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Ningen by arskuma Ningen by arskuma
Hey there. This was mainly an entry for a contest at #dumbfish-studios. The theme was to draw a creature living in the deep sea. I choosed to draw the japanese urban legend Ningen which translated means 'human'.
Here's a little information about it:

'Over the past few years, rumors have circulated in Japan about the existence of gigantic humanoid life-forms inhabiting the icy waters of the Antarctic. Reportedly observed on multiple occasions by crew members of government-operated "whale research" ships, these so-called "Ningen" (lit. "humans") are said to be completely white in color with an estimated length of 20 to 30 meters. Eyewitnesses describe them as having a human-like shape, often with legs, arms, and even five-fingered hands. Sometimes they are described as having fins or a large mermaid-like tail instead of legs. The only visible facial features are the eyes and mouth. According to one account, crew members on deck observed what they initially thought was a foreign submarine in the distance. When they approached, however, it became clear from the irregular shape of the thing that it was not man-made -- it was alive. The creature quickly disappeared under water. For the most part, the existence of the Ningen is considered an urban legend. Much of the information about this rumored creature can be traced back to a series of posts on the 2channel forums, written by a person describing the experience of a friend employed on a government "whale research" vessel. (Read the full Japanese text of the original story that first appeared on a 2channel forum.) The popular thread attracted the attention of many readers from outside the 2channel community, and the November 2007 issue of MU magazine, a Japanese publication devoted to the study of paranormal phenomena, featured an article about the Antarctic humanoids. The article speculated on the possibility of unidentified creatures inhabiting the southern seas, and it included a Google Maps screenshot showing what looks like a Ningen in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia. To date, no solid evidence has been presented to confirm the existence of the Ningen. The government is believed to have kept detailed records of the sightings, but they have released no information to the public and have reportedly instructed eyewitnesses to remain silent. Two videos claiming to show Ningen under water have been posted on YouTube.'

Taken from: pinktentacle.com/2010/01/ninge…

Well I love this legend so i tried myself at drawing it.

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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder how smart would these creatures be ?
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arskuma Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Considering these are ancient creatures I'd compare their mental abilities to the ones of whales. o:
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, still it would be pretty cool to see these behemoths while traveling on a large ship in the middle of the ocean.
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PixelSwordStopper Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Artist
I would be scared as hell...
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AMBONE105 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol....the creature sounds come from SCP Foundation things :D

very well done piece, btw :thumbsup:
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CheckerHeart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
It's submissions like this that make me glad I joined this group. I'm using it to help me draw things I'd not normally draw, plus it lets me get perspective on other people's creations within the same field. Honestly, this is the best one I've seen throughout the entire 7 week challenge. Keep it up!
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arskuma Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoah thank you! : )
I think the group is pretty cool, too. The themes are unique but great. 
Also I love such feedback, hehe, thanks!
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dumbfished Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional
Oh this is badass, dude.
I love the composition and colors here.
You totally  nailed this.
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arskuma Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh glad to hear that from you. ^_^ Thanks!
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corruptedhelios Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
cool cool:)
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