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Quiet Catastrophe by MPsai Quiet Catastrophe by MPsai
"Looks like the holy ghost is gone
Now you're afraid of yourself
Over your shoulder you have to watch
Heaven fall into hell"


Lame basing a piece after song lyrics I know, but I can't help myself. You can listen to a song a million times but suddenly be struck with a strong image one day.

I couldn't really come up with a better title for this.

Here we have the Tree of Life, and the roots and ending branches of the hell-tree Zaqqum (mentioned in the Qur'an), which I've come to see as some bare, black, thorny weeping willow. I've wanted to draw these two trees, more as stock, to be used in future art but had no idea where to start. I ended up just drawing them on this piece directly. I had some sort of breakthrough, the Tree of Life was barely detailed and didn't even have leaves when I started last night. We're also revisiting the universe ocean, which I saw once in a dream.

This piece is almost completely digital, I just had to do a pencil drawing first for Gabriel down there, I can't seem to draw people directly with my tablet. Pretty happy with this overall, I tried to stay simple (well, for me) and worked pretty loosely.
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Celestial-Flop Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Holy fudgesickles! This is fantastic. I love your use of colour and the water. ^^ Instant fave.
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omegakat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
I really like the softness of this one.
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aoi-yuki-yume Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
I like the soft colors and feel of this piece.
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PTGreat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
:clap: I see you're still made of awesome :D Is that perhaps some epic win I'm noticing too?
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archangel-warrior Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Beautiful, indeed. I love your works, especially the ones with angels.
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MasterSilence Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I cannot draw trees. Simply cannot.

I love this! Amazing work!
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VitaminVirus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student Artist
thats one sexy tree
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008   Digital Artist
:laughing: I try.
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VitaminVirus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Student Artist
You did good.
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Cha-san Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Wow.
Just wow.
I love the details, the colours, the little Gabriel down there, the way it illustrates the lyrics...it's just... wow. O___o
The only thing that's bugging me is that the horizontal line looks a bit off.
Still, the overall impression is stunning.
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RagingPsyco Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Aha! Trees! Trees are my one true weakness! :heart: for your amazing tree.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful concept. :) I like your direction of development.
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MuseWhimsy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
*just looking at the picture in awe*
Wow... It came out really wonderful. I know it's based off the Qu'ran, but it makes me think of Yggdrasil (Guess that's how art is sometimes ^^; ) .
Again great job (though I wonder what the song is).
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MPsai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Eh well lots of religious and cultural traditions have really big trees, I guess.
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MuseWhimsy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Guess so. ^^
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Avatar013 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Seems pretty awe-inspiaring.:D And really nice coloring on the piece,too. Just curios,but where did you get the idea of the Tree of Life rising to the heavens?:confused:
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MPsai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008   Digital Artist
It could be falling or rising, it was just an image that struck me.
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metalgearhead123 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Student General Artist
doyo!? I like this!
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Llrael Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
That's insanely gorgeous. I love the watercolour feel you've got going here.

Bonus points for ALMOST having proof Gabriel's a guy. *peers at reflection*
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
A really wonderful job on this nearly digital painting & keep it up.
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shufen2 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
It's really pretty. Gabriel's wings look sort of upside down, though...
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joobli-bunni Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
ohmigod i love this so much
i can't even put it into words
its just fantastic
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bells-chan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student General Artist
Just... AWESOME. Seriously. *o* I can't stop looking at it!
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AidenRocker18 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
WOW! :omfg:
This is gorgeous, very original... and very nice reflection with Gabriel down there ;)
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TommySwoes Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Ahh, that looks awesome!!
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itt0ryu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
nice concept
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Earthbound2005 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Beautiful as always, Sai. :+fav:
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LunaNeko Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
A beautiful concept. Are the Hell-tree and the Tree of Life intertwined? That could be an interesting new idea if they aren't. Both sides of life on one tree. Beautiful.
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WritingInTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woooowwww, absolutely gorgeous! I love how you can't see any details on gabriel, like eyes or anthing, so that it doesn't take away from the trees but draws your eyes to him in a way. : )

~Wits
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KittenKiss Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, serene and lovely fantasy imagery. I really love the little rings of water ripples too.
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional Writer
This has an earthreal feel to it.
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anjichan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
looks kinda like the tree in Castle in the Air.
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