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The troubled air that rages by temiel The troubled air that rages by temiel
O for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war! When the senses
Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness,
Who can stand? When the souls of the oppressed
Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand?
When the whirlwind of fury comes from the
Throne of God, when the frowns of his countenance
Drive the nations together, who can stand?
When Sin claps his broad wings over the battle,
And sails rejoicing in the flood of Death;
When souls are torn to everlasting fire,
And friends of Hell rejoice upon the slain,
O who can stand? O who hath caused this?
O who can answer at the throne of God?
The Kings and Nobles of the Land have done it!
Hear it not, Heaven, thy Ministers have done it!
~William Blake, "Prologue, intended for a Dramatic Piece of King Edward the Fourth"


Trean and Zarael-- the end of the story.

After finding out that during their whole relationship, Zarael had been secretly masterminding a plan to exterminate earth's human population and was hellbent on seeing it to its end, she had no choice but to stop him by any means necessary... and even though he loved her back, he was forced to do the same.

At this time, unbeknownst to her, she's carrying his child.

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I've had this picture in my head for YEARS; I was just never confident enough to try it. It's not perfect, I know; it has some problems; but I'm pleased nonetheless.

The music that goes with this is Loreena McKennitt's "Lullaby": [link] Something about it--the thunder, the poem, the drama--even though it's not loud or "epic", it's made me think of the aftermath of Trean and Zarael's final confrontation with each other for a very long time; her regret, the potential consequences had she chosen love over saving humanity.

Pen and PS.

Leeetle edit: How is Trean staying up in the air? She has levitation boots. Also, I pictured her in mid-leap in this picture. Either way, airborne. :airborne:
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Queen-of-Daemons Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering how she was flying. lol.

She has a perfect chance to strike now that he opened his guard: makes me wonder if she will?

Another awesome work. :)
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temiel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, she absolutely will. I don't think she'll be too happy about it, though. :sadangel:

Glad I could preemptively strike down the "but why is she flying" question. :XD: I figured I'd mention that in there, because even though it seems obvious to me why she can I have to remember that not everyone will immediately see it and leap to the unlikely conclusion of OH I SEE SHE MUST HAVE MAGIC FOOTWEAR. :rofl:
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Queen-of-Daemons Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww. Poor girl. *petses* It sucks when your author forces you to kill your lover. *Not that I ever will do that to mine nooooo >.> <.<*

But of course! She must have stolen them from Hermes :P LOGIC.
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NovaxCaine Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh God... You mention the song to go with it and immediately I want to share your brain... This picture may be amazing, accompanied by that music, Loreena in particular, it's beautiful. And you must have a truly beautiful mind to create such amazing things. :) It could only be even more stunning inside the actual thoughts. ^_^
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temiel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
OMG, what a comment! :omfg: Thank you SO much, that's fantastic to hear. :heart: I can only assure you that everything looks cooler in my head than it does when I draw it, possibly only because it's backed by a really cool soundtrack. ^^; Thanks again for the kind words, it really means so much to hear. :hug:
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NovaxCaine Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. :)
It's really great to find a creative mind like your own. The stories behind everything as well... It's simply amazing. :D And I'd really like to hear more of the story. ^_^
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aff, thanks so much. Sorry it took so long to reply, I've been in and out, but I really appreciate it! :hug: These guys... they definitely have kind of a fraught story. I don't draw them the MOST often, just because they're not a main focus, but I do love them, and I really like revisiting them frequently. ;)
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NovaxCaine Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Their intense story reminds me of a group of characters that I had going with an ex once... Sadly, they died when we did. :( But I can understand why you love them they way you do. =P
You really do have some amazing ideas though. Even the universe that they live in is amazing! O.O
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DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang...all that time...=( That sucks! >.< Lovely rendering of battle though. :nod:
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temiel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yessss, it does. :cries: I'm glad you like it, though! It was a REALLY tricky pose to nail because action poses have kind of been my bane FOREVER, but finally I got something I liked. :3
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TenthDoctor34 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student
cool poses and expressions. This pic is really amazing
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kankariko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The shading here looks incredible! Especially the wings.
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! Working with three light sources in the same picture, it's pretty brutal. Still not sure I made it work well enough. D: But thank you, I appreciate that! :hug:
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kankariko Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Lil-q2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful Swords effects... the design of your characters is great, i liked her tatoos :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I found some great tutorials here on how to do the effects of the fire [link] and lightning [link] . Glad you like the tats, it's always fun to draw all those spirals. ;)
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Lil-q2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, i was looking one of those, thank you very very much :)
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Isuna Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I'm speechless.
And I can't stop staring at this picture. It's so full of feeling that I barely can express in words.

