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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 ;)

TECHNICAL ASPECTS:
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, sxc.hu (ground from [link] by runrunrun) and my own.

Prints will follow once I get the necessary permissions :aww:
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:iconcinamingrl20:
Cinamingrl20 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
wow beautiful!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconhussienal-shteri:
HUSSIENAL-SHTERI Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wowo nice cool
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:iconshridevi:
shridevi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
nice
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:iconlupsiberg:
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner May 21, 2011   General Artist
You have been featured here [link] I hope you like it!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!
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:iconlupsiberg:
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner May 22, 2011   General Artist
You are most welcome :):)
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:iconlajuno:
LaJuno Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
cool! Great job :)
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:iconchryssalis:
chryssalis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
What an amazing idea!!Perfect choice of the model!
Greatly made!I adore it!!:clap::worship:
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:iconkiyamm:
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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:iconmishkin-rayman:
Mishkin-Rayman Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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:icondigimagicnb:
digimagicnb Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
gorgeous
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Featured [link]
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the feature
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
So nice! Featured in my 2/5/10 Journal -- [link]
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconnight-fate:
night-fate Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   Photographer
I have featured you in my news article :heart: [link]
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! :heart:
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:icongild-a-lily:
Gild-a-Lily Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: amazing work :clap:
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:iconkieuomo:
Kieuomo Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
This is one of my absolute favorite pieces on deviantart--love it so much!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you
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:iconsweetemotions:
sweetemotions Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Wow incredible! Love every little detail :)
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconrookinherrookery:
RookinherRookery Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
What sweet, dreamy beauty for my birth month!
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Inspirational. Siberian Mythology is not often (enough) dealth with in art. There are parallells with North American Native myth found in some areas, which would validate the idea of a Monomyth (Campbell).
Cheers
Otto
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:iconilayda-arts:
Ilayda-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Feature [link] :heart: In my Pure Journal :blowkiss:
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:iconjadedgrace:
JadedGrace Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Totally in awe... almost in tears
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:iconcuriosa37:
Curiosa37 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Absolutelly stunning piece! Amazing sense of space and design not to mention subject matter... awesome gallery.

Thanks so much for faving Mother Hen, and for the watch... will do the same!
Cheers
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're most welcome! and thank you for the compliment :heart:
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:iconcuriosa37:
Curiosa37 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
I will truly enjoy watching your gallery, you have an awesome talent!
Cheers my new friend :)
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DelaneyLaFae Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
I love this! The colors are wonderful!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
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DianaNohelova Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
beautiful! I really love the concept and way it's done:)
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much :heart:
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:iconcyrano82:
cyrano82 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Very nice composition :)
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :hug:
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:iconnixandmuk:
NixandMuk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
wunderbare idee! Die voegel sind klasse geworden. das leben im nest und die wueste im hintergrund: ganz hervorragend!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: danke schön!
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sonamysupporter345 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
^.^ she gots a nest on her head
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes she does :aww:
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:iconcorez:
Corez Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Colors in this = <3
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you
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:iconalmitraka:
Almitraka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
nice work!! I realy love it
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors couldn't be more perfect! I do love a smooth gradient!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :hug:
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:iconerikakochanski:
erikakochanski Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Professional Writer
Your wonderful deviation has been feature in > [link] < World Of Art - No. 5 :heart:
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:iconjeghersker:
JegHersker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
I really like how the nature aspect and the sky into it's background are colour, while she is the black that stands out.
Very well created!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :hug:
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:iconjeghersker:
JegHersker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
:D
You are quite welcome!!
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