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
Well... i finished this a lot sooner than i thought i would XD! I don't think i have ever put this much effort into something O_o I mean i always do my best but i think i reached a new level on this and it also taught me that i should take more time with my work... this was really fun and even if i do not win anything i have at least learned a few things and upgraded my skill some!
Look for the little details here too, the picture is flipping huge so i could add in little details... like the fairy on the Crystal and the scales and ring mail on the knight. XD Everyone was going with a heaven hell kinda theme... so i went with a Dark Knight Paladin theme XD Hope you like and please... feel free to fav the heck out of this so i have a chance at least at the community prize LOL XD
I started thinking of concepts for this contest around Easter, so as a Christian/Mormon it seemed natural to depict Christ as the ultimate symbol of good, and satan as the ultimate symbol of evil.
This is also somewhat based on a scripture from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 9:10): "O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit."
This piece illustrates Jesus Christ's victory over Satan. Satan's arms represent spiritual death and physical death. The rings around the nail marks in Christ's hands and wrists symbolize His atonement and crucifixion. These rings also loosely form the mathematical symbol for infinity, which in this case is meant to symbolize the eternal, infinite nature of Christ's victory.
The original drawing was created on paper and pencil. The coloring was created with Photoshop and my handy Wacom Bamboo tablet.
My entry for the Myths and Legends: An Illustration Contest.
I'm a personal fan of illustrations, and I am also a personal fan of myths and legends. So this contest seemed pretty much amazing. My original idea was to do a graphical representation of the destruction of The City of Atlantis. I started to do it, and the picture just got wayyy too complicated for me at the moment. I also then was having a discussion about Diablo II with some buds of mine, and I remembered just how awesome Baal was.
After some research about Baal, I came to find that he is actually mentioned in many religions. By some he was the god of thunder and rain. By some he was the god of fertility. By some he was the brother of Diablo and the Lord of Destruction. Either way, I found it interesting that this 'Baal' existed in so many different beliefs. And all of these, he was a god. I, thus, decided to draw him for my entry. In this picture he is a mixture between being the god of fertility and being just a creator of worlds.
This piece was the first time I had dealt with texture on surfaces. I thought that I did a fairly good job with the feel of the cloth and sand. I have a long ways to go, but I don't think it was a particularly bad start.
From sketch, vectorized for 28+ hours using a free vector program. (bits and pieces: the sketch for this one was actually finished even before "Friends Forever" was uploaded) ___________________________
My third entry art specially made for "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest sponsored by DeviantART and Wacom. The theme of the contest is "Good vs. Evil". ___________________________
Silly man thinking he's king of the universe when there's so much more...
Well, this is my first space art What do you think? It probably has a few weak points. I'd like constructive criticism on: -the colour scheme - Are there too many colours in it? -the composition - Is it to crowded with meteors and such? -In general the work as a space art, and any other criticisms you can think of -Is the concept clear?