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Becoming Persephone by Reynaile Becoming Persephone by Reynaile
It's a little hard to tell, but that's pink hair, and therefore it's Haruno Sakura, with as heavy a dose of realism as I could administer. Inspired by Angelhearted's wonderful fanfiction Quietus; a pretty loose translation...Sasuke got raptors, so Sakura gets doves. I'm nuts about birds. Check out Sasuke as Hades here:

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Why is she holding the pomegranate like that? For me Persephone's tale symbolizes transition from a girl to a woman. The "blood" can represent menstruation, lost innocence, sacrifice, you name it. In that vein I'd rather have done a darker background, but the pink and green said no ><

Now, time to take a break x.x
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halioterbenfaifa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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RainbowBunnyChoco Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Amazing.... :iconrlytearplz:

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Cherry-dove Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
This is one of the most GORGEOUS pictures ever. 

Everything from the luxurious hair, to the enticing, expressive eyes & the well formed face is pure brilliant.

I love this & it literally spells............................... beautiful.
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kaloobiaL Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :)
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NehanNoNiji Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! :iconbravoplz:
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YuffieAihara Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
and not to mention that is the fruit she's supposed to eat to stay in the underworld XD fits perfect
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Eternal-Apple-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! It is very beautiful! Sakura looks amazing.
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howzitreiko Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Absolutely stunning! I love it!
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tanya3286 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Writer
[link] - journal feature! :love:
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Thanks very much for the feature! I checked out some of the other stuff too.
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tanya3286 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Writer
:la: It was my pleasure! <33

Aaaah, u did? It gladdens my heart :iconimhappyplz:
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ariadnia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
:wow: That's so pretty! You're so good! Really great! :D
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angelmorning1978 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Love the fruit and flowers in the hair. I never get over how amazeing an artist you are.
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Thank you! Btw I did get your message on fanfiction; I'll pm you there
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Zebrapluschi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing picture!
and the birds are great!
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thank you!
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solublepop Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty...I love the eyes and mouth.
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aletheiapax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
absolutely beautiful!!
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Butterfly-Chu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ASDFGHJKLK.

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She is absolutely DIVINE! I cannot believe how quickly you were able to complete this! This is so so so so so so so SO SO (you get the idea) BEAUTIFUL!

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I don't know where to begin. You had me gawking speechlessly at the screen once again when I first saw this. The way it is painted, the lovely merge of colours, the accurate anatomy, the clothing and fine details... everything adds up to create a stunning masterpiece. Sakura's face is gorgeous. You've made her look so soft and delicate, and the wonderfully painted doves really complement her fragility, as do the flowers. I adore the way you've drawn them, they match her eyes and hair (and that pretty background) perfectly. And speaking of her eyes, they are absolutely CAPTIVATING. Very soulful, innocent yet alluring at the same time. It's like you've captured them through Sasuke's point of view, because to him they are her most striking feature (along with that fabulous hair, of course), and they definitely stand out as the central point in her beautiful face. But her nose is also adorable, and her lips are very well painted. You've given them plumpness and volume, and they enhance her beauty.

I just LOVE how her lips are the same shade as the pomegranate seeds. Wonderful symbolism with that fruit, too. The way she's clutching onto her wrist, it's almost as though she wants to stem the 'bleeding', which can be taken as her initial resistance to Sasuke and everything he will inevitably come to offer her, but at the same time she is clutching the pomegranate close to her, which also reflects her inner struggle, confusion and the part of her that desires Sasuke. Because we all know deep down she does want him, and is drawn to everything he represents. It's just a matter of time until she realises and acknowledges it.

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Your use of symbolism is just lovely, and I'm in total awe of the overall feel that radiates from this piece. It's almost like Sakura's mother has placed the flowers in her hair, dressed her in white so that she is the perfect picture of the virginal maiden, but the pomegranate is an irremovable stain upon that image, and represents the transition to womanhood, the death of the innocent girl. Tsunade does represent stability and guardianship to the point of oppression in Quietus, whereas Sasuke is liberation, wild and unpredictable. Tsunade wants Sakura to remain a girl, protected forever under her watch, while Sasuke entices her with the pleasures that being a woman bring and draws her into a world of sensuality. Sakura's expression and body language really work with the symbolism and title of this picture, too. She looks sad, but at the same time, the way she is almost proudly and regally looking down at the viewer is a glimpse of the Queen it is her fate to become, and the strength that lies still dormant within her.

It's all so wonderful, and I can't get my head around how outrageously talented you are. You've inspired me greatly, and I feel so very honoured once again that someone with so much talent would dedicate precious time towards my story. Thank you SO MUCH. Words cannot express how much I love this piece, just like the other one of Sasuke. They both look amazing. The contrast between their characters has been flawlessly captured. You've represented them as I had them in my mind, and I cannot express my gratitude and admiration enough! I will treasure both portraits, and look eagerly look forward to any artwork you choose to create in future. You have a style of painting that is very pleasing to the eye, and a wonderful eye for details. Please don't ever stop painting, you're simply remarkable at it.

