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Heaven and Hell by Ravenfire5 Heaven and Hell by Ravenfire5
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I am the feminine.
I am the masculine.
I am one and I am both.
My darkness can be trying.
My lightness can be blinding.
But in balance there is harmony.
There is always a choice to make.
Which one will it be?
The path of surrender,
Or the one of resistance?
They both lead to the same goal.
The darkness is only the void
That you travel from time to time.
The lightness is the intuition that
Gently guides you from within.
The resistance is to fight the elements.
The surrender is to embrace the flow.
How many falls will you create before
You walk on steady ground?
Which is better for you?
Harmony and freedom,
Or chaos and turmoil?
What about balance and stability?
I am heaven and I am hell.
And I can be all that at once.
The choice is yours to make.

ok, this pic is for the wacom "bring your vision to life" contest, the theme of it is good vs evil, and free to interpret any way you life, rather easy subject if you ask me. so here is mine, of course, dragons, but i wanted to portray the balance between good and evil, sort of like the yin and yang thing. one can not live without the other, where there is light there also must be darkness and vice versa to maintain harmony and stability in the world.

this pic took me a while to do, i had to the dragons separately to get good detail on them. the background took a while too, but it actually came out good this time! usually my cloud background suck, but i look at few tutorials and got some ideas how to make better clouds. i really how this turned out, surely one of my better pics. i really hope i win the contest, i could really use the prizes right now.

critiques please!

oh, i didn't put a watermark on it because they don't allow it
SO DO NOT STEAL THIS OR I WILL STAB YOUR EYES OUT!

artwork (C) to me.
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:iconfarm-fresh:
I know I've been writing a lot of critiques for you work, but if you ask, then you shall receive and this certainly merits some woods of thought.

You pulled off something really special here. The colors make for such a visual pop that I have to go into them. The gold is a excellent choice for the light dragon. It makes him jump out at you. Giving him white feathered wings makes him even more striking. Even the horn structure is really awesome and the face makes the whole dragon. He looks like a wise old dragon that has seen a lot. The black and red dragon is a good choice for the dark dragon, but its the drawing that really makes him stand out. The red fins, spikes and the dirty white claws and horns make him step away from the black background and really show himself off. The little highlights do wonders.

The background itself is a great representation of the your message. The clear blue sky up above and the raging thunder storm underneath makes the good vs evil theme all that much more apparent and striking. I can't look at this picture and not see what it is about.

The artwork is awesome, I love your style and this is a really good example of your fine work. The poem just pulled the whole thing together much tighter. I love reading it, you did a fanatic job on that as well.

I maxed out my stars for this because I can't give it anything less. Vision is off the charts, it really grabs and holds my attention. Originality, okay the whole dragon Yig-Yag is not new, but you presented it in such a visually striking way that is seems like this is a brand new idea. Your technique I can't give a lower rating for, I just can't. Impact is more like a wallop to the mind. This is an awesome piece and I love it.
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:iconkatoliver:
katoliver Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome!!!!! :D
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconkatoliver:
katoliver Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconfangirl-gone-hyper:
FanGirl-Gone-Hyper Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:noes: :wow: WOW!!! :jawdrop: THIS. IS. AMAZING. :shocked: I love how the angel dragon just jumps out at you with the gold and the angel wings, and how the demon one looks so menacing and you're like "I do NOT want to mess with him"

And the poems was wonderful too. :)
This was awesome, LOVE IT.

~FanGirl-Gone-Hyper :la:
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconfangirl-gone-hyper:
FanGirl-Gone-Hyper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No biggie. :)
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:icondragonguardian253:
Dragonguardian253 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
wow!:jawdrop: your picture is absolutely stunning!i really love how you did the wings for the heaven dragon,so beautiful and the other dragon looks spectacular,very wonderful job!i know you'll definitely win the contest!:peace:
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
the contest is already over, i didn't win, but oh well.
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:icondragonguardian253:
Dragonguardian253 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
aww,i think you should've won the contest,your picture is absolutely stunning.
i really love everything about it,everything!in fact,i'll give you this myself for
an awesome drawing like yours!:icongoldtrophyplz:
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well, there planty of pics better then mine, but thanks anyway. :)
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:icondiscoalarm:
discoalarm Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
I have a small suggestion? I'm not one to talk since my artwork isn't exactly amazing.

How about instead of coloring the lines gray for black objects, color them black, then color them a dark shade of gray. If you get what I mean... This is just how I color black objects, animals, ect.

:)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i'm very good with coloring with black objects, i draw the Grey lines so i know thr form of the body is and i don't have to guess, but i need to work on my shading.
thanks :)
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:icondiscoalarm:
discoalarm Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Oh I didn't mean for it to sound harsh, I'm just used to seeing things how I do it. xD It's still a great picture though. :3
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh no, it didn't think it was harsh, that is just the way i do it.
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:icondravedragonheart:
DraveDragonheart Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
a really nice picture here one that dipicts heaven and hell really well great job :)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icondravedragonheart:
DraveDragonheart Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
not a problem :)
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:iconempyrisan:
Empyrisan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Digital Artist
I love the concept and composition here, and the clouds! Brilliant work!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconsuzannemoseley:
SuzanneMoseley Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
I really like the subtle contrast and use of lighting and atmosphere to seperate the two clashing subjects emotionally and visually. I would like to see more of a connection between the two, this could be something as easy as lightning to just eye contact or even tails or wings crossing paths. Or maybe an actual clash itself. This really is a lovely piece as it is though! I could almost see a series of these.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconray72285:
ray72285 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Just sending you a congratulations for being featured in this month's issue of The Dragons of deviantART - [link] :)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much for the feature! :D
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:iconaarok:
Aarok Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job :)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icontarik94:
Tarik94 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
maximum awesomness! also i like that poem!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:icontarik94:
Tarik94 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
ur welcome!
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:iconjoel-swedish-dragon:
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Almost like God himself and the devil himself borrowed some dragon shapes to fight each other!...
Really subtle and well done.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconjoel-swedish-dragon:
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Ya´re welcome! =)

Would love to give a critic, but it takes me long time choosing putting words right to make it epic. ^^;
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, you need as least 75 words for it to submit.
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:iconjoel-swedish-dragon:
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
And that... becomes a little problematic to me... ^^;
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, sometimes i can't think of what to say.
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:iconjoel-swedish-dragon:
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Yeah, it´s really hard.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yeah
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:iconcheesewarrior:
CheeseWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I love the contrast between the two dragons, their anatomy is so similar yet they are very different. I love the antlers and angel wings on the heaven dragon. The lightening bolt is a very nice touch with hell, which is very dramatic compared to the tranquil blue sky of heaven.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :) glad you like it.
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:icondragonraven1:
Dragonraven1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Awesome. :nod: :clap: You have a really good imagination and have a talent of putting what you see in your mind onto the paper.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconnitemareslayerx:
nitemareslayerx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009   Photographer
Reminds me of the up coming movie Angels and Demons.

Sorry if i havn't been viewing and what not, been depressed latley... overall awesome.
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
yeah, i understand with your current situation.
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:iconsuperdoglac:
superdoglac Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Wow, very cool! Great way to represent good v. evil. 8)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconbeatcrusherx2x:
BeatCrusherX2X Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, there go my plans on entering this contest. I couldn't compete with this if I wanted to! Great job!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol. XD well, some the entries in the contest amaze me, but i still try anyway.
thanks :)
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:iconarcademan10:
arcademan10 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
wow nice!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconfarm-fresh:
Farm-Fresh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work! This is really great work. Everything just comes together to make the whole piece awesome. I love it. :)
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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