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Lena of Light: Only our Will by V-shue Lena of Light: Only our Will by V-shue
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"I don't really like people who go around brandishing the banner of justice. No matter the reason, where humans are involved, there is no black or white, no justice or evil--there is only our will."
- Pandora

I really like this quote from Pandora; it kind of reflects my opinion. There is no ultimate goodness or evil. I think that if Lena tries, she can "fight" the darkness, and reach the light no matter what. Thus, I chose to depict her catching/grasping the "light" even though the darkness is trying to engulf her (the lace, the clothes, etc.). So yes, this is supposed to be Lena of the Light. Lots of symbolism I tried to tie in, but I don't want to name them all and weigh the image down with it. Especially since people will have contrasting views on the symbolism.

Edit: Added her necklace, Intensified colors & sharpened image
I didn't put her necklace because it seemed out of place when I first sketched it, but I will try to do something in the next couple of hours so this might change a little... Had a lot of fun pulling this one off and quite proud of the result, even if the final product isn't quite my initial expectations, haha. Hope you guys enjoy it too!

Edit2: Oh my goodness! I'm one of the semifinalists! o___o Thank you so much for the honor.
If anyone has suggestions to further improve the work, do let me know! : )

WIPS/Closeups: valsharea.tumblr.com/post/4104…

Thanks in advance, for all critiques, comments, and favorites!

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:iconmirainohikari:
MirainoHikari Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty neat. Nice effects.
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! : D
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous lighting and painting.
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V-shue Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for the comment! It means a lot! : )
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries!
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JamesHillGallery Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! I love the style in the line work!
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:iconv-shue:
V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :]]]] Very different from what I'm used to doing so I'm glad people seem to like it! <3
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Angel-Winged-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the necklace detail! ;) very beautiful work!
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I really like how the necklace turned out myself! x)
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ParawhoreLove Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I like this. It's one of the only entries that looks like you've read the books ♥
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~ I think I actually got quite a few details off, but I tried my best to keep features from the book.
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ParawhoreLove Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I like it. AMAZING! :)
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artismiaclaire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
the eyes...she looks a little cross eyed..idk just how i dee it..everything else i love :)
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~ I think it might be because the eyes are super sparkly. But I'll take it into account~ ^^
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artismiaclaire Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
haha k :)
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tea-ram Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Tsk tsk, these comments upset me, mostly because it doesn't say WHAT is so great about this picture! D<
UFF BUT SERIOUSLY WOW DAWNIE THIS IS AMAZIIIIIIIING!!
I'm in love with the lighting in the girls hair, how it fades dark with the background and wtf how did you make that chain so realistic HNNGGG!! Seriously fantastic work.

I think the only thing that is off putting is the nose shade on the side. Perhaps would've been better to smoothen it than sharpen, it looks a bit hard now.
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;/////; thank you teaaaaaaa~ :heart:
The comment and the critique! <3 Yeah, my RL friend also mentioned the nose, will have to try to fix it, though I suck as noses in general >> But I'll def try to make it smoother like you suggested! ^uuu^
The chain was actually probably the easiest part. xD I just drew it with a flat color, very generally added some shading with airbrush and then drew the shine with a dodge layer. I think small things are easier to BS to make them look realistic xDDDDDD
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firekitty11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is really beautiful.
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww, thank you~ :iconcute-plz:
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psyleaf2013 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
LOVE it!
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! *wwww* <3
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LilithNightRaven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful good luck!
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll really need some luck, but I'm not going to put any expectations on placing. There are so many more talented pieces that probably better depict her than I do. But your encouragement means a lot! <3
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LilithNightRaven Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Think positive thoughts! Positive energy brings positive actions into your life! I like this piece a lot so go get them and again good luck!
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plhils Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Congrats for being chosen as one of the 25 Semi finalist.
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:iconv-shue:
V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It really means a lot to me as it's my first time winning such an honor! : )
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MoonlitFantasy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love her eyes and the markings on her skin. Oh, and the butterflies in the light!
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V-shue Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much~ ;////; <3
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