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Their Warden by keiiii Their Warden by keiiii
She freed them from the darkness above. She was their savior.
Then she trapped them inside her vase. She was their
Savior, she said to herself
as she caressed the porcelain prison,
making sure her pretty stars could
never escape.


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My first entry for the Wacom Good VS Evil contest! (There MAY be a second one forthcoming -- we'll see if I can finish it on time!) 'Good VS Evil' is an incredibly versatile theme. I wanted to stay away from the typical stuff like angels and demons. This is about denial -- twisting the truth in your mind and warping evil into good. Lying to yourself in a futile attempt to escape the burden of remorse.

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Painted in Adobe Photoshop CS4 from scratch. This took much longer than my usual stuff. I'll post some WIPs if you guys are interested.

Please don't mind the historical inaccuracies of the outfit. XD;;
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:iconcelesaphii:
Celesaphii Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details on this are amazing!
And all the colors are gorgeous!! <3
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Schreibaby-Zephyr Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The kimono is so beautiful. I love your color scheme and design. c:
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Thank you ^^
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:iconfourmindz:
FourMindz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
great colors and style
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconincomitatum:
incomitatum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing; might you ever post a tutorial on how you pulled off some of these effects. I love your work as it looks like you are painting with colored mercury or silk in most your pictures. Pallets that defy logic yet still work.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
I don't have it for this particular picture, but I do have some progress screenshots of some of my other works. Maybe they can be of help. :) [link]

There's no real secret, just lots of blending using tablet stylus pressure variation.
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:iconredkora:
Redkora Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
I love the stars, colors, her clothing, everything! Thank you for sharing this!
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
I'm glad you like it! :D
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:iconkevotu:
kevotu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
:faint: Very stunning work. magnificence in illustration complemented by absolute flawlessness in coloring :+favlove: truly beautiful!
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Thank you!
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:icondraco-kohakunushi:
Draco-Kohakunushi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Hoooooooooooly
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:iconaelddir:
AElddir Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Incredible concept, beautifully executed. :love: WELL DONE! :clap:
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:iconfanfantasy:
FanFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Duuuuudddddeeeeeee.......That's awesome.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
:) Glad you like it!
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:iconradditz:
Radditz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand with the explanation now and I think you should have won.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
:) Thank you. The winning artworks were gorgeous, but yeah, they weren't terribly original. I'm quite satisfied with how far I got; it's just strange because they said originality was going to be twice as important as artistic merit.
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:iconadonael:
Adonael Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome use of colour. Great work
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mimi-pie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
This. Is. Beautiful.

I love the details in the girl's hair. It's not just one color but different colors with different hues. It reflects the background amazingly, and I just love the glowing constellations!
I am also astounded by the beautiful details in her clothing! So many colors that fit; it's just wonderful.

I hope you win! ♥
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:iconthecaffeinequeen:
TheCaffeineQueen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Very kewl, VERY aquarius!
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:iconjennimgf:
JenniMGF Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
wow this is gorgeous, i love the colours that you have used and it seems to fit really well with the theme. Good luck on the contest ^^
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Thank you! :D
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:iconjennimgf:
JenniMGF Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
no problem ^^
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:iconper-the-muse:
per-the-muse Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
what i like even more than the image is your explanation. =D ....the image, of course, is amazing. but this rendition of "good v. evil" is rare, imo- usually people do focus on the external good/evil rather than the inner good/evil conflict. ...i wonder how she got those stars in there.
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:iconemigga:
Emigga Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
the colors are ASTOUNDING.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
:) :heart:
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:iconangierodriguez:
AngieRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I love the colors! fantastic work
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:iconnatisline:
natisline Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist
those colors... wow.
good luck to you. :)
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:iconornis:
ornis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
the zodiac... out of prison.
brilliant.
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:iconvivi-kiramaru-sama19:
Vivi-kiramaru-sama19 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gawd its pretty.. i help u win by:+fav:

good luck! :handshake:

i wanted to, but counldt enter the contest :(:nirvana:
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:iconacmangalover:
acmangalover Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Oh my.... the COLORS!!! the color use is so pretty! And I love the theme of lying to yourself and twisting the truth for evil. awesome!
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:iconpikachika:
PikaChika Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on being the final 50!
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:iconscream-deafening:
Scream-Deafening Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Amazing.
Truly amazing.


Love the colours and the concept. Really well thought out and planned.
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:iconblack-crown:
BLACK-CROWN Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing ^__^
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:iconkanelsnurr:
Kanelsnurr Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
one of the best! that's sure!
love the concept, and the entry got a very special theme, different from the others ^^
good luck!
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RabidFoxMage Featured By Owner May 30, 2009   Writer
The colors are absolutely AMAZING.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Thank you. Choosing the colors for this picture was rather difficult. If this picture had something like... a tree or a sunset background, etc. that needs to be of certain colors, then I can start from there. But here, I had no starting point. The empty background could have been ANY color. Same with the kimono and the girl's hair, and even her skintone to some extent.

So I spent a lot of time trying different color schemes. In the end, it came out to my liking, and I'm glad you like it too. :)
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aethelbert Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
You made it to the semi-finals, congrats!
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Thanks! I was quite surprised when I found out :0
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starless-night1314 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
i love her dress...and the constellations are très pretty
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:iconfutarinokizuna:
futarinokizuna Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow you made it to the semi finalist! I envy you! >.<" I have to try more! Congrats~ :D
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Thank you. I've entered many art contests on Gaia, and one of the most important lessons I've learned was to just have fun... to draw not for prizes, but for inspiration. I didn't take it very well when I lost the first time because I wanted the prize so badly. But now, even when I do want the prize, I either draw out of inspiration, or -- if the contest doesn't give me much inspiration -- I pass, no matter how much I want the prizes. I know in my heart that I'd never win with an uninspired entry.

Anyway, enough digressing (and I am NOT implying your entry was uninspired, to make it clear). Don't let winning and losing stress you out. Sometimes the most awesome entry in a contest loses. Art contests are a gamble because you never know what the judges like. Do it for fun! :D
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futarinokizuna Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no , not that I entered this contest because I wanna win ^^; but no matter what , losing will make me 'a bit' depressed. Many people said that I won't win either , but you don't know until you try right? :)

Inspiration is an abstract thing. Maybe on the 50 final , some people may say 'WTH are those arts? I've seen many better than that!' In my brain , I do agree , but in my inner heart , I know all arts are great because they bring something to life.

I do enjoy the contest. I have lost , I'm sad , but then I'll be happy again , take it as a sweet experience and support my friends like you.

By the way do you have some tutorials/step by step of this arts? I wanna know why you can make a glowing effect o_o"
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Yumidog Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when i first saw it, i thought that the constelations were musical notes, but then i full viewed and realized it ^^

awesome pic!! really colorful!
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Hee! I want to do a picture with musical notes some day, too. :D
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:iconyumidog:
Yumidog Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol u should!!! X3
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xXtheXesRcoolXx Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Interesting. I love the colors.
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Thank you :) With this particular picture, I had a lot more difficulty in choosing the color palette than I normally do. The result came out to my liking, though, so it was worth the time.
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Zel-TwilightQueen Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
. . . (no words can express how cool THIS PICTURE IS! i REALLY MEAN IT! well done.)
:jawdrop:
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
:heart: Thank you. I'm glad you like it :)
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