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Expressions of Light 13 by rachaelm5 Expressions of Light 13 by rachaelm5
This is actually a reject from another project. The angelic critter was originally human, but the face was *not* working out. Nor the composition. I tossed it from the project and decided to play with it separately to see if I could save the thing. The asymmetrical wings, the wonky anatomy, and the drapery and banner-thing were too fun to give over to the scrap pile.

Right. So, reworking this thing, it evolved into a kind of Erte-meets-Mardi-Gras-meets-St. Mark (St. Mark is usually represented as a winged lion).

NOW I like it. AND I got to exercise a simple split-complimentary color scheme that I hadn't tried before. YAY, COLOR! Yay, carpal-tunnel! ;p

I did this with ink, watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, and a paint pen.

Colordy version of:

Original art: available for $150

8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches not available

Others in this series:

Expressions of Light 1
Expressions of Light 2
Expressions of Light 3
Expressions of Light 4 (top half)
Expressions of Light 5
Expressions of Light 6
Expressions of Light 7
Expressions of Light 8
Expressions of Light 9
Expressions of light 10
Expressions of Light 11
Expressions of Light 12

Expressions of Light 14
Expressions of light 15
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R-Eventide Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy color-plosion! :D Wonderful!

I love love love how the face turned out! Can't imagine it looking any other way, now.
rachaelm5 Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You betcha! This was a fun one to color, and pretty simple, all things considered. Just a basic triadic color scheme, plus royal purple. :D
Oh I love this, looks fantastic, love all the color combinations
rachaelm5 Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I wanted to work with a "royal" color range, since the critter is rather leonian. :D
Koushoku-jin Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: The care you've made to the smallest amount of detailing -- I can still see the 'embossed' designs in the garment's hemline; the blending of colors, absolutely beautiful!
rachaelm5 Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

I enjoy all of the details - the details are what make these pictures so much fun. :D
DeerNectar Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely incredible, the intense colors match the details of the drawing well.
rachaelm5 Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. This series has evolved quite a bit since I started out, and the more of these angelic folks I draw, the more intricate and wildly colorful they seem to get. It'll be interesting to see what they look like at, say, "Expressions of light 57". ;-)
DeerNectar Jan 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Would you sell prints on etsy? they might go well. I can't afford any now but you might be able to make a few extra bucks if you need to; but, it's spiritual art and I don't know how you feel about that.
rachaelm5 Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've considered ETSY, but I just haven't yet jumped on that bandwagon. One of these days when I have a goodly bit of time to sit down and work with the site material, I might do so. I don't have any problem with the sale of my angel art; spiritual work is still perfectly good for earning me bread and butter. :D
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