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Can't stand the light by Kyena Can't stand the light by Kyena
This is a personal piece which is quite dear to me.

It's for and about people who think they have to fit in and try to do everything to do so. Even until self sacrifice.

I had my two uncles in mind who are both gay and which had to grow up in a time where being gay was not accepted either by society not family..

Much respect to them.

The girl in this piece doesn't really understand why she can't stand the light - despite the fact that she got the other creatures around here..

I had Henning take quite a few references of me in similar poses and the pose here is pretty much a sum of all different kind of references I used of myself.

The wings were freaking pain to paint because wings normally don't really bend like that (and I hate to paint wings).

Well I think that's about it.

Photoshop CS all the way :)

Closeups here:

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RambitionRW Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
truly gorgeous
GarySWilkinson Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Detail is amazing
tituin1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
lovely i saw this in kotaku this morning and is stunnig
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your deviation's title in my Title Poem [link] . A thumbnail of the original is in the version linked in the comments, here [link]
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed, originality ! Good job ![link]
herrTevik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Wings could bend like that if they had another length and joint from the shoulder/back to where they start now. Then they can be like when vultures shield their food or eagles break their speed for landing. The feathers look good.
Maaronn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so deep.. Could look at the picture for a few hours, discovering something new continuously.
ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool looking pic, great job!
Aianna94 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's amazing,I like very much
TheSaxster Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Impressive talent.
magnolia-art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist

It would be our honor to feature your beautyful work in:iconhigh-vision: :heart:


supermarioART Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive creation!;-)
Akane-Ryuji Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
It's beautiful and your emotions are shining through it!
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011   Photographer
Dear Kyena
Your work is selected to get in
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become ART-PORTRAITS's member you are welcome!!! ...:heart:
AdroVonCrow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! i'm featuring your amazing work in this article [link]
LogartRU Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice and with a deep washed away. Thank you for this job.
Tell me how you painted those beautiful wings?
cOMIFAB Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sesona Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
thanks ?_?
MyDragonFlyer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Iaccus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
I bought a print of this a few years ago, and it hangs still on my bedroom wall. It's been especially important to me again lately, and I just wanted to thank you for it. So, thank you. This means a lot to me.
TMJoy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
very touching. from the description as well as the piece. thank you for sharing this. im sure almost everyone can relate :) thank you
made-by-one Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
I love this piece! and the feelings and thoughts you put in there just make it glow more! you've got my respect and admiration!!! :faints:
evilanimeprincess Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
it's beautiful
johnbecaro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist the xpression.:)
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010   Photographer
charismatic angel...!!!
Bartoleum Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Appreciate what you said about what your piece means. And it is very beautiful.
moonxels Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very good stuff
keep it up
kawai-hime Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Student General Artist
really amazing and stunnig excellent work
well done
Zinus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a beautiful picture! I love your art... :heart:
Not to mention that it has such a touching story to it. :)
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, such a beautiful work! Featured in my 1/23/10 Journal, [link]
darena Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
most beautiful image i've ever seen. Im totally in love with this. Breathtaking. So amazing. Gorgeous idea of image, style, drawing n` colours. Txh, you`re great artist :heart:
FracturedReality Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like someone needs to tell this poor girl that some winged creatures are simply meant to be nocturnal. Beautiful, an instant fave :)
raradolly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautiful, and so sad to me, because I see it every day, in different people, and it's something I hate about this world. I really wish I could just say to people, or explain, how much easier it is to live once you stop hating yourself and start accepting yourself, but it's like they don't understand that's even what they're doing. At times I wish I could've remained ignorant and still hate myself the way I used to, so that I couldn't see how much other people hurt themselves.
mike-reiss Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This image is breath taking...
Dont know much to say. My mouth is still open but...
WOW! :hug:
lordchaoz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
This drawing has great contrast and lighting, the colors are wonderful and I like the use of your analogy of your uncles which makes it thought provoking.

Say did you go to art school to learn to color that well?
Pernilles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
theres something about the skin tones and the actually all the colors creates such an atmosphere. the girl is so realistic yet at the same time something only in your fantasy. and the same for the photorealistic clouds.
one of the most beatiful paintings ive ever seen,
I hope I can paint like this one day!
truly wondefull:aww:
warain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
I love your picture
D4RKH34RT Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
It's so good to come across this picture her. I'd gotten it off a friend but it wasn't named and i was unable to find it but now I have :D
phogan315 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
Gwaewiel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
enchanting-ce-memory Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o.m.g!!! this is just S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G!
winza156 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
this is just so amazing and beautiful....i love the design and the clouds and well everything...:iconwuvplz:
imaginary-wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Was this in Spectrum 15? I don't have my copy with me, so I can't check, but it looks very familiar...

Very nice job, by the way! I love the concept. :)
Harlequin101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
This is beautiful and honestly just takes my breath away.
amazing job.
NaughtyBoy83 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Beautiful Work.
JarredBeck Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing image to look at, it's very beautifully simple yet it captures the emotion and message you are trying to convey.
JesseJentzen Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your work has been featured here- [link]
barbarian818 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
This image really resonates with me, it echoes a woman who is very near and dear to me. So I posted it on my own dA account but credited you with the work. I hope you don't mind.
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