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His Collection Was Complete by AdamHunterPeck His Collection Was Complete by AdamHunterPeck
acrylic, 2007

This was an interesting piece for me. It came from deep in my subconscious, and was a mix of many thoughts, feelings, and memories. I was surprised when I suddenly pictured it one day, so clearly, because I usually just get a vague sense of a picture, or have to try hard to force something out of me.

I had a childhood friend whose father was a hunter, and his living room was full of stuffed animals like this. It was a haunting place, and I remember feeling guilty about even being in there.

My middle name is Hunter, which has made me remember this room, those feelings of fear and guilt about the way people dominate and destroy nature, like the way we're contributing to global warming.

I've always believed in those fantastic creatures, the hidden monsters of myth and legend, cryptids. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, sea serpents... they were all so real to me growing up. I'd still like to believe in them, but unfortunately the scientific reality of adulthood has dulled my imagination a bit. Not completely though, and never fully.

My girlfriend Courtney wrote a children's book about fabled creatures like these, but it's about one man's journey to find them and document them. In the end, he has a chance to see one, but is too afraid, and closes his eyes. Perhaps this speaks of Courtney's own fear of the existence of that which is unknown. My illustration may symbolize my fear of becoming the old hunter who has stopped nourishing his imagination and faith in the mysteries of the world, and has thus killed these fabled creatures. Perhaps this picture is a reminder to myself, to never lose my beliefs.
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hiddengates12 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I really like the symbolism you have with this piece. Inspiring and a great thought "poker".
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Silvre Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nice! I love all the different creatures you've exhibited.
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deankotz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this piece!
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Dracohoudini Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010   General Artist
I have always been a fan of the cyptids. This is a great picture but for me it's sad. One reason is all those fabled creatures who were once running free now are displayed as show. The guy reading his newspaper just does'nt show any remorse for killing such wonderful creatures. A very interesting story behind this peice btw
you did a great job on this

I recenltly finished a series of small illustrations of the legendary creatures of Michigan (where I live) I went out and researched every michigan monster I could. I did 11 of them.
It was too bad I had such a small space to work in with them, because I'm sure they would've turned out better.
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Dragoness-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Beautiful picture.

I feel that I can relate to you in many ways.

Growing up, I've always been fasinated in legends, myths and folkolores, believing that dragons, gryphons and other creatures could exsist. Even though I'm a young adult now, those stories, the creatures and my faint belief have never left my heart and I doubt that it ever will.

I also feel strongly against hunting too. It disgusts me.
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Moorstream Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I think this deserves a comment. I can very much understand that will to keep believing, but feeling it slip away slowly and terribly.. Maybe you can't keep it, but find new ways to believe in the fantastic. I hope.
It also is a strong statement for the need people have of dominating all around them. Thanks for sharing!
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Wyote Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Pretty nice pic. And your explanation of the pic is deep.
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Larkie-Star Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Student Filmographer
Beautiful, chilling work.
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Satinrose-Gumbii Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
"The Most Dangerous Game" immediately came to mind after viewing this piece. I'm absolutely entranced by it. There are so many details to look at! Love the concept behind it, too.
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JillyWhite Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008   Writer
I love it! It's really beautiful... poor animals.
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sindos Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tilt up! I want to see leviathan :ohnoes:

Very cool. The drawing itself and the thought of it ^_^
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's one of my favorite ideas I've made into an illustration.
I want to see the Leviathan too! :)
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kika1983 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
hehe! cool idea andvery good background:) well done for the title too
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Satsuki-fujin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, he's good. There's few men who have ever had the fortitude to capture that which all eyes but those on AFV. I tip my hat to the who caught the Jackalope. :)
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SeekerVI Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Hunting Tip #789:
Convince fellow hunters that your mutual prey is extinct or fictitious. This will send them after other animals and thus improve your chances of success.
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baragon2001 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
hes a good hunter to have a bibacal sea monster of the sea in collection the levithan its a sad pic
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jussta Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Fridaylicious is a weekly themed art feature. This time it's all about ROOMS and your deviation was featured! :)
Link to the article: [link]
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! Much appreciated! I like all your choices!
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Studiohq Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
I'm impressed..

