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Reincarnation by Mizuenzeru Reincarnation by Mizuenzeru
*edit: this is an updated professional photograph of the portrait as it is now, 4/19/2010.
Currently installed: Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Admissions Suite

Final Portrait for Drawing FoundationII, focus: Self Portrait with inclusion of one animal and symbolism through choice of animal and/or color
medium: pastel, charcoal, conte, ink
This piece is generally a comment on the cycle of reincarnation, based on native American symbols. The spider is considered a representation of time and the 'weaver of fate', especially the widow spider due to the red hourglass formation. It also serves as a symbol for eternity and cycles because of the infinity shape of the body. Regarding the image, I placed myself in time's web and struggle to break free of reincarnation's cycle. The figure is situated in a fetal pose alluding to rebirth and vulnerability. The background is dotted by fleeting dragonflies. They vaguely resemble a human shape which pokes at the idea of the spirit, which they are a symbol of as well as ancient truth, which is needed to break the cycle.

size of this image does the real life version no justice... evil evil, which happens to be about 8feet by 8feet and currently taking up a whole wall in my house. haha yeah...
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Getanimated Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
sorhainSlave Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
OH MY GOD THIS IS YOURS!!! I stare at this pice every time I enter Tyler O.O I am in awe. Sooo much talent <3
Gathsemene Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I saw this in Tyler when i visited in the Spring. I started there this semester. Are you still a student there?
sw1ssfish Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Are you a student?
disscordia Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful composition. The action flows smoothly from one subject to another, and the imbued symbology enhances the piece. :)
Acerofspadeser Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet that took a hell of a long time!
... woah, that is insane and awesome.
CupcakeVigilante Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
...Wow. That is.. very amazing. 8D
Cid-the-Stampede Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is way awesome!! 8D lol Sorry, I don't know enough about art to give it a real critique, but I love the way it looks and all the symbolism you used. ^_^
morbidcuriousity Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I saw this when I visited Temple and I thought it was amazing and I actually was like "Is that Erica?"

It is truly amazing!!
StarSenshi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
I've said it before, but I think this piece is absolutely incredible. The detail and the symbolism, not to mention the sheer size of it while maintaining that detail... It's just breathtaking. :floating:
Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Wow! That's amazing! I wish I could see it at its proper size.
blueskies123363 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
this is beautiful
animeluver1029 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
8ftx8ft?! O__O;;
roxas00113 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
wow i love it
EZLN1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
the idea is amazing :D
roadKillArtis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
This is absolutely spectacular.

the-anonymous-c Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
This is beautiful! I cannot stop looking at it..
Alien-Rat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009   Digital Artist
cheesecakeOO Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
O.O wow i can hardly imagine anyone DRAWING this but the idea itself O.O.... i'd NEVER ever have a concept like this, it's fantastic<3. +favs.
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
aw thanks so much! This is secretly like... my favorite deviation on here but everyone likes the anime/cosplay stuff more. oh well right? haha ^^;
cheesecakeOO Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
^^cosplay is fun but paintings are just so much more.. fascinating o_o :D
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
XD thanksss
halfdemondog Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Jeezus freaking christ, woman! This is absolutely amazing!!
Lumiere14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Wow! This is absolutely amazing! It looks great in this picture, I can't imagine what it looks like it real life! O_O
lynny-ri Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
This is just... wow. I've always had a sort of enmity towards spiders, but this is all around beautiful. I've been staring at it for a good five minutes now. XD Superb concept! :+favlove:
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! ^^;
DLGR Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
This is AMAZING!

Go to SCAD!! Lolz!
DLGR Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
SCAD = Savannah College of Art and Design. In Savannah GA. :D!
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
teh fukes is SCAD?
Xenshin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007   Writer
Incredible concept and execution. I love the movement and gesture going on in this. I really can't find any big flaw in this. And this is coming from a perfectionist. The only thing I could suggest is to add a bit more web towards the bottom, but that's just a slight nit-pick. I truly adore this piece.
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you soo much ^__^
theImmaculate Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
this appeared in the admissions office.
I was working and discovered it in the lounge.
It is really very impressive (even more so than over de :P).

Again, really nice job.
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
thanks so much, i'm glad you guys got it. i'm assuming it's up now?
starspinner Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
your attention to detail in the toes and the hands is really accurate! it's great! and i love the colors in the background. i have such a hard time getting that kind of effect.
SandboxAlchemy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Love the concept! Color, concept and approach to materials also delightful!
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very expressionistic. Absolutely great colors and symbolization. Very well thought out.
Great detail and anatomy. An amazing piece of art.
KeitiWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
holy Llama! (hehe ... llama XP) this is SWEET!! im addin it as a fav. if u dont mind^^
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
aww thanks ^_^;
KeitiWolf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome ^.^
keleenita Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
this is absolutely captivating and quite deep. The wide use of the charcoal and pastel is spread out evenly and done quite nicely. I think this version does it no real justice. U do have some real talent here, please do keep going!^_^!
TazounsBones Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bit eerie, but fantastic nonetheless ~ :+favlove: Exceptional favourite! ~ :w00t: Ciao
zyphryus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006
absolutely fantastic...
the weight of the body in the web is perfect, the face, the struggle, the spider.. all done so well!
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
thankyou :D
o-0-o Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. I'll have to come by and see it someday! Training monkey style lately?
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
no time unfortunately ^_^ but maybe I'll take up throwing bananas instead
o-0-o Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
mmm I'm going to buy some bananna's and I'll throw it from my house. Let me if it makes it.
Mizuenzeru Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
wow i didn't notice the first time around haha
o-0-o Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Let me KNOW if it makes it . . . whew I lost a word there. I didn't think I'd get it back.
shushuwi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
wow.... i saw this and i was just like ('o') ...for about a few minutes ! haha

i love the idea behind this, and its so beautiful in every way!!
i want to be as amazing as you!^^
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Apr 19, 2010, 10:45:43 AM