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Long time no talk here, meh - the past weeks were really busy with commissions, convention preparations and workshop preparations...

About this piece:
Mercury, Latin: Mercurius is a major Roman god, being one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld.

Mercury had essentially the same aspects as Hermes, wearing winged shoes (talaria) and a winged hat (petasos), and carrying the caduceus, a herald's staff with two entwined snakes that was Apollo's gift to Hermes.


This is a piece I did for the "Ten-by-Fotolia" competition. Learned a lot and was so much fun to do.

It did not win, was probably not mainstream enough - even though I thought "girl-with-wing-on-heads" is such a mainstream topic over here that it at least has a chance... However, that was the best piece I could get out of the stock images they´ve given out to use. (At least 3 had to be used)

The rest of the used stock is from my own and fractals rendered in Mandelbulb3d. Photoshop, Cintiq, 15 hours.

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   Created by Oliver Wetter / Ars Fantasio.

   You are welcome to share my work or repost it.

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:iconmadammedussa:
madammedussa Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
that's NEKRO
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:iconzegkaas:
zegkaas Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
:heart: stunning!
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MsSophieArt Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich mag deine Arbeit sehr. Dein Spiel mit den Farben und Kompositionen ist großartig. Trotz der vielen Elemente oder gerade deswegen finde ich dieses Bild sehr mächtig und eindrucksvoll...großartig!!!Grüße aus Potsdam ;)
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sophie, danke für dein Kommentar, freut mich sehr!
Viele Grüße von der Mosel;)
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:iconmooname:
mooname Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
hello, your wonderful work has been featured in :icondthemansion:
You are welcome to share with us your amazing talent :D
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:iconfiorinosulaco:
fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This is sublime! Love 
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:iconashborne-demon:
Ashborne-Demon Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is freak'n cool! Amazing work on this whole thing! :)
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:iconmisteroiso:
MisterOiso Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WOW.!!
Splendid  Clap 
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:icontsheva:
tsheva Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE! So much detail. Just fabulously executed.
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Gwendolyn1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning!! :wow:
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:iconowel:
owel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
your beautiful art has submitted in :iconmanipulating-dreams: in best of March journal manipulating-dreams.deviantart…  ...Thank u :)
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:iconmaxrodesign:
maxrodesign Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Super gemacht.
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:iconkimsol:
kimsol Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Bloomin' awesome!
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: Gorgeous! :love: The details in the helmet are amazing! It's a pity that it did not win the competition, it certainly deserved it! :)
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SuddenDeathlyHymour Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I love all the believable detail on the helmet-like piece on her head. It is a good contrast to the background. The eyes're glowing prettily, and just make you stare in amazement. :)
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words, much appreciated!
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SuddenDeathlyHymour Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconnebu:
nebu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!!! 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Shelley;)
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NatalieLotus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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:icongarden-of-blackroses:
Garden-Of-BlackRoses Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Great artwork!!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Garden-Of-BlackRoses Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Welcome :heart:
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought for sure this was a painting. Just astounding. Must've taken a lot of time, I imagine. Great work. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Bob, actually it took around 15 hours for the composition. Rendering the fractals took way longer but having a library of those, I canīt put that really into account:P
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fractals are really amazing. You don't notice them at first, but they do take it to another level. What software do you use to create them?
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feedback! The solid fractals that resemble bottom or walls were done in Mandelbulb3d, the lighting circles and overlay effects came from a software called Amberlight, pretty new and easy to use. I try to get into Apophysis but for most of the time it takes too much time to create what Amberlight does in minutes ;)
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for letting me know about Amberlight! I'm checking it out now. I've been looking for a good fractal generator for some time. As you say, Apophysis is just too difficult to get anything useful out of it. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found the hint useful. Itīs certainly not as sophisticated as Apophysis, but it does a good job when you need a fractal look without spending too much time on the results.
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
What a stunning creation! The lighting, detail, color all is great! Wonderfully done, my friend! Hug 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, glad you like!
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:iconfhelalr:
fhelalr Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
The pleasure is mine, my friend! Love all your work! Hug 
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InfiniteCreations Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
simply love the head gear! Congrats!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Bruno, cheers!
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captureubuntu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
красиво)
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
спасибо!
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
absolutely great work :clap:
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconmerciangel:
MerciAngel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaw dropping fantastic!!!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconmerciangel:
MerciAngel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome! :D
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sed Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :iconseriousclapplz: 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!!
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sed Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
:iconskullplz:  WELCOME
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:iconveilaks:
VeilaKs Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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Dyscorde Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
every time i scroll past this on the deviant art home page it blows me away, even in tiny preview window format lol. you've done a fantastic job.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, glad it works even in thumbnail format
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aweldeng Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
wow so beautiful!!
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