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January 18, 2008
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Tomam - Goddess of the Birds by kuschelirmel Tomam - Goddess of the Birds by kuschelirmel
Tomam is the bird goddess of the Ket people of Siberia. She is supposed to welcome the migratory birds during winter in Siberia and send them back there in spring.

My version of Tomam doesn't only welcome the birds, but gives them a home and she's able to save them from death as well. Call it artistic freedom ;)

I'm rather proud of this one because I spent so much time on it trying to get the shadows and lighting just right (I know it probably isn't perfect, but hey, what ever is?). Usually when I'm studying I get impatient even faster than usual because I only have a fraction of the time for art I usually do or would like to spend on a piece. This time I tried to hold myself back and not submit it at the first possible moment but instead close the psd and come back to it the next day with fresh eyes.

There was quite some retouching done on various parts of the girl, the dress's flow was matched to the ground, its left side was lit up with the magic glow. The girl's hair was blended into the nest. The birds on top of her were retouched in terms of colours and shadows, the birds on the ground were blurred according to their distance from the viewer, so was the ground itself.

I hope I was able to make it as realistic as possible (because in my eyes, surrealism only works if realism doesn't fall by the wayside - it's supposed to twist reality, not alter it completely), however, if you find something that would need correcting, feel free to tell me. Just don't expect to me get back to it asap. I rarely ever go back to pieces I once considered finished, instead I like to keep the tips in mind for the future.

Details can be found here [link]

Stock from ~Eirian-stock, ~FoxStox, *hellfirediva-stock, (ground from [link] by runrunrun) and my own.

Prints will follow once I get the necessary permissions :aww:
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Cinamingrl20 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
wow beautiful!
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HUSSIENAL-SHTERI Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wowo nice cool
shridevi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner May 21, 2011   General Artist
You have been featured here [link] I hope you like it!
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   General Artist
You are most welcome :):)
LaJuno Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
cool! Great job :)
chryssalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
What an amazing idea!!Perfect choice of the model!
Greatly made!I adore it!!:clap::worship:
KiyaMM Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Wouldn't you wanna be like this every now and then? Just to feel completely one with nature, and wonder about the marvels of this world?

Thank you so much for adding your work to Digital Delicacies! :heart:
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