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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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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner 5 days ago
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
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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 
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Ah, that's right! I forgot about the tetrarch.
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.
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
DianeVallee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Oh I love this, looks fantastic, love all the color combinations
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
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!
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
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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