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Maelstrom. by Moesie Maelstrom. by Moesie
Remake! A Sausage Festival by Moesie

I spent so many hours on this that...it's hard to believe that I'm finally done with it. I started this about a month ago, had to put it down because I had other things due for the semester, and then picked it back up again after the semester was over. I'll admit that I spent way too many hours on this, especially considering all of the other things that I have to do, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could get back into rendering things. It had been so long since I buckled down and rendered anything that I forgot how to use my own process - which might be part of why this took so long. Because I had to put it down and then pick it back up again, I'm really not sure how many hours I spent, but it's probably anywhere from 50-70.

The fullsize option is only about half its original size, so if you want you can download it to see the whole thing.

This will be the last time I draw Rhys until all of my commissions are done, and then, only until I finish some refs of my OTHER characters, which have so much less love that it might even be laughable. It had been since July of last year that I drew him last, but really, I've just generally been inactive aside from sketches. So he's still been too prolific.

I still have so many ideas for him, but this will have to suffice for now.


This is HEAVILY Game of Thrones inspired, even though I've only seen the first episode. I saw these cloaks and I just had to paint one, and Rhys would be the first of my characters who would readily shell out the money for one. And then this is what happens later - he buys it, then goes into a wintry wood to pose :3
Please, no spoilers on Game of Thrones. >_> I'll be very sad.

(It's probably obvious I had no idea what to call this.)
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AHussein Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
ahh this is so beautiful ;U;
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Moesie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
thanks Koa! >w<
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xXthroughdarknessXx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
How did I just discover you now?!? OH MY GOD YOUR TEXTURES. Just looking at it tingles my fingertips! And the color contrast is very beautifully done. Man, I hope I can become this great by the time I'm outta highschool. My hat goes off to you miss!
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Moesie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
uwah, it's not your fault! I'm not very popular! ; u;a
if it helps, I had at least two years of community college before Maelstrom was made..

thank you so much! >w<
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Gwerya Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
One word to describe this, magnificent.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thanks a ton! x3
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GammoGahato Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This is absolutely stunning, I love this more than words. Wonderful job.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Thank you vury much! x3
I'm glad you like it! >w<
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quelico Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
MANCHEST!

I love the way you did the snow.. and the HAIR! Great work on the "depth" :) Wish I could paint like this
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Haha! xD It's not that hard, it's just time consuming.
If you added a painterly style to what you already do...
I'd be your biggest customer.
No exaggeration.
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quelico Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Hahaha well... time consuming~ and there you have it ; o ;
the reason why my art kinda stays at "one level" that it is right now... no patience for painting!

But it's still a skill I'd like to learn someday, when I do end up getting the patience XD Or, the know-how... I know how to paint IRL, but painting digitally, just doesn't work for me?!?!

(Do you do livestreams? I would love to see you as you work on a painting!)
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I wish I could livestream! I used to. But then livestream fucked me over hardcore and now I can't get into any of my accounts. :/ So I can't do that anymore. But when I'm able I'll usually take screencaps for the people're who're curious. It's the best I can do. OTL
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quelico Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Oo, or maybe one of those "WIP to finish" kind of gifs...?
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I have no idea how to make a gif. D:
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rendex Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really wish I could just sleep in his hair,
it looks so soft, <3<3
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I imagine that would be a very comfy sleep.
Especially if the mattress was the fur of the coat. <3
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh lookatdatman I love those kid of eyes. xDDDD You are pro with that skin tone, I really like it!

People keep telling me to watch Game of Thrones, it seems like something Id like a lot, but I am terrible at keeping up with any series.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thanks so much! <3 I love cat's eyes too. It's pretty hard to make them look legit and not out-of-place, though. Especially since his eyes are literally those of a cat's. He has all the properties of them, not just the slit pupils. Which means he sees poorly during the day and wears glasses for reading.


I've only seen the first episode but it seems really feckin' badass. I definitely suggest it. But at this point I think you'll have to pirate it. It's not on netflix and it's impossible to find in any other legitimate way. xc
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know my dragon character has them, but he's more like a reptile's slitted eyes. His are always constricted so he's not good at seeing in the dark. Damn our boys need to be seeing eye dogs for each other. xDDD


I defiantly want to see it now, I think I'll buy the DVD that just came out so I can loaf and doodle at the same time.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Usually reptile eyes are temperature-sensing things.
So theoretically he could see in the dark - at least, he could see things with a heat signature.
So he's still likely to run into trees if he hasn't honed his other senses, but if you've got blood running in your veins, he can see you. XDD

Rhys just deals with the daylight fuzziness until darkness hits.
Then he's like.
I got dis.
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah its more like infrared, but he doesn't even have that. Poor guy xD He is supposed to have regular human eyes when he's a human but his family is derp and can't change that. So its half-and-half.

