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Defiance of the Shadow by AlectorFencer Defiance of the Shadow by AlectorFencer

--->Here is a detail shot of the painting: [link]

I'm back! Hehehe. xD
So much for the haitus. XP

First I want to say thankyou to :icondarkhoodness: who spent a long time with me in front of the PC and watched me paint this piece and that he took time to discuss the concept idea with me before I even started it. :heart::heart::heart:

I've had a picture like this in my head for a little while. I wanted to create a scene which symbolizes the bond between the girl called Lumri and the Plant Spirit.
Both are completely different yet they belong together.

Defiance of the Shadow shows the earthy and untouched forest, which is yet protected by the nature of the plant spirit whilst the lethal hand of humankind forces the forests to give way.
I had to create a final design for Lumri, which took me a while because I couldn't make up a good face for her. In the end, I thought that my youngest sister has the perfect look which fits to the character of Lumri.
The young and childlike shape of the face yet the concentrated eyes were very important aspects which made me choose my sister as a reference for Lumri.

Also, I think it's a good choice since I almost see myself when I was a little child and had dreams like those. :3

This was also a piece I used to experiment a lot with. For example I adujsted every single brush myself which has been used for this picture and I think I will use them more often. :D
I hope you like it! :3

Photoshop, Wacom
25 hours
I offer prints of this picture. Note me if you're interested. :]

The Plant Spirit is © 2008 Claudya Schmidt aka AlectorFencer. Please do not copy, alter or redistribute!

Thanks to the lovely BobTodd who gave me amazingly good critique on that picture, I decided to edit it. The full credit for the idea of editing it and how to do it goes to BobTodd
Thank you so much! <3

OMG! Thank you so much for all the comments and favourites on this! Special thanks to Undo-Past! This picture is very personal and it means so much to me to be featured! :heart:

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Given 2009-01-11
Defiance of the Shadow by =AlectorFencer is one amazingly stunning and beautiful piece. The intricate details and colors bring the concept and idea to life. ( Suggested by Undo-Past and Featured by cosmosue )
99Sebuko09 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
If I can live in this world you created I wold put everything down to protect this wonderful and mysterious green realm :)
Justicewolf337 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
listen to the song slow version of california dream while looking at this it will blow your mind
Justicewolf337 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I understand the message it shows the horrors that humanity is bringing to the world as to this very day 
Pseudowitch Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
This is a powerful piece. Nature will always take back what is hers eventually. I have seen many documentaries showing nature taking back abandoned towns to the point where only small pieces of it remain.

Defiance of the Shadow is an excellent title for this. The image tells it all. I love it!

Well Done!
Firestar0406 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a powerful meaning
Vanerasa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Artist
maxridefangirl Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Well done.
zoedow1120 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
this is amazing
JGCIWOLF Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Claudeio Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the message in this...
Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is like cinna-buns for the eyes, i can't stop looking at it! :star::star::star::star::star:!
Skrin-the-protector Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture. It's so beautiful!
Shoonah101Drawings Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my gosh, just imagine this where to be a book or a movie
Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would buy it without even looking the price!
goldentorch4 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Frozen-Inferno Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Wow! I'm sure this has been said many times, but, simply beautiful! Stunning detail.
bibi3600 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
this is my faveroit of off all yous.
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Wow very nice
Kellerfee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012   Photographer
ich war heute auch im Wald und habe mir so gewŁnscht einen Wolf zu sehen!

Wunderbares Bild! *-*
JainaOkamii Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Love it...really deep
wolfl11 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
i have to say this is a nice painting but why did you put the girl in the girl one of the things you draw or did you just like the idea of drawing a girl in with it?
Abyssinians Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
this is great, especially the depth
kohxiu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
thing called beauty...
Blanche-sama Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Writer
love it ^^
owlhuggermaddie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!:D
BeHappy-GoSmiley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist! this is beautiful! your art is always so amazing with all the details and stuff. I love your art work with the Plant Spirit, it's simply great! =3
Gamer-Grl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful and very powerful! I love it!
Blur-mew Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the most prettiest painting that iv seen on DA good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAVE
wheeze86 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
this is stupendous
Agras Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
Oh my god,that's Great..
MajorItachiFan96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student General Artist
My god, I cannot express how awesome I think this is. The idea itself is all together so complicated (which most people don't think is all that hard) it's amazing you were able to pull off that together so easily! I've seen similar photos, attempts to balance modern destruction and nature and most have failed, person you PASS. The colors blend, including those you wouldn't expect to find in that sort of picture. I applaude you till my hands fall off.
beta-carotene Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Beautiful colours :]
It reminds me of Princess Mononoke.
Esaii Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
u have amazzzinggg talent. its so cool how well u showcase ur imagination. I can undertsnad ur whole personality thru your art, my dudette. Very magnificent work u have
Gidala Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lumri kinda reminds me the idea of you as a child
Gizmoenut Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
The depth... the concept... the color... the detail!!!!!! *faints*
proxy007 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Wow!!!! (0.0)
SueaNoi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness! This is breath-taking!
I love the details and the depth of this artwork!
GothWolfGurl13 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
wow i love the look and how you made the little girl. May i ask where do you get the ideas from? Your characters are always creative and never look like you over make them.
evolutionhotline Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
wow! makes me think of my daughter.
JeanShine Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I Love It!!!!!
sleepstudent101 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Good hour amount put into this. Definitely enough work to be considered beautiful but it didn't suck 50 hours out of your life.

I love your scenery. It looks like a purposeful forest path, but the trees themselves look natural and verdant to da max so the realism of your background is great. Maybe its just that I feel a little dazed from walking around the hundreds of old, beautiful apartments covered in vines in my neighborhood, but this picture and the plant spirit's vines and gaze really daze me too, I think. I love this whole picture and the ominous, looming buildings mixed with the poised looks on your characters.
ipsiepixie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
This is absolutely incredible! Gorgeous work!
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Student General Artist
So freaking awesome, gorgeous.
AokiBengal Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Stunning detail!! Absolutely beautiful!
look-what-i-can-do Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
jesus tap-dancing christ!

this has some godly detail although the wolf seems bulky in a lot of unnatural places. i love this
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is just one wonderful and outstanding piece of artwork. :rose:
Toxentra Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful in both the subject matter and the actual piece that I'm completely speechless ;-;

:heart: much love
PKMNnerdfighter Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Wow, this is so perfect.

Exactly the way today's society is making our planet. I love Lumri - to me she has a mix of innocence and determination in her.
Colley36 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Beautiful work.
Sevian Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. Powerful image.
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