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The Circle of Life by sanguisGelidus The Circle of Life by sanguisGelidus
---- Ondarena ----
..Life creates Life...

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Hey! Sorry for reuploading! ^^' Hope you don't mind seeing this in your inbox once again! xD I am sorry for those of you, who commented on the old version or gave me a fav, I hope you don't mind doing that again! ^^ (Only if you want for sure!) It would make me really happy! :heart:

Well, this is a commission for a client from India. This is an illustration for his upcoming book and I had the pleasure to draw it!! I really loved his concept, I don't want to reveal too much about it! But there is much much symbolism in this painting and I was able to incorporate all my creativity and imagination into this painting! :D It was much fun to draw! :la:

-- Critiques, favs and comments are highly appreciated! :heart: Please tell me, how you understand and interprete this image, I am really curious to know it!!! :D --

PS CS4, about 17 hrs

:heart: Thank you for your support! You are the most awesome watchers I could possibly imagine!! ^-^ :hug:

Watch me for more art and tutorials! ^^



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:iconmandyart1:
First I want to say that I really like this!
So my critique won't be much of critique at all, but more words of adoration.
I will tell you what I see personaly, so if I give wrong names or my interpretation is totally different from what you are trying to bring, I'm sorry.
I hope you don't mind.

Colors:
The colors are beautifully composed.
The purple stands for spirituality. I don't know if you choose the color purple on purpose or you just thought it looked good.
But anyway, it is perfect.
Also the way it goes from the dark sky to the light water is really beautiful, nice choices of color!

Shapes:
The shapes, the symbols, there are a lot.
But it is not messy or distracting. You composed that really good too.

Like the 'third eye' or 'the eye of god' what ever you want to call it. It seems to stand for life itself because of the fetus. I like how the color of the iris is continuing.

And the circles of life and eternity.
I really like how the animals seems to fade in to it.

The meditating man sitting in the middle recieving all knowlegde of the universe, connecting with the elements of the earth.

I do not really get why the eye is 'crying'. Maybe that is the way the man recieves his knowledge.

Technique:
I don't have much experience with digital art. I think it is way to much effort for something you can just draw. What I'm trying to say is that I can't really give feedback on that.
Besides: good job, couldn't do it myself.

Ps. I don't think this painting needs a book, it already tells a story.
Keep up the good work!
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Critique by Bone-Bone Sep 30, 2012, 3:41:58 PM
Wow. The first time I saw this piece, I was in complete awe. It's one of the most beautiful, original pieces of work I've ever seen on DeviantArt. I keep coming back to it just to marvel at the wonderful colors and the fantastic illustration. The composition is flawless, and all the animals as well. I can see that a piece like this has taken much meditation, a lot of patience, and more hard work that I can ever imagine someone putting into a piece of work. I love your usage of colors, and the textures are an amazing addition. I would say that a piece like this should be shared with the world, to show people that imagination is without boundaries. Excellent work.
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Wesdaaman May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Spectacular!
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TallE74 Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOAAAA...... AWESOME!!!!
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PrimeXanth Jan 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I bet that nobody else noticed the embryo in the eye.
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PrimeXanth 3 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
high five!!!!
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no words. just emotions. <3
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horsedog Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The circle of life, to me personally, has always made me very sad. The eye is watching opened wide, with tears flowing from it like a waterfall. The backbone of Buddisim is compassion, and i think that the circle of life can be a very brutal cycle and therefore, in most of us, incites compassion and often sadness. Such as, to watch lions killing other lion cubs, or to see the killer whale playing fetch with a live seal pup. I love animals, but the circle of life that they must dance in breaks my heart.

Thats what I immediately felt when I saw this picture. Very nice and very beautiful, also sad.
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Echoshi Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh snap there's a fetus in there.
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:icondarklord75253:
I really wish I could give a good critique as you desire, but honestly there are no words, for me, that I can impart to convey how amazing this picture is. To compliment a single aspect is to ignore another and I couldn't, wouldn't, do so. I can say this however: You are an amazing artist.
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