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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 )
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 Artist
oh my gosh, just imagine this where to be a book or a movie
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