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Chronoscape - monk by alexiuss Chronoscape - monk by alexiuss
I could not move. I could not see. Was I dead? No, I was still alive. I felt the cold earth around me, crushing me from all sides. I was somewhere amidst thick, unendingly heavy, bone crushing layers of rock, clay, sand and dust. I gasped in the absolute darkness for air that didn’t come because air doesn’t exist here. My mind started to count down the seconds left, in utter, pacifying fear. My hands frantically started to search for something, anything to pull on. I pushed forward, pushed against the rocks, against the earth with every fiber of my being. My brain synapses became lost and discorded.
Where is up? Where is down? I pushed forward with all my strength. My muscles started to snap from the pressure, one by one. I felt the roots of trees and grasses lash around me as I pulled against them. I tore apart through the gray lines and ripped across the veins of roots, breaking up through the grass and moss.
Air! Delicious air! How I’ve missed you. Light shined upon my shut eyes as I opened them, layers of earth crumbling off me.
I’ve dig oneself out of the earth and escaped a place from which there is no escape.
I stood on the grass, covered in dirt and moss, covered in torn roots and white follicles of the earth. An earthworm fell off my shoulder, plummeting down and crawling back into the ground. In front of me the green forest gently moved back and forth, its leaves and needles whispering a simple whooshing melody overhead as they rubbed against each other.
Beams of sunlight broke through the leaves, dancing on my face. I smiled wholeheartedly. I was alive. I was reborn anew. The storm was no longer above me.
How long was I in the depths of the earth? How many days, months have passed? There was no sign of snow about. The grass was glittering with pure shades of emerald. Trees were covered in newly born, green foliage. Spring flowers sparkling with colours of rubies and emeralds bloomed in the sunlight. If I had to guess it was somewhere between spring and summer. I walked across the green field, into the forest, listening to the chirping sounds of the birds, picking up speed and running forward, between the trees, faster and faster. I wanted to move forward, wanted to fly, wanted to see what lay ahead. The colors flickered, the sounds of the forest faded out, all motion stopped as I pierced through layers of time, accelerating forward at an exponential rate. Click, click, click, I jumped forward and forward, until the forest became but a fuzzy blur, vanishing in streaks of light and I now ran across a mountain plane, flat as a pancake, littered with colorless crystals and sand. I jumped forward. The sand begun to sparkle, crystals began to increase in size. Click. Blinding light and feeling of lightheadedness.
I stopped, blinking. I was in a small cavern, carved out of silver and blue mountain rock. Silver cracks littered the ceiling and floor.
Before me, a cloaked and still statue-like monk, covered in gray and silver drapes.
Suddenly he raised his head and spoke:
“Welcome to transfer terminal 3747 B, humble traveler from time immemorial.” The monk opened his eyelids, and spoke to me, wrinkles running across his eyes and mouth.
“Ammm… who are you?” I asked the ancient monk.
“I am but a memory, left by the travelers that created this port, before time immemorial, hundreds of thousands of decades ago.”
“Oookay… What’s the meaning of life?” I asked again, expecting a more realistic answer.
“Life is but a bird in your hand, trying to get out and be free.” the monk smiled, opening his fist from which a golden and orange bird had sprung up, flied off and vanished in another instant.
“Now, young traveler. Choose your path. Forwards or backwards. Choose your destination and there you shall be taken.”
“I see that you have traveled much and far. Now the question is, whether you’ll go farther or return back to the point of origin?” his soft voice wrapped around my mind.
A third eye flashed on his forehead, illuminating the cavern. A watch on his wrist begun to spin its dials and the air fluttered in motion.
Behind him, the cavern lines converged, shaping two doors, one labelled “Back” and another “Forward”, as the golden letters above the doors indicated.
“I need to find Nova. Kimmy Nova, wherever she is.” I told the old man.
“Awww… ain’t that shweet. I was once in love too you know.” The monk smiled.
“Well then. You’ll need a door of a whole other origin.”
The golden veins of the cavern slashed outwards and erased the “Back” and “Forward” and shaped a new door labeled “There and Now”.
“Go on, young traveler.” The monk smiled. “I will no doubt see you here again, in another century…And let Time Immemorial smile upon your path, so that you may find and catch your own fate.”
As the old monk bid me adieu, I thanked him and passed through the “There and Now” door.

