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Seraphim by TSHansen Seraphim by TSHansen
Done with photoshop,textures, 4 tut's and apophysis(nebula/wings). Took about 3 days work and 3 weeks of finding the material, and lots and lots of deliberating. All and all my hardest peice to date.

Huge thank you to Thelma whos Wings gave me the possiblity to do this peice [link]
Stock photo of young man by ~alexandernvm-stock at [link]
planet textures from [link]
Brushes by [link]

Seraphim the name is derived from the Hebrew verb saraph to consume with fire, The Seraphim stand directly before God and are It's personal ministers. It is said that whoever lays eyes on a Seraph, he would instantly be incinerated due to the immense brightness of the Seraph. One pair of wings are for flying, one for covering their eyes (for even they may not look directly at God), and one for covering their feet. I wanted to show this angel at another world to open out mind that God is the God of the omniverse not just our world. This seraphim is there to gather the tiers of these life forms to water a special garden heaven in memorial of there sadness. We shall see this garden on our return to the source.
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AnamCara92 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
WoW! love this piece especially like the description you've given. Much Gratitude and Love :))
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knalleknuten Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is awesome..I love the big FOUR ! wings and the eyes upon them
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Missy39811 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
Beautiful!
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AllieDis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007   Digital Artist
I love the concept ...and the way you have interpreted it...the symmetry is somehow soothing :star:
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Student General Artist
I wish i could do more of these, but the state of mind of making something both beautiful,strange,holy and yet terrifying is a hard place to stand in. Perhaps when my mental fortitude increases I can return to this way again and create a few more peices similiar, to give such beings there due respect rather then the trite and trivilized anthropersonification that we humans so love to force the universe into molds of our own likeness and understanding.
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AllieDis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007   Digital Artist
I apologize for the lateness of my reply...I am so behind here...I hope you are feeling well :hug:
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imagebuilder Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
Very appropriate! :) excellent work!
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006  Student General Artist
I miss it, took me around 2 weeks to make that puppy, id like to do more angels pictures, but I am going to have to wait until i get better at painting so I can do more work from my own hand as source material.
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imagebuilder Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
It doesnt surprise me to say the least that it took awhile to make this....alot of detail that had to be planned :) The thing with angels ... and Ive struggled with this as well is that our (meaning ppl in general) 'vision' of them may or may not be what they really are...so when ppl depict them in paintings etc, they are usually in human form and have the same general characteristics that we, as a human race, do... I think this is what you are getting at with your reply ... is that you would prefer to draw from your own internal sources rather than rely on the generic angel models out there whether they are from a program or from a photo. :nod:

Are you taking classes for painting ?? or are you self-taught?
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Student General Artist
That was just alot of photoshop and fractal work mostly. Although iv had plenty of drawing and I am now currently enrolled in painting, its going to be some diaper stinky stuff, probebly three years to catch up to my computer graphics. But then again people appreicate physical media more for some odd reason. As for the angel part, theres plenty of totally bizzare looking angels in both the old testement and the book of Enoch.When you speak of peoples perceptions, spiritually we sometimes symbolize what we see spiritually into images were familar with, a metaphore rather then the pure reality itself. Im frankly almost sick of us humans thinking we are the end all be all, i hope to some day open peoples eyes to the bizzare, the shear terror, the immortality and awsomeness of Angels. Theve become to trite,cute, to close and kitch for my liking. The angels iv been graced to see have shocked me to my core, so im hoping some day i can give them there due. Otherswise angels become people, and God becomes some grumpy old man.. =)
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imagebuilder Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
~~The angels iv been graced to see have shocked me to my core, so im hoping some day i can give them there due.~~

Interesting!! Id love to hear what you experienced if you are inclined to share it !

