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April 10, 2008
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The Ascent by Dianae The Ascent by Dianae
:star: EDITED : watermark added, print updated (without watermark of course). Slightly more saturated and vivid. :star:

Dedicated to :iconthe-2nd-trinity: and :iconmadprog:

Hello everybody!

Due to the fact that I've had some kind of an artist block, I had not updated my gallery for long. The only thing I've been able to do lately is to finish this painting. It had been commissionned by ImagineFX, the workshop can be seen in ImagineFX issue 26 (december issue)

This is quite different from the published version since I have had time to refine it (I had to meet a deadline then, and my old monitor died during the painting process, so I had no choice but to submit a "not-so-refined" painting. Anyway, all the techniques were explained and detailed, I used the same ones to finish it ;) ), you can see the magazine version here : [link]

It's about seasons (winter/spring), life and death.... I suck at explaining what I mean so I prefer avoiding saying too much stupid things ;)

Details here (not 100% size, original size is bigger) : [link]

Photoshop CS3
50 hours approximately
Wacom intuos 3A4
No reference (though he looks EXACTLY like my ex-boyfriend. I am pretty happy with the likeness... I challenged myself painting him from memory. Nice exercise by the way!)

Image size : 8268px x 6248px, 300dpi

I hope you'll like it! Crits and comments are very welcome, though I must apologize right now.... I'm so busy that I think I won't be able to reply to most of them :( But I really appreciate feedback, and you can be sure I'm reading them all! It's just that I don't have time to reply :/
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Schneeb0207 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
WOW. His hair is amazing!! And his clothing is so awesome! I always struggle with drawing/designing clothes, haha. :) Well, done. Well, done. ^_^
ancient-warrior Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
This is awesome, love it !
Idina-0 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice work. My boyfriends looks an awful lot like that dude. :D
Deceptaconnotation Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
The birds are so cool and the details in the man's skin are great! You can practically feel the heat, and you really made the flames of birds look like it is in motion.
BirtakimSanatlar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
teach me : )
Justenjoyinglife Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the vibrant colors and the feel!
Ysidro Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student General Artist
whow!!! these colours really buuuuurn :wow:
jazzknh Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I love how the fire is burning back at you in their eyes.
kidro198 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
WOW!!!!!!!!! im shocked
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008
Flaming skeletal birds, alright! You can't go wrong with those. I love the warm colors bouncing off the characters and especially the costume design. You always come up with the neatest costumes; not overly ornate or too plain. The folds in the guy's clothes look totally natural and his ruffles equals love. I heart pirate ruffles. I especially love how the cold smoke is coming out of her mouth. Really shows just how cold it is there. The extreme yellow in their eyes kind of freaks me out. It seems so unnatural. I'm not sure the whites would pick up that much color and the irises would be the point of relfection. I get the feeling that you're trying to show age in the man's eyes but there are too many tiny wrinkles. Crow's feet are more large lines and here it looks leathery. Also, the snow on the top of his head seems like it would've melted considering the proximity to that flaming bird there yonder. But as always, great illlustrations. Do you plan on becoming an illustrationist.
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