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Tlazolteotli by Vesea Tlazolteotli by Vesea
“She gives and she takes” - these words truly refer to her, the Aztec mother-goddess, the goddess of Night, of Earth and Birth, of Sin and Repentance, the Dirt-Devourer - Tlazolteotli.
She can be easily recognized by a bloody cord or a coral snake around her neck, by a half-moon nose-ring, quail feathers and two spindles in her hair, by her yellow face and naked body. These are the symbols of lust, illicit passions and illnesses which are sent by her. Prostitutes were usually named “Tlazolteotli’s women”.
But when a man dies, Tlazolteotli comes to him and purfies his soul by eating all his sins, all the “dirt”. She has two sides, and that’s why the painting is bloody, but her face is absolutely calm.
Asking Tlazolteotli for help, the Aztecs striped the skin off a young girl, and than a priest put it on. And when there was no rain, and the fields were suffering from drought, they used to bind a man to a wooden post and throw darts at him. More splashes of blood – more fine drops of rain!

A week of work, PS CS2, mouse (hairrrr!.. one day I’ll die painting hair with a mouse!!!), no references.
The painting was mu-u-uch larger, it’s only 1/3 of it, but I was finishing it in a hurry, so… I don’t know if I’ll finish the whole one.
For Dianae’s contest “Gods, Goddesses and Mythology”: [link]
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:iconmpalacios:
MPalacios Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
bellisima y mística

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:iconsarkananight:
Sarkananight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gasp!!! beautiful and emotional! its like her eyes wanna tell something.... something important!! arg, don't mind just my fantasy :)
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:iconsevenquest:
sevenquest Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That snake is Great, congratulations, this image can't be better than this.
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:iconzeldalagoon:
ZeldaLagoon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Gorgeous!! :)
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Thanks)
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:iconshymoneshaldi:
shymoneshaldi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
:wow: :clap: aMaZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Thanks ;)
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:iconblacksilkpolina:
BlackSilkPolina Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Это просто нечто!!!
Ведь в ее глазах божественность, вся мудрость...
Спасибо большое!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Ну скажете тоже вся;) Спасибо большое :)
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:icondrakenborg:
Drakenborg Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Thank you! :)
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:iconhumanofprey:
humanofprey Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice coloring work and i love her eyes and lips a lot :thumbsup:
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Thank you very much)
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:iconjuaho:
Juaho Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Хорошо что она не из североамериканского племени... а то отдался бы в жертву еще :)))))
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:iconwooli:
Wooli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Student General Artist
The eyes are very captivating. The image draws you into it. Lovely colors also ^^
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Thanks a lot)))
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:iconwooli:
Wooli Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student General Artist
No problem!
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:iconbrunahd:
brunahd Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
wow.
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:iconjasvena:
Jasvena Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Вот ты оторвалась! Крутокруто!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
В смысле - "вот Весько оторвалось и воплотило в жизнь все свои жестокие чОрные мысли?" :)))))))
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:iconjasvena:
Jasvena Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ну почему чёрные?) Я думаю это твоё альтерэго в противовес девушке-молоко;)
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Не, эти две вообще не моё эго - ни альтер, ни просто;))) Я типа того, что на авике :)))
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:iconjasvena:
Jasvena Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ты мииилая=))
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:iconmaseiya:
Maseiya Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
God, this is gorgeous. :+fav: Wonderful technique, wonderful work. =)
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconreco-rem:
reco-rem Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Отлично=) Потрясающая работа. Цвета и сам персонаж очень необычные.
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Мерси! ;)
За персонажа спасибо ацтекам :)
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:iconreco-rem:
reco-rem Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
да уж=) Очень красочно.
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner May 17, 2008   Writer
This is beautiful, I love how intense but calm her gaze is. This is absolutely breathtaking!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Thank you very much! That's what I wanted to draw :) and I'm glad that I succeded in doing it.
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner May 18, 2008   Writer
You are most welcome! :hug:
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mckadesinsanity Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful! The first thing I really noticed was the eyes, they really draw the viewer in. Captivating. I love the blue accents, it adds so much to the image. Beautifully rendered. I just adore it!

Congrats on getting into the top 50 (so far)!!
Best of luck to you!! ;)
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Thank you very much, I'm so glad that such a great artist likes my work :)
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KatFolle Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student General Artist
Fantastic!! I'm...not finding any adequate words to say how I feel about this... It's brilliant! lol :D I love the aztec backstory on this too, :heart: :heart: :heart: !! Cheers, and good luck with the contest :bounce:
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Oh, thank you very much, I'm so happy to read this)))
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:iconjiangling:
jiangling Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
I love this picture. It has wonderful detail and the colors are great as well. Good luck in the contest.
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Thank you very much! :)
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Aruyinn Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thats an eyecatcher, especially the long format adds alot for me =) Btw. good you didnt follow your friends thoughts on the blue- I like it alot too
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 6, 2008
Thanks a lot)))
I had to make such a long picture when I understood that there were only 3 hours left, and I had only her face and the snake painted in details. So, I had to cut the sides of the painting (with her body, almost all hair, flowers and decorations, hands... my friend wanted to kill me when she saw the picture without the hands, she liked the idea with them very much)...
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Aruyinn Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, nonetheless a very good idee out of an "accident" Would make a lovely bookmark too. Sad I cant compare your original version to the new one now- leaves me curious!
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drop-asd Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I love the use of blue tones, they stand out so prettily. I like the description, it really adds spirit to the painting :heart:
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Thanks, I was thinking about these blue tones for so long, because my friends didn't like them... but finally I left them, because I like them myself)))
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drop-asd Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Really? Well, don't worry about them. One of the best artists I've known would say that the contrast colors usually compliment each other. The blue makes the red more intense.
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Well, then I'm happy! :)
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:iconasunaro:
Asunaro Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Офигеть! Йа фшоке. Обалденная работа, просто высший класс!
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Спасибо большущее! :)))
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:iconjannafairyart:
JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Необычная работа - очень креативно! :D
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:iconvesea:
Vesea Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Спасибо большое! :)
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:iconlenoki:
lenoki Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
awesome! really beautiful..

best of luck to you!:hug:
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