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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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erogenesis-art Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous composition and great colors!
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michelleocean Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
beautiful! love it
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fliplock Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this piece, it's absolutely beautiful.
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Stunning, love the mood and details!
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Dziver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing atmosphere... love you're style, truly ))
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erco71 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG..this is so beautiful:)
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Leeannah92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty
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Writers-411 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This looks really cool. The background story is really cool, too! :)
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darkmoon18 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
so cool I love it.
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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