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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you again for the in-depth analysis, and taking the time to tell each story behind the critique. I especially like the idea that it's Sasuke's POV. The conflicts in the process of becoming Queen of the underworld are exactly what I wanted to capture...and of course you mentioned fighting the temptations Sasuke offers ;) I'm glad I did both of them for Quietus. Sakura had been fighting me for a while, but I knew exactly what to do after Sasuke was finished. And I think my technique is finally improving :D

About more paintings, I'm finally planning to finish some non-Naruto WIPs, but before that, I'm working on a non-fanfic related piece for the Commitment prompt of SasuSaku Month. I HAVE to put them in the same picture now lol. My post-August schedule looks pretty bleak, but I'll never stop painting and trying to improve. It's required for breathing and existing :D Thank you again for writing and watching! (Also, if the Queen of Shades shows up in around 20 more chapters I might make the time to do another Quietus painting hahah)
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Butterfly-Chu Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can't wait to see them in the same picture! I've been debating whether to contribute for SasuSaku month, too, but I don't do too well with prompts.

Whatever else you decide to upload, regardless of fandom, I'll be watching! Your art is a pleasure to look upon. And regarding Queen Persephone, yes, it probably will take that long for her to show up at this rate, haha! Me and my waffling chapters!

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Thank you again for both contributions, they've really helped inspire me to finish the latest chapter faster.
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Lucain24 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O__O Longest comment...ever...
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DDDiamond Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Wow so beautiful!
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EmiliaKyuchi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This is extraordinary! I love the doves and all the little details in this :D
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okarose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
yay you did it it looks absolutely amazing
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TukikoKinikia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful.
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Brittany001 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so beautiful love it
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aweenazad Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I love it!!!
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Angel7EagleWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SaltyMama Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore your hands! It's fantastic! You are able to show their characters (also Sasuke) with their eyes. Just with their eyes!
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thanks! Eyes are my favorite part to do, hands least, but I always force myself to put some hands somewhere so I can practice lol. I would like to get to the point where I can even shade in veins on hands o.o
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AuroraMorgenstern Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Wow she looks beautiful! You did an amazing job with this! :)
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Eyes-Turned-Skyward Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God, this is beautiful! She looks so gentle, and the birds just add to that! Too bad there aren't any NORMAL birds in Hell...
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FireGemini Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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HOLY FUCK
THIS IS SOOOO GOOD <3
and i really love the representation of that pommegranate P:

btw, did u also use artweaver here too?wondering if i should get it..
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Lol <3 Yes, I used Artweaver on this one too, because it has a lot of traditional media presets and keeps me in a straight up painting mindset. I've been using oil brushes only, something I did not do in Photoshop, but Photoshop can do the same with the right presets. My pen pressure settings seem to work better in Photoshop, and its better for editing too. In the end the change is prolly psychological, but Artweaver is free so there is absolutely no harm trying it.
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MelodyLaurel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This is stunning! Wonderfully done!
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MlleSunshine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow ! the best quietus fanar EVER !!! amazing job, I love it !
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santh13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
this is absolutely pure perfection.....such a beautiful sakura.....when i first saw it just took my breatj away....gorgeous realllyreallu gorgeous
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Sakura2cute4u Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I must agree with them. She truly is breathtaking :D You did an amazing job ;) I can't even imagine how long it took you to color it!
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thanks! It took about 36 hours in 3 days because I did nothing but draw and eat lol. Usually the hours are sucked into redoing sections resulting from bad planning. Some people out there can do this in 7 hours of something ridiculous ><
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Sakura2cute4u Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, some people are just crazy xD But hopefully, one day, you will be able to do something similar ;) But it doesn't matter how fast they finish it as long as it doesn't turn out like they expected.
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mitsuki0tennyo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the contrast between Sasuke and Sakura's picture, one is personification of death… of the afterlife and the other of delicate, earthly life. The symbolism and title is also very fitting as I believe this Sakura in her Kore incarnation? The maiden rather then the majestic queen of shades, she is destined to become.
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I was really tempted to do the queen of shades after seeing some God of War Persephone images online, but it wasn't as suitable for the story, which emphasizes their contrast. So I'm glad the symbolism is successful ^^
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mitsuki0tennyo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I think we will see Sakura as Queen of the Underworld in the future as previews and hint Angel at such, although not the God of War version.
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Reynaile Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
It might take until chapter 40+ to see her :p Haha I just like the dress from the God of War Persephone.
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mitsuki0tennyo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Probably right. but perhaps we will see her earlier in flashback... if we are lucky. :lol:
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lilatorpila Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she`s really breath taking :iconimpressedplz:
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