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Weep, weep, O Walsingham!
Whose days are nights;
Blessings turn'd to blasphemies
Holy deeds to despites.
Sin is where Our Lady sat;
Heaven is turned to Hell!
Satan sits where Our Lord did sway;
Walsingham! O farewell!


(This is a 16th century poem I found in Carolly Erickson's biography "Bloody Mary". Walsingham is an English pilgrimage site that was destroyed during the Reformation. The poem reflects the feelings of the Catholic people of that time, and perhaps also what Mary thought.)

Miladies and gentlemen, I present you "Bloody Mary"! :D My 7th portrait in my series of Tudor Queens.

Born in 1516 as daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor was raised to become Queen of England, just in case. Henry's male heirs indeed were short-lived, and his son Edward, after having ruled as Protestant king, died aged fifteen in 1553. Now it was Mary's turn and she became Queen the same year, at the age of 37. She was a devout Catholic and believed it was her mission to restore England to Catholicism. Which of course was pretty much impossible - one can't stop history once it has started. Until her death in 1558, about 280 Protestant "heretics" were condemned to death. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are several portraits of Mary dating from her time, of which the best known probably are these:
[link] - painted by Master John in 1544
[link] - painted by Antonio Moro in 1555
As you can see I chose to paint her wearing the dress from the earlier painting when she wasn't Queen yet, simply because I like it more :lol:
I'm still wondering about her eyebrows or lack thereof. Was there a fashion of plucking them out, or did Mary have some nutritional deficiency?

Like some symbolism with that painting? :) Here goes: The statuette of the Virgin Mary in the background is her name patron, obviously, and the blood red color of the tapestry also was a conscious choice.

Tool: Photoshop 7 & Wacom tablet. Statue referenced from a work by Tilman Riemenschneider. Carpet and wooden panels from cgtextures.com .

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Anne Boleyn as a revenant, attacking King Henry VIII :)

Sometimes you just feel like doing that sort of thing, eh? :XD:

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Salome, who danced in front of King Herodes and received the head of St. John the Baptist on a silver plate, was regarded one of the most wicked women in history.

And this is how she died, according to the old legend. One day, she was dancing on a frozen pond when the ice broke and she fell into the water. Eventually, the sharp ice fragments would cut her neck and severe her head from her body. So she died the same way like the man whom she had brought to death; and not even her mother Herodias was able to save her.

Photoshop 7 and Aiptek tablet.
Reference used: A photo of my friend posing for Herodias. Photos of my own face, for the sea demons. No reference used on Salome.

Some close-ups for you :)
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This is the second sculpture I made for the Ugly Truth Contest initiative.
It's made of polymer clay, acrylic paints, wooden base and a foil +aluminum  wire armature.
It depicts a cigarette that has been broken in half with all of its hidden dangers and horrors pouring out.
Including are oral tumors and cancers, blackened organs, stained and missing teeth and blood shot eyeballs.
There are more pics of this piece here [link]
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Reaper of Souls Contest Entry 
Sculptural Maquette of Maltheal and his collection of souls. Made from polymer clay.
His battle has only begun.

My other submissions:Reaper of Souls /  Maltheal Maquette by MorgansMutations Diablo III  / Soul Sucker by MorgansMutations The Black Soulstone / Diablo III by MorgansMutations 
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Just when you thought you were alone..

Inspired by the lipstick faced demon from the first insidious film.
This piece is made primarily from polymer clay.
Other photos of sculpture here: [link]
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... just wanted to go for some tunas...

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This is my entry for the scribble contest. :D

First: HAPPY HAPPY 11th BIRTHDAY DA!! :D Thank you for the great almost 2 years of fun, since I joined you! ^^

So, I tried to make the scribbles as visible as possible without destroying the image. The scribbles are still existing, I just turned down their thickness a bit (what, according to the rules, is possible). If you cant find them, look here: [link]

I hope you enjoy! :D

time: about 8 hours
PS CS4 and Hanvon graphic tablet

-- as always, favs and comments are highly appreciated! :heart: --
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Moving slowly like a storm-cloud, leaving behind a wake of devastation, unstoppable, mercyless... colossal.

