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Lux et Tenebrae by VonStreff Lux et Tenebrae by VonStreff
A great darkness was filling the sky, a thick writhing mass looming steadily closer over the peaceful scene. In that immense black cloud the birds of thunder came, enormous and powerful. Although terrifying in scale they flew slowly, with each beat of their wings clearly visible, and they were as calm as the huge clouds themselves. It was as if they were mighty lords carrying in the majestic storm upon their wings. I was not afraid.

In the midst of the blackness came smaller birds, dazzling in their array of bright white and gold. They were the birds of lightning and seemed to embody that element in every way - behaviour and appearance. The speed of their flight was astonishing, and although extremely beautiful, with their gold tipped wings and tails, they were as dangerous as lightning itself.

One flew very near to me as I stood, entranced. I could not breathe for fear that it would touch me and I would be harmed, but it did not hurt me. It simply looked at me as it darted close, glancing silently with amber eyes that spoke of fire and magic.



This piece (done at the request of :icondemi-elf: *Demi-Elf) took about seven hours, pretty much in one solid session. Her description was very vivid, and helped me form a very clear image. Check out her photography skills in her gallery: [link]


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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Amazing work! :clap:
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconnudagimo:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
You are most welcome! :hug:
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:iconchris-bennier:
Chris-Bennier Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work, and fast too!
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :)
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:iconchris-bennier:
Chris-Bennier Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No prob!
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:iconjakeass34:
jakeass34 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
this llama bag be real nice
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:iconjakeass34:
jakeass34 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Thanks for them llama bag there
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:iconlothairebeaumont:
lothairebeaumont Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an amazing piece! Congratulations!!
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :) :) Go check out :icondemi-elf: *Demi-Elf's photography, she gave me the story for this piece. :)
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Emma-lee1art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the way you did the clouds!
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Well, there are many things I can still fix in here, hopefully I can do that in my next commission from ~Demi-Elf. You should check out her gallery, pretty incredible stuff.
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:iconemma-lee1art:
Emma-lee1art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
will do! :)
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   General Artist
I really love the colors here!
Great shading and blending as well. :clap:
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :) A lot of thought and effort went into this piece, glad it payed off. :)
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   General Artist
:heart: It sure did. :)
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:iconronmaicol:
ronmaicol Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
fucking cool! what can I say...
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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sakuradrops93 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Wow...take about breathtaking... :O
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :) :)
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:iconchimerasblood:
ChimerasBlood Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful :D
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Always happy to see your artwork, too. It keeps getting better!
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:iconchimerasblood:
ChimerasBlood Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem :blush: and Thank you ^^;
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:iconassassinmonkey:
AssassinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Beautiful!
It reminds me of the Rockies in BC
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) :)
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, thank you so much!! :)
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
You're welcome.
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:iconraivastola:
raivastola Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Wau!
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you!! :D
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:iconmarinahanasuki:
MarinaHanaSuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
This is really beautiful. Nice work!
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Very kind of you!
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:iconmarinahanasuki:
MarinaHanaSuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
You're welcome. ;)
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:iconeryshta:
Eryshta Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful piece !
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! :) A beautiful dream offered to my poor artistic abilities, I only wish I could have made it better.
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Demi-Elf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
So beautiful! A dream come true. :)
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) Glad you like it. Thanks for the kind words.
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TMtrue Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job on this, it looks great
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sir. :)
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:icontmtrue:
TMtrue Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome! And thank you for the llama!
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:iconmyrhis:
Myrhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Goodness this piece is ravishing :)
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:iconvonstreff:
VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! :) The imaginative description really helped, and should take due credit.
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:iconmyrhis:
Myrhis Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist
You're most welcome :) Altought being able to translate a description so well is a talent on it's own as well :D Great stuff.
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