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Sifter of Dreams

By rapunzell
Dreamcatcher Legend
A spider sat quitely spinning his web in the corner of a room. Each day, the old woman who lived there watched him work, quietly spinning away. One day, her grandson came in and seeing the spider, stomped over, picked up a shoe, and went to hit it.

"No," the old lady whispered, "don't hurt him."

"Grandmother, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy.

The old lady smiled, but did not answer. After the boy had left, the spider came up to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life. He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web and admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift."

He moved away, spinning as he went, and soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window. "The night air is filled with dreams both good and bad," he said, "This web will catch the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams, knowing the way, will slip through the holes to you as you sleep below. The bad dreams, not knowing the way, become hopelessly entangled in the web and melt away with the first light of dawn."

Tools: Photoshop 7, Wacom Tablet
Black and White: [link]
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PyroGnome's avatar
Sorry I haven't got around to this until now, school's been crazy lately.

First of all, awesome work, I like the idea behind it.

Hehe, gotta love that star brush! Everything looks great, save for the occasional edge parts of her left arm that look a little odd in some places, and the wrist area of her right hand looks a little mottled. The feathers and hair look particularily good, though. And did you model the dreamcatcher? It looks more like it was made in PS, am I right?

Like I said, well done, one of my favourite pieces from you!
naturaleza's avatar
Even though I like the black and white better it makes me look at this one a lot more. Its hard to decide...I like the girl better in the other one but I love the dream catcher and magikal light {dreams} in this one. I wonder if you could do a mixture of the two? Anyways great job
rapunzell's avatar
yeah....that's why i posted bot. i like the girl in black and white and dreamcatcher in color....but no a combo does NOT work....i tried that.


turtledove's avatar
very pretty, I like her hair, and the way you respresented dreams in this picture.
seiko's avatar
Lovely work, as usual. *nods* Always a pleasure to watch your work. Even if I never do comment. ^^;