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Santa Muerte

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"Santa Muerte" -- line art in pen on paper, colored digitally in Corel Painter on Intuos 3 tablet. *Full view highly recommended. ^_^

Personification of Santa Muerte (Saint Death, Holy Death) or Mictecacihuatl, Aztec goddess of the underworld, whom the roots of the modern day celebration of "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) can be traced back to. Done for the Enchanted Visions Project's October 2011 theme "Dia de los Muertos". After the summer hiatus, EV is back with a new monthly theme.

I don't know why the supposedly "Halloween" theme ended up with "Dia...". Many of the EV artists felt this was a rather "closed" and "restrictive" theme, including myself. I decided to research the history of the Day of the Dead celebration in order to find some kind of inspiration rather than merely presenting a pretty, Catrina-inspired, skull-painted face.

Once I decided on "Santa Muerte" figure, I pretty much had my mind made up to go with mostly white for the color scheme of this piece, rather than doing what's expected and predictable for dark pieces -- black.

*The print version will not have any watermark (not mine, not dA's), of course.

**Products (like iPhone cases) with this image are available at my Zazzle shop.
***This image on fabric blocks (for sewing and crafting) are available at Fantasy Fabric Blocks Art & Crafts.

©2011 Mitzi Sato-Wiuff / Aruarian Dancer
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DeeJozwiak's avatar

Beautiful.

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Fnafmaker2340Hobbyist Digital Artist
PERFECT
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amazing ^^
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pookiesaurus4Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like she's wearing a wedding dress.
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pookiesaurus4Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's beautiful!
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
Thank you kindly.  :heart: 
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HyrillStudent
OMG this is perfect! Congrats, I'm amazed!!!
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
Thank you kindly.  ^_^
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BeMyMarcoHobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing !! I love every bit of your art and it just leaves me amazed at how people can create such breath-taking art!

And you are one of those artists! Simply beautiful!! Frog Emoji-58 (Yay) [V3] 
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
You're so kind.  Thank you for your sweet words and support. :heart: :iconhappyhappyplz: :heart:
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BeMyMarcoHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, my words are nothing! This art deserves so much more than a few fans giving you praising!   I mean, you should totally be more known! :) I hope to see you blossom into someone everyone knows about because this is just. Wow. red..:Veri:8eOnCactusJuice:. 
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TaliaryaStudent Traditional Artist
So wonderful!!!
The character is beautiful and full of details, and the background is simply awesome!
:iconomgsocuteplz:
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^_^ :heart: :heart: :heart:
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
Thank you. ^_^
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BONITA MUY EUROPEA PERO BONITA

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This has been featured here wyldflower.deviantart.com/jour…. Thank you for beautiful work!
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much!! :D
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You're welcome.
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hermoso!!!! *_________________*
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GrumpyartistProfessional Traditional Artist
Yo is this day of the dead related? It's great
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Amazing picture!!!

That detail you put in the character and the background is awesome <3

i truely appreciate your artwork, you are a very talented artist :3 (人´∀`*)
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aruarian-dancerProfessional General Artist
:iconblushplz: Thank you for your kind words of encouragement!  Most appreciated. ^^
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