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July 3, 2012
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Sigil by Corviid Sigil by Corviid
Watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, oil
Total size: 30"x36"

The mathematical archetypes laid down by nature are picked up by consciousness and given meaning beyond what they inherently contain. These are our sigils, this is our magic. This is how we create change in the universe in ways that seemingly transcend cause and effect, but are actually so deeply rooted within it and throughout it that its logic is lost on our conscious minds. Our art and that of nature's has the same blueprint.

The series:

Sigil ISigil I by Corviid
Sigil IISigil II by Corviid
Sigil IIISigil III by Corviid
Sigil IVSigil IV by Corviid

UPDATE: finally replaced this with better scans: the artwork should look much clearer.
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Given 2012-07-06
Sigil by *Corviid ( Suggested by Hellobaby and Featured by SRudy )
There are only a few points I can criticize here; overall, this work was very well executed with brilliant vision.

The first thing that jumps out at me as problematic is the green you chose in the upper-right quadrant; it feels almost like a cartoonish gack, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the image with its more mature tones. Some of the shapes in the green exaggerate that effect, and make it rather distracting from the otherwise brilliant work in that quadrant.

I think you could resolve that by clarifying the shapes a bit (I think they're leaves), possibly flattening them into a more illustrated style (the sharp contrasts draw more attention to them), and changing the hue a bit; either in the yellow, or blue direction. I would suggest yellow.

The bottom right quadrant suffers from this to a lesser extent; the green could benefit from being made a bit more blue to compliment the others, but otherwise is much less distracting since the shapes are more readable.

The only other thing is that some of the negative and positive space, and distribution of values might not be thought out as well as possible- the lower left quadrant, for example, is off-balance with clutter and weight to its left with a little too much empty space to the right and top. It might benefit from a little bubble of space to the left and under the spine, and a little something to break the space in the upper right.

Upper right and lower right might be too evenly distributed. Upper left is almost perfect- thought the lifelike nautilus draws a little too much attention and could be counter-balanced by something smaller but with equal detail to the right center.

I adore the mixture of anatomical sketch, realism, and architectural embellishments- it is really inspired. Where did you get this inspiration? It's like the distilled essence of a wunderkammer.
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This piece of work is amazingly deep. It has a lot of teture and beauty in it. I especially love the rusty look added to it. The insect in the far right corner is amazing. The detail in it's wings is esquiste. The skeleton also is very carefully drawn out and I love the shading and color in it. All the small details also make a big difference. The roots, the flowers, and the cracks in the stones are amazing. The one thing that seemed to be missing is in the bottom right corner. There isn't something that pops out immediatyl like all in the others. But overall it is amzing and I feel honored to write this critique on this masterpiece :)
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WitchAppeal Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Photographer
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful ! and what a delight!each panel has a unique feel
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A wonderful series!
voradorhylden Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love em all  like the symbolizm as well
meroth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Art in its purest form. Wow!
Corviid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
angelichope Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I love it; very beautiful!!!!:)
crimsonhurricane83 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
This is incredible!!
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can appreciate some of ~vepurusg's points. The composition is fine to me but the green in the top right artwork does stand out too much. The green works quite well with the blue in the bottom right artwork though. In general, fantastic series and it's great that they work together in one composition. The fact that the combined symbol is not symmetrical does bother me though. I think it's quite an easy fix digitally in case you would ever plan to make prints available.
Corviid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Does the symbol not being symmetrical across the horizontal axis bug you? Because that was intentional that the design would vary from up-to-down. It is symmetrical across the vertical axis: the paper is not entirely flat in this picture so they don't line up exactly (in real life they do line up perfectly). I plan to upload better pics when I can actually get a scan of these.

Careful not to assume too much when suggesting a piece can be 'fixed'.. :)
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