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Colossus theme: Death
time: about 7 hours
done in PS CS4 + Hanvon Artmaster grapic tablet

I hope you like it! :D Every fav and comment is highly appreciated!

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my other RIFT-entry:

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A melody, which livens up the forest... and awakes a long forgotten fairytale...

There is some kind of a story behind this picture. But I want you to imagine yourself what this story could look like :) so tell me in the comments ;) :D

This image took so much time and effort to draw! I think it's my hugest picture so far! I hope you like it!! :heart:

Drawn in PS CS4 with Hanvon "Artmaster" - graphic tablet
about 20+ hours

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RIFT theme: This is the colossus of life :)

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:icon1dakota-smith1: has written a very beautiful and awesome shortstory for this picture... thanks so much!!:

That...tune....has not been heard on this side of the world in....a very long time. It has been so long...I had almost forgotten just how wonderful it is. I must see. I must see where it is coming from. Who brings it here?

The earth is stiff around the Guardian but despite of this he lifts himself above the surface. Nearby there is a young woman playing a small instrument on the stump of what was once a mighty tree. The Guardian speaks in her mind "you who are you?"
Without faltering the woman answers "my name is Arethusa. My ancestor was once the nymph who resided in this tree."
"Why do you come here Arethusa? Why do you play that song?"
"This song has been passed down my family for hundreds of years. As a child I heard the stories of you, great Guardian, and how you have kept this forest pure."
The Guardian was silent
"I have come here to tell you that there is very little of the outside world left and what is left is burning....did you know this is the last forest?"
"Yes. I have felt my kin dying this past millennium."
"Why have you done nothing to stop it?" Arethusa said. A tear trickled down her cheek and onto her flute.
"I cannot leave this forest. I am the very heart and soul of this place. I am bound to this place forever."
"The song is almost finished."
"Then we must soon part ways and you will go back to the outside world."
"There is nothing for me there."
"You must go. If what you say is true then it is time for a new age. I give you a piece of my power..."
Arethusa felt roots entwining themselves around her feet and crawl up her legs. She felt a glow fill her up. For that one moment she was bound to the forest itself and she could see it. In her mind's eye she saw every tree, flower, and blade of grass. For that one moment she could hear the forest singing along with her little tune.
"You must return to the world and may where ever you step be the home to my children. The age of the forest will rise from the ashes. All will be well.'
As the song ended the roots fell away and the guardian returned to his slumber, preparing to wake at the dawn of a new and brighter earth.

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And another entry, you can click the links below to see my other pieces for the Ugly Truth competition. All references used are my own and produced in Photoshop on a Wacom as usual.
EDIT: I decided to work on the smoke a little more and to have it passing into the undead as I felt this portrayed the concept a little better.

These are links to my other entries if you are interested.
THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH ARTWORK

THE BEAST IN YOUR LUNGS

THE HIDDEN NIGHTMARE
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EDIT: I just wanted to thank all of you who have understood the meaning behind this piece and to clarify to all. The baby in the picture is my son, because of complications we had to face the very horrifying possibility he may have never been born and at birth required 3 full blood swap transfusions to save his life. He is a miracle and I appreciate every moment he is with me. I wanted this artwork to be understood and I am truly sorry to anyone that is hurt by this.
I wanted to create something which I hope although disturbing is also viewed with understanding. This piece is about smoking, but I hope can be viewed in a far wider context. In all things we do or believe in life there is a price to be paid, both personally and to those we spend our lives with. That price could be as simple as losing sleep through worry, or far, far worse. It is the understanding that everything we do effects ourselves and those around us that allows change. A change of perspective, of belief or in this case habit. Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing life into this world and the startling realisation of the responsibilities that is put upon your shoulders. It is a moment I will never forget and will cherish forever. It is also the moment I realised I had to do everything in my power to protect this life, to nurture him and watch him grow. That moment was very nearly taken away from me and that would have been a loss I could not dare dream to bear. This is why I created this piece, my nightmare made real allows me to understand how precious life is and I hope you can too.
Created in photoshop with a Wacom, all reference photos used belong to me and the baby is my son but is unrecognisable as him.
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As I do plenty of dishes myself I just thought I would creep myself out and anyone else who doesn't use a dishwasher, sorry. I doubt I can use this as an excuse to get out of it though..... Your thoughts are greatly welcome
All created in Photoshop on a wacom. All reference photos used belong to me and were taken for this competition

