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Based on comments in my recent poll regarding mature content, here's a quick explanation: This pic is marked as mature because of partial upper body nudity (a breast is exposed) and a potentially disturbing theme (a young woman is kissing a skeleton.)


My submission for CGHub's bi-weekly art jam. This round's theme was Death and the Maiden. [link]

I found out about the theme too late (yesterday night... and the deadline is today) and didn't have much time to come up with a decent concept. So this really isn't very original, but I had a lot of fun doing this, and I feel that it's different from my usual stuff. Which is the whole point of participating in these jams. So, yay!

The usual, Photoshop, from start to finish. Total time was about 10 hours. I used this crappy poser pic for ref for the maiden (Poser is such a confusing program!): [link] And I used a combination of various pictures from Netter's Anatomy for the skeleton. Unfortunately, I couldn't find examples of some of the angles I needed, so the skeleton isn't very anatomically accurate.

Detail: [link]
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robertfeateckbert Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
This is Amazing! :O
BrokenHeadphones Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. so beautiful.
lylorie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
beautiful piece.
Kedine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I would not have noticed the skeleton's uncorrectiness (it that even a word?) if you wouldn't have said it.. I really like this picture, I like the way you use colours in your pictures.
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Beautiful if creepy.
Excoffon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Great !
corrupt-purification Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Love how you drew the skeleton and I bet Death is enjoying himself :B
soozey-gwillim Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   Interface Designer
Love it!
Previl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
A very detailed picture, very well drawn.
Akhenaten-Aten Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I featured this here [link]
GRAVEWEAVER Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
This piece is so beautiful, yet horribly ironic. The concidence is almost creepy.
Rest in peace. I wish you could still be here to make more beautiful art.
reeniereen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Wow, this image as a foreshadowing to her tragedy is just... Wow... It's like destiny had already written her fate in stone. Scary, isn't it?
EmptyGray Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thank you for the amazing art, rest in peace Angel.
sugar0coated Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Beautiful piece <3 I love it!
maester96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I'm sorry for your sister. And to say that this was her last picture... It's almost like she knew.
cordieb Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Very creative and hauntingly beautiful piece. Nothing is coincidental they say. . . There is a time for everything under the heavens. I feel your spirit has taken flight! You are no longer confined by the chains of flesh and bones. . . Fly in peace young spirit!!!!

Blessings to your family, my thoughts are with them on their earthly journey.
MapleArtistAeros Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Wow, so this was her last art piece. Life sometimes has a ironic sense of humor.

May she rest in peace.
omae-wa-neko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student General Artist
. . . .i still not believing that this was her last art..
oo.. so sad.. ;_;
Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
I came to this gallery under the saddest of circumstances and can only ponder the irony of her last work. I know that wherever she may be is a more beautiful place because of her presence.
JonasDeRo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I can't believe that this is the last piece she ever made... It creeps me out, almost as if she knew.

I wish I had met this wonderful girl earlier as I would have been able to share with her how fantastic I find her work.

Please rest in peace....
RavensQuill Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student Writer
This piece is incredible and rather eerie. For her to create such a piece, and then to die...
May she rest in peace.
4everHandInHand Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Student General Artist
thats very beutiful
Lennoue Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Dark but very expressive.
Kind of creepy since you are no longer with us in this world, but with what you left for us to cherish you with even if we didn't know you.. thank you for letting your inspiration seep into us.
You will be forever in our hearts.
Okaw Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Love this one, but knowing The Artist died gave me goose bumps. i never knew her but even she's gone something tells me i should add her to my watch list...thanks for sharing you awesome art, i wish i knew you earlier.
Rest in peace.:(
Vonny88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008   Digital Artist
Awesome pic! that skeleton looks amazing! :D
KaoruxKenshin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Wow. Disturbing yet... I dunno it's just really wonderfully done. You are envyingly talented.
Angiechan13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
This turned out really nice Haku! You really do make these dark themes work--and even better, you still have light elements that add to it! (granted, I think your light elements make the dark elements even darker, if that makes any sense?) ;-)
Little-Vampire Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd never be able to make anything like this in 10 hours.... not even in 10 years :O

It's absolutely amazing how you managed to make her skin looks so soft and white... and at the same time you made the bones of Death looking rough.. dark... bloody.... I'm totally fascinated by the contrasts and differences between the two.
Great work also with the background that's not stealing the attention from the two characters, but at the same time it's there and people can see it.

sovereign Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Creepy. Very nice!
ElctricButrfli Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
the choice of colors look great. Plus the over all theme is pretty cool.
Neobakeneko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
I'm not sure if I commented on this already (last week of school, totally hectic) BUT I really do love this. I love those smoothness of her skin and there's something about her face that is different from your other paintings, in a good way.

I noticed alot of people are commenting and comparing to previous Death and the Maiden pieces, which I'm ashamed to admit, I've heard of but have no mental image for lol.
Limetastic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
Dude this is awesome. I really love the composition and dark mood. :nod:
mysticm0nkey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
Nice job !
Eye-Freeze Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful idea, she is like bringing him to life again, the spots where she is touching him are pretty cool and the way you paint the skeleton is really amazing, much to say but I feel speechless.....What an amazing demonic :clap: :+fav:
and sorry for my bad english haku, I have a lot in mind but I can't explain them to you ^^;
kropka-x Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Wow! :omg: That's a really nice shading :)
I like it.
Very nice work! ;)
Isaro69 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
liked a lot, great work!
specially the skeleton, its a great pice.
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really creepy. :fear:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
There there. :hug:
Fairytwister Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Haku, you are one dark cookie, you are. Love how the woman is not sexualized in spite of the partial nudity. What I find fascinating is Death is digging the maiden pretty much more...
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Yay, I'm glad she doesn't come across that way. I wanted to do a Death and the Maiden pic that didn't depict the woman as some kind of victim or object for once. Plus, I'm too much of a prude to do anything extremely raunchy. I wanted her to be in the position of power, but subtly, without coming across as some kind of domineering amazon. :)
Fairytwister Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
She could lop his head off too... XD

But this sort of works for me because it's kind of a nice reversal on the stereotype as well.
Fairytwister Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
than the maiden seems to dig Death.
Or at least that's the impression I get due to the way you've arranged them.
ravsune Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
wow, I love it! I really like anatomy you did a great job

hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Thanks! :)
Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Oh, wow, beautiful... but freaky at the same time.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Teehee. :p
embieria Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Very beautiful image! I can't believe how fast you seem to manage these!

Poser is very confusing, but a decent alternative is Daz3d, a free 3d modelling program that seems to be a little more user friendly. [link]
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Hmm, thanks for the link! I'll definitely check that out.

Yeah, I use Poser only as a last resort. I don't know how many times I've accidentally made people's limbs twist into/through their torsos or bend in completely the wrong direction. Or sometimes I break their necks. Ugh! I hate it! :p
embieria Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
LOL! Daz is completely free, and the figures all have natural locks on how far you can bend the joints naturally (and an option to remove the limits to force the limbs if you choose). It's very easy to use, I found, and you can find a ton of free stuff for it (and POser) at [link] and a myriad of other sites.

3d modelling may not be your thing, but your paintings are always just so beautiful! You're one of my very favorite deviants to watch!
Gupse Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
For once in history, Death is UKE!
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