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The NeverEnding Story by robrey The NeverEnding Story by robrey
Oil, 18 x 23 inches

I began this illustration for fun as part of a challenge on CGHub.com. I got distracted from it by other projects during the challenge but I eventually got back to it and then took my time varnishing it and getting it digitized. So here it is, a cover illustration for The NeverEnding Story.

I would like to say, I got excited about painting an illustration for The NeverEnding Story not only because the movie is a cherished childhood memory of mine, but also because I think the story is particularly effective for teaching kids how to understand metaphor in storytelling. If you remember the movie (or not), the main character is a troubled little boy, named Bastian, who reads a book titled The NeverEnding Story who's main character is a boy just like him in a fantasy land on a mythical quest. Through the story, Bastian learns to confront his problems in real life. Quite over-obvious to adults and there are many stories that are also obvious in this regard, but great for kids to learn that this metaphor is present, at least to some degree in all stories, even the ones they are told are "True."

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ArtOfPhranger Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Artist
The moral of that movie was, don't ever stand up to bullies, just run and hide, because all of your problems will be resolved when a magic dragon appears and chases your bullies (who are also children) down an ally.

Bastian came across as a sociopath to me.

Nice drawing though.
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justDarc Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
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AntoniaTonks Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! In the Hungarian version, Bastian is called Barnabás.
The dragon is my favorite!
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will-the-ranger Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'll start the slow clap
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OrangeLetters88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This movie is so awe inspiring and beautiful.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent work of art. Enough said.
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:icontrip-into-reality:
trip-into-reality Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this! Amazing! <3 This is literally my favorite art piece ever!
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Ruizgallery Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Atreyu!
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:iconzombie-zone02:
zombie-zone02 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love this movie,it's what I grew up with and this is amazing! Well done
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dotdonahue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
You are so talented.
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0Wolf0Moon0 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore this movie! The luckdragon is my favorite :-)
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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Magic...
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PepperedSoda Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YyyyyyEEEESSSS
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ChOcOlAtE-Ryuu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just watched the movie for the first time in YEARS. Super happy to find this on here ^w^
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MaxDeFa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Hi Rob, here the paginated version of "The NeverEnding Story", from Terre di Confine Magazine no. 3:
maxdefa.deviantart.com/art/The…
And here the readable/downloadable issue 3: www.terrediconfine.net/terre-c…

Thank you!!!! ^___^
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Bloodylilcorpse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That is so amazing! Really love it! That was an awesome movie too! Random Rue Smile 
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RosyFantasyArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
congratulations it's a wonderful jobEmoji Set: Applause 
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Makosharkman Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
wow very well drawn.
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I wanted to be Sebastian when I was young too :), entering into a book, going on adventures. I didn't get the metaphor when I was younger, but I'm grateful for it now I'm older :thanks:

Beautiful work, nice to see some classic oil painting. It looks like such a rich medium to work with. The movement and the colours are rich and beautiful, and the frame with Bastian in it is a brilliant touch. :heart:
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PeterSassyPan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this!.,and the movie.
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DecaySlacker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning Clap
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helenavampire Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your work is breathtaking ! love the energy in your brush strokes ! :la:
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Kirschpraline Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, such a beautiful work, good job! (:
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flipper887 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist
ITIS FALCORE! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!1
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Loo1Cool Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is just one of the most awesome paintings I've seen on da ! )
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pokefan425 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
awesome! i loved this movie X3
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cirquesanity Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the artwork.
The Neverending story is one of the reasons why I had a wild imagination as a kid...
and still do today...
Haha I'm probably never going to grow up because I watched this movie so much.
:love:
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white-feather2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I loved that movie
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TheLivingShadow Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
one of all time favourite fantasy stories! fantastic piece!
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PetalDreams Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful work has been featured in my book journal [link] :heart:
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sallymalene Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooow! :heart:
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Augusttalok Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Love it!
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diegotiziani Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
great work for a great book!
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roby-boh Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional
Wonderful :)
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atichanhardcore Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the book, the movie and I adore this picture. Truly awesome work!
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FOXHenna Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
One word: AWESOME.
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DarkMousyRulezAll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WOOOO this is amazingly done!! :iconyeahplz: I love it!!
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ChrisSetsuko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Wonderful and your description makes the painting even more special!
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I really, really like this. You did a marvelous job with this. Both the background with The Nothing and characters look incredible, especially Atreyu and Falkor. I also like how you include the Auryn at the top. I will always cherish this film, it left an impact on me as a young child including getting me in to reading. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work with the rest of us. Keep up the great work!
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boundNbarefoot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
best film EVER!
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oozsinfered Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Writer
This picture has been featured here! [link]
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danocachan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I love this!
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AndreSintenie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you so much for reminding us all about this great saga!!
you have fantastic skill:)
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Boywiththebread23 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Atrayiu <3 <3
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realismpaint Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Fantastic!
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InsaneJesterAsylum Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...so beautiful...
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prince-allion Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Artisan Crafter
excellent !!! very good work!!!
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TheButterflyGirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
The Neverending Story is one of my favorite phenomonal movies. I love how well you did the pic. :)
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nekomell Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student
FALCOOOOOOORRRRRREEEE!
Oh, I rly love it <3
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Khilx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Oh wow! This is absolutely stunning!
Just... I love the emotion in this, and you captured all the intensity in this piece.
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