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EPIC TUTORIAL VIDEO, WITH VOICE NARRATION (I'm so sorry for making you listen to me speaking in English, LOLZ, hope it's at least understandable xD):
:bulletpurple::bulletpurple: [link] :bulletpurple::bulletpurple:

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"Finding out a galaxy of planets and stars within me,
Listening to each of them singing the same silent melody..."

("LIVING INSIDE THE SHELL", by Yoko Kanno and Shanti Snyder)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! :heart: :santa:

A Christmas gift to myself, haha! On the same vibe of my painting of Anneke van Giersbergen, COLORATURA, I bring you Sharon den Adel's "Inner Universe" =D After defining Anneke's voice and personality in an image, of course I felt the urge to make the same thing with Sharon :heart:

Since she doesn't have tattoos like Anneke, I thought it would be fun mixing her epic-popular dance moves with symbols I would create for her, which involved a lot of thought about what I've seen for all these years in live performances, interviews and the lyrics of Within Temptation's songs.

For what I could gather so far, Within Temptation's motto is humanity in general - sometimes they introduce a character with a problem and then a solution that usually isn't the easiest one (like in "Frozen" or "Hand of Sorrow") and/or controversial ("The Promise", the whole "The Unforgiving" story); sometimes they give us advices, like they did in "See Who I Am" and "The Last Time". Sometimes they discuss about the problems of the world in general and questions why it is the way it is ("Deceiver of Fools", "Our Solemn Hour", "Utopia"). And sometimes they show us a hint of their own experiences (again, "Deceiver of Fools" and "Say My Name). The effect their music has on me is like a light in the darkness, a sign that everything will be OK if we do what we have to do. I thought of stars - they are the eyes of the night, they illuminate and guide us as well; seems very appropriate to me.

I wanted something very colorful and with a lot of whimsical light in the painting because she is such a cheerful person, but using specially cool colors to make it more restrained due to her age, maturity, etc and because everyone has their own issues and she is no different, though I (of course) don't know about them, they exist - which is why I also wanted her rib cage bones to show as well, she's a person like all of us. =D Her music comes from her heart up to her throat; the waves and spirals and it's different colors means movement, the changes WT went through the years and the complexity of her character and music =) The little hearts also represent her passion about music but also how loving she is towards her fans and I'm a witness of this. :heart:

Short version: Sharon is a music bender /jk

Well, enough with explanations :XD:

Enjoy! :wave:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> MAIN REFERENCE: [link]

Paint Tool SAI
Photoshop CS2
Wacom bamboo PEN
Total of 8h15m

ART (c) ME, ~CelticBotan
SHARON DEN ADEL (c) Gods of Music (and Robert)
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XxFantasyDreamerxX Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful! 
i watched the whole video on youtube about it~!
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Arentine Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
WOW!!!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =D
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cRaZy-dOOdler Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely stunning *o* the swirls, the colors, everything is just so- *topples over* I don't even know what else to say but great job!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconcrazy-doodler:
cRaZy-dOOdler Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   General Artist
Hello! You have been featured on my page as part of my daily features project. Have a good day! :huggle:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, dear!! :love::heart:
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   General Artist
You're very welcome! :la: :heart:
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:iconadhago:
Adhago Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
trabalho divulgado na página www.facebook.com/brasilART no álbum: [link]

:)
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muito obrigada! =D
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:iconkahzzzzz:
KahzZzZz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Que coisa lindaaa! A paleta de cor que você usou pra esse desenho é simplesmente fabulosa. Me gera calma, e ajuda a liberar a imaginação. :iconcuteplz:
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muito obrigada! =D
E muito legal saber que te dá essa sensação! Complementa ainda mais para o significado dela =)
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adamantia3190 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous. I absolutely love the colors. The watermark right on top of her hair killed it a bit for me, but we know why we need them =/ Amazing job :)
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, unfortunately there's no way I can upload stuff w/o watermarks >-<

THanks a lot, anyway! :hug:
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PhookaBoo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
Beautiful colours and such a strong pose! *u* :heart:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot! =D
I just couldn't not make something out of that pose in the reference, haha :heart:
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly beautiful :heart:
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THank you so much!
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chloe-white Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That is simply fab!!! :) (I love it that the lights also come out of her mouth, that was a great idea :D)
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot! =D
Well, light here pretty much represents music, I thought it would be a nice touch :aww:
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XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I watched the whole video XD. I really like your commentary about Sharon and the drawing process of course. I didn't realize that people in your country call her Bunny LOL. That's really cute. And Wow, you're really lucky that she tweeted a picture you made of her. That's amazing!

