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The Seven Deadly Sins: VANITY by dahlig The Seven Deadly Sins: VANITY by dahlig
..Or if you prefer: Pride - Mother of all sins.

First one of the, duh, Seven Deadly Sins serie.

"Vanity is an excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise."


symbolism?
It's all pretty obvious but I will explain some stuff which inspired me, to sound cool, mind you. :P

- As you can read up, vanity is linked with the color violet, so here you go the color theme.
- Peacocks remind me of vanity as well, therefore I have used a peacock feather as an inspiration for the "frame".
- You can see the background being desertish (plus the dead tree)... Vain people usually never see any beauty in the world, but only in themselves... That is why everything around them, sooner or later, dies - and that is what I have tried to depicture.


techy info:
lady's props based on my (pencil) sketch based on a couple o' refs, refs for textures.
you can see some art nouveau inspirations in the frame - my tribute to A. Mucha, as he is my idol:)

Generally it is my most thought-through and time consuming piece and I need to say I am satisfied with it :)
Around 60 hours or so, as some parts were hell to finish, seriously :/


Anyway, I hope you like it, comments, critiques, favs welcome! :heart:

Coming next (someday): Envy :]

Update 19.01.2005: ENVY CAN BE SEEN HERE: [link] :]

PS. No I am not really religious, I just found the Seven Deadly Sins a really inspiring subject. ;)

PS2. THIS DEV WILL BE AVAILABLE AS PRINTOUT AS SOON AS ADMINS ACCEPT IT :D
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:iconbrandonsnider26:
Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
sidenote i love the hair, background,very lorelia ish lol i ll introduce you guys, shes my first chracter,besides mine azura,icon.
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Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
nice,amazing detail really shows the sin
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genosolido Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

Very lovely work here! Please check out my works too. thanks! genosolido.deviantart.com/gall…

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duzetdaram Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
One of my favorites.  Truly amazing.  It has been featured here: www.facebook.com/groups/566248…
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BloodyWolfGirl246 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
I've seen the whole series... and I love them ALL!
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Pitsh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Digital Artist
love this very much!
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:icongobackpve:
GoBackPve Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Why this is the most popular?

Bad anatomy
Bad design
Banal
color...

Huh.
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Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
excuse yu,i think looks great,anatomy name one thing,besides were artists,duh,its imagination want realize,stick to realize i personality dnt like bullies like yu,yu ruin it for others,want get into art crafted, yu dnt like,dnt comment,
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BintangMP Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
it looks like you envy.
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:iconwisteria-lewis:
Wisteria-Lewis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Uuum ... I truly think you'd portray envy and wrath sins .
Huh.
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:iconbrandonsnider26:
Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
wrath would neat lol,fire like i presume lol,
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TheGorreMania Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I think it's not that bad, It has more deep meaning that very good art with shallow meanings.
This art not only have power in visual but also emotional.
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:iconbrandonsnider26:
Brandonsnider26 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
exactly,bein christian, i picked up on it right away,meaning of it.
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Kitsune137190 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The sin of Pride has always interested me. I love the symbolism here. I believe that violet could also represent royalty and nobility, so I can see why you used violet for this picture.
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davidr2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I like the Art Deco/Alphonse Mucha tribute you've done with the design. It is so appropriate for the theme.
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:iconblazerrain:
blazerrain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
amazing !!!
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:iconhi-hikari-byouga:
Hi-Hikari-Byouga Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful technique. She kinda looks like Fantina (I think that was her name), a gym leader in Pokémon
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:iconcali1999:
cali1999 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Fantastic
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ToxicaFay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is stunning, I love it! Such a strong character, it portrays the feeling of vanity perfectly. Ace!
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KO-MARii Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm fan of your art for many years <3
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PoisonDLucy13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist
I love your art.
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DCaron Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome art, i love your work :)
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CarlottaStudios Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Writer
Wow! Amazing! You did, once again, an absolutely amazing job on this image!!!
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coldlove3052 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
inspiring
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BritanniaLoyalist Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it very good
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shikaka65 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect realistic. I love it :)
What You use to draw this?
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donadonin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
bellisssimi
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HraughR Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
really awesome work :)
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marssetta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it. Tis Amazing.
Mars
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Butterscotsh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably my favorite in the series. It's gorgeous! Such detail! The contrast of her shining dress and hairstyle and the dull soft purple wasteland background works amazingly! It's gonna take years for me to even come close to such talent!
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Panhead13 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student General Artist
how did you get the frame around it?
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SweetMalaise Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This one is my favorite, it looks very creepy!
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forgotten-unwanted Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist
This is really cool and amazing. Are you going to do the 7 heavenly virtues as well?
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mystery942 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find this one to be the best out of all seven.
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BouAsh Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Vanity itself. Perfect.
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Madame-Enfer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This has a really creepy, poisonous vibe to it while being beautiful. Very appropriate I'd say; good job here!
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Karageorges Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Mi sie podoba!
Bardzo dobrze!
Malo goticny stil?
Gratulacje from Paris!
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Endaewen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Going back through my Digital Artist magazines and saw this one in there and had to see a larger version. Absolutely gorgeous!
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Milena-Zaremba Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jest przepiękna!
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:iconhafanity:
Hafanity Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
My girlfriend wants to have that dress !!! Someone make it !
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:iconionlywantthetruth:
Ionlywantthetruth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Dude I want that dress and I'm a guy 
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Hafanity Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Lol
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lost-in-the-void Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
It's one of my favs of this "7 deadly sins" series!
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handorf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Have you considered issuing any of your images as postage stamps (a la Zazzle)? I would love to pay my bills with postage honoring your work!
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Chocolat96 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
is your work on the seven deadly sins mucha-inspired?
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for being an inspiration i have enjoyed all your tutorials in Imagine FX. your work is amazing
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wdnest Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Writer
love it.
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RoselleGreywood Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
i keep coming back to these pieces occasionally, and notice much more symbolism put into the picture than you actually describe in the description. i love the fact her bracelets look like chains - read into that what you will
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BEartistic121212 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
U forgot to mention the heretically obvious mirror, that's the first piece of symbology people r notice in this picture..........
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