This invoked....well, it's hard to explain...

I was horrified, angered, saddened...yet I kept looking at it over and over....like a train wreck...

I would have to say that anytime a piece of art can cause me to react like that it must be something special. :clap:
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow, thank you.
yes, for me it also has mixed emotions too.
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Studiohq Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Interesting, and for you the artist, to see what your mind was creating had to be an extraordinary experience.

There are times when I see a thing (shot/idea) in my mind and sometime I'm afraid to do it. Fear of rejection or misunderstanding I suppose, but I do them anyway...

If I didn't say so before, this was brilliant work...
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you again for your support.
yes, never be afraid to do the art that comes to you.
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KuroTsuki003 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
....Wow.
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jevinart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
he he he! very clever. like this one a lot -- quite creative...
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely painting, cool idea.
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yizzie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Wow... interesting concept, and beautifully done. The bigfoot scares me a little... standing there all sillouhuettey and whatnot (<- possibly the strangest sentance ever).
Love it!
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bohemian-folly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Lovely. The story behind the picture is as intriguing as the image is itself. But it lends to teh question: which completed the collection?
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richardj Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
Ha ha! That's a wonderful painting!:thumbsup:
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china-doll Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
My perfect room! (Love the unicorn)
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bellessence Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
This is absolutely brilliant!You have an amazing talent in painting! :+favlove:
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ElphabaSoup Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Haha. Amazing. Lots to discover here. :D
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felishous Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
I agree with gabugirl; if you've ever read the short story "The Most Dangerous Game", this piece is a stronge reminder. I like the various creatures you've incorporated; they aren't the usual redundant game (bears, tigers, deer).
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RightOnQ Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Wow. That jackalope must have been the same height as a medium sized dog.
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GiRBeRRy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Student Writer
my favorite is the dragon. you do such great work! are you a book illustrator?
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Lucky-Raincloud Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
For some reason, this reminded me of a story I heard recently. So, this woman who can't be understood by anyone else is being taped talking by a rich man. Why...?




She was the only living human who could speak her language anymore. He had decided her speaking her language was a very important and priceless thing. When I saw the title, I half-expected a woman to be standing beside the man! xD
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Zoshism Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so brilliant! I love the way the various creatures are looking at him in a way, and my favourite part has got to be the creatures, espacially the partly seen ones - like the 'leviathan' idea!
and the dragon's head is beautifully painted!
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militaryTiger Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
beautiful work when I look at it I feel all fuzzy inside .D
I could imagine seeing this as a illustration for some books cover
amazing cant find words to describe it
it makes me happy when I find some deviations really worth of fave like this one
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alek-olek Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
It is AMAZING! :heart: :+fav:
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alek-olek Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
It is AMAZIMG! :heart: :+fav:
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WineWriter Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Love it! Especially the Loch Ness monster. Love that story.
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
The absolute win for this image is the jackelope.

:D Totally made me laugh.
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Rniris Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Nessie? Haha

Love it.
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zimdollar Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Leviathan.. Nice touch there! And is that a giant squid?
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viip Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing piece of work (like all your works in your gallery)!
Ingenious and ironic theme works, as well as the beautiful result. :) Despite the old man's abnormal right leg, the entity is great. The perspective and colors give threatening atmosphere to the room, it seems like "the collection" is thinking revenge to the hunter. :jedi:
:+fav:
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Placidus-Sinistra Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i especially like the dragon's head.. that sort of dragon is a very impressive sort :D
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NickTrip Featured By Owner May 31, 2007   Traditional Artist
Very Cool
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MaggithaMay Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, this made my day.
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loish Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
awesome atmosphere and lighting.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I remember seeing this before and wanting to visit that man... Oh, and the artist who drew the man, but I've got that one covered.

-C
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aChiLdFoRsAkeN Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like the cover to a book I would read. And it would probably be my favorite book. Excellent work. :nod:
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