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'Angel In Disguise.' by EphemeralxFantasy 'Angel In Disguise.' by EphemeralxFantasy
Sai, three days on and off.

(Contest Entry)

Song: Angel in Disguise, Cinema Bizarre.

The reasoning behind choosing this song is fairly simple - I've generally always seen Sebastian as Ciel's 'saviour' (at least in his view). With his fate as a noble wildly thrown off the tracks by the fire, destruction and torture that plagued his past, Sebastian set Ciel back on the tracks to what he wanted. But despite being on this path, he still burns with anger and fury that he can't express himself and so vents through the demonic power at his butler's hand. Sebastian is his key to revenge. The demonic angel of death. So, in this picture, I portrayed Ciel the best I could as a child-demon hybrid, with skulls piled up beside him. 'Impish', as he was dubbed in the manga. The seal is in his hand to reflect Ciel's view that he is in control of the situation - but the collar has been ripped off the chain to reflect the reality of the situation. Ciel is not in control and ultimately, the power of this demon is entirely his own.

Edit: Well, I didn't place in the contest but I'm still incredibly proud of this picture because it's such a milestone for me. I've never spent this long on a picture and I really am happy with the results even though I'm not keen on what I did with the background anymore. This probably is the best piece of art that I've produced so far and I'm really glad to have proved to myself that I am capable of making the big leaps when I get my head down and work hard. It's so nice to be able to look back on this picture in the next morning and still feel happy, not the usual anger and disappointment in myself like I usually do. Still pleased and definitely won't let not placing kill my buzz, this picture means the world to me.
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Miyuki-ki Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
I really loved your art and not just it, but all the symbolism you put in the drawing.
I like to see when the artist makes an image representing his thoughts and you put your feelings and impressions in a work of art really fantastic.
This goes to my favorite gallery. Congratulations!
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
That is such a lovely thing to say, thank you so very much, it really makes me happy to know that someone took the time to appreciate the imagery in full and I'm really touched by your words. I'm very honoured to have made it into your favourites gallery! I hope you have a really lovely day and thank you again for making mine so much brighter! :heart:
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Miyuki-ki Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
You´re welcome! Hug 

The drawing is really nice and I liked it a lot!  :D (Big Grin) 
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Lily-Death Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh! this is amazing! it took me a moment to realize it was Ciel! xD
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Haha thank you, I'm not entirely sure he'd be caught dead in an outfit like that but it was fun to draw all the same! 
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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good luck with the contest! It seems quite a few people are picking you this round ^^
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Do you suppose? I hope so! But I am up against some truly gorgeous entries so I will just cross my fingers for now! I think no matter what happens, this contest was worth it for all the beautiful, beautiful art that's been produced as a result. Thank you for your kind words! -cuddles tightly-
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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I entered too and I'm basically chewing my nails off because my artwork was at the bottom of the list (almost very bottom) so I'm one of the last to choose from ^^;
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Ahh I know, it's actually quite a pain being near the bottom, isn't it? Because most people have already picked 5 that they really like by the time they reach the 25-28 mark ): I have my fingers crossed for you! Best of luck, m'darling! <3 -hughug-
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cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Nekogami13 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome I love the colors and description.
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Thank you ever so much! I did hope that a kind of mixture of dark and candy coloured pieces would suit his personality as well as the mood of the picture, so I'm very glad that you like it as well as the reasoning; listening to that song always makes my heart ache for our little noble. Thank you again! <3
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MercyAntebellum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
asdasdsalkdnas this song is in my black butler fanmix. this is excellent. please excuse my fangirlish rabble :iconiloveitplz:
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Not at all! I totally think this should be in every fanmix, it's such a great song for them, I think it's so fitting! I'm glad you like the piece I did along with it, the song's so powerful so it was a real challenge!
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MercyAntebellum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
now i feel like my contest entry won't be so great...but i shall get it done and try anyhow!! XD :iconchallengeacceptedplz:
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I'm sure it will turn out great! Your 'Runa WIP sketch' looks really good <3
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MercyAntebellum Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD i don't know if i've still got enough time to get it done! (i will check; that was my whole mission of logging in today, but i got sidetracked by my messages inbox XDD) oh my, thank you so very much! it's something that i'm working on for a friend; she wanted a picture of her character for an avatar. it's....slow progress. but its getting there XD
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Ahh, there's still a while left yet! And aw I'm sure she's going to love that, even if it does take a little time; Rome wasn't built in a day after all! <3 Good luck!
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NatalyaKayy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I Saw the title and my mind instantly thought 'Cinema Bizarre!!!!!' One of my fav bands:3
Love Kuroshitsuji and the picture is boss:3 Fav!
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I'm glad you caught the reference! I have to admit, I was listening to that song for nearly the entire time that I drew this, it's just very powerful - particularly when you combine it with this particular story, in my opinion! Thank you so much, glad you like it!
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NatalyaKayy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, If I didn't catch that and read it in the description I would be ashamed seeing how I listen to CB (or the guys Musik and such now) basically weeklyXD
 and I understand how you twisted the song in there, very cool:3 and your welcome!
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SirMimsyPompingdon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
WOW O.o
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Thank you ever so much!
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SirMimsyPompingdon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
It's fine m'dear^^
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AngelOfTheNight666 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't normally fangirl over Ciel but... :iconpervplz:
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you! I like the idea that I'm garnering a little extra love for the bratty noble! ;)
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pamandab Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks wonderful!:heart:
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I'm really glad you think so! Thank you! <33
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Scarlettskyjay Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... O////O  *faints from bloodloss from nosebleed*
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
*hastily pushes tissues into your hands*

