I was browsing deviantart when I happened across this contest and I KNEW I had to enter. As those of you who follow me have probably noticed, I tend to paint more on the dark side, so I decided to challenge myself with this contest and paint Lena taken by the Light! Though I really had wanted to enter one of each, I am glad I spent the extra time instead making this one the best I could. Let me know what you think!
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Society6 "I don't really like people who go around brandishing the banner of justice. No matter the reason, where humans are involved, there is no black or white, no justice or evil--there is only our will." - Pandora
I really like this quote from Pandora; it kind of reflects my opinion. There is no ultimate goodness or evil. I think that if Lena tries, she can "fight" the darkness, and reach the light no matter what. Thus, I chose to depict her catching/grasping the "light" even though the darkness is trying to engulf her (the lace, the clothes, etc.). So yes, this is supposed to be Lena of the Light. Lots of symbolism I tried to tie in, but I don't want to name them all and weigh the image down with it. Especially since people will have contrasting views on the symbolism.
Edit: Added her necklace, Intensified colors & sharpened image I didn't put her necklace because it seemed out of place when I first sketched it, but I will try to do something in the next couple of hours so this might change a little... Had a lot of fun pulling this one off and quite proud of the result, even if the final product isn't quite my initial expectations, haha. Hope you guys enjoy it too!
Edit2: Oh my goodness! I'm one of the semifinalists! o___o Thank you so much for the honor. If anyone has suggestions to further improve the work, do let me know! : )
It takes one memory, One tiny piece of hope, One single act of love, To cut through the darkness.
This is a paper-cut piece. I used an exact-o blade and just... got into in. I was really excited to play with the negative and positive space as a second layer to the concept of the contest. I know this was sent in close to the deadline! But, I'm really glad I tried anyway. <3
"Claim or be Claimed Shed blood, Shed tear Moon or Sun - destroy, revere"
Humans have great capacity for love and destruction - we choose our own path. Will we sit idly by and life set its course for us or will we actively pursue what we feel is right and true? Everyone follows their inner guiding light; I believe that Lena does the same, regardless of how she is claimed.
I really enjoyed working on this piece and felt it was a great opportunity to explore mood and portraiture.