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June 12, 2012
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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.

Venom, all concepts, characters and art (c) :iconowlivia:

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.
Owlivia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
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.
Owlivia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
saysoifyouwantto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
snake is beautiful
sonafoitova Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
wonderful amazing heart and delight the eye
artstrac Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Very nice composition with the detail and emotion from the character figure.
wanda357 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful.. !
Owlivia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
ChappyChikai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the snake design is so cool! faving^^
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