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When we were young our bodies did not scream with internal fire. Our breath was not smoke. Our legs were of muscle not steel and cogs. And our lives were believed real.

Oh goodness this is old...about two years old (probably almost exactly) One of my first attempts at oil pastel. I remember this being extremely fun to draw. It is a portrait of a young Raphullini who lives in the tabaco coloured world that I draw. This was him only as he begin to decay and before he became partially made of mechanics. Not a lot is known about him other than he is not one to hang heads with and some say he has an association of some sort with Miz Windmill and is likely a kind of guardian of the ancient windmills that turn the world (none of you likely know what I am carrying on about so I will shut up and get out of my head now.)


Time: ??? 10 - 20 hours? It was so long ago but I recall it taking a bit.
Tools: 0.5 mm mech pencil, oil pastel, mineral oil
Reference: The overall piece was referenced from a picture of my old horse and the skull was referenced from various equine skull photos

This drawing is blood marked and copyright Aria Keehn 2009-2011 ShePaintsWithBlood (me) Thank you for looking!!:blackrose:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow - love the details
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blackrose:
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RobynEmlen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Bad-AAssssss!!!!
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weblednomore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
pretty
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Sierra-Meshugga Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
God damn.. that would be a sic tattoo
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really, really cool. Love the style!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:blackrose:
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jacamat Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Wow I adore this. You manage to get so much texture in, and yet keep it really smooth and fluid. I wish I could use pastels this well...this is fantastic.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!

I bet you would rock with pastels! They have always appealed to me since I was quite young so I am glad I started using them so much again.:blackrose:
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Leahbeast22 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011   General Artist
Wow. Love that it was of your old horse... really brings even more emotion to it.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I agree, using her as a reference definitely makes it more emotional for me too.:blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I have to say, of all the pieces that I have seen of yours, this is probably one of my favorites. There's such a sense of melancholy and haunting loss...it's also very fascinating how this creature has traits that have long been associated with death and evil (such as the bat wings and the protruding skull), but one only gets a sense of a past tragedy...over all, a beautiful work!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you! Thank you very much I really like your description of this piece.:blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Sure thing!
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Fisherman419 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Very, very cool!!

-Derek
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!:blackrose:
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The-Misfit-Toy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
I love the muscles on the neck and the tiny bat wings. Excellent!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am glad you like his muscles because I normally seem to ruin necks.:blackrose:
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
that's impressive :)
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!:blackrose:
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Kinky-Slingy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
THIS IS SO BADASS! LOVE IT!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!:blackrose:
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cannibalcow Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
amazing <3
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:blackrose:
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Marshpawwolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I saw this in my deviation inbox and my mouth literally dropped open :) This is fantastic work! I love the details and how everything just looks perfect anatomy wise! Well done :D
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I am so glad you like the anatomy. It is one of my better pieces anatomically which makes me realize how much real life study I should be doing if two years later I cannot even top this!:blackrose:
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this :) the colours are great and it looks amazing :)
*has to go practice oil pastels now :XD:*
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! Ooh you should, they are very fun!:blackrose:
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Quolia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So stunning! :faint:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!:blackrose:
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aria this is amazing!!
Please try with oil pastels again, you're phenomenal!
I wish I had the time to leave a big long comment but unfortuantely I've entered the Time of University Finals (gasp!) and I hardly even have enough time to sleep these days. But know that I am drooling over this!
:heart:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much!! I certainly will. I have been wanting to do more lately but then I just started in with oil paints so I am kind of infatuated with those at the moment... Hehe. Eck finals!! Good luck and I hope you get to catch up on rest and you-time soon. <3 :blackrose:
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SaraBPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
LOVE This!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!:blackrose:
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Sorakaji Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
this is really cool. I love the idea and the little poem.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:blackrose:
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FlameShuken Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Even though this is old I admire your work on this. It is a clear, close image that shows the detail in one of your creatures very well. I love how the mane transitions into the wings and other twisted shapes. There is something unsettling in that as well as the empty eye sockets that I can't quite place. Ordinarily I would call it cute but staring into those empty eyes I find my mind wandering especially with the inspiration your small italicized quote provides. I love the dark colours of the coat accented by the sort of rusty colour spread through it. I think my favorite part has to be those ears. That's certainly a shape I wouldn't have thought to use!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! It is interesting he gives you that feeling because he is definitely not one of the happier creatures I have met and the feeling he gives you is very fitting. I am just surprised it translated through my silly artwork. I am so glad you like this and thank you for the detailed comment!:blackrose:
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FlameShuken Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. He's unsettling but as you said that's fitting for him. As always I try to give you as much detail in comments as you give me. That way it's a fair trade and we both get to reach each other's wonderful interpretations
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animekitten44 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
wait is it seriosly blood marked? oh and its beautiful and creepy at the same time, breathtaking, i love things like this :iconiloveitplz:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! And yes it is bloodmarked as all my work is ^n.n^ just to give it a bit more soul and me.:blackrose:
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animekitten44 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
wow thats a cool idea! lol if i tried blood marking id bleed all over cuz im on blood thinners though, :P but still i love it! :D
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh goodness yes that would be very bad for sure.... One has to be really careful. Thank you!!:blackrose:
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animekitten44 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
yes they do and your welcome :)
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness this is beautiful! :wow: The colors are so flowing and smooth. The wings on his neck are so detailed I feel like I can reach out and touch them! You should work with oil pastels more because you are amazing with them! :hug:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I really enjoyed working with them and now I have begun working with oil paint which I find similar so you will definitely see more like this in the near future.:blackrose:
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D

That's wonderful! I cannot wait!
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9631-meaningless Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
ooh this is amazing :)
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!:blackrose:
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YikYik Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Cool! Very beautiful and original! :nod:
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