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Serpent Priestess by joolita Serpent Priestess by joolita
The Chinese New Year theme would not leave my mind. It even made me read up on snake worship - i was surprised to discover these creatures were venerated in practically every culture, often as a symbol of rebirth.
Famous snake-worshippers include Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, who was even said to keep tame serpents in her bed. The image of a woman cooing to a pet snake was just too precious to let go :) So, here's a serpent priestess - her clothes are probably too modern for her to actually BE Olympias. Let's say she's a copycat :D

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To tak zamiast wielkanocnego obrazka, Panie i Panowie. Zresztą, doczytałam się, że węże są symbolem odrodzenia - prawie jak nasze tradycyjne jajeczka - więc nawet nie jestem bardzo daleko od świątecznego wątku. W starożytnym Egipcie węże były ponoć łączone z bogiem Słońca; wychodzi więc na to, że ten obrazek jest wyrazem frustracji związanej z pogodą. :)
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Absolutely stunning detail, composition and lineart - this is superb. It sorta makes me think of a painting Mucha would do after a nightmare. Awesome!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Thank you so much! I like the idea of a mucha-esque nightmare; it seems like a great theme for another piece :)
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
You're welcome! :D
YESSS DO IT
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great how you made the background so detail and the character simplistic, it's unexpected and very effective!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Haha, i must admit the effect was not 100% premeditated, the drawing sort of evolved from a very simple concept...
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:iconhelevornart:
HelevornArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean, it's fun when that happens :D
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Wildmoonchild Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the use of the one color it really holds the eye to the center when it wants to wander. Really great stuff! Your gallery is impressive!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Thank you! I had a feeling the colour didn't scan as it should, so it's good to know it works nonetheless :)
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:iconwildmoonchild:
Wildmoonchild Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly did! :3
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:iconkikyounez-sama:
KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Curiously, in chinese horoscope I am Serpent of Fire :heart:
I just loved this :heart:
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Thank you. The snake is a great sign, you are lucky :)
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:iconkikyounez-sama:
KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much :tighthug:
Your art is awsome
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing.your skill is superb:clap::#1:
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thank you so much! :blush:
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:iconking-of-monster-gods:
she is amazing!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thank you so much! *^^*
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:iconking-of-monster-gods:
King-of-Monster-Gods Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
It's a pleasure magical artist! :D  
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faeorain Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Stunning piece! Incredible and intense detailing...much have taken a lot of time and patience.
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Thank you! To be honest, abstract patters may take some time, but you don't have to think carefully about every line, like you do with landscapes. So i still think this is a lazy way of filling backgorunds :)
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fantasygirl2000 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very good
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Thank you :)
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:iconpennylame:
PennyLame Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Amazing detail and beautiful composition!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words and the fave! :heart:
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:icona-gu:
a-gu Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
detal masakruje :heart: MEGA !
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Wielkie dzięki *^^*
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The textures here and subtle use of color are just astounding!! :)
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you so much! *^^* The added gold was a very conscious experiment on my part, so i'm happy someone likes the result :D
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsweethugplz: I loved it, particularly the play between solid and texture! It is a very stunning piece. :) P.S. So is the rest of your gallery!!! Woohoo!!! :D :D
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thank you so much! With textures it's easy to get carried away and make the drawing too crammed - i'm so glad you think i managed to avoid it (this time :) )!!
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There was a great balance! :) Yes the texture was intense, but so were the empty spaces :D
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional
this is a wonderful image

So very expressive

and the underlying craftsmanship is amazing
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you! It was a bit of an exercise in patience :D
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional
been there done that
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offermoord Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
fantastic...
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you so much :)
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
ano bardzo ciekawe fakturki i temat^^ chco pod swiateczne klimaty nijak mi nie podchodzi;>
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Pogoda była nieświąteczna, to i nastrój też nie bardzo :)
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
ano^^ taka odmiana nam sie trafila;>
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:iconadm-james:
Adm-James Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
So much serpent love!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
It's hard not to love them :D
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puchiqa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
węże są tam gdzie jest ciepło, więc mnie mogą kojarzyć się wiosenno-letnio :> to złota farba w aureoli? na żywo ten rysunek musi wyglądać świetnie ^__^
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
E tam, farba - zwykły żelpen :D Ale i tak nieźle sie prezentuje :)
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Woah, wspaniale wyszło ♥ Te wszystkie detale, kompozycja, kolorki (ten złoty świetnie wybija się z czerni i bieli): cudo :love:
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Ślicznie dziękuję, tym bardziej, że wszystko jakos tak samo się narysowało, bez większych deliberacji :bow:
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Samo? Omg, jak fajnie :D
Ja w połowie drogi, zawsze narzekam, co mnie podkusiło, żeby wzorki rysować :D
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Ja się zazwyczaj wciągam mocno w takie dziubanie, ale czasem też mi sie zdarza mieć dość :D
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Ale za to potem człowiek bardziej cieszy się z efektu :D
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Kkohaku Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
O jacie! Jakie piękne! na prawdę jestem pod wrażeniem całości, pięknie rozróżnione plany i ta piękna plama złota :)
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joolita Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wielkie dzięki!!
Wszystkie te detale dobitnie świadczą o tym, że pewnego wieczora naprawdę bardzo nie chciało mi się pracować :D Uczę się teraz robić tła do czarno-białych prac. To taki eksperyment-czasozapychacz :D
Bardzo się cieszę, że Ci się podoba.
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Kkohaku Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I proszę ile dobrego z tego wyszło. Widać, że coraz fajniej wychodzą Ci takie połączenia, orz różnorodność w tych wzorach :) Więcj tych eksperymentaczy-czasopochłaniaczy hahah :D
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