Shadowness - Imaliea http://shadowness.com The usual story, a self taught artist that could draw before I could talk. What makes me so special? err... um... I have this here magic rock that kee... en Those who favour fire http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/those-who-favour-fire <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/those-who-favour-fire"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/154205/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This started as a random drawing of wings and just... exploded o.o Only reason it took this long was because I kept changing everything lol but at last it's done! Enjoy! I learned a lot painting this, namely 1) fire is hard to paint and 2) I like to torture myself by painting the very things I find hard to paint (fire, hands, tricky light sources). Which is I suppose a good thing, only way I'll get better. :D I was attempting to loosen up my painting a bit, but not sure how well I succeeded ^^; There's a few meaningful things in here but I won't explain it, I'll just leave it for you to draw your own conclusions from :) I'm curious to see what people pick up. Technical Info Photoshop/Painter combo, best of both worlds :D Also many miscellaneous male models and Jensen Ackleses were ogled in preparation for this - all in the name of art, I swear. Title is from Robert Frost poem, Fire and Ice. Title is from Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" Thu, 03 Nov 2011 01:56:58 -0400 Magneto http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/magneto <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/magneto"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/169254/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />The lovely Michael Fassbender as Magneto :D More info here: http://imaliea.deviantart.com/art/Magneto-273000766 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:53:22 -0500 Professor X http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/professor-x <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/professor-x"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/169253/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I really should have uploaded this sooner...^^; James McAvoy as Professor X :D More info here: http://imaliea.deviantart.com/art/Professor-X-266750100 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:53:20 -0500 Pantheon of Rock: Aphrodite http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/pantheon-of-rock-aphrodite <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/pantheon-of-rock-aphrodite"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/126712/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />The beginning of a new series "Pantheon of Rock" Feet referenced from tasastock.deviantart.com "Hands & Feet Series" Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:28:13 -0400 Two Sides of the Same Coin http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/two-sides-of-the-same-coin <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/two-sides-of-the-same-coin"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/113799/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Older fanart of Merlin & Arthur :) Thu, 04 Aug 2011 23:45:19 -0400 Dream a Little Dream http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/dream-a-little-dream-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/dream-a-little-dream-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/109169/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This took way, way longer than I thought it would. It was really more a painting exercise than anything else I tried a few different brushes, switched between Painter & Photoshop, that sort of thing. Just trying to find where I'm comfortable once more. Touching up my skills and whatnot 'til I gots my groove back lol And yes, it's also another excuse to paint Dean Winchester. >_> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 05:38:58 -0400 I am the monster... http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/i-am-the-monster <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/i-am-the-monster"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/402732/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Had this sitting for a little bit now. Is it sad the best title I could come up with at first was "Lokilicious"? And, fun fact: originally I want to just paint Loki with super long hair. That obviously didn't pan out, as I got caught up in more and more mythology and my brain got in the way of my silliness ;) Instead, the official title is a quote from Marvel!Loki: "I am the monster parents tell their children about at night." Now, moving right along... I have always been a big big fan of mythology. Particularly Norse and Greek. Loki has always been a favourite of mine (even before Tom Hiddleston became his official incarnation in my mind. Sorry to everyone else that's personified Loki over the years. Tom wins.). So, when I wanted to paint this homage to the third Loki movie, I also thought it'd be neat to include some nods to the myth that inspired the Most Awesome Marvel Character Next To Iron Man. So, with some shady research methods and a large artistic licence, I present this painting to you! Now, kids, who knows their Norse mythology? ....What? You ALL do?? I call shenanigans! ... Seriously though, if you do...well, good for you! It's cool. Hopefully you'll recognise some things. For those interested, this Loki-myth-mashup includes: - the snake, a nod to Loki's child Jormungandr or the snake that dripped poison into his eyes when he