EDIT: the response to this has been amazing and I cannot thank you enough. You have all kept me smiling and laughing through all of your comments. THANK YOU :):)
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Here are contest details: www.deviantart.com/browse/all/… and here are semi-finalists (myself included :P ):  Mythical Creatures Semi-Finalists! 

If you like my vision, and would love to wear this like i would, then please click "I WANT THIS" when this option would be available for voting from 25 July until 31 July period.
-link to my second entry: Power to IMAGINE by IosifChezan

I do not join usually any contest based on votes, because i don't have great number of watchers (and im not interested in false popularity or mathematical schemes of promotion my art at any costs etc). I was attracted by the fantasy theme of the contest, and i tried to do a design i would wear myself with great pleasure, and also thought of it to be liked by all kind of myth/fantasy/magic lovers, no matter of gender or age :)... And promoting DA on my t-shirt would be also a pleasure, a place where imagination is shared and inspiration is infused through eyes in so many gorgeous artworks... countless emotions are born inside mind eager to born at their turn beauty, grace and endless depths of imagination in our lives...

So here it is :)

*** The idea itself in my concept was to see Deviant Art community as a place where IMAGINATION is shared, where IMAGINATION is fed and enriched into a virtual "immortal" place where precious pieces of art are exposed by great artists and lovers of art. A place which could enrich our palette of imagination, adding also depth and daring into creation. The chromatic was chosen after DA official site palette of colors. The design has transparent contour. Its contour is done by the color of t-shirt. The main t-shirt design is 4000x4000 size ***
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"ANGELUS MORTIS, sino morituri te salutant!!!"
(Angel of Death, let the mortals salute you!)

Here is my Shrine Blessed Crusader defying death and fear,... a humble tribute to Blizzard, to whom i owe so much enlargement of imagination and deep inner pleasure while playing inside its universes.
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Here are contest details: www.deviantart.com/browse/all/… and here are semi-finalists:  Mythical Creatures Semi-Finalists! 

If you like my vision, and would love to wear this like i would, then please click "I WANT THIS" when this option would be available for voting from 25 July until 31 July period.
-link to my first entry - Sharing IMAGINATION by IosifChezan
So, this is my second entry, as many of you, friends urged me to do it :)

*** The idea itself in my concept was to see Deviant Art community as a place where IMAGINATION is shared, where IMAGINATION is fed and enriched into a virtual "immortal" place where precious pieces of art are exposed by great artists and lovers of art. A place which could enrich our palette of imagination, adding also depth and daring into creation. The chromatic was chosen after DA official site palette of colors. The design has transparent contour. Its contour is done by the color of t-shirt. The main t-shirt design is 4000x4000 size ***
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oil on canvas (30x40 cm)

My first Steampunk motive ;-)

I paint it for the Steampunkism Contest [link]

Detail of the Shark
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This is my photo for the Fella Around the World Contest.

Shot at my home residence in Germany. The Marilyn Manson doll was built by my wife ;-)

No photomanipulation!!!
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My entry for the Face Your Monsters Contest :pumpkin:

Myself with much make up and a little bit Photoshop :D
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I love to paint and draw animals with blue and green colours, I feel very comfortable painting with that colour palette. When I finished this one I realized that it looks like a Na'vi from James Cameron's Avatar hahaha

Done with blue and green pencils on canson paper :D

Hope you like it ^_^
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Portrait of my dog Nikki, a long haired German Shepherd. This took me about 6-7 hours (It's really exhausting to draw Nikki's hair! >,<) But I'm happy with the result ^^

Tools: Pencils from 2b to 8b, Ingres paper, brushes.

