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Seraphim_color by GreenGosselin Seraphim_color by GreenGosselin
"The cities of man stood derilect and neglected, abandoned of all that once gave them glory. The angels wept amongst the emptiness. Not for empty buildings of steel and mortar, nor for streets and abandoned vehicles that would have put ancient Rome to shame. The angels wept because mankind neglected the most important of things."

"Eachother."
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I think that pretty much says it all.


Oil on gesso board. It took....ummm....10 - 15 hours of work. All of that spread out in tiny little incriments where I could find them between work, commissions, comic and life. :D

I so suck at buildings....and perspective. But that was why I did this painting. (well, not the perspective part. That will come as I get more aquainted with painting buildings). If you don't challenge yourself and paint/draw things you're not used to then how will you grow as an artist, right? :D

The "city" isn't really a city. It's more an assortment of buildings from different major cities in Europe and the USA.

It's almost exactly the way the actual painting looks. The reflection of the sunset wasn't nearly that yellow. :D

(C) Copyright 2008, Chibikarenstudios LLC, All rights reserved. Do not use without express permission from artist. This is NOT public domain or "orphaned work".
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:iconjmercedesd:
jmercedesd Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous piece, I love her skin tones.
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
A little late in commenting for me but...thank you very much. :D
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Borodox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Very very cool!
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.:D
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Mistresselysia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
The really is excellent - the character design is interesting, and her skin is just exquisite - such a lovely, translucent pallor that isn't easy to achieve in traditional media :clap: I also totally agree with you about your comment about pushing yourself - I think you've done a grand job on those buildings :)
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow. :3 Thanks for the great comments. :D

The buildings were hard and took a bit of struggling hear and there to get right. :D It means a lot that you think they came out good. :D

:heart: :rose:
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redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
...also, looking at her face, she looks a lot like Neko.
Yeah, she's hawt!
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
*laughs* I didn't notice her resemblance to Neko. O_O Now that you mention it, she does look like her.

O_O
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
;-p
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
... due to the paleness of her skin, she looks like she should be a guard in a palace or something. (indoors)

...or holding a tube of spf 5000 sunblock.
...she's cute, too!
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Wait, I thought I was corresponding with a heteralsexual female, here.
I'm the one that should be doing the tapping, here, eh?
:hump: <-- woo-hoo! I finally get a reason to use this!!! XD
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
*laughs* Never get out in the post appocalyptic sun without spf 5000. XD

She's hawt. I'd so tap that. :laughing: ;D
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Wait, I thought I was corresponding with a heteralsexual female, here.
I'm the one that should be doing the tapping, here, eh?
:hump: <-- woo-hoo! I finally get a reason to use this!!! XD

(Woops, this didn't get posted as a reply the first time.)
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:lmao: :rofl:

I'm totally heteralsexual. :lol: But I still appreciate female beauty. ;)

I'm an example of a good little Catholic girl gone wierd. (not wild because that would imply things that occur on "girls gone wild" that I've never done.)

Yes'um I'm a recoverin' Catholic.
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
I still appreciate female beauty, too. ;-)
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
:laughing:

...and I'm mostly Christian... though I hate the way today's "Christians" carry themselves, so I kinda just keep to myself.
I'm now at the point, though, that life has me so callused, that I wish I could break free and "go wild".

...but I've always been faithful,

...dammit! :)
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:iconredtailhawker:
redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Isn't that a card game? :laughing: Jk, jk! People say the same thing about my last name (Uecker - pronounced "yoo-kur")
I've known others that have pulled away from the ministries.
My picture in in the dictionary next to "weird".
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
:) Completely agree. :)

I used to be a Eucharistic Minister, if you can believe that. I got pissed when people would tell me not to give the bread to people who didn't say "Amen" or didn't dress a certain way. It's something that was meant for everyone, not a select few. -_- GEEZ.

I think I'm still working out my rebelious streak. XD Going wild is hard when you have bills to pay and mouths to feed. :3 That's why I just went weird instead. :D
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redtailhawker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
I forgot to hit "reply" yet again!
Look for the next message that starts: "Isn't that a card game..."
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Pascale-Marry Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
est ce toi qui a fait ce dessin ??? magnifique
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
Merci beaucoup! (Hope I got the spelling right.)
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RyanNothing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
hehe remember when i thought this was a digital piece? I think thats a compliment!!
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: I remember. :hug: It was a great compliment. Thank you. :D

Now if only I could get my digital to look like my oils. :D It will help to have a tablet I guess instead of using a mouse and my off hand. :D If you have any tips on using digital/photoshop I'd love to hear them. ;)
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Orion1115 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
dude..that's way awesome... :headbang:
the colouring is amazing :wow:......and i :heart: the story you made
behind this artwork....totally jawdroping!

cuz i love it so much i'm gonna fav it, kay? =D
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thanks for the great comments and the fav. AND the watch. :D

:hug:
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Orion1115 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
always a pleasure! :hug:
i'll be waitin for ur other arts!! u ROCK!
:headbang:
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
:icongwomp:
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:iconorion1115:
Orion1115 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
=D
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talon-serena Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Even before I read the description I could see a story in this. Absolutely gorgeous work. It's fascinating.
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :D :heart:

Thank you for the fav too. :3
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ParadigmParadox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Very cool, and it works quite well that the buildings are less "real" than your character.
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
THank you. :hug: :D That means a lot. I had a struggle with some of the bigger ones. O_O Gotta paint buildings more often.

Thanks for the fav too. :heart:
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mongrelmarie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply awesome Karen! :iconiloveyouplz:
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thank you so much. :hug:
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51stnereid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:worship: :worship:
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I love it.

I wish I could say something better. I'm at a loss.
Like, Branca! Ha! ;p
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: :heart:

Thank you very much. :D And for the favorite too. :3
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Shigdioxin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
simply amazing
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thank you very much. :hug:
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Shigdioxin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
you're quite welcome :hug:
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RaposaBranca Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So, this is beautiful.

So I...

Damn, let me comment again when I can think more clearly >.<

LOVE IT!! :icongwomp:
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:glomp: Thank you. :hug: :hug:

I hope it's this well recieved when we go to connecticon. :D
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shdwdncr245 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Wow! this piece is really amazing! :hug: The colors are fantastic, especially the pinkish purple glow on her skin ^^ I love this character, and the sky is really pretty too :D Don't worry bout the buildings, they look great to me :heart:
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
OH! and the color of her skin!
She was so pale and marble like that I wanted to put some more dimension and life into her skin. So, I used a thin glaze of cadmium red light and blended it over some of the midtones.

Thanks about the buildings. XD I rarely paint them so it was a challenge. :D

Thanks for the fave to. :hug: :heart:
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shdwdncr245 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Well you really succeeded giving the skin more dimension and life :D
Hope I will be as good as you one day ^^
And you're very welcome :hug: :heart:
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
:icongwomp: :glomp: :heart:

Thank you so much. :3
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MadMouseMedia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
Good lord that is hotness
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:icongreengosselin:
GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
:icongwomp: Thanks :glomp:
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Dimaa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
wow awesome! so detailed and so beautiful! :faint:
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GreenGosselin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
(blush) Thank you very much. :heart:

:hug: Thanks for the fav too. :hug:
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Dimaa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
welcome! :hug:
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