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The Sweetest Taste by Dhuaine The Sweetest Taste by Dhuaine
My second attempt at fanart-thing for Labhrainn, creation of `Mithgariel and ~anubishoarmurath. As a non-model manipulator, my options were conceptual pieces or landscapes. The latter was ruled out due to vague geography. My first concept (the better one!) got merrily blown away into AU-verse by chapters 30-40 of Hounds and Bitches... and so I resorted to this thing, which is my general view of both HaB and Heart of Winter. More or less.

This looks kinda off, so I better explain my weird interpretation, which is probably as invalid as humanly possible.
- Belladonna - symbol of danger and deception.
- Roses - red mean love and passion, yellow mean betrayal and infidelity.
- Poppies - symbol of death.
- Lilies - innocence and purity (flowers at the bottom, I don't really know if they are lilies, but they look similar...)
- Apples - I've always associated them with treason and sin.
- Berries - poison and deceit, ever since my classmate ended up in hospital after eating some yew berries. (Please pretend these are not blueberries and currant.)
Cherries have no specific meaning other than that Keith likes them. The yellow flowers (snowdrops?) were added as counterweight and should be disregarded.
I think the flower on top is not deadly nightshade (the belladonna I wanted) but whatever...

Main setting is based on opposites. Hounds and Bitches has always reminded me of chessboard - plotting and intrigue, all stealth and secret, but bound by rules no one enjoys to obey. Pure snow and lilies symbolize relative innocence of main characters of Heart of Winter (yeah, even Gordon is an angel compared to HaB staff).
Fruit are meant as alluring decoy, a bait so sweet it's hard to refuse. Even blood starts to look... lickable, even if it serves as reminder of what really hides underneath temptation, as well as the crack in the mirror. There is darkness coiling beneath that pure, unstained snow.

Sorry for lengthy explanations ^^; I wanted to clear things up so that the snowy landscape does not look like the only connection to Winter's Anvil. The manip came out a bit too cheerful than I had originally planned, but... I'm just not in the dark mood today. Also, I was relieved by info in ch. ~44. Took a peek at ch. 46 just to ensure my fave character stays alive before starting to work on this piece. If he dies in next chapter... it would be bad. *sobs*

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I frankly don't remember a manip in which I had to cut so many things. Cutting frenzy! ... At least it wasn't that difficult, lol.
Oh, irony... I was listening to Forever Autumn (Lake of Tears) while making this. :lol:

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-> Entry in Labhrainn Fanfiction Contest held by `Mithgariel.

16 hours.
Chessboard: [link]
Snow: [link]
Mirror: [link] [link] ~fallen-again-stock [link] [link]
Flowers: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
Fruit: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
Brushes: ~KeReN-R

::.. Featured in Best of... weekly photomanip features #75:heart:

*Fantasy-Fellowship, *IndigoChildren have my permission to display this deviation in club galleries.

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Secretadmires Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome Work!
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00alisa00 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009   Digital Artist
Well done! :)
and I like your description
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Thank you ^^
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00alisa00 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009   Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :hug:
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Random-Toon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I love how everything is a symbol and has a meaning. It makes you think.
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Thank you :) The research took some time; I'm glad you like it :heart:
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Random-Toon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
It was certainly worth the effort of research.
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TuanTaureo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
... I actually did read all of that. ^^; I guess I'm one of those people who enjoy reading the artist's comments, if only out of politeness towards all the hard work in writing those oodles of text. :lol: And sometimes you really do learn to apprechiate something more after understanding why the artist did what he/she did, even though you didn't have much of an interest beforehand.

(As for this, I'm simply not very into this kind of imagery. But I still think you should have a thumbs up for making the effort to explain everything in it. :thumbsup: )
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TuanTaureo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I guess that's the nature of creative work. Sometimes you want to convey a specific message or image; sometimes the fun lies in watching others pack seven flavours of interpretation into whatever weirdness you've just churned out. :D

