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- guidance - by Owlivia - guidance - by Owlivia
Snake, the symbol of the shamans, the representation of change and healing, the link between this world and the other; everything I should be, possessing the qualities that should be mine. He shares his secrets with me, guides me when I know not where to tread, appears to warn me of changes to come.
To call him, I deny food, water, sleep, the things that bind me to the physical realm. My body is cold, weak, tired, but my mind is shaking the shackles that hold them together, opening to the world around me.. not the one I walk in, but the one I can glimpse without my eyes, hear without my ears, and feel without my body.
Coils wind, patterns swirl and pull me close; I speak, and he listens.


Patterns of the snake inspired by several cultures, namely Native American and Aztec; it's meant to look flat, to represent the otherworldliness. The symbols in the fire all relate to Jay; horse, bat, wolf, eagle, woman, and snake.
He can induce a vision like this through deprivation or drugs, though whether it is a spiritual experience or hallucination remains uncertain. Whichever way, it's generally a profound experience that leaves him slightly more clear about things afterwards.
I tried to get him to look a bit weathered and beaten, after all he has been awake and starved on the Great Plains for a few days; and he isn't exactly photogenic to begin with.


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Wówačhiŋyeke, human; Jay Iera, vampire
Not one to hurt unless it's to heal, not one to lie unless it leads to the truth; revenge is not a word I know, a grudge is the weight I will never bear. Show me hatred and I will never remember; but show me kindness and I will never forget.
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There are only two things that I could suggest for you to change, otherwise it's a fantastic piece. The two things are that the light from the fire/serpent on his skin is a bit too yellow on his face compared to his body. I would suggest adding more of the yellow highlights to his other shoulder, or toning down the yellow highlights on his face. The other thing that I noticed was his hair. The way that it flows is gorgeous, just like most everything else in the picture. The thing is, it appears to be a wee bit thin. I don't know if that was what you were looking for, but that was something that I noticed. Otherwise, beautiful artwork, you're much better than I am. Keep it up!
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d-zager Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow i really dig your work. but this piece is superb! i dig the concept, pallet, design, composition. everything. great job and thank you for sharing.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
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Adrolyn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome. I really like the glowing nature of the snake and the lighting in general.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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saysoifyouwantto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
snake is beautiful
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sonafoitova Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
wonderful amazing heart and delight the eye
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artstrac Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Very nice composition with the detail and emotion from the character figure.
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wanda357 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful.. !
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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ChappyChikai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the snake design is so cool! faving^^
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, glad you like it c:
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HyperChronic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Oh my gosh, this is awesome! The critique took the words right out of my mouth! :wow:
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :'D :heart:
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work with the firey effects. The symbols and circles look quite interesting. I just now saw that it forms a snake!
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Ooh perfect, I see the snake straight away having painted it but I'm really glad it's a little more abstract to others :'D
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's kind of abstract, isn't it? Which is a good thing because that way it looks more authentic.
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GabbyFe Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
This is really pretty! :) You've done a really great job researching this, I can see that. You also maintained a clear colour scheme. I sort of wish you kept the imagery in a similar vein, so all of it has that softer painted effect the character does. But still, great work!
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Ah I've had to research a lot for the character, to make sure I get his history right and make him seem authentic <D I'm not too sure about the result myself, I quite like this version but I agree that it could look better with the same style all through :)
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EvanMcBean Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Very cool. The snake design is mind-blowing.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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IBorg2000 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Really love the snake and its pattern, great work
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :hug:
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Lady--Nyx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT SNAKE LOOKS SOOO AWESOME! I love how you did that ^_^
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It came out well, it was an experiment XD
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kasuria Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome work! This is great!
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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Verael Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Необычные у вас работы =)
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FallenAngelSkyla Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks really awesome. The lighting really sets the mood the glowing snake looks interesting to the eye. great work :)
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Asemoth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A ton of glow effect used here but it works, nice job
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehe yeah I'd just discovered it and got a bit carried away ;D
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Just passing through and admiring what is already in my faves.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Buuuu you're so sweet :heart: >w<
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photo-exile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool :aww:
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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honey-melons Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
its so cool! love it
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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JohnnyClark Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
REALLY COOL... LIKE THE WAY YOU PLAY WITH THE LIGHT ON THE GUY AND THE NEON-FEEL OF THE SNAKE
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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seaj0725 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the glowing effect and the patterns on the snake :D
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The patterns were nice and relaxing, it made a good change from normal painting <D
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yeomannn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Photographer
This is incredible!
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :'D :heart:
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Sophia-M Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
very nice
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Sophia-M Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
u r welcome
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the lighting in this piece, as well as all the little details (namely, the animal shapes in his fire breath). Great work.
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Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, those are two things I struggle with so it's great to hear you say that! :heart:
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome. :D
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mgtcs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Excellent work here, amazing character, well done!
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