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Caius 4.0 - Dark Angel

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11"x17" 80lbs paper
Graphite Pencil, 19th Century Sketch, and Digital Manipulation in Photoshops 6.0 & 7.0

This is the final artwork in a series I created concerning a character, a gargoyle, I played in a Vampire the Masquerade RPG in the late 1990s. In this final version I have taken a graphite drawing of Caius done in 1999, and digitally colored it in 2002 (see scraps gallery for other versions). I then took this drawing in 2004, when I was colelcting art related to KULT, the dark RPG, and digitally manipulated the colorized image to create a much darker and more KULT oriented image. Two artworks which I co-opted for this piece are as follows: the background is a digital photo I took of a 19th century pre-painting drawing of Venice that I own; the Symbol on the forehead of the figure is a digitally colored and manipulated version of one of the sides of the "Lament Configuration" of Hellraiser Fame. Comparing this to the other drawings in the Caius series, I can see both my maturity and growth as an artist and a interpreter of the darker aspects of mysticism. I believe the muscles and bones are depicted with more depth in this version and lose most of the annoying feathering that bothered me in the plain colored version of the drawing. The ribs still bother me somewhat, because they feel a little flat. I feel that the background gives good support to the image both visually and symbolically, giving a "weight of the ages" feel to the drawing. In this final version I finally also come to terms with my difficulties with the wings and create what I feel is a powerful and dark visual. The almost feather like feeling of the upper part of the wings supports the fallen angel aspects of the image, which along with the highlight on the upper right wing, add rather than detract from the power of the whole image.

As always please feel free to comment, critique, or give interpretations of my work.
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I particularly like the heavy dark oulining around this fascinating figure;emphasizes the power and fearfullness of this being........magnificent!!!!!XxbevyXx
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Thank you. I did enjoy creating it. I need to get around to doing some more photoshop work one of these days....
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A supremely dark figure ,absolutely morbid ,but great...............XxbevyXx