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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   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.
Dianae Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
These are not meant to be wrinkles actually, but "skin" texture… he's not really human ;)
I'm already an illustrator by the way.

Thanks !
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Ah I see now. It's similar to the girl's lines. Illustrator, yeah that's what they're called. I tend to make up words.
E-f-e-u Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
awesome! Ö____________Ö
I love the colors and details!!
SnowRaven-Moonstar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008   Writer
I love your art. I wish I had even half your talent. I like this version better. I like the frost on the male figure (spring?). It's a beautiful piece.
JessiLoo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliant, some great detail here :D
BlueFairy-07 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my.. this is absolutely gorgeous! :heart:
KaelVas Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
amazing work!
Kit-Kat-Choco Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
OMG O_O the details! :heart:

Superbe travail comme d'habitude, extraordinaire, bravo! :D
Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love his eyes! wow they are awesome :D
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Professional
So wonderfully imaginative
Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist

This looks so great and mystic and very very special :wow:
NinthCircuit Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
This is a rather curious picture, Dianae :)... but could the watermark maybe be placed somewhere else? Right now it looks like the lady is gazing up at the watermark instead of the fire birds above. Just a thought.
pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never stop to amaze me with the care you pay to details of clothes. The only think that seems a bit weird to me is the lace on his sleeve (and under neck too, but that is better), maybe the border is too thick, not sure, but it looks kinda cheap or unnatural for otherwise such an outstanding pic.
barto0192 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God ! beautiful colors and such perfection in details!! excelent :thumbsup:
EckertMarco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Student Digital Artist
very nice how you're refining your works.

But I think this one is one of your best refinements. I liked it formerly already and I thought that it isn't possible to get even more skilled, but you've proven it, ahaha. Very cool.

I'm happy, that your art block is over and I'm looking forward in seeing more of your works.

Did you use any reference for the clothes in that picture? They're almost to detailed and awesome to be wholly created in a single head.
Dianae Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I didn't use any reference for this one so thank you for the compliment ^^
Caliraphy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
You amaze O.O
Kuthinks Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Beautiful clothes and lighting expecially! That fabric is near photo-realistic. :D
Nice hand too.
And lighting! I already said that... It's really impressive! Gives a cold picture a warm touch.
Divulged Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
I like the crackling skin on the guy.
frogziller Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
You could make a crapload of money if you started taking orders to draw people. You're really amazing. I envy. I envy.
akatheToad Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
You amaze me more and more with everything I see. Do you ever do Oil Paintings or anything like that for commission? I'm sure I couldn't afford one, but maybe I could save up. :-)
Sesshomarus-woman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
its beautiful, i can almost FEEL the heat off those ....flaming winged creatures xD
sdellapina Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahuu -___- ça me donne presque envie d'abandonner ma créa en cours tellement ça m'impressionne...

Félicitation :) Tu es très talentueuse. (tu le savais déjà je suppose ^^).

Je pense acquérir un de tes prints un jour.
C4nis-Lupis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Ugh, the details in this are so freakin' beautiful. <3 Much love!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice colors and details =]
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Another beautiful piece. I really like their eyes and how you have caught little details such as the snow in their hair and the warm highlights. Good work. :D
archanN Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful Art has been featured here: [link]
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Wow, thank you so much ! :faint: Amazing features ! :wow:
fakkii2000 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Ya gotta add your own stamp hehe
Daegwath Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
Anima-en-Fuga Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist

aw... awesome....
medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
god your art is fantastic...but...whats the pic about?
Dianae Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Thank you ! It's written in the description too ;)
grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I love how the winter element is looking in facination as the winter is melted by the summer and his birds. I think the skeletal look works well as they are destroying the ice she has created. It looks a little sad in a way... I just get the impression from the faces that they are drawn to each other but are only with once another for a few breif days...Lol Im so silly!
Dianae Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I had never interpreted it this way and I must say it's a fascinating interpretation ! Thanks a lot for your comment !
grimfairyreaper Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Yeah my brain comes up with al sorts when inspired by such an image! And you are welcome, the art work makes this so worth the watch!
nathie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
just amazing! :love:
jowFR Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
AzraelDarkAngel540 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
amazing work, the amount of detail you lavish on your work is incredible! Would you mind having a look at my gallery? All I have I'm afraid is prose and poetry though...
TibodinJay Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
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