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Dreaming Butterfly II by AngelaSasser Dreaming Butterfly II by AngelaSasser
EDIT: Changed a bunch of 'little' things, including altering the color of her hair and showing off more of that Elf ear. Check out the old version here for comparison.

Painted digitally with Photoshop CS6 and a Cintiq 12WX.

Prints available! - shop.angelicshades.com

Sketch Diary (with inspiration, photo refs, etc.) - blog.angelicshades.com/2012/09…
Step by Step at WiPNation - www.wipnation.com/posts?PostKe…
My entry for the "Draw This Again Contest" and a personal milestone for me. I'm heading into a new direction with my art with a new dedication to pursuing my passions.

This image is much like the original version I did 10 years ago (my goodness has it been that long??). At first, you might look and think how beautiful she is, but then, if you look closer, you might notice otherwise. It always astounded me how so many people missed the blood droplets in the original image because they were too concerned with the butterfly and the pretty Elf and missed the bigger picture.

Eventually, I'll do a proper painting of Aurora looking like the actual foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, Yakuza Elf that she is, but I imagine this to be a rather forced peaceful moment. Perhaps a glimpse into her inner psyche? Grasping that last bit of innocence and sanity? If you're curious to find out more about her story, you should go read Aurora's comic to find out more.

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Malbi88 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I love this.
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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Featured in my latest journal [link] . :heart:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! Thanks for featuring me alongside so much cool stuff.:)
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeousness :love:
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abelcovarrubias Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful... :iconmynti: :iconthankyouplz1: :iconcupid: :iconannzie1991: :iconpwincessnaveera: :sun: :juggle:
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
wow this is stunning :love: :clap:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Having photo reference really helped get this to that point of realism I was aiming for. Glad you enjoyed it.:)
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Indeed.. its without a doubt my all time favorite of yours :love:
All your hard work really paid off :clap: :+favlove:
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volker03 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing :wow:
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wonderful!
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
You've rocked this one, Ang.
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AdamAntaloczy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Keep it up. One of your best works to date.
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peccatori Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely brilliant, I love this so much!! :iconiloveitplz:
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Darkendrama Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Wow! Glorious!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing pic! :)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you:)
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome :)
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YaggyDigital Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the composition actually drew my eyes to the blood on her belly quite instantaneously. Her tattoos and the red butterfly under her belt all seem to point towards it. Not sure if that was planned or not.

The original version seemed to all draw attention to the butterfly on her forehead.

I really enjoyed seeing the progress of this version, well done! =)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oddly the placement of butterflies wasn't planned, but rather fell into place. I'll have to make time to upload the process video I recorded so people can see just how much this changed before it arrived at this final process. Even the little wip dev doesn't show that too clearly. Glad you enjoyed the progress and the final piece! It's been a real learning experience.:)
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Oh, very well done, Ang!! :hug: As a friend told me about my entry; it's like night and day. She's going to be sticky when she gets up. :D ( Spoken from experience. )
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ho dear. You have experience lying in bloodsoaked origami butterflies? Now that is a story I'm curious to hear. XD I just saw your entry as well and left a comment. Hooray for memes making us productive!
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
:D I only wish; that sounds so prosaic compared to life at our house! This is the short version. When our fearless middle kiddle began tagging after her big brother who was the cautious kid; the 5 year gap between them meant that, as a one car family, daddy's job as an ICU nurse at a local medical center wasn't the only reason we spent time down there. It got so bad, before her other medical issues started in middle school, that she got the nickname of "Stitch", and jokes were made about the revolving door in the ER dedicated in her honor. Yes, I told one of her nurses once that I was concerned about charges of child abuse. She shook her head laughing in a M*A*S*H* sort of way, and assured me that it was obvious the kid's injuries were pretty much self inflicted. Yeah, my hubby used to say I was EMT qualified, our kids only. This is only the beginning of the reason I just packed up my studio supplies for a bit over 10 years. The black and white version of "Balance" [link] was my "I'm back" commission.
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Rose74 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Writer
Very well done and the shadowing is amazing. Yes, I did miss the blood droplets until you mentioned it. Most people don't really get the "bigger picture" unless it's pointed out. What is the significance of the blood droplets? Are they symbolic? What is it supposed to say? Still amazing pic and a great use of the reds and butterfly shapes. :thanks:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Usually I let people make their own guesses to the symbolism, but this one definitely has a specific story to it. She's a killer for hire for the Yakuza and has her own checkered past to deal with that hasn't quite left her in the best mental state. It's a story I'd eventually like to come back to in the form of a web comic so perhaps maybe more people might get the symbolism rather than those who grew up playing Shadowrun games with me, where I used to rp her.:nod:

There is an older version of her story up over at #flawedbutterfly if you were morbidly curious! Beware it is so dated by now. Must make NEW stories sometime!
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Rose74 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Writer
First of all, let me express how thankful I am that you took the maturity and time to explain this wonderful pic. I have to say, I honestly thought you weren't going to bother writing back, but you did, and it showed how much more responsible and respectful you are. I fully appreciate the pic now more than ever now that you have pointed out what you intended. I understand the bloodstains, her facial expression...everything. You're truly an amazing artist and you came up with an amazing character. :aww: The reason why you explaining meant so much to me was that most artists here on Deviant Art just don't bother. They put their pic up, with no explanation, no names, no....anything. Some of them just put "......" It's just sad. The worse part is that when people DO comment and give good feedback, they don't replay back, don't even say "thank you". I know, I'm not an artist, and I know it's not possible sometimes to answer all comments, especially if it happens to be popular, but these artist I'm talking about don't even make an attempt. I make sure I answer ALL my comments when I can, even if it takes me a few days. But anyway, trying not to get off topic, thank you for your maturity, your respect, your courtesy in writing back and explaining. You've how much bigger you are than most artists here who do not respect their watchers and followers. :thanks:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh well it's my pleasure when anyone enjoys my character rambling! I just hope you enjoy the extremely morbid story of Aurora's if you do happen to read it. I try to respond to comments that ask specific questions when I can, though it's often hard to find the time to respond to the non-specific ones, even if they are very kind.

Either way, glad to ramble!
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Rose74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Writer
Oh no, I don't mind rambling.:aww: I'm noticing that more and more here on Deviant Art, and it's kind of...I don't know, disappointing. But hey, what can we do? :shrug: Oh believe me, I know how busy artists can be..there's school, there's jobs, and dealing with family and friends. But some of them at least try to respect their viewers and fans, and that's what I'm glad for. :thanks:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderfully done! And I see such a huge progress since your original one!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome. I didn't realize how long it'd been since the original image until I went to upload this one. Crazy how time passes! A year is an eternity to an artist's improvement, from my experience.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh yes. And I always think, I can't see any progress/improvement at my art - untill I go way back :D
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