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The Beast of Holly Vale by arcticphoenixstudios The Beast of Holly Vale by arcticphoenixstudios
EDIT: Changed the image after the contest closed, to include credits/watermark.

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The auctioneer glanced over an eager crowd before him; surveying their faces, deciding on whether this was the right audience for the next item. Satisfied, he motioned his assistant to the stage with his charge.

"Ladies and gentlemen. Our next item is a unique and unusual specimen. Perhaps you may recall a legend from the Westlands detailing a creature known for attacking and mutilating domestic fowl; hardly witnessed, but it's all too familiar wailing has been heard throughout the wilds of the Westlands. We have for you today, a taxidermied specimen acquired from an anonymous collector. Accompanying it is a page from a journal we are told, belonged to naturalist and explorer, Miss Isabella Blackthorn."

"It reads thusly: 'Tuesday, sixth of September 1836. I've survived today I think, but just by a hair. My travels took me deep into the Westlands where the rare sun lily is reputed to grow along the borders of deciduous forests. I did not find the lily today, but another rare specimen did find me. I truly wish now, that it hadn't. The villagers had warned me of the creature, but none could describe it for me save for a distinct territorial wailing that it would emit prior to a possible attack. They enthusiastically suggested that I not explore the woodland until the winter months when the creature seemed to disappear for migration or hibernation.' "

"'I believe I have found the legendary Beast of Holly Vale. Correction: it has found me. It reminds me greatly of the vicious snakehead fish known for attacking most anything near it that moves, despite size differences. It would appear that I was no exception and after a painful screech, it lunged at me from the underbrush."

"Normally, I have full confidence in the defense that my trusty ray-gun, Leviathan, has provided me in the past. I still don't know whether I may purely have missed my mark repeatedly or my gun, which has stunned large ungulates, has failed me with a creature as small and strange as this. I believe I must have fired at the beast no less than 15 times before it finally collapsed dead. Another oddity to note, Leviathan was made only to stun sometimes rather large animals to ease my studies up close, but never has it killed anything. I shall have to take this specimen to Arthur to preserve. I have no doubt that he will will be shocked by its appearance as I am. Its limbs look almost human, but in miniature. Its skin colour is pale and fleshy but its texture is coarse, much like an elephant's pelt. And stranger still, it bears a lizard-like head and tail, long digits and teeth that might put a pirana to shame. This abomination cannot be a creature of God. I am beginning to suspect that perhaps, the rumors of the eccentric Dr. Milwood's activities might have some truth to them after all. Such a possibility terrifies me to no end.' "

"And there ends the journal entry." The auctioneer handed the aging sheet back to his assistant. "Shall we start the bid at 10 pounds?"

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Sculpy, glass eyes, acrylics, wood base on wire armature.

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chordata1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
^.^ Thanks!
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AeyviAllenPoe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i love the story that comes with it! it completes the artwork, I think. Ace work.
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
^.^ Thanks much! Glad you liked it!
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ZaksBlood13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
This is super awesome! The texture of the skin as well as the veins beneath are absolutely amazing.
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you liked the details. ^.^
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GuoBia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Oh wow, this is so alien and cool! I can't see well but it seems the skin has texture on it? Very freaky design with the neck!
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, the skin has sort of an elephant skin texture where it's kind of criss-crossed all over and wrinkly.

^.^ *lol* I should get more pics of the head that shows the loose skin under its chin better, cause it's actually a bit translucent.
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SilverGodYouko Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Student General Artist
That's a very unsettling creature. You did a great job sculpting it. Love the accompanying story too. =)
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
*bows* thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!
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