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My original concept for this image had a spirit (a fae-like ethereal creature) at the top, but in the end I scrapped that in favour of putting Jonas' dead wife there instead. Either way, non-corporeal things do rather like him :3

About 9 - 10 hours, Photoshop CS3.

Characters are from my comic The Phoenix Requiem [link]
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V2113 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Gorgeous, and is it just me or are there four beings in the ash-not-ash-spirit mist?
blackcatt1331 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Amazing work and amazing characters, so complex and troubled it's really quite intriguing. I absolutely love the series, I've actually become an addict overnight lol I read the whole comic up to the current page in less then two hours! IT WAS SOOOOO GOOOOD!!! Just the right balance of drama, sadness, loss, romance, torment, and comedy! You have really made a lot of fans happy so thank you very much for the inspiring work :D
befu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE how you make that smoke effect..
FreudianSlipse Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Writer
I love your comic. And this, along with the cover for Volume I of the eventual print of TPR remain among my favorites. :)
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
The ethereal figures are brilliantly done.
Siemari Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I really love the shades, they're so creepy<3
mmm, and Jonas, looks great, as always <333
Light-element Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Really beautiful atmosphere, brilliant job with the spirits. Totally fluid and graceful. <3
x-turner-x Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
I'll start this off by just saying I really enjoy this piece. The mood is so clear and the colors so beautiful. I only make a comment on this one to address Jonas. There is something funking going on between his lower and upper halves. They don't look like they connect correctly but covering them up and looking at them separate, they look very nice.

It might just be the pull on his vest, thing, under his jacket that's throwing me off. I cover that up and it looks much better. It seems to be going off at its own angle like its caught or something. Please look into it.

Would be sweet if you softened the spirits more. XD

I think this piece is very creative with the demon things and spirits compositions. They flow wonderfully.

Defiantly a favorite of mine in your selection of work.
ShiroWolf1310 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009   Traditional Artist
It's so seamlessly done.
Flyingisland Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
This is truly a fascinating piece of art.

And even more enchantig, when you have read part of the story behind it! I recommend that all of you read The Phoenix Requiem and Enjoy.
Chip-Chap Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
WAIT this can be bought??? OMG how much
Jonas is super sexy my goodness. I check on every update of Phoenix Requiem and I LOF it! :w00t!:
the-zilla Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist
:+fav:'d for the juxtaposition of Jonas' stiff carriage with the limbular flowing of the middle two ...spirits? dead souls?

And I need to tell you this: I haven't been afraid of the dark for seven years. Seven years. Thanks to Phoenix, those seven years are bunk. I am so scared of Shades now; I can't type the word into a sentence without looking over my shoulder at least ten times; I can't grope outside my light-flooded room at night for a glass of water (or even for the loo).

Your webcomic is bloody awesome.
artsangel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm... sorry about that XD
composition Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the composition of this piece, especially how you depicted those spirits rising.
arcanefool Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Poor Jonas... so many issues! The composition is beautiful and I love his expression! :+fav:
chu-katze Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
This is really cool!
It is in one way so beautiful ... yet in another way so horrible. You set the lightings very good, it is as if the bright spirit casts a shadow upon Jonas himself, which I found extremely cool in regard to what we already now about their relationship from PR ...
aiai-NEKoMiMi-hime Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
this is so dark and brooding! i really love how the spirits rise up from the ash, and the shade at the bottom. flowy continuance! really nice shadows on Jonas too! :] awesome!

MiniWookie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Don't know if anyone has mentioned this but this makes me think of "Wuthering Heights"
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine recommended The Phoenix Requiem to me yesterday and so far I've read it twice and still can't quite take in just how awesome it is!
I bow down to your talent and only wish I could draw people so I could do my own graphic novel! lol I have a story lined up which would work perfectly in that format but can I do people? Nooooooo.... ¬¬

I also now want to ride a Caribou, strangely enough. XD

I really love this image...mostly because well, Jonas is in it but also the way the more you look at the ghost/spirit/apparition/etc, the more faces you see...
killmeshowme Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Brain-breakingly beautiful...

