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The Healing Spell by sythiar The Healing Spell by sythiar
Well, finally!
I think this picture was lurking around on my PC for about two years now. It changed slightly over the years and I've been trying various things with it, only to discard most of them. Finally I couldn't take it any more and decided to stop fooling around and finish it.

As for what's depicted: it's my character Sythiar performing a healing spell on a small blackdevil angler fish (Melanocetus johnsonii). Her magic is mainly water-based, being a protective water spirit, and all. As such she can also use water as a powerful healing agent.

Previous version of this are found here:
- a small sketch I did during class once: [link]
- the rough sketch of the actual picture: [link]
- a work in progress shot: [link]

You may notice that I've changed the format in the end. Well, I was just too lazy to detail out the entire picture. I was also too lazy to do a background, so I just decided I'd go for the Caravaggio-ish kind of thing. Or whatever. ;P

There are some detail shots found here: [link]
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pixelkirby Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Oh, wow! Gorgeous! He's lovely!

Green is one of my all time favorite colors and I simply adore his expression. His horns are fantastic too! Augh, I just can't gush enough. XD
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sythiar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! It's a she though, not a he. :)

Yeah, green is my favourite colour of all time as well. The one reason why this character is bathed in a green light. Thanks for the nice compliments. :D
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PoeSheiky Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
amazing coloring drawing everything!!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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FallenAngelYami Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
The colors are beautifully done! I love it!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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fexus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
Very interesting concept, with the water healing. =) I like how the water um... blobs (couldnt htink of a better word) turned out.
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe... I thought the concept was very common - but then again, I do used to read a lot of fantasy novels.
Thanks anyway. :)
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Takamagahara Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
Floating water? It's a good Idea.
I just want to know, how can I get this water.

My personal Opinion: Steam is lighter than air, then this fish is very very small, like a aerial steam particles.
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O You're too realistic...
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Takamagahara Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Realistic? I don't think so. Just a interpretation. There is no fish in the world, which is like a aerial steam particles, isn't it?
I personaly expected the answer: "It's a gelled ether!" and so on...

Hmm... I know, why sythiar is such a color. Because she has diethylether in her body, then she has two approximate absorbances, maxima of 430 nm and 662 nm.
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. The water is held up magically. This has absolutely nothing to do with quantum physics. Nada. Not to mention with any kind of steam particles.
2. Diethylether cannot be found in the body of any kind of animal. It was used (and sometimes still is used) as an anaesthetic in human and veterinary medicine and can even be toxic in high doses. If you want to look for a scientific explanation, at least be correct, please.
For example: if Sythiar's people has some properties of fish and/or reptiles her skin could consist of chromatophores (or more precisely iridophores), skin cells emitting green light, as it falls on them. However, this is not the case, as her skin is actually a pearly white/gray and her spots are of no defined colour yet. You wonder why she's green then - well I used something that's called "lighting" in art. She actually is in a room where the only light sources are greenish burning lamps on the wall she's closest to. That's all.
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Takamagahara Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
:-O You're too realistic...

Hahaha!!! Ok, I understand. This creature belongs to you. I can't say any more.

Then, according to your explanation, this fish is in the floating water, and this floating water looks like a cage for this fish. I mean, this fish don't have freedom to escape from this floating water. I personarlly belieave, no freedom is no healing. You can also agree at (only?) this point. Therefore I'm very interested in the composition of this work. You schould seek to be free always, but this composition has a little bit diferrent intention.
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't agree either. The water isn't there to imprison the fish. The fish can leave whenever it wants. It just has to ask. But the fish knows that it will be healed so it will remain until that time.
I do agree however with: If you're ill you aren't free in the first place because you're bound by your illness. Be in bed or even in a hospital. Only when you're healed again, you can enjoy the freedom a healthy body brings.
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Takamagahara Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Hmm... なるほどね...
Ok, I understand your concept of this picture completly!
Thank you!!!
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kingmukatan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
I love the hair flipping in the water!! very cool!!:D
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually flipping in the air. The water is in her hand. But thanks anyway for the compliment! :)
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kingmukatan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
oh gosh!! XD!! my bad!! I had the first impression that she was underwater!! well, the fact that she's uptop makes the hair flip even cooler!!;)
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaha! Ok!
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IceLotusShinobi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
wow beautiful!!

*feals stupid for asking* guy or girl?

but either way still pretty!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's ok. Some people do make very feminine looking guys. But this one's a female. I did develop another character from the same species however, and he does look very much like a girl, but is actually a young male - so I like to play with genders as well. :)
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IceLotusShinobi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
but playing with genders is fun! lol
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is. :)
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IceLotusShinobi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
yep yep yep!
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saffiremoon21 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
just amazing, once again

the water droplet things are beautifully done
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the water. I don't even know now if I did them right. Water is hard in general...
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AshMic Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
:wow: omg thats fantastic/amazing!!!
The details are GREAT! your awesome!
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :) I'm glad you like it!
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AshMic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
uh huh
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surfbabe94 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
LOVE IT
this is v. magical
well done
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sythiar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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surfbabe94 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
no probs u deffo desirve it
AMAZING WORK
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