"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:
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.
*** 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
fully Photoshop7, Painter7, Poser4 for the skeletons, pose refd.
Around 30-40hrs for the painting, around 10 hrs for the poem.
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?
*** 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
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)
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.