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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

Prints:
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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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Woah, which angel is this?

Well, I mean, it makes sense that there would be an angel like this. Nuriel (the wrathful name of Uriel) has the body of an eagle and the head of a man, but is this meant to be some specific angel? Either way, I love it! :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rather than one of the named angels, I was thinking of St. Mark, who is symbolized by the winged lion.  

Yeah, I definitely like this one a whole lot, too.  Asymmetrical design makes it a whole lot easier...  ;p 
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Ah, that's right! I forgot about the tetrarch.
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner 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.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 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
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DianeVallee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Oh I love this, looks fantastic, love all the color combinations
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I wanted to work with a "royal" color range, since the critter is rather leonian. :D
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Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner 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!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 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
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DeerNectar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely incredible, the intense colors match the details of the drawing well.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 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". ;-)
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DeerNectar Featured By Owner 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.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 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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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
:meow: love the colors on this :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm still kind of "eh" on the pastel color scheme, but it was still a fun piece to color.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Well, this is different! I very much like the whole design and the chosen color scheme, as well as the idea--something of a griffin in reverse. If you do another winged lion, perhaps you should draw it in profile to avoid the "This face isn't working!" gremlins.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - It wasn't the lion's face that gave me trouble. I'd originally had a human face that wouldn't work from *any* angle with all of the rest of the design around it. The lion's face was actually the solution to the design problem. ;p
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ShroomsfromHell Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Nice choice of colors, quite royal :XD:
For moment I was wondering where the right arm went -> found it, kind of
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! "Royal" was what I was shooting for this time. One of my friends recommended it, and since I haven't played with this color scheme, it was quite a lot of fun.
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ShroomsfromHell Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Indeed, mighty fit for a King ^-^
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Sierraness23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe. Sheer awe.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :D
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Tygepc Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
While I know you didn't intend this at all, the new OS for Apple computers was released today and is called Lion.

This is so much better than the picture they are using.


As always, wonderful work. I'm glad you didn't completely scrap it.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Yes, pure coincidence. This is far too wild for a logotype, though. ;p
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Cileos Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He really looks majestic, with his gold fur and all those reds in the clothing!

I admire those details again and again. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Prue84 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Ahhh, that's yours! Now I understand why my first thought on the thumb was "awesome" :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks very much; very kind of you. :D
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VolatilePlums Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011   Digital Artist
NICE!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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VolatilePlums Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011   Digital Artist
no probs
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dragonririko Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the colors! :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :D
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OneCrazyCleric Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Yes, yes, YES! Love the layout, love the wonky combination of feathers and cloth, love the majestic halo!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! *Wonky* really does about cover it... :boogie:
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OneCrazyCleric Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
;)
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! What impressive details! It's absolutely mindblowing, I could stare at this pieces for hours on end and still find something new with each glance.

I adore the fiery, royal mix of purples, reds and golds - it adds to the sense of majesty :3!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

I do so much of my artwork in cool colors; it was really fun to try bold, warm colors for a change.
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Arixona Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, O.O
the colors are amazing!! awesome job =D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :D
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soulstructures Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooow!
Instantly faved!: )
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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bakido Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
:iconimpervyplz: Wow.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank'ye kindly. :D
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lion>human. Very pretty color combination too.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thank you. The lion's face and mane fixed up some serious proportion issues I was having with the original human design.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That's amazing! So much wings, so much clothing :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Yes, this is really a crazy design... I think I caught the lion-angel while he was making a transformation of himself. ;p
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Haha, no problem! I think you've overdone yourself here :D
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squidink Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I love the colors and the overall design!
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