Illustration for my sci-fi novel: [link] ,Chronoscape.
Photoshop CS
Wacom Intuos 6x8 tablet, Canon 300D

Licensed to Simon Cléroux as cd cover.
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pexona-design Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
do you ever known this painting has been used for a cover album..?
primalsky Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
So much detail. I love your creativity.
JordanARodriguez Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ever play a game called "Dark Souls"? This reminds me of it so much. Just the feel and look of it, not the character per se. Though it could easily be mistaken for one. :)
joseyjou Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   General Artist
this person has stolen your art [link]
luka1184 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
You got to go to Hollywood with this story. It would make the most amazing film ever created by human kind. From now on and through many years. I swear, I would watch it everyday in several weeks. I cannot get enough of Chronospace :)

You - and Chronospace - gotta be the beginning of a new era of modern literature of epic proportions :D You will be famous!

By the way, this piece and its character creeps me out, but it's also an image that almost sets a kind of personification of death and evil. I don't know, but it seems as if this guy is struggling at keeping himself alive, his last spark of light and hope about to be drained completly. Awesome. Keep up the good work dude!

- Lukas
Vectom Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
is that a watch on his hands?
BrizzleC Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THats rEally coOl
AnubisMonori Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
The art is fantastic, and the story is very compelling. I'll be seeing what else you have on this Chronoscape.
hero2142 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
very nice work... good job
Kain-Von-Carstein Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
That's incredible! Really well done
MasterFudgePop Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Damn thats wow
lavistrikesback Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009

TheLordDarkWolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
wow... quite emotional piece
ImmortalProduction Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Fantastic :)
notoriaz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
your work man, it's just unbelievable. Although you have technically better pieces, this is one of the stand outs for me. just amazing.
katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I really enjoyed the story behind this. The image serves to fit such a vision.
Packless Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
THAT's what all the Chronoscape stuff is... I thought it was just a really cool looking apocalyptic art series you were doing... Now it makes sense! hehe
0rAX0 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Work of a genius!!
Minq Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Nice watch he has. Is it a swatch? :)
I like it!
Comacold Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what an amazing story, sucked me in after a few lines. The picture is great too, I love the look of his clothes, the texture makes it look so real...
NiAnluain Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:wave: I've featured this here for however long - or until I can be arsed re-doing my journal! [link] :lmao:

Tis fab!

SwmnYin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
:wow: That is really amazing work...I love the story behind it. :clap:
captdiablo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
that's pretty amazing :wow:
razzell2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
deepland Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amasing mistic man, atmosphere is great! Beauty and marvel work! Cool...
NiAnluain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
NDean Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009   Writer
you ever going to publish this?
ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
*grin* I do believe that I have become hooked by your novel just from this alone.
Your artistic and written gifts know no bounds in this world. You've come so far and still have a ways to go yet.
I do believe for some reason that you can relate well to the traveler. *wary smile* As for me, I can also relate very well to that monk.
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:sun: You have been featured in my new finds :eyes:
>> [link]

If you don't wish to be featured, please do let me know.
Lordmarkoss Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
sick pic :thumbsup:
Wildfire222 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Reminds me of the dementors from Harry Potter...*shivers* creepy, but insanely good :)
Mr-Bastos Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feature here:
BlazeX09 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice!!
IceFireX Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done.
sokaris237 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Your work for Chronoscape is absolutely amazing, definitely makes me interested in the novel.
Kutzman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Love it!
Darigaazthenewflame Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Love the story and the illustration flawless as always...but now you got me interested in the chronoscape saga you created...can i get some more info of it?
ErisIndigo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Wow the writing is riveting!! I couldn't tear my eyes off it! Great job on both the artwork and the excerpt. I want MORE!! :popcorn:
DemonicDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done. I would love this as a hi res wallpaper!
pageburner Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Great as per usual.
When are you going to give us a teaser of your novel???
Puludin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Love the feeling... the story is part of the whole awesomness!
vorsillion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
this is wicked! awesome!
Nasienfranord Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awsome picture! Truly Amazing! There is one thing I can't stop noticing though... He's wearing a watch... xD
Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Really powerful. Both writing and picture.
Sargeus Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
In many ways this is amazing.
RecX Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is so fucking cool (:
RecX Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
This is so fucking cool =)
Deathrebellion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Student General Artist
Dawn-of-Energies Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
why does the person in the picture seem like the hero of the story to me?

Anyway, well done.
inkblast Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Beautiful image, it has a great story to back it up also. Nice work!
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