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VOICES OF LIGHT: Joan of Arc and Saint Michael by CelticBotan VOICES OF LIGHT: Joan of Arc and Saint Michael by CelticBotan


"Oh! What an honor for the feminine sex!...
This entire realm, once lost by [wretched men],
restored and saved by a woman again"
"Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc", by Christine de Pizan, 1429, one of the earliest known feminist writers.

"From my girlhood to the present time, in a
wondrous fashion I have felt in myself the
power and mystery of secret and
wonderful visions..."

St. Hildegard of Bingen, mystic, poet, and composer from the early 12th Century.

"A little girl [...]
Upon whom arms and armor
weigh lightly; [...]
Before her all foes take off at a run,
Of them none remains, not even a one."

"Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc" by Christine de Pizan

Excerpts from "VOICES OF LIGHT"(Richard Einhorn) lyrics, which were taken from works by medieval female mystics.


It started when I was watching American Horror Story: Asylum and this masterpiece called "Pater Noster" started to play on the background. Of course I fell in love at first listening, and soon I searched for more of it, for the album, and I found "Voices of Light", an album that was composed by Richard Einhorn, inspired by Carl Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc", a silent movie made in 1928. 

A couple of days later, literally like 2 or 3 days after discovering about this amazing album I decided to watch this movie called "That's What I Am", that deals a lot with bullying and prejudice and.... where the teacher reads to the class, throughout the movie, the book about Joan of Arc - no I had no idea of it when I decided to watch it and yes it started to bug me why Joan of Arc suddenly appeared in my life lol. But I decided that it would probably be a really interesting theme for a new painting so I started to think about what I could do, what kind of painting it could be.

And then days later, Kelly Lewis (aka Kelly Is Nice Photography, whose work I am really fan of) released a sneak peak for her most recent photoshoot, featuring her daughter Alice as Joan of Arc, releasing the entire photoshoot a couple of weeks later. That's when I decided I would use Alice as reference for Joan! Thank you a lot Kelly, for giving me permission to use it and for the inspiration! :heart:

About the painting:
There was some researching envolved, which is always fun because I always end up learning a lot! Watched both The Passion of Joan of Arc and Luc Besson's The Messenger as inspirations and to learn more about her story, and see the different opinions / depictions about her. I really loved both movies! I highly recommend them, and also Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, UGH! What an AMAZING album. My favorite songs are Pater Noster and Torture (follow the lyrics and translation at the videos' descriptions, it's really interesting~).

Wanted a familiar yet new kind of image for Michael the Archangel (one of the voices Joan claimed to hear), so I used Guido Reni's famous painting as a reference, but decided to make them chubbier (so they would look more mighty and menacing and strong) but looking very androgynous and young, almost like a child, because I wanted them to look really beautiful - also, I wanted their beauty to contrast with the bizarre/supernatural look, with all the lights and eyes and butterfly patterns on their wings.

Joan of Arc's halo features her personal symbols: the sword, the Fleur de Lis, the cross and a burning fire around it; Michael's halo features the translation of his name / retorical question written in Latin: Quis Ut Deus (or "Who is like God?").

Enjoy! =D

Alice as Joan of Arc, by Kelly Is Nice Photography 
"The Archangel Michael Defeating Satan", by Guido Reni
"Demon Hunter 6", by Tasastock

TOOLS: Paint Tool SAI | Photoshop CS4 | Wacom Bamboo PEN | Sekka | Around 30 hours

ALICE AS JOAN OF ARC Pictures (c) Kelly Is Nice Photography
ART, Saint Michael's Design (c) ME, Celtic Botan - Do not use, alter or copy
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aedan122 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Muito bonito,o anjo também,a concepção dos olhos,a tatuagem,muito bonito,apesar que miguel é arcanjo eu achei bonito a referencia a serafim.
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Muito obrigada!
Sim, eu gosto muito da idéia de multiplas asas e olhos, por isso decidi incluir aqui também =D
aedan122 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Você não precisaria de dar titulo ao serafim,assim ficaria mais interessante. Se caso so for fazer Deus,sugiro não se levar pelo velho sabio da barba branca,deixe sua criatividade dar vida a imagem do nosso criador.
lu-draw Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't know that Jeanne D'Arc was "Joan Of Arc" in English! Awesome btw <3
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
And in Brazilian Portuguese (my first language) we know her as Joana d'Arc /trivia haha

Thanks a lot!
Tasastock Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
this is bloody awesome. the level of detail is amazing. i love the lighting in this, including all the little glowy bits. :D this is absolutely amazing. well done!

thanks so much for using my stock :hug:
thank you so much. this is my child spirit, without question
vietblueart Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I know this is a pretty old work of yours but my goodness, I can't not comment. This painting is so incredibly gorgeous and I loved reading through your description and seeing just all the thought and hard work you put into it. I can't put into words just how beautiful this is. Well done, just well done!!
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Not that old! haha I have works here from 2006, even xD
THank you so much! I learned a lot painting this. And it was an amazing journey, from begining to end! :love:
Rosa-Lynda Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful ! Gorgeous !

Incredible artwork, really !!
Fabi-The-Chamelleon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
lindo, lindo demais!!!!
tfantoni Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
tia, uma pergunta: como cê fez esse padrão do fundo? vi que cê usou um trem que automatizou a repetição das rosinhas, mas não consegui entender como só pelo vídeo =P
CelticBotan Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Assim ó:…

Mão na roda total D=
tfantoni Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
NOOOOOOOOFFA COMO É SIMPLES =OOOOOO valeu mesmo sua thuthuca <3 <3 <3
katje3266 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
ooooooooooooh, nice :) glad to have found you here as well :D (i'm a big FB fan ;) )
CelticBotan Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yay!! =D :hug:
sweetsugariness Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing pic ^^ 
MilkyMichi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
I recognise that girl. :giggle: Your work always blows me away Celtic. :love:  This is absolutely amazing!`
prialanis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Valeu, çua louca xDDD :heart:
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