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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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