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Kali by avix Kali by avix
This is the final painting of the Indian mother-goddess Kali, the black-and-white thumbnail for which is also in my gallery. This painting is actually inspired by (but cannot hold a candle to) a poem called 'Kali The Mother' (1898) by the Indian philosopher-poet Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), the text of which goes:

The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds,
It is darkness vibrant, sonant.
In the roaring whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics -
Just loose from the prison-house -
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.

The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light
Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimmed and black -
Scattering plagues and sorrows,
Dancing mad with joy.
Come, Mother, come!

For Terror is Thy name,
Death is in Thy breath,
And every shaking step
Destroys a world for eer.
Thou 'Time', the All-Destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!

Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in Destruction's dance,
To him the Mother comes.

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Medium: Gouache on paper.
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Geek385 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I LOVE the hair.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Indeed feels Frazetta, nice and different take on Kali :thumbsup:
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SJD04 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Actually Kali is black.Pitch Black.Shiva and other Gods are fair.Shiva especially so.Wikipedia and several Puranas support it.
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NubianKingsmen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is one of the most beautiful paintings I've ever seen in my life.
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thandav Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
xool
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Radhikita Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
wow, this is immense! kali is one powerful woman. respect!
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avix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Thanks. :-) Saw a great sculpture called Cyan-Kali (by Folkert de Jong) at the Groninger Museum last week.
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah....its hard to resist frazettas female drawing style.....but in my case the only use I found for frazetta pictures in general were the excellent action poses.....

but its a bit hard to look at a less potent kali than one with 4 arms and all the associated bloodiness... :)
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BFG8800GTX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
she is missing 2 arms and a lot of weapons and gore..... :)

typical frazetta style semi negroid skull....shes missing nose to mouth lines though and also eye placement is not conforming to socket shape.....and kali is naked actually..... i.e. without red sonja metal panties.... :)...she needs to look more horrific also.......

anything apart from original art wouldnt be justice to kali(that we all are familiar with....but to each his own I should suppose).....but the picture, if teh title is not taken into account is a very good looking piece......especially when not zoomed....worthy to be looked at twice due to the colours.........
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avix Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
I am always ashamed at the inaccuracies in my older works, but this one was really fun to do. And I was going through a particualrly "Frazettised" phase at that time (which of us haven't?), hence the anatomy, et al.
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Oracle9i Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Love the strong Frazetta quality to the art!
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avix Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
Thanks, he's one artist I'm not ashamed to imitate. :)
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TrIXInc Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007   Digital Artist
One of the best rendition of Kali Maa Ive ever seen in DA.

It has a sense of a very interesting perspective, this speaks alot for Herselfs, despite looking all beautiful with that masculanity inside her, and the artwork is simply beautiful for gouache on paper. I am currently working on my rendition of Kali Maa and been going through in and out of resources and how to make Her looking different then other rendition images that we've seen, and I honestly feel this is one of the best....the best I would say. :)
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the-final-I Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliantly done.
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VeeEL Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Great work!! She holds a fine pose, especially like the hair.

Vee
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Thank you! :) And thanks for the :+fav:, too.
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Tusuami Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
I love this piece! (Seeing as Kali is basicly one my favorite Divine Figures :3) As for the whole blue black skin tone thing... all I have to say is that blue represent that they are unlimited as the sky. But they were black. *nod nod*
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avix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
Hey, thank you for the post; I feel honoured that my painting has earned your attention. :) And thanks for the :+fav:, too!
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Ukuli Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: sorry, that's just the title and her name that makes me laugh hilariously. :rofl: Kaali is also Finnish word and means gabbage. <- that's what's making me laugh so. Sorry. :blush: I couldn't much help myself of sharing that...

Anyway, the piccie is awsome. On this side of the world she would be known as Kali. :paranoid:
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avix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Actually, she is written as 'Kali' here, too. But I felt that 'Kaali' would be phonetically more correct.

