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The End Or Just The Beginning? by SaffuranLoL The End Or Just The Beginning? by SaffuranLoL
Finally.. after what seems like forever I finally finished my entry to :iconchibi-metal:'s and :iconrina-the-arctic-fox:'s contest. Sorry for the long wait but I was trying to finish everything up with Zai and make the background flow as well as deciding which version of the final piece to forward. The work seems well worth it as I knew that no matter which version was picked by me and the few I asked going forward, it was still going to be my best picture, quality wise, yet.

Instead of choosing the straightforward music approach to the contest, I chose the symbolic option, since I like embracing challenges. The original song of inspiration for this work was The Beginning is the End is the Beginning as pointed out by the name of the deviation. The meaning under this inspiration was the concept that from life comes death and from death brings life, in a cycle. Two polar opposites can in turn be linked through such an occurrence, whether it be directly or indirectly. The background I guess could resemble and symbolize the inner workings of a clock or a time more celestial. The references to "blasts" in the song illuminated by bursts of light in the picture itself. Insuperable in alone and bound together if not by physical means then in ways not seen by the basic eye.

As I worked a secondary song also sort of gained some meaning, at least in Sorrow's behalf by name. Hand of Sorrow ties in loosely with the "End" meaning of the prior song. Ravished and perhaps bound elsewhere by songs end. But again it really only pertains loosely and with Sorrow.

The Beginning is the End is the Beginning (The Smashing Pumpkins) MP3- [link]

Hand of Sorrow (Within Temptation) MP3- [link]

Zai Luxuria the Demon :: :iconrina-the-arctic-fox:

Sorrow the Hedgehog :: :iconchibi-metal:

Art :: :iconallbowdown:


Note: This is the boldened version of this piece, I had a soft version that contended with this to be the main release but it lost. I will upload it to the scrapbook in due time.
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:iconkenshikun121:
KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist
wow that came out really good nice job on making sonic fan art
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. S' a fun hobby so I do my best to make it look good. xD
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KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist
That's the best part about it
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callmecat127 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
omg nice love it
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skulker87 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
sounds a lot as AVP2
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I think. ^^;
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Warzak Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
That's Epic Win there my friend. I love the colour use and how it finally ended. Amazing is not even word enough for what you have accomplished. As I'm always stunned just viewing this marvel epic picture. Love it, and puts it in my fav list. ^^
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Aggressiveth Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
I figure it's about time I got off my ass and commented on this, since it is a truly amazing piece of work.

The lighting on this picture simply blew me away when I first saw this. The amount of detail that has gone in to giving a definite light source looks spectacular. The shading is just amazing.

Both characters look great and I'm really liking the idea behind it. What more can I really say about this man? It looks fantastic and I wish you the best of luck in the contest. If this doesn't at least get a place I'd be shocked, because it definitely deserves it.
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... ABOUT TIME!!! angry face...

xD

Like I've always said man, the coloring portion of all my work is what I strive to do well. The lining, yeah it has to be good, but when people see pictures they generally decide to like it or not based on the overall shininess. And I think I made a shiny!

Glad you like it and think I deserve somethin for it. We can hope I do well, the couple of weeks delay has given way to a few more strong entries so that luck will definitely be needed just for me to grab any of the top 3 spots. So.. here's to hoping that goes well. ^^
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MariahAcorn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Great work, I don't know what to say. ovo
I really like your coloring style, it's nice and clean, reminds me a bit of =Chibi-Metal's herself *cough*
Anyway.. I like the whole idea of symbolizing a kind of circle of life with this. And if course it kinda reminds me of a playing card xD *played to much cards with friends today* Yay~ next will be the exclusive =Chibi-Metal and =Rina-the-Arctic-Fox card game~ *bricked*
Okay just ignore me... ovo;
I would've been very interested in what a work leaning onto Hand of Sorrow would've looked like, especially as I really like that song and often thought of Sorrow when listening to it (as Anne and I did so often witht he most different songs containing our characters' names) xD
But this one's great as well. Good luck on the contest. :3
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