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A rather creepy trio. The two dark haired people are siblings. The woman on the right is the one doing the whispering. I really don't feel like saying any more on the situation than that. :)

Originally started this one to play around with costume design, hence the simple poses and background. Wanted the albino woman's dress to look vaguely buglike and stiff. Wanted the overall feel of the three costumes to be pretty dark and decadent.

This ended up getting darker and darker as I went along. I always feel a little uneasy submitting really dark pics. They usually end up looking wrong on any computer screen other than my own. With this one, you should be able to see some brown patterns on the center woman's skirt. You should also be able to see a tiny bit of texture detail on the arch and walls almost all the way up to the top before they're lost in the shadows. The floor has a pattern on it that ought to be fairly easy to see. If you don't see any of these, the pic is way too dark. And if the blacks look milky or grey, then the pic is too bright.

The usual. Start to finish on Photoshop. No references. I'm not sure how long this took. I've been tinkering with it on and off for a long time now.
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:iconlethal-chan:
Lethal-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very interesting piece. I particularly like the expression on the man's face. There's definitely a story here that needs to be told.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Thanks. :) Yup, the man and his twin sister are definitely up to no good. Heehee.
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:iconiridescent1:
Iridescent1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Reminds me of something in an Anne Rice novel... pretty and very detailed, can't say that enough...
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Thanks! ^_^
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:iconblkjade:
BlkJade Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Stunning piece of art, gorgeous colors...
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Thank you! :)
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:iconblkjade:
BlkJade Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Your welcome...
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:iconstickyglue:
Stickyglue Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Awesome detail on the jacket. I love it! :D
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Thanks! :)
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:iconlena-mi:
lena-mi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Mmm... I love this art^^
That's awsome.
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:iconberocide:
Berocide Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Darn Hot!!! The small spots of colour really makes the work pop out of the desatch background.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Thanks! ^_^
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:iconkagama:
Kagama Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
gorgeous! i really like the darkness of it....and how youve contrasted it with some colors
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Thank you! :)
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:iconmzbhvn1:
mzbhvn1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
As a yearly costume designer/maker I first thought of how beautiful the dresses were and how I would love to create them in real life. Then I read about the comment of it was originally for costumes sake. I must say they are beautiful.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Thank you! :)
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:iconmemresoyak:
MEmreSoyak Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
this drawing smells full of quality. It has atmosphere and its own story. And by making me see this with only one simple look, it proves that you've done what you should.

Keep up the good work :)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Thanks so much, Gardain. I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)
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:iconprincessev:
PrincessEv Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Breathtaking! I especially like the whispering woman and her costume.
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:iconxeileign:
Xeileign Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Student
This is great! ^.^ I really love the texture the cloth has and the overall feel of it. The only guff I have is with the albino womans hand on her hip, its perhaps a bit too small, and it looks not quite weighted on her hip. More like she's touching it than resting it there.
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:iconmorganfae:
MorganFae Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
Wow, wonderful work!
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:iconnotquitesnowwhite:
NotQuiteSnowWhite Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006
Simply beautiful. Bravo
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:iconjessamynvampyredream:
JessamynVampyreDream Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
Very cool and mysterious and dark. I love the sexy creepy Steven Strait guy.
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:iconancient-hoofbeats:
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006  Student General Artist
pretty cool...dark yes, but we r all dark to some extent...
good detailing and excellent shadowing!
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:iconcrimsonxchoker:
CrimsonXChoker Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
I love the way how you did the blood <3 you art work is beautiful
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:iconsarieu:
Sarieu Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Student Digital Artist
oh wow, that is amazing. you did a fantastic job on it. it's awesome! great job on the details and the color *^-^* :worship:
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:iconkorpus:
korpus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
I am so happy to see a new image from you:D

I can not believe the level of detail you have in this. Your image looks animated, but your textures are photorealistic. Wonderful work. The trio is quite creepy and fantastically drawn so.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
Thanks, korpus. :) It's always nice to hear from you. I'm glad you liked this.
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:iconwhitemerovingian:
WhiteMerovingian Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
it remindes me of the Vampire game cards. good work :)
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:iconlisadora:
Lisadora Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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:iconbethuel09:
Bethuel09 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006
hmm now I like the feel of this one..
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:iconkimaya:
kimaya Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
incredible, but you know that...the textures for the patterns on the dresses are a really nice detail, I think im one of the ones who has a dark screen (hate that too on one dark piece I did it was the same problem for me... things disappeared into each other), but they still look cool and you can actually see the definition a good bit, just not all the texture if there is more on the wall. Anyway, I especially like the fur textures...and oh my blood on her hands as well? Hm... I hope they come up with a good conspiracy...
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006
Thanks, Kimaya. :)

It's too bad I really love doing dark pics. It's frustrating that they don't usually look right. Ah well.
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:iconcalamityjade:
CalamityJade Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
OMG it can't be a draw!O________O Amazing!
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:icondrageneyez:
DragenEyez Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
hmm...the pale woman's bent arm looks rather stiff... however, apart from that..wow. AMAZING costuming.
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:iconchrissyee:
ChrissyEE Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006
you are an awsome artist. i love your work
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:iconarliel:
Arliel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! the colours and details showed up fine for meh.. though I can't really see much on the arch....
uhh.... great work.. the fur looks real. actually, right, everything looks so real! The blue and red looks velvety... in the dresses. But yah, GREAT! Love your work!
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:iconmelicbot:
Melicbot Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
Beautiful designs you got there, girl! I especially love the woman's dress on the right. I think I would look good in something like that, hehe. :)

And I know what you mean about the whole darkness thing... usually whatever looks good on my monitor looks like crap on anything else that I view it with, or at least different in a way that I don't like. They should just start mass-producing monitors with the same specs. And every home should have the same one. Always.

Are you gonna do any follow-ups to this piece? 'Cause this feels like so much more than a simple costume design experiment. ;)
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
Thanks, Melicbot.

Hmm... No, I hadn't planned on doing any follow-ups. Maybe someday.... ^_^
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:iconavecilla:
Avecilla Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
WOW!!!!... i like the atmosphere that you can create with the colors and textures. The woman in the middle is a scary figure. Good work!!!!! Goes to my favourites.
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:iconjoanna-tsui:
joanna-tsui Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
holy shit~! :dropjaw: ok this is crazily awesome....i cant take the jealousy that've grown inside me *hides in the corner*
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:iconsueb262:
sueb262 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
well, the picture looks fabulous on MY screen! you are just a genius artist!
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:iconaoifasd:
aoifasd Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i really like this work.
the first thing that came to mind when i looked upon it: vampires from the renaissance.

keep up the goos work

and sorry if this comment isnt to your liking.
recently i read journals of many people complaining about the comment they received, so... i hope this one will be well received
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
What's not to like about it? o.O

This is definitely well received. Thank you very much. ^_^
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:iconaoifasd:
aoifasd Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:-)
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:iconspritekins:
Spritekins Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
wow great detail great job!
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Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
100% excellent piece.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Lovely texture and realism you have. :) I love the picture on those area.
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:iconhakubaikou:
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Hello, mayshing. I'm used to seeing you at Gaia. It feels a little weird to see you here. ^_^ Thanks muchly.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Filmographer
lol~ XD
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