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If the clouds are your embrace, then I shall fall into your arms
and rip your heart from the sky

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Ihkhoshjaa of the Khua'thr, who aimed to dethrone the gods.

Available as an open edition print & as a limited edition giclee.


Well, this took me entirely too long to finish. First all sorts of nonsense kept popping up, and then my hard drive imploded. I saved everything I really needed to save and finally had an excuse to get a better machine, but still. What a headache.

Photoshop 7.0…and a slight touch of Painter in the sky, but I painted over most of it back in Photoshop, so I'm not sure it counts… the program is still too foreign to me. I can’t handle anything polished in it yet.

Early sketch stages of this image are featured in this month’s IFX cover article, “100 New Ways to Paint”, which I helped co-author. :)

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ShalimarsSong Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Lauren! I used this wonderful picture of yours in a non-profit video that I made. I like to write poetry & put it to music as a hobby. I fell in love with this picture, as it speaks life & death. It is very beautiful. I hope you don't mind. Here is a link youtu.be/DMsIDskBid4
Thank You Heart !
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:iconlzakaria:
LZakaria Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Gorgeous.
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:iconakilight:
akilight Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is one of my favorites pictures!!! its fantastic! XD
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:icondevontekng:
devontekng Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
aawesome
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:iconpaulsinclair1:
paulsinclair1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconvexingly:
VEXINGLY Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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:iconmarshmallowskirt:
MarshmallowSkirt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work~!
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:iconarsiamons:
ArsiaMons Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   General Artist
WOW <3 <3 <3 <3
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:icondeanse:
Deanse Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i will always love it
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:iconangellover2416:
Angellover2416 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful
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:icondjackalart:
djackalart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
i need to buy some talent like this...
can you tellme where can i buy it?
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:icondambika89:
dambika89 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
A very impressing picture!

The anatomy is great, and i love the colors you used!
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:iconfabiolistrani:
FabioListrani Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
..awesome works...and awesome gallery! :ahoy:
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:icontenderlysharp:
TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
gorgeous
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:iconevranozturk:
EvranOzturk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
impressive.
:clap:
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:iconrachelperciphone:
RachelPerciphone Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is truly beautiful! I love this piece and her story.

Your art is inspiring!
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:iconlulena:
lulena Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
this is absolutely amzing. I'm speechless!
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:iconzombiepluto:
ZombiePluto Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
This is so powerful, I'm in love with how you did her feet.
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:iconspoems:
spoems Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Writer
just fabulous - as a thousand others have already attested.
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:iconyannthemad:
YannTheMad Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
I LOVE your work ^^
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:iconelvenmaedchen:
elvenmaedchen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
wow! really beautiful but i especially love the details that give her a graceful but strong motion
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:iconcrazychris0003:
Crazychris0003 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Really cool! Please teach me!
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:iconhellhasnobounds:
hellhasnobounds Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
great work
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:icongidghet:
Gidghet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Amazing, i absolutely love your work :w00t:
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so in love with this painting! The deep reds and purples are almost like wounds, or bruises, and I think that works perfectly with the skulls. :) Beautiful composition, too! :clap:
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:iconsasukedeviantsun:
SasukeDeviantSun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Breathtakingly beautiful. Well done. :)
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:iconzwoondawl:
Zwoondawl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
She looks like an african godess (because of her... "hat") that's making the sky bleed with her touch! LOVE IT! :heart:
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:iconmozart:
Mozart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
This is a truly stunning piece, i love the way you color and your art in general.
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:iconpandachan13:
PandaChan13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Wow...this absolutely amazing...
her structure....the way it is put into movement u are very talented!
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:iconlumenatra:
Lumenatra Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this is one of my most favourite pictures of all time, i have had it saved on my computer since before i really did much anything in deviant or even knew how to use it properly, finally ive found your profile again :aww: *instant fav* all your work is absolutely amazing and wonderful, especially this one :)
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:iconnavate:
navate Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so happy to hear that; this is one of the paintings I'm most proud of myself. :)
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:iconlumenatra:
Lumenatra Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
im glad :aww:
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:iconagniconnor:
AgniConnor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much talent! A pleasure to view :sun:
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:iconseedleash:
seedleash Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional
so amazing, i love this
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:iconchristydoll:
Christydoll Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Fantastic!
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:iconmurrena:
murrena Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Fantastic beauty! Captures my eyes and doesn't let go..
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:iconklupkovida:
klupkovida Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
love the motion of her hands :)
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:iconblackfirefly:
blackFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
The color compisition here is simply briliant!
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:iconmaija:
Maija Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
The color of her skin really draws me in, it's a great, deep shade. The composition is very beautiful.
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:iconguptily:
guptily Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
wonderful style!! just love it.. ^^
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White-Dragon-Fang Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daaamn. I love the blood like color in this, and the strange garments on her head, in the hand.. even the only clothing she is wearing is interesting and sort of fades into blood or something. I am inspired :)
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PsychoactiveTV Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Beautifully done!
I'd love to see the process : p
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:iconkayasha101:
Kayasha101 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
wow
i mean it looks like a real person
very awesome
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:iconleire:
Leire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
wow... I like the pose a lot, and the hands :heart:
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TheButterfly Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007   Digital Artist
Gorgeous picture! It looks like the penultimate moment of an exciting story. The figure seems immense: I sense that she is huge, and the threads around her are ropes from people below, desperately attempting to pull her down the cliff's edge. I love the use of color and the eye is drawn all the way up and down the picture. The clouds are stormy and add to the mood. Wonderful work!
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Firstborn Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
I'm not quite sure what to say about this one... It took my breath away!

She has such immense power exuding from her. It is evident in the strong pose, her shamanistic head ornament and of cause the strong colours!
That she is standing in that cliff in that pose also makes me start imagining things of why she isn't falling, cause according to physics, I think she would have. ^^

And the texture of the upper part of the sky makes it look as she is demanding it falling down...

No critique to give, sorry. :D
I'm just gonna join the rest of the 400 people who fav'ed this... :heart:
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Jones6 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
i love this.... well, i love all your work, but this one is really awesome =]
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:iconaadea:
Aadea Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
Wow I can't help but feel...mystified. I want to point out something that I love the most...but as corny as it sounds I love it all.

Simply breathtaking, and very thought provoking. :nod:
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:iconkaav:
kaav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
really dramatic. The colours are used very well. I love it.
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:iconrobstanley:
RobStanley Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
You have a nice style. I really like this piece.
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