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Finally, finished! A ex-voto to Santa Muerte.
At first it was started as a very different image, and I got stuck half way through it - something was wrong, but what? - then I saw The Birthday's video and how it starts with Chiba's religious candle with the image of the Virgin on it, and the things just clicked into their places themselves. Santa Muerte is depicted sometimes similar to Virgin of Guadalupe , and that's what I was going to do, starting the picture anew. Since Chiba proved to be so helpful and inspirational I thought I'll mention him on the retablo too by putting an offering of Lucky Strike cigarets (his favorite brand) to Señora de las Sombras. Yes, tobacco is a traditional offering to Santa Muerte as well as flowers.

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Наконец закончила экс-вото Санта Муэрте.
Начиналось оно совсем, совсем иначе, но на пол-пути я застряла: что-то было не так, а что не понятно. Тут я случайно увидела в видео The Birthday Чибину свечечку с Мадонной, и тут всё как-то само-собой встало по местам. Санта Муэрте часто изображается сходно с Девой Марией Гваделупской, и так я её и нарисовала, начав всё заново. А поскольку Чиба оказался таким полезным и вдохновляющим, то в качестве жертвы Санта Муэрте появились Лаки Страйк, его любимые сигареты. Да, табак - это традиционное приношение Сеньоре де лас Сомбрас, так же как и цветы.


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Date: 2012-04-18 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vamm-goda.livejournal.com
Absolutely beautiful image! I've always had a connection to the Virgin of Guadalupe because of my heritage, and I love how you merged the two into a really powerful and lovely image. The detailing around the eyes and on the lips are gorgeous, and the addition of the cigarettes works so well with the inspiration and the whole piece. This is one of my absolute favorites of yours.

Date: 2012-04-18 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] broom--rider.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I am glad that you like it! I am also pleased with how the picture turned out to be... :)

Date: 2012-04-19 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scowling-hermit.livejournal.com
I already commented at dA, but I think this is just wonderful! :)

Date: 2012-04-20 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] broom--rider.livejournal.com
Thank you! I am glad that you like it! :)

Date: 2012-04-19 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jade-teacup.livejournal.com
Anya, this is so beautiful! I love it. So much more beautiful than I could do. Since, I can't don't use color as well.

Everything about it is perfect. I especially like that you were able to use a traditional offering of cigarettes which are also a clue to Chiba. :D Very nice!!

Date: 2012-04-20 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] broom--rider.livejournal.com
Thank you very much, Ben! I am glad that you like it.
But I love your images of Santa Muerte better, I love your highly detailed graphic style, I think it suits the theme perfectly!

As for Chiba... he seems always to be somewhere nearby; he even manages to percolate into my art! ;)

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