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Salvation

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In darkness, you are my light
In sorrow, you are my hope
World will not change you
Nor will it change my faith

I shall believe in only you
I shall do all just for you
For your words are my commands
Sacrifice I will do without hesitate

I may cry, I may fallen
But I shall never falter
If I keep holding to you till the end of my journey
I know you will grant me salvation


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CONCEPTUAL NOTE
We humans are always shackled by chains of sin. We do acts that violated religious and moral values, sometimes we do it on purpose and sometimes it just an accidental act. But slowly, those chains of karma will drag us deeper and corrupted the soul. That’s why it’s only nature that humans seek for salvation, pledging their faith upon higher being such as god and other religious figures.

In time, human faith and loyalty will be tested, whether the person deserves to be saved, or they are just going to be marked as a sinner and must spend their torment in the afterlife. This reality makes some people to be very afraid of sins that they choose to live their live strictly following the value of their religious. They do only what their religious leader commands, and abandoning all others that not on their book of righteous thing to do even sometimes it against what their heart tells.

But by pledging our loyalty to the chosen god and religious, do we really going to be saved? Does our faith will truly bring salvation? Can the reason of salvation justified humans to fight each other, or sacrifice anything, just to uphold ‘in the name of our dear god’?

So what are we humans actually? Are we just toys that are being played by gods? Will we be punished if we do not obey the rule of the gods? Maybe… we are just souls that can carve our own destiny. If that so, at least we know that we are humans…


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ARTIST NOTE
This piece was inspired by Joan of Arc for her perseverance of faith to God and for the faith that carved in our own heart. She was a character that symbolizes with many characteristic, one that really famous was a demonic fanatic and in the same time adored heroine and saint. But the closest truth maybe that she was just naive and had become a tragically ill-used tool of the mighty creator. After she was captured, she insisted all of her action even when threatened with torture and faced with death by fire, was guided by voices from God. Even at the time of her execution, she asked for a cross, declared that the voices came form God and she had not been deceived. And thus her story of faith became a legend that lives eternally.


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AutumnsStarHobbyist Traditional Artist
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I really love this piece of art, especially the dynamic pose. The arch of her back indicates restraint, but the position of her legs seem to want to run away. However the lazy positioning of her arms seems to break the feel of the lower body, as well as her expression, both of which seem to be showing hesitation. Does she REALLY want to break free? Or is it that she would rather remain captured?

On the downside, her skin seems to have a kind of "barbie-doll-ish" feel to it, not in the shape but in the way the skin looks like it might be made of plastic. I myself have this particular problem, and I think understanding the colouring of skin is probably one of the toughest things to do. The lighting also bothers me a bit, as there seems to be a conflict of origination. The blue light from her weapon does seem to have impact on some parts of her, but stronger in some than in others. For example, on her back the blue light is particularly strong, but on her arms and hair it is much weaker. I'm not sure if this was intentional, though. Behind her head there is a white light but there is clearly some kind of light coming from in front of her, or from the right side of the picture. Perhaps there are multiple light sources, I'm not entirely sure if this is intentional. One last thing is that her wings seem a little strange to me, particularly the left one (her right). It doesn't seem attached to her back at all, perhaps if the feathers of the wing were closer to her body it would...

On the upside, I am in LOVE with her outfit, every wrinkle and every thread defined, very well done and accentuated. Excellent lighting was employed in this piece as well as great attention to detail. All in all, I can definitely see the intended message in this picture.
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XxxDemonFighterxxXHobbyist General Artist
hm, I agree with some of what *AutumnsStar says about the light confusion, but. i would like to add that maybe its suspended animation a moment in time where she is standing with her arms like that, and her stance ready to run, locked in freeze frame, before the split second she could bring her weapon that is held tightly in her hands to swing and cut free of the chains, the light shining, shimmering as fragments of metal slowly fly into the air settling on the ground heavily and lifting the dust into the air, in a light mist as her wings lift and open freely ready to fly as her stance changed to now more confident and proud as her chains of sins are gone and now she stands in free.
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MarioWibisonoProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you for writing an excellent critique for this artwork : )
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AutumnsStarHobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :D I hope it helped! Please continue to produce amazing artwork!
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I've already bought Purgatory, Redemption and Delirium, so this one is the only one left (thought I'll buy 'Kai' probably too). :D
I just can't find it anywhere and the website 'mariowibisono.com' isn't available. :/
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just awesome, i love her eyes and the colors are just amazing <33333
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This might be kind of random, but I was wondering if you gave permission for these "Wartune" people to use this art?  It's on their website and I wasn't sure if you wanted them or allowed them to use it or not.     Here's a link in case you need it.  wartune.gamerankers.com/us?t20...
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.......WHAT?
Reya84's avatar
:omfg: Absolutely beautiful!!
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MetalraptorHobbyist General Artist
Extremely beautiful; outstanding artwork. :D
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profutur1971Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty , charmed , sensuality and originality ! Good job ![link]
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ArcanoXXIStudent Digital Artist
Nice work.
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yuki83130Hobbyist General Artist
butifull!
remmyds's avatar
This is so beautiful.
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serephentHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, simple gorgeous. It really makes you pause for a moment to just admire it. So well done, and the attention to detail is amazing! I wish I had just a portion of your talent! Alas, I do not, so I lurk and admire the work of others. It truly is a work of beauty :)
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dyingcrimsonrosesHobbyist General Artist
lovely, but her pose looks the slightly awkward. still an amazing piece though!
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ErrationalHobbyist General Artist
I have a hole to point out in your argument. God himself says he does not save us by works alone. In fact, nothing we do on this Earth WILL save us. If you've read the bible or at least heard about Jesus hanging on the cross, you'll see that one of the robbers rebukes the other for jeering at Jesus, saying "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." And to Jesus he asked to be remembered. Without hesitation, Jesus answered that he WOULD join him in paradise that very day. Not a few hundred years later. Not at the end of time.
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makka3469Hobbyist General Artist
But different beliefs leave room for things like that. Not every belief is the same, y'know. MOST religions don't believe in a figure that accepts you so easily, they require you to work to be a better human being.
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ErrationalHobbyist General Artist
True. I just read your remark from a Christian prespective and felt obligated to respond. It's good to know you're reading up on this well. Of course, a lot of the 'most' religions with more exclusive gods no longer exist...
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makka3469Hobbyist General Artist
True, but historicl factors also play key roles, even now xD
My main point was that we don't know the ARTIST'S perspective unless he informs us of it <3
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ErrationalHobbyist General Artist
That's true. But we can inference what his prespective was until he flat out tells us we were wrong and hits us over the head for making assumptions.
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ExoroDesignsProfessional General Artist
I love it!
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LoungedyProfessional Interface Designer
awesome!
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SpawloHobbyist Artist
Realy good job!
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