I do have a story behind this painting, but instead of words, I leave you with this picture alone. I wonder what your interpretations would be
Original size: 6000x9000px; done from scratch in Photoshop with some aid from Painter. This piece was a challenge, mainly to get the technique and mood work together. It took me a LOT of time, especially to get all those little details right.
Oh, paint the white of my wedding dress grieving black
For a widow I am, not a bride!
Mourning over my youth forever buried in the depths of these tombs,
As a flower dies without a sip of dew,
I wither away without the warm breath of my beloved sun.
Well, that's an outcome of a non stop few day work. I have decided, that I need to work a LOT on the anatomy and skin shading of my characters, and so I tried, in this one, to work the hardest I can on it.
I have done a lot of studies (mainly consisting of looking at myself in a mirror ), tries etc before even beginning to work on this.
I cannot, unfortunately, publish a full WIP of the work, as it's going to be published soon, but I am still sharing some sketches and closeups and a tiny tutorial
Hand WIP: [link]
Rock texturing mini tut: [link]
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
Ah, it's been a long while, hasn't it I have a new cast for my right wrist which allows me to paint, so here is the next from the Sins
GLUTTONY is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Why didn't I draw anything disgusting? Well, I wanted to prove myself I can keep to the original "idea" of a glutton, WHILE making the character aesthetic, pretty and (in her way) attractive. I wanted to prove the modern "pretty=thin to the bone" standard wrong.
Some symbolic explanations:
Abundance of textiles - I treat this sin not only as eating and drinking, but consuming in it's wider meaning, such as buying and gathering useless things etc
Grapes - "luxury" goods, connected with lavish parties (in ancient times) etc
The pink colour theme - reminds me of grapes, sweets etc
I hope you like this one, as it was definitely the hardest one to balance and get "right".