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At the edge of the water by thienbao At the edge of the water by thienbao
Based on a Greek myth.

Photoshop.

Alternate version [link]

**Edit**
Yes, the myth is of Narcissus. I had this image in mind for a long time, but never quite got it down right. I've always loved the version of him and Echo, which I referenced with the shape of the lantern post.

Thanks everyone for all your responses. I loved reading them all.
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assassinators-creed Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Incredible lighting! There's a great sense of solitude and tranquility. So cool!
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puppyphantom992 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
powerful feelings c: the water seems so quiet and gelid, the set of colors, the shades of blue.. unreal :heart: :clap: 
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:iconkossaban:
kossaban Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Great and very original take of the myth... really leaves the trodden path!
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Lovely.
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:iconreignxcrimson:
ReignXCrimson Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
The silently d
He came from the sea
He ate up all the others
But he didn't eat me
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:iconsakuems:
Sakuems Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
i love this
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:iconhozzo:
hozzo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
whoever made this, I love you.
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Beautiful expression of that myth! The emotion with the light and surrounding emptiness is so wonderful.
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:iconcucomaluco:
cucomaluco Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
wow...
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:iconfrostzero93:
frostzero93 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fascinating. :)
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:iconstolvezen:
Stolvezen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful :aww:
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:iconkanyx3:
Kanyx3 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How I pictured Narcissus.
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:icononeofamillion:
oneofamillion Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
thx
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:iconmiaromano:
MiaRomano Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Beautiful work. Love the colors.
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:iconsinikristalli:
sinikristalli Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Magical.. maybe it's the lighting..? I prefer this version to the other one. Sweet!!
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:iconmanaladra:
ManalAdra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish i could paint like this
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lil-razzle-dazzles Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is one of the most moving renditions I have seen on the myth. The fact that he's so enraptured by his own reflection that the plants have begun to grow up his body and claim him is so real to the myth. Most of the time you just see him staring into his reflection which isn't that dramatic. This is totally different. You've included a wider panorama which isolates him even more, making him a very lonely character which would be anyone if they were in love with their own reflection.:nod: FYI, I like this one better than the alternate. The alternate is too "bright and happy?" It's the sunlight. The fact that this picture has him standing there after dark is way more moving. As my sister would say, "good job."=D
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:iconclamare:
clamare Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
beautiful. as always.
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:iconkdevshr9:
kdevshr9 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
very very nice................
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:icondragonmyths:
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As I see, you also have a soft side. Not also only that scary side :) You are very talented!!!
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Magnificent Master Piece! :wow:
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OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
i think you should always write in on what it's based on and i loved this one, not the alternate although i'm missing some small details in the fog and water to make them feel a bit more realistic to equal themselves to the boy's surroundings. the lamp has tons of detail next to everything and i would tone it down, perhaps give her less contrast too.
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:iconboggleboy:
Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I like the emotive feel of this more than the alternate version, but both are gorgeous and very effective realizations of that myth.
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:iconladideath:
LadiDeath Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Beautiful :)
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:iconepicmyst:
EpicMyst Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am absolutely transported because of this artwork. Amazing.
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laraapatel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing and your alternate version was breath taking as well. I'm all googly eyed with amazement :) There's a quality to this one and your alternative version that are so like traditional oils and it's beautiful.
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:iconbarlume:
Barlume Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Incredible! Really Awesome! :D
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:iconunisama:
unisama Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm so jealous of this :) It's amazing. I know the whole story of Narcissus too so that just makes it awesomer :) I swear I will be as awesome as you someday!! :)

I especially love the drastic light from one side. It's my favorite type of lighting ^^
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elldog00 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aww this is terrific, I love when digital artist keep it looking like natural media. You are one of the best deviant art all stars at doing this. It has a terrific feel. Do you mind sharing what kind of brush you use in photoshop?
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FromaBuick8 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Fabulous work!
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:iconfrick-tion:
Frick-Tion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
This is beautiful
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elmmobunny Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
wooooooaaah im am that lamppp
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:iconcatwagons:
Catwagons Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a powerful composition. Very well done.
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:iconnueque:
Nueque Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
How wonderful this is. I truly do love this, it's astonishing.
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:icontheartofsanhueza:
TheArtOfSanhueza Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love this.
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:iconmelmario:
melmario Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
wow :o
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:iconmaruvy:
MaRuvY Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
he is naked O_O Hahahahaha
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:iconlunarsparks:
lunarsparks Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Extremely atmospheric. It makes you pause for a moment just like Narcissus, as if something will actually happen.
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Mikau-010 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
narcissus!
I might be wrong but but i think one of my favorites is paired/a part of this one, the story of echo....
love the isolation and weight of the piece!
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BrandiShermanGermana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012   General Artist
I absolutely love this. It's gorgeous. The colors are stunning, and the way the light shines on his back is so gentle! Fabulous.
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pookypie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lovely
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:icondanarcane:
DanArcane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Stunning! I'm always amazed with your work! <3
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:iconeddysara:
EddySara Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great work! I like this version best as it draws me in and makes me shiver a little :D
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:iconphongtu:
Phongtu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cha ơi *V*
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:iconjerrycai:
JerryCai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hey i actually love the alternate version better as a personal preference
it seems the busy and dreamy background invokes much more thought and makes i even more surreal
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ephemeras Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely breath taking.
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:iconprymaster:
Prymaster Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I really love following your work, you keep blowing my mind with your qualities of light and texture
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:iconlittlelovelysoul:
littlelovelysoul Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
~Whoa! This is really cool...
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:iconnightmarecl:
Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Ah yes beautiful piece, the water effects are nice, the foliage growth that is enveloping Narcissus does seem to be flowing rather naturally. The piece is very well done, but all know how this is going to end for Narcissus...
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KatsumiB Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Admirable work. I love it.
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