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"Self control and self mastery prevent pleasure from killing the soul by suffocation. Legitimate pleasures are controlled in the same way an athlete's muscles are: for maximum efficiency without damage. Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control."

This is the first part of a series I am working on. Portraying the seven deadly sins with angels (sarcastic huh? ;)

100% Photoshop 7 Unfortunately I had to crop it down but here are two close ups of the actual size I was working in:

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PLEASE READ THE INTRO FIRST
Introduction:
Samael and Eleanzel, both sons of the Night Spirit, were loving brothers, fully comitted to each other as children.
Samael had a lover, a wind goddess Echo, whom he had a son with. Led by envy and secret desire towards his brother's love, Eleanzel has led Samael's suspicions, as the child was not his.
Samael full of faith, believing in his brother, filled with anger has killed his son and his beloved. Soon after has he discovered his lies.
Led by anger and bitterness he lost his sanity, and to kill his own pain, as a revenge to all the men kind, he is now killing all born children, letting everyone suffer as he once did.


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When the lifeless night forms a black winged wave
And scars my tainted heart with a bleeding mark,
Mountain's sharpened beaks dig my ethereal grave
And I'm spreading my arms, I become it's slave,
I welcome the dark

Frozen phantoms awake from the blazing skies
Piercing their claws through my moldered heart
I'm trying to see them with my riven eyes
But I creep into darkness, where your nations rise
Tearing me apart

Scream's howling neck blinds my vicious brain
I'm a trapped locust with a broken wing
I wield my sceptre of everlasting pain
I sit on a throne marked with lethal stain
As a crownless king

And when I finally spread my anger's disease
Frozen orbits' ashes will perish destroyed
I already feel the end's deadly breeze
And dreaming of the heavenly decease
I'll cry into the void


Technical info:
fully Photoshop7, Painter7, Poser4 for the skeletons, pose refd.
Around 30-40hrs for the painting, around 10 hrs for the poem.
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I believe that the biggest of dreams, sincerest of wishes originate not from our hopes but from our fears, as only the danger of losing something makes us realize what it is that we truly desire.
As we grow older our attitude, priorities and aspirations change. With time some dreams will fade and new ones will appear.

Each of the four creatures symbolizes a dream of mine. And now I wonder - what will be the fifth?


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I intended this piece to be meaningful on many levels. Aside from the personal content I tried to hide behind the symbols, the looser painting technique embodies a style I always aspired to, yet never managed to fully employ in any painting. Lastly, I hope the piece brought to you thoughts of Salvador Dali… Temptation of Saint Anthony hangs above my desk and is always a great inspiration in times of need.

Done in Painter 6 and Photoshop CS in around 70 hours with some ref help. I will post a link to WIPs/closeups and the like soon :-)
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Ok I got SO bored of my old ID that I just HAD to change it. XD
I know it's pretty basic, but I hope you like it. Myself I'm satisfied with the way Comments muchly appreciated as always. :)

PS. It's a photomanip with a few parts drawn (well duh), cause I got lazy, yes. I'm lazy. Lazy good. Mmmm lazy.
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The Seven Heavenly Virtues

Tolerance - The practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.
Love - A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection, devotion, and/or compassion toward a person.
Courage - The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or change with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
Wisdom - Knowledge, and the capacity to use the best means for attaining the best ends; good judgment.
Creativity - The ability to produce through artistic or imaginative effort, characterized by originality and expressiveness.
Freedom - The power to act, speak, or think without externally imposed restraints.
Truth - Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies honesty, accuracy, sincerity, integrity, and reality.

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Tools: Canon EOS 300D with Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro and Photoshop CS 2
Model: My sister (Truth)
Stock Images: [link]
Inspiration: Se7en, Holy Bible
Work time: over 20 hours !
Psd file size: OVER 300 MB !
Special thanks to: Jaana(my lovely girlfriend) and Timy(He helped me with ideas)

Enjoy :heart:
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Definition of Sloth: Aversion to work or exertion, laziness, and indolence.

The old sloth can be found here: [link]
Model, photographer and make up: Me

If I put all the Sins together, I will turn this one right side up and fix the text so it fits with the others. I'm really happy with this one. Also I added a web like people have asked me to. Enjoy! :heart:

The Other Sins so far:
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*Next one in the series will be Wrath, my sister will be modeling for that one*
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Hello there ;)

Following my new year's resolutions to update more often, here I am.

Well OK, it's cheating, since this piece has been done in 2010 for Digital Artist mag, issue 12 (I think). You can see the "making of" process there.

Done in Photoshop in loads and loads of hours. I've used an airbrush quite extensively for detailing, which was a new thing for me.

Used some refs for the flowers and gold elements, as well as posed in the mirror for quite a bit until I got the pose right. That's about it :)
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I really wanted to do something that was more suralistic ( or however that is spelled) and a bit creepy & I thought I should practise alittle on photomanipulations, so I mixed it in this piece. Its manipulation, painting and bought background.

~patronus-stock

~clockstock

~vaoni-stock

~SheisprettyStock

~xstockx

~tackystock

~digital-ink-stock

Might have forgotten some stock so if you see yours let me know!

Please dont forget to look at the detail [link]
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Seven Contrary Virtues Project: Patience

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." -- Saint Augustine

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Well, I actualy didn't do much here, since I found a lovely background and it was exactly what I was looking for. This is the contrary virtue of the sin Wrath.

I am in a hurry so I don't have time to say much! So here's the stock and brushes I used:



Thank you so much for the wonderful stock! Adieu! :giggle:
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Done for a Maureen- an intrepetation of the Sin of Wrath.

This is the first thing I have drawn/worked on in photoshop for a great long while- I hope you like it!
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