser46 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awesome:)
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:iconleo-machado:
Leo-Machado Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Amazing!! +FAV
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:icongreyall:
Greyall Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
I don't think I've ever seen a more truthful depiction of a nightmare.
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KyoyaxL Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
It's so beautifull I can't even start to describe it.'
And I'm sure not the first one to say something alike...
But I also think it's genius how this portrait it able to make me stare into it, and be scared of it at the same time.
REally, have the feeling that if I stare at it for too long, it's coming out o.O
Dunno but it does fascinates me xD
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:iconxavius-windsong:
Xavius-Windsong Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing! beautiful storytelling, too!
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NxWxPxR Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
wow
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