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Defeat (Dark Flame) by Rayluaza Defeat (Dark Flame) by Rayluaza
I decided to do some more fanart of mirz333 's original character, Dark Flame.

I tried to give her a vulnerable expression to start up and decided to go from there and create a scenario of defeat, where she is somewhat bruised and in a dark place, both literally and psychologically. I also decided to cut her hair, seeing as it's the most representative of the "Flame" idea, and thus would really illustrate this idea of getting beat down and defeated, almost abused. On that note as well, she is not wearing her mask, as it further suggests that idea of vulnerability.

Also, if her skin is too purple, I'm sorry about that. Unfortunately, it seems that different computer monitors tend to display different colors, and while for me the purple is a mere suggestion, in other computers she almost looks like a zombie.
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EveVictus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job! Great lighting. :clap:
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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EveVictus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting for this is amazing . . . wonderful job!
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! I have missed your art , but it has been worth the wait! Wonderfully dramatic shading! Such a powerful image! You are so talented!
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you, that's very kind of you to say! :)
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C-A-Harland Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Writer
The lighting effects and the mood are stunning. I'm in love with the hair, and the little details like the edging on the flame. Beautifully done.
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautifully done. I really love the lighting, you did a gorgeous job!
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you, captain! Pirate 
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mirz333 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016   General Artist
OMG, what an absolutely GORGEOUS piece. I simply love it. I adore symbolic pieces, and this one is lovely. Personally, I have been going through a pretty rough time myself, of self-doubt and depression. It's very easy to slip into that dark place where hope seems gone - btdt. I think the representation is spot-on in every way. The mottled skin, the bruise on her upper lip, the emptiness in her eyes. And, yes, the cut hair is the perfect touch. The "sheering" to show vulnerability. It's absolutely perfect.

Honestly, the funny thing is that as somber as this piece is, it really gave me a burst of hope in my own heart. I feel like I have been letting people get the best of me. Sometimes in the middle of the darkness we lose our own strength, we forget that just because we lost one fight doesn't mean we are doomed to lose them all. I imagine this piece to be the "rock bottom" moment, when despair is gripping her and she's about to give up once and for all, and then she remembers there is always reason to fight. As her father would say, "Survival first. All else is second." Time to kick ass. :)

Thank you so much for this. It was a lovely and thoughtful gift, and I must deeply thank you for the inspiration. This is truly the nudge I needed personally. :huggle:
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Well, in turn, your comment also gave me a huge boost of motivation.

I'm also going through a bit of a rough time. Nothing serious, but a fair dose of self doubt as well, caused by general fears and uncertainties. Drawing your character was immensely satisfying, but it in no way compares to how it feels to know that you've appreciated it and that the piece itself was used as some sort of motivational force. It's quite a beautiful poetic thing actually, that these mixtures of feelings are able to travel across in no specific direct way - I mean, it is, as you said, quite a somber scenario which in no way suggests motivation or power. And yet it's something I felt doing it and that got across to you. It's incredibly satisfying and gratifying. So, thank you as well. I'm beyond overjoyed that you liked it and that it moved you somehow.

And sorry for the messy English and the rambling. And I wish you the best with whatever personal challenges you're being faced with right now.
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mirz333 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016   General Artist
I admit, it is a very dark piece, and emotionally it can bring up those feelings. For me, it was really cathartic. To see a representation of how I have been feeling helped me process a lot of it and move past it. Art is very important to me that way, so this was much needed.

I do adore your art. I love your style. You're very talented. I love that your work is refined, but not overly so. There is a "rough around the edges" quality that gives it a lot of personality and heart. That said, the detail on this one is amazing. I adore the hair and spent a good deal of time studying it. And the details on the costume are wonderful. I feel very honored to have this piece and thank you again. I do hope you manage to find some light in your darkness, too. :huggle:
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Rayluaza Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student General Artist
I think it also serves as a validation of sorts. It might be that's what so cathartic about it.

And I hope you didn't study the hair too close! I'm very selective as to what I detail extensively (which is what probably results in that "rough around the edges" sort of inconsistent look) and in some parts of the hair you can still see a bit of the original rough strokes. It's almost an illusion of detail rather than actual detail. Nonetheless I do agree that this one turned out a bit better than usual, not only because some of the details are well achieved, but also the use of light is, I think, much more flattering to whatever structural problems there might be. 
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mirz333 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016   General Artist
I remember visiting an exhibit which featured actual matte paintings from the original Star Wars trilogy. I was surprised to see that they were deliberately less detailed – quite rough around the edges. It as explained that hyper detailed pieces look fake on screen. It was interesting, and over the years I find that same thing in regular art, as well. In my own commissions, I tend to pick the "one-down" pieces that are less refined, because (at least to me) they feel real. So, your style is very appealing to me.

Yes, I think the validation thing was spot-on. Often we get lost in our depression or remorse and we lock people out. So it's often difficult to understand where we are emotionally. Seeing a physical representation helps us get a clear picture. Kinda like in the movie when the hero looks in the mirror - really looks - and wakes up to the fact that they are not in a good place.  That was definitely me yesterday.
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