(I suppose I fall into the first category - I love going nuts about backstory and coherence and intricate details that only I could possibly keep track of. =P )
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
xD Thank you! Yeah, the description is quite a mouthful. I wouldn't bother if it wasn't for the contest and I wanted to explain stuff to the organizers. Actually, most often I don't have very sophisticated background for a work (that's why I always disliked poem interpretation at school - it was going too deep for me to believe the author meant to convey such epic amount of info in their poetry). This one is one of the exceptions. :D
Thank you so much for reading this XD :cuddle:
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insertnamehere-113 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
it has a lot going on but is still very focused very good
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Good to hear that! Thank you :aww:
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insertnamehere-113 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
no problem =)
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nanamo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gdyby nie podpisane, to bym chyba nie wpadła na to, że to Twoje, takie to jasne. Tak czy siak wygląda pysznie, choć nie wiem, dlaczego akurat "pysznie".:XD: :heart:
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
Nie martw się, mnie też to wygląda pysznie XD Generalnie lubię tę manipę, niby jasna, ale z jakiegoś powodu wyszła dobrze i ładnie się komponuje, imo :D
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nanamo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No to dobra, skoro pysznie, to jemy!XD A bo prawda, że się ładnie komponuje. :)
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Crimson2006 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Omg, this is wonderful! I really love the colors too! <3
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Thank you! :hug:
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IgNgRez Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Amaziiiing....:clap:
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thelisteningroom Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008   Interface Designer
yea, that is just stunning, love the contast of the icy landscape with the warmth of the flowers :)
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Thank you so much! :aww:
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tilagrith Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
It's great! And completely different than your previous works. You're unforeseen .
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Thank you :) I like to try out different styles to see how I would fare in them :)
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FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hello :wave:
this is a standard message to let you know you have been featured in the Best of...weekly photomanips features #75 news article [link]
I'd appreciate it if you didn't reply here but posted a comment on the news article! Thanks for sharing such beautiful art with us and keep up the good work!
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ollciak Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
ładnie :)
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RebeccaRose Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! Definitely different from your usual style! ^^
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Yup! ^.^ I like it though. It's my first bright manip that came out rather good. I'm proud xD
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RebeccaRose Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should be! I look forward to seeing more "bright" manips from you too =D
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
I don't think there will be many. Maybe some conceptual compositions, like this one. It was fun to do, really :) I've always wanted to make some compositions but 'actual' scenes always have priority. :( I wish I had more time to do stuff.
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RebeccaRose Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear you. :nod:

Well, whatever you make I always like, so I'm sure your next piece will be just as fabulous, whether it is "bright" or not =D
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
XD Thank you. My next thing should be our duel image. :)
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RebeccaRose Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait!
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Pellaea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
jak wyzej :P
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
:wow: wonderful !
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Chayenne1991 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
podoba mi się, chociaż wogle nie podobne do reszty Twoich prac :)
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Dziękuję :boogie: To moja pierwsza jasna manipa, z której jestem w pełni zadowolona xD
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Drakkonnen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is awesome sick like all the rest that you do. 22 images?? :wow: nice job:clap: I gotta :+fav:
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Thank you! :love:
Actually, it's about 28 - I credited two sxc stockers with links to profiles because I used series of their photos :)
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Nerahye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Powiem tylko tyle: BIAŁA manipa! Prócz różowej manipy dla mnie nie przypominam sobie nic jasnego w twojej galerii. :lol:

Nie lubię tych kwiatów. Owoce ze swoim kontrastem przerentują się świetnie, ale kwiatom tego brak. :>
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Jest jeszcze shit imieniem Spring, ale wolę sobie o nim nawet nie przypominać :dead:
Kwiaty "od-ostrzyłam", żeby nie przyciągały uwagi aż tak bardzo xD To owoce są najważniejsze. Kontrastowe kwiaty imo przesuwały równowagę obrazka do góry.
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful work :clap:
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very good work! :clap:
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Mithgariel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is bloody awesome, you know!
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Thank you! :D
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KirstenLane Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
I love it :heart:
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JenIero Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
:o that is just amazing!
very good work :)
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:icondhuaine:
Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Thank you :hug:
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Andromeda-Mirtle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wygląda jak tort z bitą śmietaną i owocami. Takie moje pierwsze wrażenie kolorystyczne. Ostatnio większość rzeczy porównuję do jedzenia ;)
W każdym razie ładne :)
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Dhuaine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
XD Ciekawe, ale trafne przyrównanie :D Teraz mi też się tak kojarzy... ech :lol:
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Andromeda-Mirtle Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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