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Annwyn, Beneath the Waves by kReEsTaL Annwyn, Beneath the Waves by kReEsTaL
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In the Welsh mythology, Annwyn (Annwn) is the Other World, the place between life and death. I have already been inspired by this theme, for example in "The Other World". "Annwyn, Beneath the Waves" is also the title of the second album by Faith and the Muse, one of my favourite bands. A place of water created by the sea and the ocean, where dead souls are condemned to wander.


Annwyn = myself, portrait taken by anaon.
Sea, sky and waves from Sxc.hu.
Temple by the sweet ~FeA-OLoReA.

I spent about 10 hours on this manip. It wasn't that easy, above all concerning the hair which I have painted. At the beginning I wanted to make something more fairy-like, with woods, but it didn't fit my idea. The Sea is definitely one of my biggest inspiration, as well as the Irish and Welsh mythologies. I wish I could go there again...

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Thank you in advance for your comment!



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conundrum66 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
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I was revisiting your gallery. This triggered mellow memories of my past...a deja-vu. It reminded me of the dream realm Clive Barker named "Oneiros" in his game The Undying.

Also reminded me of my homeland...and the historical sites I spent my carefree days at reading a book and drifting away from the chaos of the world.

I'm adding this to my favourites. I understand what you're saying about Rippers...I've been ripped once too and it sucks to see your artwork used by some ignorant idiots on the net. Best if we put watermarks, and most importantly communicate and spread the awareness.

Peace!! Keep up the good work.
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you very much for dropping by :) Indeed "Annwyn" is quite old now... I'm thinking of revisiting such old artworks in order to give a rejuvenated interpretation of them. Maybe someday who knows?
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conundrum66 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
yeh they represent such a beautiful world :).
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:iconhailya:
Hailya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Student Photographer
Wow, love this. <3
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:iconninjaofthestreets:
Ninjaofthestreets Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
I got one word............PERFECT!
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DorkyGurl19 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
:wow: NO words ^
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phoenixdragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2006
Just awesome!!! I would so use this for an RP character....with permission of course!
Wouldn't happen for awhile if I actually decided too..life calls n all. That, and I've found rp to be a bit dead as of late..seems more and more newbies are in it mostly for..cybering *cringes* and can't really rp worth a crap anymore. It's...boring.
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m4d-b0y Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
perfect! :clap:
ill add :+fav:
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kaokun Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
Again amazing, you have a real talent for random beautiful bits of architecture in the background, as well as the obvious beauty and skill gone into making the characters depicted seem so real and wonderful :) Love your work!
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Aww you're too kind, thanks :blush:
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Savri Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Wonderful job

May I please use this photo as a wallpaper?

you are gorgeous!!
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:iconkreestal:
kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
yes of course you can ^^ whenever you submit a screen capture of your desktop to dA, please credit me, though. :)
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Savri Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2005
You have all the credit in my heart

thanks
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:iconsecular:
Secular Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2005
O! Très joli!
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ShadowOfSoul Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
c beau !
pour info, je suis super_mouton sur LLM ^^
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
merci super_mouton! :)
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morgwai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
i almost can hear the waves from this pic :) it's filled with magic and mystery - great work!
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SilentPurple Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
The picture rocks, and Faith and The Muse is beautiful... or did I mean the other-way round? :p
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Cyel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005
Beautiful, simply breathtaking...I like the colour you chose for this picture, and this fascinating background (waves ! ). You look very convincing as a beautiful goddes of the Other World :)
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, such kind comments... X-D Thank you!
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MelissaMolko Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
wow... so so beauftiul!
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nightprincess-27 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2004
everyone has basically said it, but i'll say it again! the hair is wonderful! ^____^ I love the dark atmosphere...
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NarcissusDark Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
how did you do the hair?
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:iconkreestal:
kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
digital painting with a graphic tablet :)
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NarcissusDark Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
you'll have to chat on msn or something and we can talk about it... there's still so much i want to learn :)
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Dire-Lie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this peice is so beautiful! :kiss: i love it. the manip had to have been time consuming! it takes me a very long time do it and then i begin to lose interest in what i was working on... :worship: i praise u on ur work ethic and patience!
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much. :blushes: Indeed I spent a lot of time on this, especially on the hair. :faint: I think creation needs a lot of patience... and don't worry, I often loose interest in what I'm doing as well. :giggle:
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Trollblut Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2004
really nice work, the mix and the color is top notch!.
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SilveryNightsky Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004
I love how you use old monuments in the background and beautiful, almost celestial (but dark) women in the foreground. I love the black sea water, her hair flying in long snake-like strands, the clouds...

Just wow.
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amayatokemi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
omg, that has to be one of THE most beautiful things i have ever seen! excellent job! i congrat you! ^-^ your work is so pretty! *envy envy* keep it up! you'll go far with it! ^o^ hurray!
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kReEsTaL Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Aww thanks, you're far too kind! :smooch:
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loveless-bh Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2004
love the hair work. it's perfect! awesome :drool: :+fav:
everything is great in it!
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katlin6969 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2004
this is soooo beautiful, i love it!!!!
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smokesmokefayefaye Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
ur very pretty and very talented nice pic
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:iconarend:
arend Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2004   Photographer
WOOOOOOW! *_* wonderfoul
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iamtsu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2004
beatiful.
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hili Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004
:heart: the hair !
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:iconerni009:
Erni009 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2004
BEAUTIFUL WORK!
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tomegatherion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2004  Professional Photographer
LOVE THE HAIR!!!!!
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pickled-skull Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
so dark, and beautiful.
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:iconpickled-skull:
pickled-skull Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004
her face reminds me if Drew Barrymore's.
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DizzyGirl89 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
Wow, Just Wow...... this is frikin awesome!!! I LOVE it! :hump:
:glomp:
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Potenzexpert Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
Think I slowly get to know what's so great about your work... It's the perfect mixture of the idea and the colors- black and purple.
I simply loved this, just like I do the majority of your works.
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bassrush Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2004
love it..
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myklmagus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2004
I love the hair!
All ochestrated with your personal skill and unique touch...
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maxwell-heza Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
lol I'm welsh by birth... and I don't know much about my country's heritage ^^; I do know how to speak basic welsh though. :D

Loooovely picture... the hair is all nifty and stuff, It's like an anime-esque thing to have hair like that methinks and it works really well in real life it gives an ethereal feel. You're very beautiful chere.
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silvergoth Featured By Owner May 31, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg... this is stunning...
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:iconelto:
eLto Featured By Owner May 31, 2004   Digital Artist
okay, this is REALLY beautiful, is that you??
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:iconkreestal:
kReEsTaL Featured By Owner May 31, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Yes indeed it's me! ;) Thanks for commenting!
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:iconelto:
eLto Featured By Owner May 31, 2004   Digital Artist
oh, right-o, then, let me put into words how beautiful you are ;)
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