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I: Entangled by ErikShoemaker I: Entangled by ErikShoemaker
This is the first part of a series I have been working on, depicting the seduction and consumption of a soul by a demon. The progress is shown in five steps, where the victim is at first lured by the demon gaining new and unknown powers in the process. She progressively loses hold over her own entity to become merely a vessel of her occupier, and when the soul is finally consumed the demon leaves only an empty void behind. 

Being covered in countless of novels and movies, the idea of possession is a classic one. What inspired me to do my own take on the subject was reading the book "Children of Dune" and partly also playing the latest Dragon Age game. The images are all finished and I will upload them here one by one within the next month. They will be named in order 'Entangled - Gaia - Abomination - Vessel - The Void' and will present different stations of the hostile takeover as described above. If you want to get a full preview, they are all included in the latest Slashthree exhibition "Discovery".

My main motivation to create these images was not the concept, though, but to explore a different style for me and employ new techniques. All images are very heavy on texture usage and I intentionally tried to break a rule every now and then to step out of my comfort zone. You will also find a lot of recurring elements in every image, e.g., the demonic features are usually presented by roots, stones and ivy, whereas for the postwork I limited myself to a closed set of textures that you will recognize.
Kudos if you are still reading at this point. ;-D

Thanks a lot to the stock providers:
fae-stock | YBsilon-Stock | Black-B-o-x | mercurycode | ElNaso | Noireuse | Eris-stock | cgtextures.com

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Entangled case study by ErikShoemaker

II: Gaia | III: Abomination | IV: Vessel | V: The Void
II: Gaia by ErikShoemaker III: Abomination by ErikShoemaker IV: Vessel by ErikShoemaker V: The Void by ErikShoemaker

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© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission. 
Visit my website: www.xkire.de
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:iconfrancescapoliti:
FrancescaPoliti Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016   Digital Artist
You here, Master, are touching delicate personal chords....
In a wonderful way :)
Amazing job :clap:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! Glad you like it!
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:iconkarnage1997:
Karnage1997 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Student Artist
this is magic + poison ivy, looks awesome
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconkarnage1997:
Karnage1997 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Artist
its alright m8:lol3d: Lol 3D 50x50 derp 
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c0rwyn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Writer
like.
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:iconbrockollijeffarez:
BrockolliJeffarez Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, I have a critique. Stop being better than everyone else at art, you monster!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, not if I have a say in that. :D

I appreciate it!
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:iconbrockollijeffarez:
BrockolliJeffarez Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Student General Artist
But seriously, great work! You're incredibly talented.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, thanks so much again :D
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:iconziruzadat:
Ziruzadat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Critique: Fuckin' Amazing!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahaha! I appreciate it, thanks :D
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:iconsmiling-demon:
Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
these are damn cool mate. Great series.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot man!
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:iconcalvinsuji:
calvinsuji Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Photographer
Amazing!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconvitas250:
Vitas250 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Words can't describe! Love your art style!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much once more!
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:iconwhendell:
Whendell Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Really wonderful, the colors and light are beautiful! :clap: :clap: 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you Whendell, I appreciate it!
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:iconwhendell:
Whendell Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :dance:
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:iconjk3y:
jk3y Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
looks awesome
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man ;)
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:icon1337kadaju:
1337Kadaju Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
This is awesome as hell!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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1337Kadaju Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
No problem! ^^
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:iconmercurycode:
mercurycode Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Woah - fantastic artwork! I'm a fan of how you included all the textural details. Glad my stock was useful!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your textures are excellent, thank you!! There will be a few more to come soon :) I'm glad you like it!
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:iconflobelebelebobele:
Flobelebelebobele Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Excellent work Erik, like always! :clap::clap::heart:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you dear :D
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:iconblindeyetwist:
BlindEyeTwist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
wow, großartig :)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vielen Dank!
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:iconblindeyetwist:
BlindEyeTwist Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
gerne :)
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
very interesting and different :wow: loved the concept of the demon consuming her soul :la:
the detail of the branches entering her is very good :wow: I loved the colors and details :love:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you mate! Glad you like the details and the concept! :D There will be more images about it. 
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:iconwesley-souza:
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
yes, I loved details :la: welcome :happybounce:
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RaineTenerelli Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015   Writer
This is amazing, both as a stand alone work and as part of a series, the rest of which I can't wait to see. It's notable too as a dramatic departure from the subject matter you've chosen before. Very, very cool!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad to hear it! I've been doing the same things over and over again for a while so I thought a change was needed. :)
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015   Writer
Mixing things up is a good thing, and you're off to one hell of a good start!
:)
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Vexatiousss Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Farben sind wirklich klasse!
Auch gute Ausstellung, leider ist euer viewer echt langsam, ich hab pro Bild sicher eine halbe bis eine Minute gewartet:D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
upps, ganz so langsam ist der bei mir nicht, ich leite das mal weiter!
Vielleicht helfen deine specs, also was hast du für ne Bandbreite und ist das in allen Browsern so langsam (falls du mehrere benutzt)?
Sonst danke natürlich! :D
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Vexatiousss Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kein Problem:D
Ja ich benutze Chrome und hab eine 16k Leitung, daran wirds nicht liegen:D
Vielleicht hat sich bei mir einfach irgendein Plugin aufgehängt, ich probiere es die Tage nochmal aus und sage bescheid:D
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TalXorFire Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Really amazing work! Love 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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ReyeD33 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much going on here, love the motion and the "flow" of the image. :thumbsup:
Beautiful colours as well :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! I'm glad there's still 'flow' despite all the chaos :D
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting concept Erik! Nicely done! :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you dear! :)
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