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Angel of January

EDIT Tweaked with shadows YET again. Also played around with concentrated areas of saturation and desaturation to help with color variation and focus in this image.

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I wake in the dark of winter.
Sunlight runs in my veins and lives in my being.
I tend the gardens of the Dead and await the promise of new life.

I am the Angel of January, The Shining One.

11x17 in., Line work in Color Pencil and painted in Photoshop.
(Many thanks to *Zephyri and =girlanime for all their critique and encouragement on this image!)

On January:
Named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings and gateways, January is a time of hope, purification and the promise of a new beginning.

January's Flowers:
January's flowers are the Snowdrop and the Carnation. Snowdrops were a peculiar flower seen as a portent of death by the Victorians for their propensity for blooming from beneath thin layers of snow in graveyards.

Carnations also have an association as flowers of the dead to the Mexican Indians and are piled beside the bodies of the recently deceased before they are buried. In Korean lore, three carnations are placed on the forehead to divine what phase of a person's life will be unfortunate. The flower that withers first will tell.

January's Birthstone:
January's birthstone is the Garnet which can be found in clusters and is often equated to pomegranate seeds which are in turn associated with the damnation of Persephone to the Underworld.
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Darkendrama's avatar
This is amazing and I love the quote you picked is simply perfect!
BlueRavenfire's avatar
really nice work :)
Octopearl's avatar
Awesome! My birthday is in January. This makes me proud :)
vhartley's avatar
As always, you've created such a beautiful image that brings so much detail for the eyes to feast on. From the textures and the variety of materials used in her dress, to the little embellishments, to the stained glass window and rays of light streaming in from the top, the scene keeps presenting something wonderful to appreciate.
AngelaSasser's avatar
So glad you've enjoyed this!:D Now only 11 more to go.:faint:
vhartley's avatar
Good luck. That can be one hell of an undertaking. :)
Aremke's avatar
You've really outdone yourself with this one. The lighting is fantastic and you use it nicely to capture the figure's form. I really don't see a single thing I don't like about this. Looks like you've leveled up!
AngelaSasser's avatar
Thanks Mike! The only bad thing about digital so far is I keep going back and tweaking and tweaking (and tweaking some more). The control you get over lighting is amazing!

I feel I should play the victory music from FF7 now. Doo doo doo doo!:D
Saimain's avatar
Oh wow...your digital painting is phenomenal! I love the glowing light and details in this! Absolutely striking and very eye-catching. ^__^
AngelaSasser's avatar
Thanks hon! Still getting a hang of this digital coloring thing, but I'm learning with each pic! So glad you enjoyed this one.:) Only 11 more to go!
WarFalcon's avatar
Beautiful! You draw angels so very well.
White-Mist's avatar
Very lovely, and so serene.
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MrsNox's avatar
Whoa, this is beautiful, such lovely bright colours! Well done! =D
Ethelie's avatar
love the light in this :)
cyberhell's avatar
*is happy to be bornt in January* :love:
the angel looks so beautiful <3 and I didn't know that Carnation is flower of the dead o.o
AngelaSasser's avatar
heh well here in the US, it's a flower of affection! It was interesting how much of January's imagery linked back to the underworld after I did some research. I thought I'd take the lesser known angle.:)
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This is the first in the series, but the rest ARE coming eventually!:nod:
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