Simply, I can't express in in words.
I was shivering all the time, while watching this picture of yours and listening to the music you gave in advice. It made me shiver and in the end... well... cry. It's really a wonderful picture. I don't know, but for my point of few in this very moment, it's the best picture of your's I've seen so far. And it's the most impressive and touching picture I've seen on DA for a long, long time.

And somehow... I know what picture and which artist I'll place on my frontpage for the long-time feature.
You really deserve it.

I just have one more thing to say.
If I'd ever met you in real some day, I'll for sure bow down to you and kiss your hand. You're not only a great artist, you're a wonderful person and able to create really alive stories by your pictures.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
I... I had to take a minute to figure out how to respond to this properly. This whole comment is literally one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me about my artwork, I appreciate it SO MUCH. :thanks: I put a lot of work into this particular piece, and I'm so glad it had such an effect on you. Just from a technical standpoint this one was really hard to do, with the weapon effects and the lighting and the poses, but from a more personal standpoint it's something I've wanted to do for a very long time but I was always afraid to in case I'd mess it up, or make it look too undramatic or awkward. And of course, I'm so attached to the characters involved... Rian and Farael have my favorite OC relationship, but Trean and Zarael are up there simply because they're so tragic.

Also, I'm really glad you found the song effective. I associate it so strongly with them that it's hard to listen to without getting at least a little wistful. :heart:

Thank you so much for all the kind words. It really means more to me than I can say... reading this comment just left me speechless. As an artist, I'm sure you understand what it's like to hear that your work resonates really strongly with someone. I never get tired of hearing it, it just makes me so proud of all the work I've put in. Thanks SO MUCH. :tighthug:
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Isuna Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just happy, and hope you'll stick to this kind of doing artwork with much story behind it. I really really appreciate your artwork, all of them. And I hope to see more of it soon :)

:huggle: Well... and I'm glad I could make you happy with saying how impressive this picture is. :)
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Igloinor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Dynamic and emotional picture! Wonderful job on this!
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! This was a HARD one, battle poses in general are really tough for me. But I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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Igloinor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I love it and surely U did cool job on weapons. They look really fantastic :)
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work on this drawing! I like how these characters are trying to fight against each other. The girl's clothing and her hair came out very good and I especially like it.
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! This was a hard one for me, I usually avoid action poses like the plague. ;) And yeah, Trean and Zarael have SUCH a fraught relationship, it's ridiculous. They very much don't want to be fighting, but sometimes bad stuff happens. :tears:
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes!

Anyways, doing poses like this can be hard, isn't it?
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
OH MY GOODNESS YES. This picture took me at least five tries before I had a composition with poses I was happy with. :phew:
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! I bet that you were really happy with the drawing. :aww:
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dracothrope Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Epic air battle! This is great, the characters snatched my attention without even knowing anything about 'em. Keep up the great work!
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thanks so much!! Battles are SUPER hard, man. XD I don't really do them often for that very reason, but I was really quite pleased with how this one came out. :) I'm so glad you like it! :hug:
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Suupashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so. sad. its just heart breaking and you can see it in her face. I read through some of the comments and god, i love how fleshed out your characters are, and i really love that you captured such an intense moment to your liking.

