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Albedo Threshold by neutrix Albedo Threshold by neutrix
Albedo Threshold. The continuation of  Nigredo Threshold

Everything was rendered in Vue, including the clouds, and landscapes. Decided to approach this project with more efficiency to save time with the renders, so I rendered most objects in passes/layers, and finalized the composite in Photoshop and After Effects (glows, fx, coloring, etc)

From wikipedia:
Following the chaos or massa confusa of the nigredo stage, the alchemist undertakes a purification in albedo, which is literally referred to as ablutio – the washing away of impurities. In this process, the subject is divided into two opposing principles to be later coagulated to form a unity of opposites or coincidentia oppositorum during rubedo.

Titus Burckhardt interprets the albedo as the end of the lesser work, corresponding to a spiritualization of the body. The goal of this portion of the process is to regain the original purity and receptivity of the soul. Psychologist Carl Jung equated the albedo with unconscious contrasexual soul images; the anima in men and animus in women. It is a phase where insight into shadow projections are realized, and inflated ego and unneeded conceptualizations are removed from the psyche.
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:iconcloudedheu:
CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
even though this is work from a couple years ago, are they gonna  kill the pretty dragon :( (Sad) ?
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:iconneutrix:
neutrix Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I thought about this... A LOT. I believe they don't wish to kill it.

It's an encounter to tame it.

:)
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:iconcloudedheu:
CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yer, was thinking that as well 'cause a tamed purified dragon might be worth the trouble, but it could hurt the dragon to be forced through such a process, and  they could be in a way killing who the dragon is to suit there needs. then again if the dragon's a willing subject that's a whole different matter... idk, I may have completely taken it out of context considering i don't know much about alchemy. Just been thinking a bit too much 'bout this as well, simply my interpretation.
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neutrix Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've spent the last few days thinking about this... Thanks!

I certainly do not see the dragon as merely just a giant beast, with no brains at all... on the contrary: I want it to project intelligence and wisdom.

Perhaps taming sounds a bit too "slaving". Maybe they're trying to form a relationship with it of some kind?
The dragon is certainly guarding something, and the characters are trying to reach for it.

The dragon seems to be asking for "fight", to test the hero and heroine's might. Alchemically speaking, they are aiming to transcend to the next stage.


 
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CloudedHeu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, so willing participant then, nice Meow :3.
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trunkasART Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
EPICSHIT!
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TheRoyalKey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtaking. Absolutely gorgeous! I really like the sky~
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MinkWinsor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow really lovely work and rendering! It has a nice feel to it, especially that ring in the center holding the dragon.
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Maleiva Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this work is fantastic :D
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CindysFineArtStudio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful!! :)
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atteone Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Cant believe it sometimes when i see art here at deviantart, this render of yours, absolutly wonderful workLove 
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TheLonelyRoad16 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh this is simply lovely. I'm a sucker for deep colors, and paralyzingly vibrant contrast, and you hit the nail on the head in this piece. Your symmetry really helps to bring it all together as well; it's subtle, yet essential, playing a crucial role in the message without distracting the audience from the brilliance of the colors and the fantastic scenery. Very, very well done. :iconbravoplz:
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Shinkan-Seto Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is amazing!!!
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UnicornSaint Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!!!
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:iconahnung:
Ahnung Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wooah *___* great job :D
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ultimateEman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
that dragon looks so Epic !!
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:iconzmastah94:
ZMastah94 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic work. :la:
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BoraDraws Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wwooowW!!!! amazing mann!!!!!
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Mediart4u Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really cool work bro... i like the colors and the background. Keep going!
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:icontheroyalkey:
TheRoyalKey Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The dragon is super amazing. Especially the wings!Lovely Shoujo (Nods) [V4] 
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Akiratang Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice render =)
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Weeb-Supreme Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OH MAN THIS IS SO AWESOME
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Mister-Ace Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I really like the environment and the lighting. Good work.
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Meellz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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Sammy-Harlan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Such an intense scene!  The dynamics of the poses and the bright colors of the dragon create awesome balance, and the background is just lovely, especially the brightly lit area on the left!
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Hitotsumami Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool! I love the dragon. The glow on his wings and his eyes are really striking. Nice work!
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DreadJim Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
nice~
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tigress4u Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Excellent work.   It comes right off the page at you and the bold colors are well placed.
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Softyrider62 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
One word - WOW!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconrowrena:
Rowrena Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EPIC!! 
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Clover0Project Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! so realistic and fantasy-induced!
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TalXorFire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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DJBFF Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like it comes from a professional made game, I love how this looks. Keep it up!
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Mairusu-Paua Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Incredible!
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BastardPrince Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
very cool-looking scene. Thumbs Up 
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Allin97 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOWx1000
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Foxy-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Writer
Always love a good fantasy battle and it doesn't come much better than this.
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NeroPanChi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. If this were a game, I'd definitely play it. *~*
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Ahmad-Tahhan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work .....
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devilslunacy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow incredible the detail of the dragon is amazing, and the mountains looks so real, nice work.
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