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The Thorn and the Bloom by AngelaSasser The Thorn and the Bloom by AngelaSasser
My entry for the Bring Your Vision to Life Contest

Line art: [link]
Side by side view: [link]

Though told to children to warn them of life's mysteries, the fairy tales of old honed in on the conflict between good and evil within all of us. This rings especially true in the story of Rapunzel.

Through her power The Witch's garden allows Rapunzel to be brought into the world. When the child comes of age, she hides her away in a Tower hoping to spare her from the corruptive forces of the outside world. She strips Rapunzel of her golden locks and banishes her from the Tower only out of a sense of betrayal at finding Rapunzel pregnant by an unworthy Prince.

Everything she ever did for the ungrateful child was out of love, and in the end, she was repaid with a parent's suffering for a child that has failed her.

Rapunzel is born into innocence, longing for an outside world she cannot touch, taste, or see. She loves The Witch, her Mother Gothel, and yet her curiosity and longing lead her to fall for the Prince's seductions. Did she really love this man she had only just met? Or was he simply a way out? She spends years in exile learning that ignorance is not bliss.

Together, they represent two sides of the same face, one overbearing and tired of the world, the other innocent, naive, and deceitful in the most innocent of ways. Each neither completely good nor completely evil.

8x13 Inches, Pen & Ink, Photoshop.
Many thanks to *kidchan's for her digital watercolor tutorial

See my Copyrights and Terms of Usage before using this image anywhere!
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty!!!
Disneylyric Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
But both human, which is the best of all traits. My favorite characters are human and identifiable.
Photopathica Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   General Artist
this is fantastic!
cowgirlpride124 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
oh wow this is amazing
Demitri-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Very beautiful work and I love the concept behind this! The Witch was trying to be a good mother by shunning Rapunzel from the outside world however she was overprotective. And Rapunzel was desperate for an outlet so she resorted to be impregnated by the Prince. Excellent story ^-^.
Iyadaethras Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love balanced pictures like this :D Great job!
zaradei Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Wow, so beautiful!!
ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very beautiful work!!
Charlemaine Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Writer
bitchin' good. the juxtaposition style was inspired by your mermaid artwork, right? thetheme is also smwhat similar, showing 2 sides of a female archetype: the innocent virgin & the worldly-wise temptress, both alluring in their own way.

so meaningful on many levels; love it to death. i almost feel like standing on my head to view it the other way round, except i'm in the office rite now & my colleagues just might look at me strange. o___O
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes indeed. You have a good eye.:D Like the mermaid image, this image comes from a thumbnail I drew for an assignment that called for an image that could work both rightside up and upside down. The mermaid won out for the class assignment, but I always adored the Rapunzel themed thumbnail and the contest was a marvelous excuse to bring it to life.

Ahah don't worry about standing on your hand. The turned version is here for you to compare sides: [link]
swampfaerie Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Very well don't disappoint...good luck on the contest...I'm cheering for you :)
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks hon! I'm not really expecting to win, but it was just so much fun to enter! It makes me feel accomplished that I FINALLY was able to participate here.
tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner May 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
OMG So cool!!!!
PinkParasol Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
This turned out beautifully! I love your explanation as well.
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it seems people enjoyed my psychobabble and amateur try at digital coloring. The tutorial I used was soo helpful!
WarFalcon Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how the dark haired mother came out, but then I tend to really like women that resemble her both in appearance and personality, lol.
HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Man this is fabulous my dear! Love the overall flow to the piece, and it's awesome to see you revisit rapunzel. Good luck in the contest hon!
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks dearie! I didn't make the finalists, but I'm happy to have made something new for my Rapunzel book:D
wytherwing Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
a very lovely piece! :)
Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a brilliant picture o w o
MrsNox Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous and stunning! =D
murdoc01 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Ang! That's bitchin! FAVED!
shlomit Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
how long did you work on it?
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Probably around 10+ hours into this one. I got the 'bright' idea to try to shove this all into one weekend. *eyes feel like sandpaper*
shlomit Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
I see
Malbi88 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
I'm rooting for the brunette in this one
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
ahah I know I am. I'm decidedly on the Witch's side because I find her more fascinating than Rapunzel, who is a little flat, character-wise. XD
Malbi88 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Villains are more interesting than the heroes
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