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The Oracle by dahlig The Oracle by dahlig
Done for ImagineFX Hand Painting workshop. You can find it in Issue 16 (I also made the cover for that one) :)

My goal was to create a bold mood without adding too much unnecessary detail.
Painted in Photoshop with some help from Painter. Refs for the pendant and marble (you can see it as a custom brush used for the face marks); light and anatomy studies for the character.

Linen done with a custom made brush consisting of a few lines.

Closeups:[link]
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totiltwithwindmills Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015   Writer
This is a piece I've seen around the 'net for a long time and it's always stuck with me. It's captivating.
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   Writer
Hello.

I regret to inform you that someone has stolen this marvelous art from you and is claiming it as their own. You can view the image in question here. I would suggest filing a complaint with the admins via the DMCA form. I am sorry that it has happened and do hope that this will be resolved quickly for you.
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Liv-Anna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
Woah... omfg +fav Heart omfg
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Ryuuzakira Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, someone is stealing this from you. Thought I'd let you know! evegrimm.deviantart.com/art/gi…
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
stunning !!
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Marlisa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I really love your artwork! I was impressed by the atmospherical feeling this piece has. 
I used this artwork of yours as a reference to learn my ways with oil paint. I didn't do this work much justice but I uploaded it and ofcourse put a link to your original art piece here :) 
I hope you are OK with it :) fav.me/d7qwl56
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Ellorna Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have been a fan of this piece for years and years, and some of your other work, but only just stumbled upon your page here! Still love this piece as much as the first time I saw it ^^
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VoodooVay Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Astonishing.]
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drawing4life1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
keep coming back to this drawing and look at it. it one of my favorite drawing. i really love it!
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Bello-Regno Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Your work....is so instrumental....so inspiring...so beautiful....
It speaks volumes.....
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drawing4life1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
omg this is amazing! so realistic!
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kagamyn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why it was  not still in my favorites!-)
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SherlSquirl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I almost thought it was Ezio from Assasin's Creed for a second... I've been playing too much video games. 
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viniciusmt2007 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!!! 
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anakat1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
shadowy, yet glowing
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S-Baptista-Art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing painting! :D
I love the blue glow in the necklace!
The trapery is also amazing!
Keep it up!
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So mysterious- really makes me curious to know who this person is :) Beautiful!
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felixdecat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
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I had to prove that I could amount to something I was so lucky to have found this now nobody disrespects me you can have a chance too
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cosstrig Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I DID IT!
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Murphy0101 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You reached your goal. A beautiful piece.
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Akage95 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Beautiful, I really like it!
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Suez-H3 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:) Fantastic art. :D
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shae0 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice
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DragonessGrace Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Are you for real...

Ive looked at so much of your work, and i still cant believe all that detail, its just so BEAUTIFUL *crys*
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Giogiogio4 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I actually bought that book! I knew i seen this somewhere. All your works are just fantastic! Honestly your stuff was faaar better than any of the other stuff in the entire book!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work, truly
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Nekroleptic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
How mysterious ;) :heart: Very beautiful .
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KAMATOUNIA Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
j"adore !!!!!
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Mystaken81 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dark and Mysterious love it!
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fenice8 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
dear marta ..refs for pedant and marble ..also photos refs of your hands ..honesty is the best policy..

large version of this shows paintover hands..just say so and don't give the impression your doing hands without references..

for veryfying just post the pencil sketches..please you will improve not relying on paintovers..
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victor0103 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Hello, I am a freelance writer from Argentina, and I want to contact you to use your image "The Oracle" as a cover.

thanks
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MagicLilith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I love love love love it !
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TheMadKatter13 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love it. I enjoy how one of the little spots on her left cheek looks like a ghostly screaming face. My one critique is the positioning of her right hand makes it look like she doesn't have a thumb on that hand; either she was born without one or she's several years out from an amputation.
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wampierz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
the best one ;)
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cosoko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Mysterious and beautiful.
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ithilmikka Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Great!
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Eriksoln Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
"My goal was to create a bold mood without adding too much unnecessary detail."

You accomplished that goal. I love this picture because of its simplicity.
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ClareArt Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My fav...
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Cezseldher Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Hello! I want to ask for your permission, because I love this art a lot and is one of the favorite arts of my best friend; I want to use it to do a header for her, for her birthday, but I want to ask for your permission first. I will credit, if you let me use it :) Thanks anyway!
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AngelaSinner Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thats my favourite painting from all the ones Ive seen from you. Someone made a 3D version of this here
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BeautifulArt4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great work :heart:
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AiLacrimae Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
me encanto tu trabajo
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Bedajh20 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student General Artist
amazingly beautiful, the whole theme
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