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Heart of the world by VisAnastasis Heart of the world by VisAnastasis
Birthday gift for my wonderful::iconmirachravaia:
Man on work is her OC Svarik, a bit older, manly version.. :iconlainloveplz:

I hope I left it enough space for self-interpretation, but, as for me, this painting means confronting of two opposite forces that drive humans to two opposite sides:
- one green force, representing the nature that drives man closer to itself and his roots, closer to peace and tranquility, the force that tries to reach to him.
- and the other one coming from his own heart and actions, red, representing greed and selfishness, that leads him to destruction of nature he depends upon, wars and cruelty, and with it, as well self destruction of his own humanity.

Uh, this was such a big art project... Ever since I sow Saimain's *Heart of the forest*, knowing Svarik's deep conection to his land, I knew that this will eventually happen, if I only don't give up :la:
I gave myself all the time to make it the best I can, and had been working on and off on it for few months, and finally got to finish it now, right on time, thanks to the tablet I got for birthday from my great friends! It turned what should had been weeks, into only days of work! It's really magical! :dummy:

Basic butterflies' shapes were referenced from various butterflies, colors are my own. I think there are no known species, expect blue monarch butterfly at the right bottom side ;)

Shapes of flowers were references from net too. Every flower and its meaning ( or purpose) was chosen carefully while I was drawing.. But.. um.. As I wasn't really saving files and names, I can't really remember names of all flowers, so I had to research it all over net now, hope I found all that are drawn: :blushes:

- Forget me not ( Svarik's crown)- a symbol of both love and hope, and not forgetting the ones we love
- Lilly of the valley - humility, chastity, sweetness, purity and is said to bring luck in love. It also means "the return of happiness".
- Lilly - the flowers of the spiritually advanced. They are also the totem flowers of mothers (especially new ones), fertility and nurturing, and symbol of long lasting relationships.
- Oxlip ( turned a bit bigger than I intended -.- ) - Oxlip is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The genus’s scientific name is based on the Latin word primus, which means ‘first’ and refers to the early flowering time.
- Daisy ( few different kinds) - purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity. Daisies are often depicted in meadows in Medieval paintings, also known as a "flowery mead."
- Morning glory ( right side of neck) - signified love and affection, according to Victorian Bazaar. Given morning glory flower's short lifespan of only one day between blooming and death, it also signifies unrequited love. Images of morning glory vines can be found on Victorian headstones, symbolizing mortality, mourning, the shortness of life or resurrection.
- Branch of cherry tree - For the Chinese the cherry blossom is a very significant symbol of power. Within the language of herbs and herbal lore of the Chinese the cherry blossom is often the symbol of love.For the Japanese the cherry blossom holds very different meaning. The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life. This concept ties in very deeply with the fundamental teachings of Buddhism that state all life is suffering and transitory. The Japanese have long held strong to the Buddhist belief of the transitory nature of life and it is very noble to not get too attached to a particular outcome or not become emotional because it will all pass in time.
- Red poppy - The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers. In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe's heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields..
- Arnegon ( flower from mirach's own world, the last touch up done in last few days, you can see it on left side of his hand that's holding a flute ;) ) - The passing of a soul beyond the weave of the world disturbs its threads as the bonds are released. When many beings die in one place, the gate where souls passed to their destination can remain open for years, even centuries. In the mountains, there is a flower that grows in such places, it's called arnegon. It is very small, white, star-like flower, but the upper leaves, which form a sort of crown, are crimson red, so it looks like the plant has red flowers from some distance. It is a symbol of Ar-Venui ( people that don't commit suicide, but seek death in battle after loosing their purpose to live ) , symbol of the old kingdom and the ones that died.

