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And finally! This is the complete work joined in a form of a (hypothetical) 2-cover book sleeve. The spine of the book will be where the title is positioned. It illustrates the two perspectives of this well-known philosophical question.
I chose the ambient lights of the two images to be red and green and the direction of the figures opposite, in order to express better the opposition. Also, much attention has been paid to the figures' expressions.

This is most detailed and time-consuming work I've done to date, and it took me several days to finish it. Everything was painted from scratch in Photoshop, no refs/textures/photos/models were used.

I hope you like it! :wave:
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:icondesdemona16:
desdemona16 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice concept
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:icontafuri42:
Tafuri42 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool.
Gratz...
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:icondigitaliq:
DigitaliQ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
That's because Demonesses rules! Plus leathery wings have much better aerodynamic and they easy to clean. :)
But hell=heaven=bad, so place named parallel universe rules!
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:iconfistofshadow:
FistOfShadow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore the idea. Very intriguing. Made me think a bit.
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:iconultimatede:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
very interesting work
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:iconfeast4dabeast:
Feast4daBeast Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the concept
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:iconcolenpaben:
ColenPaben Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Amazing!
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:iconcolenpaben:
ColenPaben Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Amazing...
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:iconxxxkituxxx:
xxxkituxxx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Fantastic work
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:iconcrowsreign:
CrowsReign Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
oute gia tin perifimi frasi tou milton tha sxoliasw!!!!!katapliktiki douleia!!!mpRAvo!!!!!
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
S'eyxaristw poly!!! (sorry gia thn ka8ysterhsh, hmoun off ton teleutaio xrono...)
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:iconhypnoslavelover:
hypnoslavelover Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
This is greatly done and I'd love to see more along the lines of this theme.
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:iconjoshua-mozes:
Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always like the reactions to these kind of paintings. Some people take the symbolism for real...

I definitly go for ruling in hell
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:iconpreritjain:
preritjain Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey man..nice work...do u have any tutorials ?? or any lessons ??...how u do them?
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:icondeathstarshotput:
deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Serving in Heaven does not mean being put in chains.
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:icondukenukem69:
DukeNukem69 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
wow rule in hell then go to heaven and rule there to. nice art though
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontalonmacleod:
talonmacleod Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Excellent composition.
And like your other works, simply gorgeous.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbhut:
bhut Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Fantastic artwork! Was the book ever published, though?
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:iconcptnedge:
CptnEdge Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Your depiction of being a servant in heaven is totally obscured. I count it a great joy to be able to serve my God. Are you are promoting Hell instead of Jesus Christ our Lord?
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's because you interpreted this image literally, so you're missing the point.
This is an old philosophical dilemma that applies to many everyday situations (ie. do you prefer being an employee on a huge company with a great salary, or run your own small business and have a low income; things like that).
So it has nothing to do with religion.
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:iconambrosia1313:
ambrosia1313 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful girls kiss
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:iconakira-ravenlier:
Akira-Ravenlier Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sweeet. Rule in hell, hell yeah! ^_^
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:icontrspcok:
trspcok Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:smile:
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:iconseimeisamarian:
seimeisamarian Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
An amazing piece of work, with basically nothing I can see wrong. Even the details are quite well done. Great job
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:iconzreaper62:
Zreaper62 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
lol...love the concept
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:iconneo4ever90:
neo4ever90 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
rule in hell or serve in heaven

darksiders right ???
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:iconsimmer14:
SiMmER14 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
wow very nice and expressing no words can describe this !!!
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:iconcoffinstorm:
Coffinstorm Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
as i use in my signature
"Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven." -John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667
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:iconcllupin:
CLLupin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011   Writer
To quote something Satan says in Paradise Lost in such a way could mislead people into believeing it's a personal quote of John Milton's.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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:iconthepheonex:
ThePheonex Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student General Artist
breathtaking art, intuiging concept [spelled that wrong]
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:iconkingfox66:
kingfox66 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
I REALLY LIKE YOUR PICS
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:iconkhima-inez:
Khima-Inez Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   General Artist
Simply stunning work!
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:iconharlem7:
Harlem7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That is awesome!!!!!
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:iconsilverleaf-12:
Silverleaf-12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Wow, it is beautiful. I think the time spent on this was well spent
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:icondevildave6669:
devildave6669 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
What the hell, it’s such a nice creation although I favor the left side a little bit more, keep it up!!!
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzirneklicpro4:
zirneklicpro4 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hm smart idea, while angels in heaven must obey gods commands, the Lucifer who fell to hell well became kinda the leader
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:iconsamann18769:
samann18769 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
This girl just loves Your picture, it's great work.
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:icondeligaris:
Deligaris Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsamann18769:
samann18769 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
You are welcome Sir.
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:iconannekastaciaka:
annekastaciaka Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
I just want to say one thing...of all the people here who say they'd rather rule in hell...which one gets to rule? Because you all can't rule. Someone always serves.
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:iconaranuman8160:
Aranuman8160 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Too proud to serve, too sloth to rule.

Guess i'm stuck here with the humans then.

sigh
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:iconehuber:
ehuber Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
[link]
for the angel

[link]
for the devilb
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:iconststreet:
ststreet Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
insane... AWESOME!
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:iconkerzv:
kerzv Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009   General Artist
Powerful image that well conveys the title and work. Brill job.
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:icondapaxis95:
dapaxis95 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
WoW ! Really nice Work !
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:iconultrafeel:
ultrafeel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Great idea!!
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