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Gate of Mists - Alaeitha by silvestris Gate of Mists - Alaeitha by silvestris
I started out wanting to draw a generic elegant gothic lolita-style painting to make some prints off to sell at a convention I recently attended.
Except my mind is very, very bad at doing 'generic'. It seems very impolite to be staring someone in the eye and being all over them with your brush-tool without even having been introduced.

And so 'generic gothic-lolita-girl' became the sad girl Alaeitha, the 'generic gothy-gloomy backdrop' became the mystic Gate of Mists, and the 'hey Silvy, hot tip - throw in a cat, that'll make it sell better!' became her feline demon-guardian Araphis, thrice cursed by the eternal sphinxes whose forbidden wisdom he long ago attempted to steal.

And the three days on the con (which was lots of fun, btw) were spent doodling the strange duo all over my sketchpad.
That's Silvestris trying to do generic for you.

Rare, signed 11x16" prints of this image are currently up for sale on eBay. Christmas presents, anyone?
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:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOW!!! Beautiful, amazing and stunning piece! Love it! :)

AMAZING WORK! :)

:+fav:
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Glad you like it, thank you. :)
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:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)

I hope that you have a wonderful day! :)
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:iconneil-macleod:
Neil-Macleod Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work ! :)
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Thank you. :)
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:iconhatsunemikulol:
HatsuneMikulol Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
this..is very beautiful.......
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Glad you like it. :)
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:iconevanescencegrl5498:
evanescencegrl5498 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
lovely<333
i love how you did her hair
and the mist...and the cat.
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:iconlillaura6789:
LilLaura6789 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Aww kitty!!
I really love the eyes and hair!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
a very pretty piece. :thumbsup:
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thank you.
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
you're very welcome. :)
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:icondarkboyfanclub:
darkboyfanclub Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
I love this one!

:Admin Bastetsama:
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Thank you. :)
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful!
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Synner666 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
This is AMAZING! I have been trying to draw funnerl curled hair for such a long time. I'd love to see a 'detail' zoom in or something on this. This is just fantastic :D :D :D :+fav:
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:iconchickenpieonfire:
chickenpieonfire Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
shes so purdy ful! i am totally watching you- your gallery pwns me!
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thank you. :)
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:iconhellcatvandamme:
HellcatVanDamme Featured By Owner May 18, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful! i love the fogginess of it, and the background
her dress is really pretty too ^_^
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
Thank you. :)
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:iconego-trap-graphics:
Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006
Beautiful work.
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:iconbentkatana:
BentKatana Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
Whoa, awesome!!! :nod:
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:iconsunmoon2707:
Sunmoon2707 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, WOW! This is a Beautiful artwork, so professional! I wish I can be as good as you. Love the cat and the girl hair!
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2006
Thank you. ^_^
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:iconshuu-washuu:
shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006  Student Digital Artist
Even if it's just a generic gothic lolita girl, it's veery good gohic-lolita :D I love her outfit, full of those little details that makes me stare just to find them all.
Great painting, I love the overall atmoshphere of it. So melancholy~
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:iconshiev:
Shiev Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005
absolutley gorgeous! you know, if you don't "do generic," then all the better, I just can't see your art being generic
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Your detailing is quite lovely, and the mist is a lovely, lovely effect. The cat's tail is absolutely delightful, however, as with Alaeitha, the neck seems rather long, and the cat's face is a touch awkward. (I happen to be staring at two cats right now.) I cannot get over her ringlets though! They're amazing, as is her dress.
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Blue-Cherokee Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005
:clap::XD:Gorgeous
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:icontigersoul87:
Tigersoul87 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005   Writer
It's tail is all poofy. n.n Pretty.
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Miyukitty Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005   Traditional Artist
Silvy-sama, beautiful work as ever. (I know, I already :+fav:ed this, but I didn't have time to cemment, eheh...) I'd love to have a cat like Araphis, so elegant-looking. ^^ The mists look so ethereal, and I like her Gothic-Lolita style. :) Kirei-na!
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Thank you. :)
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:iconmiyukitty:
Miyukitty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005   Traditional Artist
You're welcome, Silvy-sama. =^-^=
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:iconladyshelob:
LadyShelob Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005  Student General Artist
i love this picture its very pretty.
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Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
WOW amazing work you a very talented.
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
Thank you.
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ani-r Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, Silvy painted a gothic lolita-type thing 0.o;; And she's looking so pretty and ethereal.
Yes, I know, this is exactly what happens to me as well, trying to draw something random, but it becomes the creation process of a new character... :'D
I love her curls and all the little bits of her dress. :heart:
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
I rather like the gothic / gothic lolita style, as long as it's tasteful and mystically appealing. ;)

Evil character-wannabes... And people wonder why I so rarely try to do generic stuff... ^^
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marychain Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005  Professional General Artist
too cute!
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:iconpolixeni:
Polixeni Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
*jaw drop* wow. you rock. damn i feel like an idiot cause i dont know what to say!
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
^__^ specific is always more interesting than general, anyway.

Her hair and outfit are very well done, and I love the background--it looks very mysterious and foreboding. Her dress looks like it took forever.

One question, though. What exactly is "lolita-style"? I've heard a lot of people talking about it and I have no idea what it is...-__-;
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silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
I think it has to be 'gothic lolita' to make sense. Gothic is the dark, often rather gloomy style. Lolita... well, it originally comes from a book about a middle-aged man who falls rather insanely in love with a very young teenage-girl of the same name and gets into a forbidden, sexual relationship with her. It's hence used to describe young, innocent girls, often in a not-so-innocent context. A Gothic Lolita would thus be a dark but still somewhat innocent young girl.
In style it pretty means a girl wearing this type of big, pretty often black dress, being all dramatic and sad. ;)
Or something along those lines. u.u
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
Yeah, I had heard of Lolita (never read it), but I didn't really know how goth girls in elaborate dresses related to that. It all makes sense now...^___^ Thank you much!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
You're welcome. :)
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MissM69 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
beautiful piece :aww:
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:iconpinocchio-liez:
Pinocchio-Liez Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
O this is absolutely stunning! Very nice...Madame Silvestris...beautiful indeed!!
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Mazoku85 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
She sort of looks like Petite Cossette from that new anime movie. Awesome pic, very gothic, I like that.
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Never heard of it, I'm afraid. ^^;
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:iconmazoku85:
Mazoku85 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Its new, its interesting and weird. Its called "Le Portrait De Petite Cossette" its a really demented movie, but it has a really good soundtrack.
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:iconsilvestris:
silvestris Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
Maybe I'll check it out, then. ^_^
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purplesinger Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Random characters and backstories are the best, aren't they?

Beautiful as always, Silvy. Now, if only I had money so I could buy a print... ><;;;
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