Id like to learn how to paint traditionally as well but have not been able to find a class or series of classes that are what I need or close enough to go to :)
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Student General Artist
Traditional painting, you talking old school stuff like egg tempra? Not to many people teach that. I think modern day painting is going to be in a world of hurt a few hundred years from now. We mix alot of paints together now days, all on a pallet, which over time some of these chemically react. Personally i believe the closest modern painting to old is water color, cause there your aleast forced to layer. I think the icongraphers are about the only style were they try to keep to the old school. I to would love to get into fresco and the like, but i think im going to need a few years of painting, so i can move fast enough to get my materials down on such materials. I will be glad to share what i learn as i go along, as such information can be a real pain in the butt to get, most of it is vague, and demands some experimentation. As for the angel stuff, its all pretty far out, i think we would have to get to know eachother very well, for you to know in your heart that I am not a liar, beause its all pretty far out and unbelivible even when that hurdle is over come.
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imagebuilder Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
how many art classes have you taken so far ?
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Student General Artist
umm lets see here. Drawing I, II, Life Drawing, Ceramics I & 2, Design I & 2, 3 months of painting, computer aided art I and then 2 semesters as a student aid. So Im at a pretty sad level of art accomplishment considering how massive my education has been, but it certainly was not all in succession It was over a ten year period. So i got lazy. Really wasnt until i started deviant art that I took my art seriously. Orginally art was fun for me, because music and poetry were my passions. The world is so dominated by the eye now days though, that i figured if I ever wanted to get people to start thinking, i had better take this physical medium seriously. I am however hoping that I will have a good enough portfollio to convince professors at higher level colleges to allow me to take there classes without paying and for no credit. I cant afford to go to a more exspensive school, and iv take all the classes I can at the colledge i am at. Until i can get atleast 2 years of serious painting experiance under my belt that I will be able to find an apprentiship outside the school system.
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EdgeFx1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmm you know what thats a good idea... 1 to cover the eyes, on to fly and one to cover the feet, you should doa manip like that actually would be nice to see :nod:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful...very powerful....wow.
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Student General Artist
Its by far my favorite of all my peices, i need to make more someday, but there so much
more i need to understand to move further in art, so i can use less stock and gimicks and
more skill to acheive what im after.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I think every artist feels that way. But we use what tools we have to express what we feel in the moment. And whether its stock or 'gimicks' its a tool in our Art box, and we use it! :-)
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ArTeMuSh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005
Overall this is beautiful, I like that u added some background information to share with the image you created here. I also find the pose that you chose the man to have interesting. -vulnerable but watchful.
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005  Student General Artist
Its one of my main goals as an artist to re-establish respect(fear and wonder) to these beings, the whole fat babbies with wings pisses me off to no end.
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Helldoor Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2005  Student
Its soooo pretty and meaningful. It made me cry a little reading it though. It was happy crying. Make more ones with a deeper meaning like this...it feels more alive that way.
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asage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
like the content, composition and what you had to say to the piece... i like to encounter such beings in my work, or rather i see them materialize on canvas, never have yet painted a Seraphim though... inspiring - :)
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Student General Artist
Its still way off, Iv worked hard at trying to make angels both alien and abstract, but at the loss of there beauty. which is unfortante. Star angel was a little more close to what I have experienced in my own life, but still there's a complete failure to represent. I can accept your compliment though, in that I do seek to give those divine messangers some respect they deserve. We as a species are so obsessed with anthropomorphizing everthing, because it helps us feel closer to something. I feel we can lose alot by doing this, because by not reaching out to try to get a metaphorical feeling and awe from something greater or exstremely different from ourselves, we lose the ability to empathize with something different from us. And I for one think this is a terrible idea to make something like ourselves when you consider humaninitys inhumaninty towards itself. The encouragement That I could give you, if you wish to see this materialize on your canvas. I would start with thought forms, try your best to take a pure emotion unattached to any enities, and justtry to represents a metaphore of its energy. This would be a good start in a feeling. Take something like Joy and a deep love mixed with some power and mix it all together into a form. You will probebly beat me there on that one, but itx my goal. One could always check out a book on angelology and read on classes, there discription can be pretty vivid or vague. One thing for certain we should have never let angels be fat baby cupids with wings. I will be more then happpy to discuss this end of artwork with you and philosophey and how I tick. I the mean time I hope this was helpful and not some babbling you didnt want to hear.
