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".
"Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or
Personally I think envy means much more than just a wish to have something
someone else has. To me, it means also ACTING AGAINST that person,
"revenging" in a way, trying to take the "object of our desire" away from
them, or backstabbing them in some way etc.
That is why myself I consider envy the "heaviest" sin of all seven.
- snake - as I mentioned, envy, to me, is connected with cunning and doing
something behind one's back
- poison ivy leaf in the frame (and the column)- maybe just a word play, but
I always connected ivy with destruction of some sort... Growing using a
different object as a "support"... Something like that ;]
- color green - i guess it needs no comment
During the last few weeks I have been going through a small "artistic
breakdown", noticing how many mistakes I make etc... So I decided to try to
work harder on my pieces from now on and develop my style... So here you go,
something more painty than before :] I hope you like it, cause I'm pretty
satisfied for now :]
Time spent: around 60 hours again, doing those leaves sucked, really!
Coming next: (most probably) LUST :]~ PS.this deviation will also be a print!
So after 2 months of silence, I am giving you Lust
This is the third one of the serie, first ones are Vanity and Envy
"Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body."
As you can see, from my Lust sketch I have only kept the pose, but totally changed the face.
I think that this one fits the topic better. I see Lust as being concentrated on yourself, being "drowned in your own world" kind of way, rather than seducting and being "flirty"(and this look was used in the sketch)
About the symbolism:
The color - I am aware of the fact, that according to some sources Lust is connected with blue. To me though, blue just doesn't do it - It's too "cold", and therefore I picked(surprise) red - connection with the color of flame, warmth. No I am not connecting lust with love
The frame - uses the flame pattern... my thought-connections were: flame -> burning desire -> lust
The waterfall - something rapid, unpredictable, not controlable :]
The picture took me a long LONG time to finish, mainly because I have done 2 other versions which I was not satisfied with.
Done in Painter7 and Photoshop CS in an uncoutable number of hours XD
Hope you like it!
DISCLAIMER: As I am currently working on another project, I will take a break from the Seven Deadly Sins Serie, BUT I DEFINITELY AM planning on finishing it. The next one, coming probably in a few months will be SLOTH
PS. Just in case you're interested, I am now submitting Lust as a printout
"Wrath - Inappropriate feelings of hatred and anger. (...)Impatience with the law, or seeking revenge outside of justice, such as with unnecessary vigilantism. Wishing to do evil or harm to others." - Wikipedia
The colour theme - the colours red, orange, black remind me of fire -> destruction
Lightning (in the frame and background)- something destructive, rapid, uncontrollable
The hairstyle - another reference to fire
The make-up - a reference to battle marks (you know, face painting etc)
The feathers - (I tried to make them look "sharp" rather than soft and fluffy); to me, in this form they bare a resemblance to tribes -> Wrath seen as something wild and primal.
The whip she is holidng - a symbol of power
The shattered earth - the influence Wrath has on the world
The date of the submission is symbolic as well - it has been exactly 2 years since I have first started the series.
- I am aware that the style and the technique is much simpler than what I have displayed in my recent works, but I had to keep the style consistant throughout the series. So yes, I know I haven't painted every wrinkle or skin pore etc.
- art nouveau stylization (A.Mucha); couple of refs used but nothing copied straight nor nothing major (whip for example)
- about 30 hours spent in Painter
"Vanity is an excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise."
It's all pretty obvious but I will explain some stuff which inspired me, to sound cool, mind you.
- As you can read up, vanity is linked with the color violet, so here you go the color theme.
- Peacocks remind me of vanity as well, therefore I have used a peacock feather as an inspiration for the "frame".
- You can see the background being desertish (plus the dead tree)... Vain people usually never see any beauty in the world, but only in themselves... That is why everything around them, sooner or later, dies - and that is what I have tried to depicture.
lady's props based on my (pencil) sketch based on a couple o' refs, refs for textures.
you can see some art nouveau inspirations in the frame - my tribute to A. Mucha, as he is my idol
Generally it is my most thought-through and time consuming piece and I need to say I am satisfied with it
Around 60 hours or so, as some parts were hell to finish, seriously :/
Anyway, I hope you like it, comments, critiques, favs welcome!
Coming next (someday): Envy :]
Update 19.01.2005: ENVY CAN BE SEEN HERE: [link] :]
PS. No I am not really religious, I just found the Seven Deadly Sins a really inspiring subject.
PS2. THIS DEV WILL BE AVAILABLE AS PRINTOUT AS SOON AS ADMINS ACCEPT IT
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.
PLEASE READ THE INTRO FIRST!
Two lovers set apart by the God's enviousy, who trapped the boy for eternity in the misty forest. Lead by delusive hope, the girl begged the Gods to let her into the forest to find her beloved. For the girl's sadness and desperair were so overwhelming, the Royal Spirits agreed.
Without sleep or rest she has been searching for him throughout day and night.
Soon, as the months passed by, out of loneliness and obsession, the girl began to lose her mind. She is now speaking with trees and flowers, hearing her lover's voice in the nightingale's song, seeing his shape in blades of grass.
Her once great love turned into hatred, as in her madness, she has blamed the boy for the whole misery she was going through. She is now therefore hunting him, seeking revenge for her disastrous fate.
I'm searching for you - where are you my dear?
Is it your warmth I felt in the wind's morning breath?
And if this riven thunder was your cry of fear,
Was it me you were calling in the face of death?
I'm waiting for you - where are you my dear?
I loved you so badly you tore me apart!
But did you see my bitter tears,
when with starlit madness you have crowned my heart?
I cannot find you - where are you my dear?
You whipped me with sin and shattered my skies!
But my entity's rememberance will find you here,
and rusted cry will burn in your stoppered ears
So uhm yeah, I present my newest work...
It took me a long long time to finish, but at the end I am very proud of it. You will also be able to buy a printout of it soon...
Technical info: ~50hrs for the drawing process, ~3hours for the poem&story, lots of refs fo bg, lots of problems with textures
WHAT THE FUCK, a half o f my work is missing now, after i tried to upload the jpg agan (I retouched it)