Detail: [link]


More dog portraits;



More Nikki! ;

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:star::star: Prints for sale!! [link] :star::star:

Another character of a story I have on mind, his name is Kushluk.
This work was exhausting!! Painting horses is not easy for me!!! @.@

Hope you like it!

:star: More characters of this story;

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:star:Tools and references;

-Photoshop cs4
-The smoke brushes are from PhotoshopTutorials :D
-I used some references for painting the horse: Ulvar-Stock [link]
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:star: CRITIQUE NOT DESIRED :star:

You must Read the Rules before you use this stock.
Questions? Please check my FAQ

FAQ #217: What are "Stock Photos" and can I use "Stock Photos" in my submissions?
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:star: CRITIQUE NOT DESIRED :star:

You must Read the Rules before you use this stock.
Questions? Please check my FAQ

FAQ #217: What are "Stock Photos" and can I use "Stock Photos" in my submissions?
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:star: CRITIQUE NOT DESIRED :star:

You must Read the Rules before you use this stock.
Questions? Please check my FAQ

FAQ #217: What are "Stock Photos" and can I use "Stock Photos" in my submissions?
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When I heard Del Toro was judging a contest on Deviant Art I was like.... omfg YES! So here's my entry for the DevArt Scared Stiff contest. When I was a kid I had a very active imagination and I translated such experiences into this piece. Here is a little girl, she had crowned herself the owl princess of the backyard and would save her toys from the vicious swamp frogs and turtles that inhabited it. Then, at night these self created characters would come to life in her dreams and turn into nightmares, seeking out retribution and vengeance. So eventually, every creak and bump in the night would scare her into thinking she was going to be attacked. Until one night...

Done in ink, watercolor, and digital.

Prints available
8x10" [link]
16x20" [link]
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I saw this contest allows prior work and I thought this deadly twist on a classic children's story would be a good fit.
Ink, watercolor, digital
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My piece based on Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven
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Or "I Think You Forgot to Put My Irises Back In, Doc"

It's the next step up from those bizarre contact lenses the goth kids wear. I can definitely see those silly goth kids doing something like this in the future purely for aesthetics. Gotta admit, it'd be pretty sweet, but what would mom say?

Working as a full-time graphic designer doesn't leave much time for fun, games, and commissions nowadays. But luckily a lull in my workload gave me just enough time to throw something together for this contest.
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It's been a long, long time since I've submitted anything, but when I saw this contest, I knew I had to enter it for my wonderful girlfriend :iconb-b-bunny: --she's the inspiration behind the work. She loves Dr. Pepper and actually got me hooked on it, hence the title. Thanks, Hunny Bunny. :)

About the work itself: I've always admired well done graffiti artwork and wanted to try my hand at rendering something done in that visual style. This contest was a great opportunity to experiment with it and try to incorporate it into my art style. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Anyhow, hope you kiddos dig it. :)

Btw, you can check out a progression/mock-up over yonder:

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First off, lemme chime in, along with everyone else and their mom, that the new Tomb Raider is an amazing work of art. You can clearly tell that Crystal Dynamics poured their heart and soul into this labor of love. It's been a while since I've played something this good; if you haven't played it yet, go play it now!

So yeah, this has been one long-ass month of staying up til 2~4am most nights to work on this after I get out of work. I lost track of how many hours it took, but my slow ass took over 100 hours to work and rework the pose, angle, background, lighting, and details and I still feel like I could keep working on this for another week or more. In the end though, I'm really happy with the result; definitely one of my best works and hopefully a worthy homage to the awesomeness of the new Lara. :)

I tried to make the literal theme of ascension cool-looking (Lara fearlessly rock climbing in a beautiful/dangerous environment) while keeping the figurative theme of ascension subtle (Lara's struggle through Hell to reach salvation above) so that it wouldn't come off hammy. I also wanted to prominently feature the storm in the background because it played such an important role in the story, as well as to add an overall sense of impending doom/urgency to the image.

Oh, and btw, the climbing axe: most awesome piece of equipment ever.

Hope ya dig. :D
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