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Gothic Romance – The Darkness and the Light

March 11th, 2012 by Nikki Smith

In my artwork, I’m often torn.  I reach the point where I need to make a decision, a turning point that will take the piece in a new direction.  I see so many possibilities and I cannot choose.  So I stop, hoping that in the morning one will call me more than the other.  This is the major cause of my large collection of UFO’s (unfinished objects), because the morning light rarely brings clarity to my befuddlement.  A day turns into weeks, then months.

Not this time!  The advantage of digital artwork is that you can make BOTH choices (unlike in the real world) and take one piece of artwork in multiple directions.  Take this piece for example:

“Moonlight calls me into the night.
The darkness becons, the moon so bright.
Listening close, I almost hear her voice,
Calling me, follow me…”
~Nikki Smith

This piece speaks to me of gothic romance, the mysteries of sights unseen, and of the moon’s calming presence in the darkest night.

But I also loved the sunlit forest:


“The forest beckons me.  I glance back, knowing my path will take me far from here.  Will I return someday?  Perhaps.  But for now, the forest beckons and I must answer her call…”

This piece, ‘The Forest Beckons,’ is a companion to ‘Moonlight Calls Me’ – the daylight version.  I love working a piece in many ways, and I haven’t decided which version I like best.  The sun or the moon?  Either way, the journey begins with a first step.  I’m glad I was able to take both paths through the forest today…

Looking back, I’ve noticed that this isn’t the first time I’ve reworked my art into multiple and varied visions of the same piece.  In fact, I was surprised at how often this turns up in my artwork.  How about you?  Do you create multiple variations of an art piece?  Or do you get grounded when faced with too many choices?  I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Stock Credits:
Model : Janna Prosvirina – kuoma.deviantart.com
Background: destroyingangels.deviantart.com
Texture: greyghost-stock.deviantart.com
Brushes: alicefaux.deviantart.com , trisste-brushes.deviantart.com

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One Response to “Gothic Romance – The Darkness and the Light”

  1. Jenny Lee says:

    They are both so beautiful! I think I like the sunny one better, but only because I am a little scared of the dark. I too love the way I can manipulate digitally. I love to scan my artwork and play around with it. I can really get lost in it.

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