LOL I just imagine him squinting like a cat does in the daytime. Looking all sleepy.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Oh okay, that makes more sense. xD Poor dude's practically blind :c
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He sees a bit like a human, but darkness hes practically blind. He's got some glasses to help though, they also 'complete' his disguise to look human. So regular people arent like 'wtf is up with this guys eyes man?'.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Haha! xD When Rhys needs to go incognito...he shrinks 7 inches, shortens and rounds off his ears, shrinks his claws to fingernails, and returns his sight to daytime-oriented circular pupils. Otherwise known as putting on sheep skin. XD

I've been meaning to draw his human form.
His human form has short, stylish hair rather than the manly native-american mane.
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
LOOOOVELY, lovely! Oh boy Rhys knows how to rock out furs. His eye is delightfully feral in this piece, it really looks good. His lips look very kissable, oh my! :kiss: The snow enhances the atmosphere and I love the little window of his clothes that frame his SEXY PECTORAL. Great job!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thanks for all that, Jingles. ^^ I had a lot of fun framing his pec. = w=
Missin yew. :c
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
hohohoho I bet you did! Mmmm I want a Rhys sandwich.
I miss you too, I gotta give you a ring and catch up and hear what's going on in your life missy!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Mmm...I think a Rhys sandwich would taste horrible. A hunk of dirt between two slices of bread.

And no kidding!
I haven't heard your voice since you left me last. u.u
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
the phone works both ways, cutie!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I learned my lesson after like the Nth time I heard twinkle twinkle little star. >w>
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
LOOOOL ~streaks away into the sunset~

i finally emptied my inbox!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
-chases after with wet towel-


Ohohoh - also, are you going to Otakon? I finally pre-reg'd ^^
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vadeyn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
most amazing part to me? his chin.
Yay for bellowy cloaks and snow poses!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Haha! And it was srsly like the second to last thing rendered. XDD Yay happy accidents?
And agreed!
No one looks bad in a billowy cloak nor a cold snow scene.
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vadeyn Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Oh sure, go and spell billowy right haha ;)
Really? That's awesome I was thinking how wonderfully lifelike it was. You do a lot of subtle little things to the face to really push them, it's great!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Thank you! ^^ I do believe subtleties make the person, really. Two people can look a lot alike but there's still subtle nuances unique to a person. Though...Rhys' face always takes me a million years to render. I don't know why. He's just so complicated. x_x
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Helena-Lou Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD! :heart:
Thats like... wow... Its so better then wow. I can't even describe how awesome and amazing this is. <3
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Thanks 'Laina! <3
I promise to make Eliana even better.
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Helena-Lou Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so welcome hun. <3 (Just so you know I have this as my phone wallpaper now. <3)
Oh my word.. My eyes will probably melt because of the awesomeness.
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Aww! You're so kind to me. ; ^;
Ha! xD
Nooo I don't wanna melt your eyes. :c
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Helena-Lou Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I'll just squee like a mad woman and secretly tiddle myself. xDDD
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
dfshd ahahahah! XDDD
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DrasticAction Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Awesome sauce Moe!
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Thanks Cwis! c:
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onisuu Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
amg, he is hauntingly beautiful! ;; n ;; <3333333333333
Great job, huggie! > 7 < //
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Thanks a ton, onibby! <3
Also, when we finish our art trade, I insist you draw Finn in her newest form. I've been buying so much artwork of her but I keep thinking in the back of my head, how much more awsm you would make her xDD
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onisuu Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
awnn, thanks, finn! <33
I'll try to draw her and silas asap! <33
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Homg so excited. D:
My two favorite babies and my absolute favorite cheeb artist~
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onisuu Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
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baww! Q 7 Q <33
and I'm gonna get art from a painting master! ; n ; <3333333333333333
:iconamgtouchplz: <333
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Moesie Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I'm hardly a master painter
BUT I'M HONORED NONETHELESS.
-hug/strangles-
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