I really hope you'll like it, dearest Eva! :iconrubcheeksplz:
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ruuk-ve Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is incredible! ^^
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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Zaellrin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional
Very beautiful!
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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Zaellrin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional
You're very welcome! :iconrainbowlaplz:
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Erozja Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Hi! :meow: You have been FEATURED in my journal... INTERESTING – part 84 :iconjoyloveplz:
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akaiTetsu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
It looks magnificent ! I just love everything about it ... :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, thank you so much! :iconloveyouplz: I am so very glad that you like it! :happybounce:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, dear, thanks! I really hoped you will like it, I was adding final touch ups right in the morning, and I was all like excited and I just couldn't wait to show you! :iconiloveyouplz:
And, yes, I think I feel just as Conrad whenever Svarik says something is both perfect and beautiful, and I must say, it's beautiful feeling,and I feel perfectly overjoyed #^_^#
As for your interpretation, wow! :wow: After reading it, I really can see it too! The nature,wanting to keep his purity, and Thief, through connection of blood wanting to call him to other,darker side of his nature.. There's just so much of it.. I think I am falling in love with the art all over again, hehhe :giggle:

Once again, thanks so much! You really, totally made my day with your heartwarming comment, and even more what made it, was the knowledge I made you happy, which was my pure goal! You are precious to me, and I love when my art brings you at least a little bit of happiness <3 Thank you for being such amazing friend and person, dear, and for being impossible not to love! :icongwompplz:
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I'm definitely using this as a cover for book 4 - Meadow King! :squee: I *knew* you will create something amazing with that tablet! Thank you once more my dear! I don't know if I can ever thank you enough!
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, really? :blush:
Well, I actually hope I can make more of amazing art until then, but of course you can, if you want to. It would be my honor :tighthug:

And, I don't know if I can ever thank you enough? Dear, you really must understand that those are supposed to be *my* lines. ;)
Seriously, there was absolutely no chance for me to finish it this fast and good, if I didn't have tablet to help me. Ability to draw is within the artist, and tablet can't make bad artist good one, but now I see that drawing with mouse for digital artist, is just as for traditional artist to draw with.. I don't know, this, [link] instead of [link] ^^;
Not counting the fact that, knowing my situation where I 95 % of time just get promises I will get something, without you and the others who were just so terribly good to get me it, I really wouldn't have a chance to get it, for at least few more years.. And I wanted it, I wanted it so terribly much, a tablet, a chance for me to improve, to became better, to make so much more art! It wouldn't be possible without you, and the joy I felt over it is impossible to be described... It's like a dream that came true. It's just.. perfect. :happycry:
Really, dear, it should be me saying those lines.:tighthug: I can never thank you enough for it, and, not only for that, but for always being such an amazing and supportive friend. :iconheartglompplz: Drawing you a artwork or two.. It can never be nearly enough to thank you even only for being a inseparable part of my life, not to speak about all the wonderful things you do and words you say. If not meeting you, despite we never met in person, my life would had never been the same, because it would lack one of its most important, special and unique ingredients - you. :iconaawplz:
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   General Artist
Gorgeous. Very beautiful dear. I really love all the colours and flowers. :love:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so so much, dear! :icongwompplz:
I must admit, it really was a challenge to make myself calm down, and don't rush to do it as fast as I can, but give it time to come by itself... I usually am too excited about artwork I am making, that I just have to make it in one breath, without stopping until it's done, no matter how long it takes... Luckily, I started working on this one on time, so I knew I can relax and give myself time to finish it until her birthday.. otherwise, it's quite likely that I would start to panic month before it * OMG, I have only one month to work on it, god, heeeelp me* :giggle:
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   General Artist
:giggle: Hehehee, you should learn to control that. You don't have to do an entire artwork in one sitting. :lol:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm.. Let me think.. Does it have to be done.. or not.. hmm... * sinking into core of my being... subconsciousness answers back firmly:*
Art.. must.. be... done.. If Hulk.. must... smash... Anastasia.. must.. draw... must.. canalize.. inspiration.. right away... right now... Draw... you lazy artist! If you want me to give you.. a little bit of.. wits.. so you can.. study for school.. and live.. normally.. appearing as less weird as.. possible.. MAKE ME SOME ART! :giggle:
ARRTTTTT! :icondeterminationplz:
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   General Artist
:lol: Have you gone a little bit nutty? ;) I can understand your enthusiasm though. :D
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hhaa, no, just having a bit of unhealthy humor :D
But, seriously, if there are some forces within people telling them what they have to do to be happy - then mine is definitely - draw ;)
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   General Artist
:aww: I really love your unhealthy humor! :la: I agree. Draw to your hearts content. :)
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