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In the arms of the Avatar
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Published: February 10, 2006
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He wanted me to draw him again. Since I was being required to anyway, I figured I'd add something else to the picture. "How about illustrating his Avatar?" I thought.

The Avatar is a manifestation of a mage's subconscious mind...or perhaps it's a sort of guardian angel, or the personification of the soul. It's magic, is all they know for sure: *their* magic, given form and the ability to get involved in the mage's decisions. Needless to say, it's a little daunting.

What I learned: Though the picture just sort of came to me, its actual purpose was an exercise in techniques. When I conceived it, I imagined the Avatar sort of melding with the darkness around the edges--not quite here, but a looming Presence. I saw her hands and face as being the only 'real' parts of her, and even at that never being so substantial as to have an identity. I wanted to play with shadow and some stylization to get this effect. Shockingly, I think I pulled it off (though I originally imagined the wings to be dark on dark against the background; it somehow didn't occur to me that black on black = you can't see it).

I also wanted to play with Photoshop techniques, experiment with filters and effects, though I can't say for sure whether it's because I want to enhance my work or because I'm lazy and I hope it'll make it easier on me. Here, I got in some practice with the Satin layer effect (her robes), Lighting Effects (nice ambient shadowing, ne?), and some cunningly applied selection fills (the glow around her wings). I think they came out fairly well, all told.

Apparently, the only thing I need to finish a picture is an excuse not to give it a real background.
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CroydCrenson's avatar
I love it ^^ and Im sure each avatar is as unique as a persons' soul itself...

I wonder: What happens to the avatar when its corrupted by Nephandic influences....

Neh :3 I at times talk more like an Etherite than a hard-core Hermean.
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Bluesrat's avatar
I dunno, that sounds like the sort of thing a Hermetic would wonder about. :) Thanks for the fav!
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CroydCrenson's avatar
Anytime. And you know us Hermetics: gotta think of every little possibility. We're like the Latin Geeks in high school...only with a bucketful of paradox and some kickass Firemagick 0.o
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RevisionOfLines's avatar
I LOOOOOVE avatars in mage.
I ST'ed a campaign very heavily involved with avatars. I miss them.
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revfuggit's avatar
friggin beatiful!
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Bluesrat's avatar
Thanks! That means a lot to me. :)
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NibbleKat|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy CRAP. I think this is one of the best things I've ever seen you do. It's dramatic, the colors are really well done and contrast beautifully between figures, and the poses are very dynamic. I'm very, very well impressed!!
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Bluesrat's avatar
Yay! Thank you deeply. It's a great feeling to know I've created something that can move someone to such a comment. :)
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elfummel|Hobbyist Photographer
Wow thats one well thought-out, well-planned and nicely executed piece of art :D
I like the motive alot, as well as your artistic style.
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Bluesrat's avatar
Thank you! I'm enjoying it while I can; it doesn't happen to me often. :)

You have some gorgeous photography in your gallery, yourself!
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elfummel|Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe thank you. I'm trying to widen my horizon a little bit right now, beyond just nature photography. Im trying out vector art, digital drawings and landscape rendering. I just bought a Wacom tablet, so I feel kinda inspired :)
Hopefully I'll find something more that I like and am decent at.

Cheers!
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