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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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Pino1015 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Its superb
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:iconerogenesis-art:
erogenesis-art Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous composition and great colors!
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:iconmichelleocean:
michelleocean Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
beautiful! love it
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:iconfliplock:
fliplock Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this piece, it's absolutely beautiful.
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Stunning, love the mood and details!
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:icondziver:
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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:iconleeannah92:
Leeannah92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty
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:iconwriters-411:
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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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconmangasockattack:
mangasockattack Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haunting and beautiful~
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:iconmuppelicious:
Muppelicious Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply incredible
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:iconopalcrane:
OpalCrane Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This is so alive!
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:iconsushi-poot:
Sushi-Poot Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Writer
One of my favorite works of art. Ever. I've shown it to everyone I know. Probably more than once. Thank you.
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhhh. I love this.
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:iconxb21:
XB21 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can you make drawing tutorials?

I love it
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:iconhesperida:
Hesperida Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i love it so much.. those strings are.. jeez how can u ^^
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FabrykaImaginacji Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing :D
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:iconkanze-design:
kanze-design Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing concept, nicely done
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:iconmarc1959:
marc1959 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I really enjoy this!!! thanx for sharing ur beautiful arts.
love,
Marc
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:iconsanityhorse:
sanityhorse Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - a very beutiful piece! I love the contrast of the birds against the rest of the painting. Simply beautiful!
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:iconmizzmaeve:
MizzMaeve Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Gorgeous, amazing skill, and an enticing background story to match.
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:iconpluspluskid:
plusplusKid Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow that is cool mythology!
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
This truly is beautiful, there are so many rich details and the story/concept behind it is quite interesting. I do like the sketch too, it's cool to see how it developped from the original idea to the final piece. I don't really know what else to say, it really is visually captivating and a really well executed piece :clap:
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jseverin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
This one's awesome Lauren. It was cool hanging out with you in Kansas.
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Laccimotion Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
This is my favourite of your paintings, still. It is stunning to watch her with all the details, a masterpiece in my eyes. It is very dark to me - no wonder if I read the note of you (first time today... -.-), but the scenery is magic. I love her skin, the tone of it and the reflection of light, how she is dressed, her jewellery and the tiny birds (I always believed them to be hummingbirds - they might be not, but in my imagination they still are ^^); her expression is commanding, calm, knowing and dangerous but somewhat innocent the same time. The combination of death and live is perfect - maybe not you intention, but I can see this duality evrywhere in this painting and Baalhu is the personification of it.

Yes, I really am in love with her since I know her. *gg*
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:iconnavate:
navate Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
All my work is about life and death. :) Thank you.
*The birds are bluebirds. Humming birds are much smaller!
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Laccimotion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I know that, but as I told you, in my opinion they are and will stay humming birds. I like it that way.
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:iconemmysarus:
Emmysarus Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student Writer
incredibly beautiful!
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ilianexsi Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is amazing... the story, the level of detail, the darkness of it, just stunning.
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:iconriimfrost:
riimfrost Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sooo beautiful!
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Shamsiel-Grimoire Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! gorgeous! :heart:
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:iconjamspooon:
jamspooon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
beautiful work, I love the bit of orangish pinky goodness on her lower back and upper thigh. centers and grounds her ever so lightly.
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tasa78 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L....creation..!!!
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lonewolf209 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Lovely, simply lovely
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magnolia-art Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
very beautiful.
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Taintedd Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whaaaaat?! <3
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:iconriickard:
riickard Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great pic luv the style dark and greyed
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:icontheory6-brian:
theory6-brian Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this piece! Keep it up!
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danujadevil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Very beautiful!
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:iconllunaly:
Llunaly Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful
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:iconhellzeine:
Hellzeine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great realistic rendering + good subject. I bow to you. (:
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Hi:wave:

It would be our honor to feature your beautyful work in:iconhigh-vision: :heart:

Regards,

Claudia
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:iconnavate:
navate Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
All my pleasure:D
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BlkFlamez Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow not only is the painting a great piece of work, the added text pushes it even further!! Splendid
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thandav Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
exlent
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful. Fantastically done, extremely beautiful - thank you for sharing!

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MisoOfHope Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Wow!! :wow:
I really like the picture!
It's very defined and the composition of the colours
underlines the scenario.
You're a great artist! And this picture is definitely
outstanding! :D
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