His rage is so apparent, i really just get chills, adn her face... oh her face ;=; so much pain. Great work, seriously :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, yay! (Well, not yay, since it's sad...) I'm so glad you think it all comes across okay and effectively. :heart: I just really love drawing these guys, because they're just so... complicated. Rian and Farael are pretty much goo all over the place, so they're fun for that, but Trean/Zarael have... SERIOUS issues. I keep feeling like I need to do more pictures of them. :heart: Once again, thanks so much. I'm really glad you like it. :hug:
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Suupashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see more work of them, i have a soft spot for tempestuous romances XD and you do these things so beautifully.

and My pleasure dear :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you!! :love: I do have a couple other pics of them in my gallery, but nowhere NEAR as many as all the Rian/Farael goo. XD All things considered, T/Z didn't last THAT long (few months, at most), and she has a far more lasting and less-traumatizing relationship with the guy she ended up marrying, but T/Z are FAR more interesting. ;)
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Suupashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome <3 and goo is GOOD~! I mean if i had bothered to upload my sketches, my entire gallery would be smush. Its just how we like it :heart:

Ah yes i've seen her husband. you come up with some seriously interesting relationships.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
YESSSS, I know I love me some goo! :D (Btw, I'm loving your new icon... :smooch:)

A lot of the credit for those interesting relationships goes to my fiance ~Arthulin. Donovan is totally his character AND his design, so I can't take credit for that... everyone else, though, I did at least design, and Farael is all mine. :heart:
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Suupashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I had to get me some smush in my icon so i stole a piece off a work of mine :heart: Im glad you like it.

Oooh, i see i see~! go you, thats a lot of characters you have under your belt no? Gawd thats awesome :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, we've been making characters and doing games together since we started our relationship about 5 years ago. :heart: It's pretty gnawesome. :giggle:
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LockeLamora Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
It's really really awesome, and their expressions are heart wrenching! >_<
The whole aerial battle thing is great, awesome poses, and the rain... I love this drawing! :heart:
Just a question: Zarael has wings, but how can Trean stay there?
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
OH THANK YOU!! :love: I'm getting a lot of praise on the expressions, so it seems like I must've done SOMETHING right there. :heart:

In this particular picture I imagined Trean taking a backward leap and she's still airborne... but she actually has a levitation enchantment on her shoes. :heart: So whether you imagine she's leaping or floating, she's... probably doing it. ;) You're the second person to ask this... maybe I should add it to the comments. :D
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Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
D: WHY, ZARAEL, WHY??!!

By the way, you do epic battle scenes well :D I particularly like the swords and Zarael's expression—it looks almost a little desparing, combined with the whole weird taking-over-the-world thing.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I ASKED MYSELF THE SAME THING Dx

Thank you! I'm glad you think so. I try to avoid them as much as possible, but it's possible that I shouldn't. :) And yeah, I hoped he would look at least a little despairing, because he was REALLY trying to avoid the eventuality of fighting Trean. He wuvved her. =(
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Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
WHY DID HE HAVE TO DO THAT AAAAGH

But...epic battle scenes are good, if depressing (as I keep telling myself >.< It's rather sad for characters to fight. Or die.) Yay! So he's still complicated and slightly good. Yay. And yet, sad. :cries:
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Sighter Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Yay magic-weapon action-shot!

:D

A beautiful bit of regret on her face staring at him... and that bit of mad anger.

For some reason it reminds me Buffy and Angel. Oh sweet tragedy.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :D And yes... good ol' magic weapons. I'm quite pleased with the lightning effect! :D Very glad you like it... and yes, tragedy is always lovely. :tears:
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Glass-pocket Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
AGHHH THE EXPRESSIONS ARE AMAZING.
We never wanted to end up here.
I never thought this is how our story would end.
But now that we're here,
Let's give it everything we have.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU. :heart::heart:

Is that from something... or did you just write it? I kind of like it, and it certainly fits. <3
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Glass-pocket Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Not from anywhere, just what the picture felt like :3
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temiel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, I like it! Very nicely put. :hug:
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solfieri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Eh, you've heard this a thousand times already, but I REALLY love their expressions! Especially Zarael's, his psychoness is kinda hot! 8D :lmao: Also, I support hurt and tied up!! :eager:

I loved their story! o.o Especially Trean's attitude in the aftermath. What did she think of the fact that her late lover was being treated as a hero when he didn't deserve it at all? Also, stupid question coming: why does she have the ability to fly? :XD:
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