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Garden of Eden by suburbanbeatnik Garden of Eden by suburbanbeatnik
A piece I did for my agent when she requested religious art for a younger market. I tried to keep Eve ambiguously ethnic, although she turned out looking like a 13 year old Hawaiian (not that that's a bad thing).

Note that the animals in the background are a unicorn, with the body of a mesohippus--[link] -- and a miacid. [link] I wanted to add some animals with prehistoric/fantastic flavor, since most Garden of Eden pics are depressingly literal. (This is what I'm trying to avoid-- [link] . Sheesh!)
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ladybexxa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
neato! pretty sweet, I've tried to illustrate in the Garden of Eden without Adam and Eve being naked which is tough XD, this looks nice.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is tough, isn't it? I had to give some thought to come up with something appropriately G-rated. But I think it worked out pretty well, all in all...

Thanks, I'm glad you like it :)
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ladybexxa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's great! your welcome :)
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
This is lovely! Wonderful coloring as usual. :)
I don't know what else to say except I like it. But you already knew that. I like all your stuff.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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TheDauphine Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
Wow, how beautiful :wow:
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JonathanChanutomo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
love it!
the eve is so exotic
i love your idea, there's a fantasy creature inside eden!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it's not the most original idea... I've seen religious paintings before showing unicorns in the Garden of Eden (I used to be a big unicorn fan when I was a kid), but my twist on it was to make it a mesohippus. :P

Anyway, I'm glad you like it. Thanks! :D
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:rofl:

(I saw your other links in other comments too :XD:)

But this is is beautiful. I love your idea of a mesohipic unicorn. I'm fond of those fusions between myth and reality...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was quite pleased with my prehistoric unicorn. ;P

Have you ever done anything biblical in theme?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, let's see... The nativity, perhaps? Though not published. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure it's beautiful. Had you any thoughts of posting it soon?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Um... Possibly at some point, if you insist. :giggle: It's a large, unfinished drawing I began a few years ago which is rather too big for even my newly acquired A3 scanner (see latest journal entry :excited: :XD:). But it is rather interesting, so perhaps I may. :D However, there is a Christmas card I did which has a much smaller treatment of the scene which I DO intend to post. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, for my larger artwork, I scan it in sections and piece them together in Photoshop, usually airbrushing out the seams with the stamp tool. Yes, it's as big as a pain in the ass as it sounds. But sometimes it's worth it: "Tangerine" here- [link] - was HUGE, and I had to scan it in 10 sections. Good times!

I don't paint that large anymore, but sometimes I still have to do larger paintings for a client.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to your versions of the Nativity! I expect authentic first century Judaean costume from you, of course. ;P
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, my, that's beautiful! Ten sections? :O
Alas, I know absolutely nothing about stitching sections of images together digitally (or digital, full stop/period. Technophobe, as you know ^^;)... Just as well I don't usually do large pieces...

Haha! I'm afraid you will be disappointed then. :giggle:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it was 10 sections. The tedium of piecing "Tangerine" together is best left undescribed. But I can look at it and admire it, and put the digital process well out of my mind...

Do you have Photoshop on your computer, out of curiosity? It's a good program to have...

Okay, I'll keep in mind that you probably haven't been studying first century costume as long as I have. But just tell me that Joseph isn't wearing a kaffiyeh... (That's the traditional Arab headdress worn by Yasser Arafat and Lawrence of Arabia. [link] That particular style didn't become prevalent until the middle ages.) I can't tell you how annoyed I get when I see bible movies dress 1rst century Jews like contemporary Palestinians...
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Ysa Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
wow this is something different and still (of course) very nice and all your style, I like!
I just finished half a year of Christian Iconograpy, and indeed (and of course, can't avoid it in medieval art) it looks all the same :P I like your interpretation very much and iconographically speaken it's still excellently recognizable :D so wouldn't look bad in a bible ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Although some Christians might object to my cute snake and Polynesian Eve... :XD:
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Ysa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
hm maybe haha well they should open their minds for it ;)
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guitarkitty Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
She's very pretty- I think it's a cool piece and not like SHAAAZZZZAAAAAM RELIGION, which is nice because it kind of balances things and lets people who aren't religious not feel struck in the head with a religious rock, ahaha.


That article made me an extra tear for humanity. I agree up ^ I would have started laughing immediately.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks for the hilarious comment. SHAAAZZZZAAAAAM RELIGION indeed!

If you really want to laugh, check this out. Some brave soul went to the Creation Museum and took a bunch of pictures, with snarkalicious commentary! [link]
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guitarkitty Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
You hear that sound? That loud, screeching, high pitched sound? That's my laughter. I'm still laughing. I almost fell off my furniture laughing. That, coupled with the comments under the pictures, many filled with wit and good geek humor, made my entire summer.

Thank you for that.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL! I'm glad you liked it. I looked at all the photos too, and I don't know whether I find them to be either more hilarious or disturbing.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Addendum: checked out your final link. Sheesh is right!! I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face in that museum.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's kind of horrifying, isn't it? Sarah at the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog had this take on it: [link] Because the whole "nubile whiteys makin' it in a swamp" is so very 1980s romance novel-ly, it ain't funny...
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
O jeez I took a look at the blog link you sent, suburbanbeatnik -- *rolls eyes* -- LOL
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Oh *that* is so pretty!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
She has a suitably naiive look on her face!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It does make sense for Eve to be a really young teenager, doesn't it? I'd never really thought about it before, but I think it's more logical than making her some twenty-thirtysomething woman like here, where she's an Ute Lemper type blonde: [link]
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
I can't get over how adorable looking the serpent is in that link :heart:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think it was intended to be cute, I think it was supposed to be EEEVIL. :XD:

Say, do you think my serpent is cute?
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Actually (s)he is über cute. I suppose if it had been an ugly, vile, evil looking thing with nasty sharp pointy teeth, Eve would've run a mile! So cute works for me :nod:
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squirepeanut Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Those animals are truly for the win.
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kyria Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
beautiful, striking colors. the green is attractive!! gosh. :) and i love your animals. hehe
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KeijiKunoichi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist
I think you did a good job on the ambiguity of her ethnicity, sure she does look a bit Hawain but the skin tone is unique, really. Its not too pale, too tan, to yellow, or too brown!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks- glad you like it!
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