And thank you for the favourites and the DevWatch! :)
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Ukuli Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid Finn here, sorry again. :blush:

You're welcome. :)
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avix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Oh no, there's no need to be sorry! :)
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Ukuli Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush:
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Shreya Featured By Owner May 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
This is gorgeous Avik. I really love it, the movement, the anatomy, the colours. Very well done.

I wish some people would stop taking offence on behalf of the deities though ;)
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avix Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
Thank you, Shreya! :) I badly need some honest feedback from fellow-artists on my mythological paintings - being self-taught, it becomes very tough for me to realise when and where I'm going wrong.

This painting is my tribute to my god - Frazetta.
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avix Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
By the way, have you seen my other new works like 'Sport', 'Aguirre In The Green Hell', 'Vlad The Impaler' and 'Siva The Destroyer'? Please do! I'll be waiting for your comments on them! :)
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Shreya Featured By Owner May 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It -is- very Frazetta-esque. A wonderful tribute :)
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avix Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
By the way, have you seen my other new works like 'Sport', 'Aguirre In The Green Hell', 'Vlad The Impaler' and 'Siva The Destroyer'? Please do! I'll be waiting for your comments on them! :)
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indianinker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006
Please read Puranas, before u draw this kind of drawings, at least the stories belongs to the gods or goddes,
you draw just some Ferocious creature from the hollywood films, I am sorry to say
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
Yes, I like to be a shallow and vain artist.
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indianinker Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
One thousand times hahahahhhah!
Thanks for giveing this chance.
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
Giving what chance? :O
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samita-chatterjee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
" Please read Puranas"

I'd wish indianinker would be kind enough to explain to us unenlightened ones what the Puranas say about Kali.
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indianinker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
But Dear Chatterjee mem,
I am nothing but a telugu man, hear me not 'muslim' first I am Andhra then anything, and I dont know that much english to explain puranas to you like well educated peoples.
I am very sorry.
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samita-chatterjee Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
You've managed to explain to me, in English, that you wont be able to explain what the Purana's say because you dont know much of English. That's one of the silliest atempts at bailing out I've ever seen. First, you dont know what the Puranas say, so stop picking on artists who depict characters from it. Second, an artist's job is to recreate things in the way he/she sees it. If every artist were to keep regurgitating the images of the gods/goddesses as they have been portrayed in the past, where's the originality?
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
If she hadn't been blue, I would've called her the best Kali I've seen in a long time... but she's close.
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
Thank you! :) But isn't Kali blue - rather, bluish-black? That's what I know! :O
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
Not in the least. The Dravidian-Aryan Gods (Shiva, Kaali, Krishna etc.) were dark - black, if you want to be blunt. The Amar Chitra Katha books - and everyone else - sort of made them blue/green because
a) That's prettier
and
b) The demons could now be brown/black/dark.

But, to be politically correct and religiously accurate, the Gods should be dark.
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
"Politically correct" and "religiously accurate" don't concern me much. How about "aesthetically appealing"? :)
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
<shrug> If it's not true, it doesn't appeal to my aesthetics. She's blue. Does she lack air? :P
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
Um, Gods don't need to breathe, do they? :P Listen, I need to ask you something: If I'm painting scenes from the 'Ramayana' or the 'Mahabharata', is it okay to give the Aryan characters blonde or red hair?
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Not by my rights. <shrug> I think you do - well - all of the non-white people in the world a disservice when you represent "our" deities as not-like-"us". But then again, it occured to me yesterday that while I might dissapprove, you have as much right to your version as I do, and I'm being at least a little bigoted in my own *novel* fashion... so knock yourself out.
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avix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
Thanks! :)
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BerserkOrangeFury Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
And she will eat all the skinny people for breakfast. With syrup and a side of scrambled eggs.

She looks really awesome, dude. +fav!
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avix Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
I'm honoured! :)
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