Apophis by Balaa

Apophis

Balaa

18 March 2013 at 15:40:30 MDT

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

~William Shakespeare

A personal painting that started as a speedpainting and became something of a companion to Aeturno . When I was little, I was infatuated with black holes. The event horizon always stole me away and I think in part, that small me is still standing there tirelessly wrapped in awe. The darkness instilled in me both fear and curiosity, the oldest fear, the one our bones know before we are even aware it is there . But the curiosity too, always to tempt it, to take one more step into the dark, to linger one more second. I raced the darkness and it wrought in me a self imposed exhilaration, an awareness of being alive. And then knowledge filled in the gaps and I understood better, only marginally, how truly encompassing the dark is and how little we know of its nature. We persist in our fear, standing before this dark precipice, wondering what demons plague that deep abyss. But I think it is not as wicked as our oldest nightmares, and likely as indifferent to our passing joys and sorrows as is the light.

Samiel is the personification of the night, the dark aspect of the universe that we are only beginning to learn to see with open eyes. Here, he emerges only for the briefest of moments, weaving his shadow through the light so we may see.

Tools: Photoshop, Wacom intuos tablet

Time: **Haven't the foggiest (picked at it over the course of several months.)

**Prints:
Sure C:

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    Stunning, as always! I particularly love the colouring of the eyes. :)

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    Instant fav. Absolutly amazing.

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    This is incredible beyond words!

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    Reminds me of Toothiana :D

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    Wow! Breathtaking... I simply love the details on the face as a whole. The eyes are so pretty, and the feather-fur seems iridescent.

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    Oh my!

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    Every detail of this picture is so amazing! I find the eyes quite stunning with the many small colors inside, I can only imagine the time it took to draw such!

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    There are no words to describe how absolutely captivating and beautiful this is <3

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    I do so adore this piece... it is stunning.

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    Beautiful.

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    wow! this is so amazing. you did just a fantastic job. its truly breath taking

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    so beautiful

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    Holy shit this was a speed painting by your standards!? O-O

    This is mother fucking amazing!