Thank you!
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catimati Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconcannotevenplz:
SOOOOOOOO
GODDDDD                                :iconnosebleedingplz:
DAYUMMMMM
SEXXXXXXYYYYYYYY
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Glad you like him! He does look quite the little minx in that material, doesn't he? Haha thank you for your comment x
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catimati Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
a litlle  but i steel like it XD
and no prob
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Iluvshadow-kun Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Artist
oh my Satan....(man i'm silly XD)
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Haha! Thank you for the fav m'dear! ;)
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Iluvshadow-kun Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Artist
no probs XD ^^
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Beautiful. :nod: Wonderful concept.
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you ever so much, I truly appreciate the kind words. Your gallery is gorgeous, by the way. I love the idea of mixing media, it works to great effect.
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
You really did have a wonderful idea and well pulled off too! I mean it! Your skill amazes me.

Haha, it's really because I'm a random person. I use real media because it's fun. Then I fix stuff (background...) and augment and add fine details (eyelashes. :XD: ) You could do it, I think!

...but your only digital "glowy" fish was amazing. So, just enjoy drawing. :D :nod: You are good at it!!
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
You are such a sweetheart, thank you so much. I think I could learn something from the depth of your work though. Despite my efforts I still get the feeling that mine looks flat.

I use traditional methods as well - only traditionally I'm more of a still life and landscape painter but I can't upload any of that stuff due to lack of scanner ): I'm not much good with cartoon-like humans like this on paper though, I can only do realism which I guess is kinda weird when you think about it! Haha. I like the idea of touching up the picture once you've got it uploaded, I've really gotta try that sometime, thanks for the tips! <3

Oh you saw that too? ^^' I have to admit, during its construction that was my messiest piece ever. Something to the tune of 175 layers with no folders or real organisation. Oops! And thank you again for your kind words, I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I don't know that yours are flat per se. More soft and smooth styled than mine, though, I can see. :nod: If you want, you could try adding in some rougher texture brushes on your program? Break up some of the soft space.

I am soo jealous. I can't do landscapes. Or still life(s? lives? spelling. >.>)  I bet you could do some really interesting ideas with that!!!

I did~ see the creepy-cute-lantern-fishy Project365 -v 6.2-  :D I love the lighting. I want to try doing a picture of someone in the dark with...a lantern fish....er, maybe just a lantern. You may have inspired me. Expect something to happen in about 3 months. :XD: *slow*

I will have to drop by and see what you're up to. :nod:
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
If I'm honest, I don't really understand much about adding different brush textures! I know there's a way to do it on Photoshop but I don't know how to do it successfully on SAI ): I will experiment with a rougher look next time though, I did focus on trying to make this one 'clean' looking following some gentle criticism from a friend who pointed out that all I did was sketch and not produce anything looking remotely professional. Well, it's a first step! We all have paths to walk to become better artists, I suppose!

I love the idea that I would've inspired something! That's a great thought indeed and I can't wait to see whatever you produce as a result - lighting is very, very fun to play with! I hope you enjoy it! <3
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
SAI...hmm. I mooch off my sister's Photoshop, so I've never used that....

I like your clean look very well! But I'm more of a texture person myself. It's a personal feeling, I think.

25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcf… <--- tumblr link, not the actual artist page...I forgot the artist's name! has a "rough" style, but it is really gorgeous. :D I admire their art.

Hehe, you have indeed inspired me. But I Repeat, I am very slow.
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Hmm I do definitely see what you mean, I like that kind of style but it reminds me too much of watercolour work and as much as I love that, it's a different kind of texturing I'm after for my digital work. www.deviantart.com/art/Substra… I'd love to be able to do something like this at some point in my life, it's freaking beautiful. I'm pretty into that kind of texturing.

And ahhh it's okay, I'm patient ^^
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FreakshowAutrael Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow just ...
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you, m'darling. This piece really did take a while so I'm glad people are enjoying it! Haha
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flamegrell Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
love it
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EphemeralxFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you!
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