You are one of the very few artists that actually described what you were doing and the backstory on a YouTube art video. It makes the piece more meaningful =). I really like it!!!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, yes, some of the people of the fandom and I call her Bunny for that reason I said xD Also because of her children lol, it kinda started as a joke but now when I call her that it's really because her adorable-happy ways. There's a song by S.J. Tucker called "Rabbit's Song" that pretty much says how I see her [link] .

And YES, I am so damn lucky :love: She's truly amazing with her fans in general! =)
And thanks a lot! I just love to explain why I did this, why I did that on my paintings, and show to people how I see that subject in particular. I did it A LOT on my FLorence + The Machine paintings description, each one I explained why I turned her songs into the images I made, it's really fun to explain! =)

Once more, thank you a lot, I hope the video was somehow useful! xD

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XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes it was even though I don't have a drawing tablet yet or anything I will try to apply those techniques in my traditional drawings even if it takes me all day long!! <3
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TalentlessArtlover Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Your English is better than mine. ;)
Your work is amazing and the tutorial has me yearning to draw something, though I know myself to be utterly absent of talent. :D
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot! =D
And oh come on! [link] Don't be so hard to yourself, you can build up your talent little by little =) May take some time to get where you want but I asure you it is worth it!
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TalentlessArtlover Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
You're very welcome. :)
WOW! Thank you for that link.
WOW! :worship:
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DeepDarkSiren Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS! This- is what made me believe in magic again!
Wonderful work :clap: the shading, the lighting, the brilliance of her aura (I prefer calling the swirly thingies her aura), your explanation... EVERYTHING :iconhappytearsplz: (Y U soo good?)
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awn! *-* Thank you a lot!
Yes, I think it would be a manifestation of her aura as well! =D
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dreamerjayne Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
wow.
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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metonnika Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You pretty much summed up why I love Within Temptation so much. They are an amazing band.

And this is a lovely picture of Sharon den Adel. The symbols and colors are just perfect.

Merry Christmas and keep up the amazing work! =D
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are amazing, indeed! *3* there's another song by Yoko Kanno that summons pretty much what they do to me, I just didn't include it because the description would be so long, but take a look at the translation: [link]

THank you so much! =D I hope you had a great x-mas day ^^
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metonnika Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! My Christmas was great!
I read the translation of the lyrics and I agree. It does describe the effect Within Temptation has very well.

I hope you had a great Christmas and a happy new year!
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Mayusi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Merry Christmas ♥ excellent work ♥ Sharon is true Ice Queen :)
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, you too! :heart:
THank you so much!
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YoshLitchi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Wow, as always I love it... The painting is very cool (I'm fond of Sharon's dance so nice to see it ^^) and the explanation is great too =) Good job!!!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I just had a lot of fun painting this, haha :heart: Soon I'll upload the tutorial with my terrible English and thew whole process of it! xD
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SiriusAddicted Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I love this - I missed your Within Temptation drawings! Great work!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was missing fanarting WT too, Sharon is just so fun to paint because she's so expressive *-*
Thank you so much!
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FE1K0 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Christmas spirit bending. Nice.
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, haha!
Thanks a lot!!
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yuki-k Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really awesome and full of magic! ♥
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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Carolina-Eade Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful, magic comes from everyone's inner child. Relly love this work.
Happy holydays!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, exactly. It's funny because at the same time I know and realize Sharon is like, older than me, has children and traveled around the world countless times, I can also see her as this witty, cheerful, silly child she shows up so often!

Thank you so much and happy holidays for you too! :heart:
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student
so beautiful,
nice work!
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:iconcelticbotan:
CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot!!
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student
welcome :)
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   General Artist
Special work! Wow, well done on all the details, shapes and colours. I read what you wrote as well :hug:
"everything will be OK if we do what we have to do" :heart:
Merry Christmas to you as well :iconsantalaplz::glomp:
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