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Baalhu by navate Baalhu by navate
She is Baalhu, one of the Ancients. Legends say she dwells in the mountains, waiting for the brave and desperate to seek her out. She richly rewards those who find her, granting them anything they desire… and taking their souls as payment. Before they die, those mortals are forced to return to her. She places their souls into the bodies of bluebirds, cuts out the heart - - staining their chests red - - and sets them free into the world to be her eyes and ears.

Never tell a secret when there are bluebirds nearby. She might hear you.
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The sketch for this painting has been lying on my hard-drive for years. I’ve been meaning to finish it for ages, and a few weeks ago a burst of inspiration hit. It still ended up being a struggle to finish. August was a turbulent month. Still, here it is.

Painted in Photoshop CS4 (yay!) and Corel Painter 8 with a Wacom Intuos4 (double yay!).


Closeups here: [link]

And you can see the sketch from 2007 here, hahah: [link]
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:iconmichelleocean:
beautiful! love it
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fliplock Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this piece, it's absolutely beautiful.
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:iconbabou-shka:
Stunning, love the mood and details!
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Dziver Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing atmosphere... love you're style, truly ))
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erco71 Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG..this is so beautiful:)
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Leeannah92 Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty
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Writers-411 Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This looks really cool. The background story is really cool, too! :)
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:icondarkmoon18:
so cool I love it.
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Zak05 Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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mangasockattack Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haunting and beautiful~
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