was punished for being naughty - the horse, which is a nod to both Loki disguising himself as a mare and the eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, that was a result of his horsey shenanigans >_> - the wolf, Fenrir, another one of his kids (sorry, I left out Hel. She just wasn't a fit. Soz.) - the salmon, and the seal, which are both creatures Loki disguised himself as at one point or another, that crafty little minx! - if you look very closely, the shape of the snake, the way Loki's cloak is swooshing, and the position of Fenrir, all work together to create the suggestion of infinity (or the figure 8, I guess >_>) I won't go into heaps more detail about the elements and why I chose to do what I did, but I will say that everything was as deliberate as I could make it, right down to the chaos of the background :) I was tempted to go nuts and just keep adding heaps more little things, because there was so much I could include, but I decided not to overload it in case I ruined everything -_- I can always do more portraits of him! I absolutely do not claim to be an expert on Norse mythology. Technical Info I wanted to try something a bit different with this; combining my love of realism with something a little more abstract and arty. To this end, I need to give the biggest kudos of all to one of my favourite artists of all time, Android Jones. Looking at his stuff was extremely inspirational, particularly when I found out a program he uses called Alchemy. I HIGHLY recommend, it's just all kinds of awesome for making spontaneous artsy stuffs, which is how I achieved a lot of the look. And thank you to Marvel and Tom Hiddleston for bringing Loki to life - I don't even a tiny bit own this conception of Loki, he's just my absolute fave and I loves him and all is right with the world. Is it weird the part I'm most proud of is his stupid shoulder armour thing? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:16:34 -0500 The Game's Afoot http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/the-game--s-afoot <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/the-game--s-afoot"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/113798/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />RDJ!Sherlock fanart - a bit old now, but still something I'm proud of :) Thu, 04 Aug 2011 23:45:18 -0400 A Man With a Reason http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/a-man-with-a-reason <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/a-man-with-a-reason"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/112219/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Masquerading as a man with a reason My charade is the event of the season - Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas An older artwork from 2010, Sam Winchester :) Tue, 02 Aug 2011 01:16:16 -0400 Not Your Average Angel http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/not-your-average-angel <a href="http://shadowness.com/Imaliea/not-your-average-angel"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/112207/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />An older artwork from 2010, which was a repaint of an even older work :) Details - prepare for a long!comment full of my thoughts and insights. Feel free to gloss over. Firstly, dear god this thing nearly killed me. I think I painted his FACE ALONE over FIVE TIMES. Yikes! And his hands, wings, SHIRT, everything I painted over and over. I fought with this piece, I really did, and it fought back. I wanted it to be more real, with more depth and atmosphere, so I hope I pulled it off. I changed a few things, and actually didn't paint straight from any one reference. I will credit the ever-lovely Jensen Ackles as inspiration for the face. Not a straight likeness of him, but his lips and nose were an influence definitely. The pose is fairly similar to the old one, though I am now showing much more of his body. Different shirt, going more with 'hinting at what's underneath' rather than the muscle-shirt thing he was rocking in the old painting. And, yes, tattoos this time around! Not just any old random tattoos either... On his right arm, is the ambigram "Loyalty/Betrayal", referencing his conflicted relationship with Heaven. Around his left wrist, an amphisbaena, which translates roughly to "to go both ways" (take that however you like ;) ), a mythological two-headed snake - it has a head on each end of its body. Why this creature?? I'm glad you asked! Firstly, it's said it can travel in either direction, just changes which 'head' is in charge (and my doesn't that sound a bit dirty?), and in my interpretation here, I'm meaning this as one head facing Heaven, the other Earth. It is also said the amphisbaena can hold its other head in its mouth and roll along in a hoop - to me this is very reminiscent to the Ouroboros, an ancient serpent that is always depicted in a circle with its tail in its mouth. It often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, so I'm throwing a bit of that in there too. Both these creatures are snakes (though the amphisbaena has been depicted as other two-headed creatures as well), which, among many things, represent rebirth, protection against evil, sexuality, and is a mediator between the physical and spiritual world. Not to mention in the Bible, where snakes represent sin, temptation and destruction. See where I'm going with all this? Wow, all that meaning packed into one little tattoo! There's a lot I glossed over / left out / butchered regarding those myths but you get the basic concept. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:46:17 -0400