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Persephone, Queen of the Underworld

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:new: EDIT: Re-uploading with a MAJOR compositional overhaul I did for reasons which I explained in this blog entry. Enjoy the new, hopefully improved Persephone!

Comparison of old and new versions:


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My interpretation of Persephone based on the parameters of the CharacterForge Challenge over at CGhub. Thanks for all of the feedback (especially *Zephyri, *kdeln, and *windfalcon) that helped to push this image to its full potential! I feel like I've really hit a milestone here in my methods, lighting, and work, overall.

This version of Persephone has adjusted somewhat to her role as queen of the Underworld. She has a certain power to her and the status of the queen. Even still, she somberly awaits her return to the world of the living and guards the seed of Spring. The four garnets set into her necklace symbolize the four pomegranate seeds that doomed her to this fate.

Drawn entirely digitally with a Wacom Cintiq 12WX (a milestone for me!) with no line art, just slowly building up color and plucking out details. Mainly used these brushes from Mr Jack and default hard brushes set to various opacity levels. It's like oil paint (sorta) without the fuss of solvents!:D
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twinkletinker General Artist
I absolutely love the shine in the middle... it really gives a focus for the piece!!! Wonderful composition! :D
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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Thanks! I might have to come back and try a few of the tricks I learned during the critique. We'll see!:)
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yorikitsuneProfessional Digital Artist
WOAH this is absolutely AMAZING. :heart:
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Eldr-FireHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, how wonderful! Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but I love how you combined her roles of queen and spring maiden!
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Very nice.
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Yay the bean is back! I don't know what you did or changed but I just noticed her eyes are red and it's perfectly creepy!
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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
The eyes are my favorite part, in fact! You remind me that I needed to upload a detail so people could see them better. Enjoy! >:D [link]
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^.^ Spiffy! her face looks great!
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JudithMayrHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how this one turned out, lovey. Especially the lighting and mood are wonderful. Well worth all the effort you put into it!
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girl-n-herhorseHobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful . . . love the lighting.
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TheDutchesseStudent Digital Artist
Oh, I love this, I'm especially liking the costume design. The yellow and pink go together really well and I like the simple but fitting pattern.
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BlueRavenfireProfessional Digital Artist
very nice :)
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MrsNoxHobbyist Writer
Wow, this is so fluid looking, she's beautiful! :love:
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skiesofchaosProfessional Photographer
Lovely piece of work, it is an interesting interpretation. :)
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