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Angel of January by AngelaSasser Angel of January by AngelaSasser
EDIT Tweaked with shadows YET again. Also played around with concentrated areas of saturation and desaturation to help with color variation and focus in this image.

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I wake in the dark of winter.
Sunlight runs in my veins and lives in my being.
I tend the gardens of the Dead and await the promise of new life.

I am the Angel of January, The Shining One.


11x17 in., Line work in Color Pencil and painted in Photoshop.
(Many thanks to *Zephyri and =girlanime for all their critique and encouragement on this image!)

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On January:
Named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings and gateways, January is a time of hope, purification and the promise of a new beginning.

January's Flowers:
January's flowers are the Snowdrop and the Carnation. Snowdrops were a peculiar flower seen as a portent of death by the Victorians for their propensity for blooming from beneath thin layers of snow in graveyards.

Carnations also have an association as flowers of the dead to the Mexican Indians and are piled beside the bodies of the recently deceased before they are buried. In Korean lore, three carnations are placed on the forehead to divine what phase of a person's life will be unfortunate. The flower that withers first will tell.

January's Birthstone:
January's birthstone is the Garnet which can be found in clusters and is often equated to pomegranate seeds which are in turn associated with the damnation of Persephone to the Underworld.
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:icondarkendrama:
Darkendrama Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
This is amazing and I love the quote you picked is simply perfect!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
really nice work :)
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:iconoctopearl:
Octopearl Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Awesome! My birthday is in January. This makes me proud :)
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:iconvhartley:
vhartley Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As always, you've created such a beautiful image that brings so much detail for the eyes to feast on. From the textures and the variety of materials used in her dress, to the little embellishments, to the stained glass window and rays of light streaming in from the top, the scene keeps presenting something wonderful to appreciate.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
So glad you've enjoyed this!:D Now only 11 more to go.:faint:
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:iconvhartley:
vhartley Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck. That can be one hell of an undertaking. :)
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:iconaremke:
Aremke Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You've really outdone yourself with this one. The lighting is fantastic and you use it nicely to capture the figure's form. I really don't see a single thing I don't like about this. Looks like you've leveled up!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Mike! The only bad thing about digital so far is I keep going back and tweaking and tweaking (and tweaking some more). The control you get over lighting is amazing!

I feel I should play the victory music from FF7 now. Doo doo doo doo!:D
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh wow...your digital painting is phenomenal! I love the glowing light and details in this! Absolutely striking and very eye-catching. ^__^
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon! Still getting a hang of this digital coloring thing, but I'm learning with each pic! So glad you enjoyed this one.:) Only 11 more to go!
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:iconmalbi88:
Malbi88 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
oh wow
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:iconwarfalcon:
WarFalcon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! You draw angels so very well.
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:icondarknaomi:
DarkNaomi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist
cool
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:iconwaithlord1476:
waithlord1476 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
great job
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks:)
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:iconwaithlord1476:
waithlord1476 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
ur welcome
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:iconwhite-mist:
White-Mist Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Very lovely, and so serene.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you ^_^
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:iconmrsnox:
MrsNox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa, this is beautiful, such lovely bright colours! Well done! =D
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:iconethelie:
Ethelie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
love the light in this :)
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:iconcyberhell:
cyberhell Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*is happy to be bornt in January* :love:
the angel looks so beautiful <3 and I didn't know that Carnation is flower of the dead o.o
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
heh well here in the US, it's a flower of affection! It was interesting how much of January's imagery linked back to the underworld after I did some research. I thought I'd take the lesser known angle.:)
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:iconanimefreakblackstuff:
what about july?
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is the first in the series, but the rest ARE coming eventually!:nod:
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:iconanimefreakblackstuff:
YAY!!! The reason why I asked is because July is my birthday ^_^
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool.:) I'm November so I have awhile to wait before I get to my own! July is sunflowers and rubies I think? That's gonna be a fun challenge!
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:iconanimefreakblackstuff:
yep! Lol I would pick December cuz' it's my favorite time of year, or holloween. Anything but the summer but thats just when I born :)
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WyldAngel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
really amazing. ^.^ The lighting turned out wonderfully.
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:icongirl-n-herhorse:
girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :love:
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:iconalientraveller:
Alientraveller Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I like this idea for a series, looking forward to more.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
With 11 more to go, it'll be interesting to see how they'll look by the end! A series has a habit of being better towards the end.:)
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doranobaka Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Oh man, she's just gorgeous! So worth all the time you've spent on her. I especially love the lighting effects on her wings and the shading on her dress. So pretty... *_*
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
lol yeaah I had far too much fun making glowy things. I don't know how I've survived this long without utilizing layer masks in my digital stuff!
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:iconjerica128:
jerica128 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work here :clap:

And I'm a January, so that just makes it better ;)
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
very lovely work! :thumbsup:
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