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Saving Grace by oriridraco Saving Grace by oriridraco
For the Fantasy Hunks [link] February contest - Angels! [link]

(You can vote by sending the admin of :iconfantasyhunks: a note here: [link] with the name/link/thumbnail of the image you wish to vote for!)

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Posed in Daz, lighting, environment and render done in Vue, postwork done in Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro.

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This render took around three weeks, from start to finish. The final render in Vue took 32 hours.

It came out well, after postwork. Really love rendering in Vue and the controls vs the controls in Daz, and very much enjoy painting and doing touch-up in Sketchbook Pro.

From the non-geek side, this image was actually a huge challenge for me. I am not a huge fan of angels by default, but really wanted to test my limits by stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something I don't normally do, but still making it my own. So I spent most of this particular project alternating between "Uuuuuugh, ANGEL" complete with flashbacks to the days of wandering through Christian bookstores with my mom as a kid and looking at the cards and plaques with bible quotes on them.... and the other half of this project going "Okay, how do we do Angel but still make a strong image that takes the focus off of "Oh, foofy-sappy Angel!" and put that focus on the content of the image?"

I could have done the evil batwing type demon-angel, or a possible statement, but wasn't feeling up to a theological statement image or going straight dark and bad ass. I really wanted to take a "Good" Angel and make him feel... real. Complete. Not just a one dimensional pretty face with wings, but someone with a goal, a mission, a purpose, a reason for being there. Depth. A bit of character. With a point of view that complimented that character, that drew the viewer in.

Lofty goals. Here's to hoping they were accomplished. <3
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:iconafina79:
Let me begin by first stating there should be more than 5 stars available for Impact. And now that I am done saying that I will get on with the actual critique.

This image is just breathtaking. The use of camera orientation boggles the mind. I have seen so many images done from an angle similar to this but none have been able to capture the falling elegance this once has managed to do. Combing this factor along side the position of the wings, the light shining from the heavens and the out stretched hand you are left with a want to jump into his embrace. This image screams "take me with you."

The flare from the sun, matching up with the color of his eyes is another captivating feature of this image. It makes you truly believe that he was born of the heavens. Not to mention the softness of his wings against the contrasting gray clouds in the sky help to bring motion to the piece.

And do you see the blending work done from the wings to the skin? Sheer perfection. So many times we see wings in images and I have yet to see such attachment executed before. It is without error.

Now, let us move on to texture. His skin is flawless. Not as in not a blemish on it but in the rendering process. It looks touchable. Gentle worn hands reaching out to take you and an expression that stills the heart let you know that no matter what may come in the future, it will all be okay.

Do heavens angels truly look like this? I only dare to hope they do. This image truly deserves a standing ovation from the Seraphim.
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:iconspirittina2012:
Spirittina2012 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the pov great work
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:iconthever:
thever Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
awesome.....nice eyes....
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:icondominotheclumsy:
DominoTheClumsy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Those rainbow eyes are killing me! Why can't he be real?!?!?
:D Good work, seriously some of the best on here.
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:iconnatiagreenleaf:
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
LOVE this! It's awesome
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:iconkahdrim:
Kahdrim Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it, so emotive
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:iconmckrauss:
MCKrauss Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Absolutely gorgeous work!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you VERY much! :love:
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:iconhana-me-no-tenshi:
Hana-me-no-tenshi Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student General Artist
i wanna hold that hand! i feel like i can hold it! its just... perfect! i never been a big fan of 3d art. but... WOW!! O_O

i just get chills every time i look at this! o_o

congratulations!!!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you like it! :heart:
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:iconhana-me-no-tenshi:
Hana-me-no-tenshi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student General Artist
:)
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:iconafina79:
Afina79 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're art has been featured here: [link]
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :love:
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:iconsindon:
Sindon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Amazing work lady. As always you look deeper and bring out more that so many fail to do. The balance of the image, the texture, lighting, post work, detail come together and take your work to another level. Congratulations...you continue to get better and better and better *smiles* everytime I think you can't possibly do more...you do!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, sir. :) :heart: :hug:
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:iconangellover89:
AngelLover89 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
i like the wings, where did you get them?
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty sure they are these: [link] :D

I did a LOT of editing of the material in Vue though, plus postwork to correct some spots where the wing bends in a wonky way. Still, definitely VERY good wings! :love:
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:iconangellover89:
AngelLover89 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thanks ^^ I put them on my wishlist. They do look realistic in a way.
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:iconneilv:
NeilV Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work very nice
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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:iconchoudryarif:
choudryarif Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very nice
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconevassac:
evassaC Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Writer
Awesome Details!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!!
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Gwenyth-photos Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
I, like you, really don't care for angels, but wow....this one is amazing. His eyes are almost hypnotic. The sprinkling of freckles across his nose, just makes him so real.
I don't know what else to say except...awesome. :)
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: :heart:

Thank you so very much!! :hert:
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:icongwenyth-photos:
Gwenyth-photos Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
You are more than welcome. :D
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:iconhermieluver:
hermieluver Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
GREAT work here! The camera angle and perspective is jaw-droppingly amazing, and all of the details and textures create a very believable piece. The time investment definitely paid off here! Excellent work.
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you so much!!
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:iconcutrow:
Cutrow Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
no words can qualify this picture and the beauty that i can see in it. just watch and appreciate, because you really got talent !
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you very much! :heart:
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:iconluk999:
Luk999 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Beautiful work!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconluk999:
Luk999 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
You´re welcome!
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:iconldylore:
ldylore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Afina's critique says pretty much my whole feelings about the piece. Your final touches really enhanced it. I want him to be my angel and take me away :D
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: :love: Thank you!! (I kinda wish he was mine too... though to be honest, the eyes kinda unnerve me some. Heh!)
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I just love the POV and the light, it's really good!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint:

Thank you VERY much! That is such a huge compliment coming from you! :love: :heart:
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:iconkaanamoonshadow:
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome! :hug:
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:iconmonarch-hero:
monarch-hero Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
OMG this is absolutely beautiful! Two thumbs waaay waaay up! :dance:
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwwww, thank you!!! :heart:
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:iconceruleanvii:
ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
really like the unusual perspective on this one!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: :heart: Thank you!
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:iconnellwilliams:
NellWilliams Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconirisim:
irisim Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Simply amazing!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! :heart:
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:iconamethyst25:
Amethyst25 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent Work!
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconbluefire05:
bluefire05 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
0w0
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:iconoriridraco:
oriridraco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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