The pose of the top spirit says to me 'even in death they can't stop nagging him...'
Bernhardina Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
I love how you did the spirirt (spirits?). Good work! :D
tornin2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
i love it!!
cinnamonsid Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
his wiiiiife

a good twist would be that suddenly her story was so sad we felt bad about her...

o: o: o:
Belle332 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I love his pained expression. The emotion to manage to portray in you characters for your webcomics and art is phenomenal!! :D I love your style to, gorgeous!

You are certainly a gifted artist :)
Kezhound Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, this one is so oddly beautiful. I love the motion in the spirits. And, for some wonderful reason, the cuffs of his pants.
Eastern-Star Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Your gorgeous work of art has been featured in this News article: [link] :) Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
artsangel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^
Eastern-Star Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
You're very welcome! :)
thalia-art Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful colours. Amazing work.
GeneralVyse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Again, beautiful work; BRAVO! *applauds*
DragonLover2000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Student General Artist
Are those the hellions down at the bottom? And the top spirit looks almost like she's angry at Jonas. Beautiful work!
gunkitsune Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008   Writer
I see a black shadowy thing that looks like the little child from Guillermo Del Toro's The Orphanage.

They flow, and it's beautiful.
Kyuubiqueen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008   Writer
I've always wanted to draw a picture like this, but you beat me to it. xD Now I guess I'll just have to stick with my ice angels and melting people. <sniffles> I wish I had CS3.. You make it look so.. brilliant! I'd love to see more! Mainly of Anya and Jonas. Those two are adorable together..

(It would be awesome if you drew another detailed picture of Kayn'dar or someone.. I haven't seen much more of Inverloch since it was finished. It would be awesome to see another picture of any of the characters.. I feel like drawing some fan art.. even if I suck.. TT^TT )

Love them all! Keep it up! :3
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VeniceGirl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow... that's beautiful...
JarOfLooseScrews Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing, great colors, too good for words.
jankoraven Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
You paint things SO beautifully!!
FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing as always!
Enaka Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
I'm a big fan of your webcomics and of Jonas. ^_^ I'm glad you drew him, even as a rough.
Ishdia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
I've not much to say, as it's your usual stunning work that I love so much. xD
3Fangs Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Wow...beautiful work...*,*
Dragonfyre51 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Student
Very nice, I like how the spirits are rising up out of the dust, like it's coming to life.
cupcake-of-chaos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
Wow. I mean, seriously, wow. Your art is usually amazing, but this is spectacular. (o___o)

AriyaEretsee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this came out really well.
this could be book art material 1st class X3
I love how you brought out the spirits with a swirly light smoke like look and how it bends over jonas.
Jonas's pose and expression also enhances the feeling in this, awesome work =3
Elysiann Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
wonderfully dramatic!

dark and brooding, I likes it muchly!
LOZF Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
O.O The way you drew the spirit looks amazing, it's like a delicate wisp of steam that usually rises from a hot cup of coffee on a cold windless day.
mijelly Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
I very much like the rising spirits from the ground beside him. Especially near the bottom, because it reminds me of ink dissolving in water.

However, Ksendra's position appears a lot less ...fluid that the others. I do not know if this is intended to make her form more tangible (to a very slight extent) compared to the other spirits. OR are they all Ksendra? But I do especially like the slightly hunched over figure on the level right underneath that of Jonas' head.
MikeUnderhill Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Interface Designer
I've enjoyed reading your webcomic, you've got excellent gifts of storytelling with your drawing, and this "style" is so far from what I "ordinarily" enjoy reading, that just speaks of your prowess. It's kinda like I didn't enjoy Golf either till I saw Tiger Woods do it.
carolin54323 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Aww, poor haunted Jonas. I do rather like him.
redbatlives Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
This is amazing... did I already post? .... o wells it is still amazing
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