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asage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
no babbling.. great!!.. this is the kind of communication i enjoy, substantial.. i get more inspired to look into the net;) very nice, i like your ideas, they are similiar actually to the way i work at times... starting out with a feeling, an emotion and letting the lines, the colors take form... i've done some smaller paintings of faces, usually my face, but symbolic figures have crystalized, some kind of story telling, archetypes - Lilith, the Black Madonna, Medusa.... have been listening to cd's of the Norse Myths, and of old stories... so great, and amusing to hear that 'they back then' dealt with the same core issues - oh the great battles between light and dark - that is the dance of our existence, the tension that creates form... oh great stuff!!! i could go on forever about all this - i would very much enjoy hearing more of you views on art, philosophy and sharing ideas, etc!! we are all aspiring to be greater than we are, and we yearn for the realms that we have 'forgotten' - it's all there - that is certain - it's more the question, where are we??? thats not hard to answer, although the concept will be forever difficult to truely grasp.... NOW
yes and i aspire to being free of attachment from any 'entities - influences - anything hindering the flow' - that being the great goal- well i'm inspired, thanks:) :)
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tophattedtragedy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005
Interesting choice, with the eyes in the wings, it really gives it one of those 'open to interpretation' feels to it. So many concepts and ideas come to mind. Nice =D
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Student General Artist
Its been brutal trying to hammer out a decent angel. Seraphim do have eyes on there wings, they also have circles of eyes around them and eyes on there body. I was eyed out though..
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tophattedtragedy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2005
Well you did a lovely job, that's for sure =)
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dreamingbee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
oh great - what a concept - excellent idea and work !!
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manycircles Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2005
very nice. love the wings.
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PatGoltz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
I love the eyes on the wings! Amazing work! God made such a beautiful omniverse for us; we know that as artists. Therefore He has to have a personality.
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joeser Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
nice stuff men!
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005  Student General Artist
Appreciate it, especially when its an older piece. Nice to get comments on them now and then. =)
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Thelma1 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
This is an absolutely stunning piece of work, I love it. Congratulations, and it's a :+fav:
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TSHansen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Student General Artist
Good iv been waiting for your comment. I hope we can work together on more projects in the future.
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Thelma1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005
Yes, I'm a little late getting round to everyones work. I was off ill for a few days, now I'm struggling to catch up with all my messages etc'. You did a wonderful job, and if there's any more parameters files you'd like, you only have to ask, I'm happy to share :hug: :hug: Thelma.
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PSPMistress Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
:D Absolutely beautiful!

Excellent work!
This piece is indeed incredible, and though you so obviously worked hard to create it, it's so smooth that it gives the look of professional ease!
That is the mark of a good artist...when something that took ages to create looks as if it was completed with little effort! :clap:
Love this!

:D :hug:
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mouseathome2004 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005   Interface Designer
excelent concept
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TheGrimSon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2005
In one of Isaiahs visions he heard singing so powerful that it shook the temple to its very foundations. the song was sung by Seraphs. Singing simply, Holy, Holy, Holy is Jehovah of armies, the fullness of all the earth is his glory (isaiah 6:3,4) So like you said, not only do they cover there eyes, they also sing Holy Holy Holy three times in a verse to show the specific quality of god. Hebrey worship in the bible applies holy from a term meaning seperate from common use, and "held sacred. so, so its not implying god is seperate from us, but the holy one of israel is dwelling in the midst of his people as sinful as they were (Isaiah 12:6 Hosea 11:9.) I truly appriceate this concept and the driving force behind it. Thank you for the inspiration, -Grim.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I love the wings. That's gorgeous.
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