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Apophis by balaa Apophis by balaa
"I say there is no darkness but ignorance."
~William Shakespeare
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A personal painting that started as a speedpainting and became something of a companion to Aeturno: [link] . When I was little, I was infatuated with black holes. The event horizon always stole me away and I think in part, that small me is still standing there tirelessly wrapped in awe. The darkness instilled in me both fear and curiosity, the oldest fear, the one our bones know before we are even aware it is there . But the curiosity too, always to tempt it, to take one more step into the dark, to linger one more second. I raced the darkness and it wrought in me a self imposed exhilaration, an awareness of being alive. And then knowledge filled in the gaps and I understood better, only marginally, how truly encompassing the dark is and how little we know of its nature. We persist in our fear, standing before this dark precipice, wondering what demons plague that deep abyss. But I think it is not as wicked as our oldest nightmares, and likely as indifferent to our passing joys and sorrows as is the light.

Samiel is the personification of the night, the dark aspect of the universe that we are only beginning to learn to see with open eyes. Here, he emerges only for the briefest of moments, weaving his shadow through the light so we may see.

Tools: Photoshop, Wacom intuos tablet
Time: Haven't the foggiest (picked at it over the course of several months.)
Prints: Sure C:

Other places you can find me:
[link] : Tumblr for sketches and wip’s!
[link] : Twitter
[link] : Facebook: Works in progress, commercial, sketches, and more!
[link] : Online Store: Prints, originals, and more
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Nature-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
YUSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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DayDreamer-JJ Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love 
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AngeliinaSwan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This is so ridiculously sick I can't breathe! Absolutely amazing, incredible, magnificent......wanna hear more? I'm stunned.
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sadrainy Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I am absolutely in love with this piece. It's just amazing in its flow, the colors, absolutely everything. Thank you for sharing. 
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michaela72 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Gorgeous.
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Silverkitsune26 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Love this. ^_^
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Belinda92 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good job!
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MilA-10 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! 
I featured your beautiful work here :)
mila-10.deviantart.com/journal…
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AlsationLover07 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is truly incredible. i am really moved.

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TabbyKat16 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an amazing picture! +favlove 
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Fictionalities Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I love this picture :heart: very beautiful :+fav:
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FabledGem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student General Artist
:o (Eek) Words cannot explain the beauty of this image.
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AgentWhiteHawk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning. 
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WildWonderWorld Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist
GORGEOUS :D
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giovannag Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I'm in love with your animal art! Fantastic!
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FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh dear God this is absolutely incredible :wow: it's just pure beauty and magic ^^ I cannot put it into words :love:
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CageyFoxCat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013

Beautiful!♥

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thealor98 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce:
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thealor98 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.M.G....U....R....A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.........
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LovedSparrowSoul Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg!!! Gorgeous!! :heart: And the eyes are so beautiful >w<
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Splash-Otter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Beautiful design!!! All of the textures and cool colors flow into one another really nicely!!!
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99Sebuko09 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
wow.... I can't explain how blown away I was when I stumbled upon this piece of art from you.... amzing!
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Purple gold and blue
Living colors every hue
Flowers in the garden of the gods
No one can ever know
If you never saw them grow
This darkness is really full of light


Wonderful piece, I'm absolutely in awe.
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balaa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wish I could favorite comments, simply sublime!
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chotabear Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
This is totally awesome.  The shimmering colours and the expression in the panther's eyes.  Superb !!!  :)
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Lunameyza Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, those eyes... I can't stop stare at them, like they hold me and never let me go. It's so beautiful... amazing job!
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LisaMarie124 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it
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hokidave Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Thats crazy beautiful
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So beautiful I love the eyes
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hefeigal Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, the details are phenomenal and the colors are stunning! :D The fur is done beautifully as well, and the eyes are just mesmerizing.
Beautiful.
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Meliora21 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Woah, very impressive!
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
:clap:
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EBE246 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
OOOOO. O_O Pretty. ^_^
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Valkyrie69 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Beautiful. It seems to have a bit of whimsy which is lovely.
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Gedaru Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What can I say that hasn't already been said,this is an amazing work and everyone should see this.
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Minray Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Incredible!!!
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kirafiredrake Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   General Artist
breathless.. definitely... A W S O M E!!

Looking into it's eyes seemed to take me into a different world ^_^

-presses favorites-
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
[link] <- Your work has been featured here :3
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Jezavix Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen.
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783468734863 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
------beauty
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Dilenma Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh.... dat's so pretty...
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Ekaiaistari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Photographer
It's lke a dream, like an image formed from a dream. I love the iridiscent feathers and the way it form itself from the darkness. I'm amazed.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
DEM EYES. :faint:
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Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student
Gorgeous! :clap:
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: This is stunning!
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pelogkhael Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
very beautiful
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Keiko12 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
This is awesome!!! Amazing work!!!
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CytherSlash Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
awesome!
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Khisakitty Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. I don't think there are any words or compliments for me left to give you that I have not already once said, and I don't want to bore you out with repetitions, because they would make my words seem smaller than you deserve.

Just please never stop painting and touching our hearts and souls with your works. :heart:
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