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7 Deadly Sins - Envy by elestrial 7 Deadly Sins - Envy by elestrial
She yearns for what she cannot possess
..but is intent on taking it

Made for a project at school on the 7 Deadly Sins. This is the second of the 7-part series.

Symbolism
I chose this model because of her pose: she's wrapped in a cloth and hunched over. The meaning I took from it is the cloth that's wrapped around her represents the envy that consumes her, and the hunching and onward-looking infers that she's completely bent over and obsessed with those she envies. The snake is often a symbol for envy, so I've incooporated a few of those into this piece. The skulls represent the people she has hurt because of her jealousy (represented by the snakes weaving through the bones), and inferring that she will go to any length to hurt those she is jealous of.

The setting is based on the book Dante's Inferno: a dead, desolate place.

All of the seven deadly sins in my series are women because:
A) Women are thought to be more "sinful" for over hundreds of years now. Don't get all woman-activist on me for saying that, I'm a woman myself - and no, I don't believe that "women are more sinful." I think people are people; neither sex is more sinful than the other.
B) There are more women stock providers then men on deviantart. Sorry guys, but there's just not enough of you for me to use!

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Continuation of the Series
Pride - Gluttony - Wrath - Sloth - Greed - Lust
Completed Series Combined
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:iconabsentminddeviant:
AbsentMindDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
My sin, I can't really say how, its complicated, I'm not poor, I'm rich, not sick, but healthy, what I want is not physical, I want real happiness, I have depression you see, I can't be happy, I can't fix it, I can't live like other people, though I want to, I envy them, that's how it was born, I yarn for true happiness, something that I don't think I will ever possess, I try to act happy, I lie, I act, it's not true, but one day I will take it from them, I don't know when, but I will, I will take the most precious thing they have, even people, they will feel what I feel, live my pain, we will be, equal, that's how I want everything to be.



God I'm turning to a monster.
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Ingrima Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Great work with the series :) I think perhaps this one is the best.. Funny, because I also think Envy is a very interesting one of those 7. Actually I feel like it's potensially the worst one.. not sure why.. I just have a feeling it's more poisonous, dark and selfdestructive than anything else. :O

Pose and expression works well with the sin. I like how she is wrapped like that and the fabric/clothing. Good composition.
Snake is a must I guess, and green too (does anyone now why that is?)

:D
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cherae1707 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
im writing a book and i'd love to put these on my cover. are they royalty free?
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elestrial Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
No they are not but if you'd like to purchase please contact me :)
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Stefymoondust Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
this is so beautiful, simply haunted, i read your symbolism, a wonderful depiction indeed
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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LoloTheAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
Did you draw these, or is it photography?
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Neither actually - it's photo manipulation. I used different stock photographs, merged them together and manipulated them to suit how I wanted them to look :)
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LoloTheAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Writer
Whoa... that's really cool!
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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danceNsing24 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Photographer
thats amazing! nd beautiful, the colors are perfect!!
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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King-of-Hollows Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
I love your work on this stuff
It looks amazing btw
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elestrial Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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blackmumbah Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I think this one is my fave from the whole series. I think you really captured the feeling of envy on her facial expression. The cloth, the posture, the snake, the skulls, and the background are also amazing details that really make the picture affective. Great job :)

I also want to say how amazingly the color is picked. Yes, I know that green is the color of envy in the first place, but the shade or tone of the green you picked is excellent.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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blackmumbah Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
You're very welcome :)
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Featured in my journal [link]
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DragonWitch1469 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Interface Designer
women aren't always sinful all the time. I know this cuz I'm female too (not trying to be mean or know-it-all).
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elestrial Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Well of course not, haha - I think we're better than the boys :P I was just relating it to the Bible - Eve being the one who tempted Adam into eating the apple.
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DragonWitch1469 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
but she was tempted by the snake before that.
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Darkbullfrog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool~!
I'm doing a project with the 7, and this is my character.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome! Envy is an interesting one :)
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Darkbullfrog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, have you checked my journal?
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Sounds cool!
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Darkbullfrog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! got the idea while watching Full metal Alchemist.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Oh okay, I've never seen that show
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Darkbullfrog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's pretty weird...
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Snow10101 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
I still cannot get over how genius this is.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I don't know about THAT but thanks :hug:
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eilislornawalsh Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
This is the best picture in the series in my opinion. She's hunched over, her eyes are hard, the long green shawl... You've portrayed this emotion very well.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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Snow10101 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
This is GENIUS. The only other picture I saw of 'Envy', it was two kids, and one looked angry because the other was holding a lollipop! Nicely Done! You should do more stuff like this!
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elestrial Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Really? Here's a good piece of artwork for envy:

[link]
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IraBigelow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I love all of these! I'm a real sucker for symbolic stuff like this.
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! :D
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pockiechiccy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Beautiful, captivating work
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :hug:
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yotsuki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Green for Envy, of course. Who decided that green went with Envy anyways? Envy is kind of a sad vice, and sneaky too. Maybe should have added a little more 'hateful' to the models expression but otherwise it's really good.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :D
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cookeyfloof Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love it. I loved all of them. Great job!
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elestrial Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :thanks:
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cookeyfloof Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your most welcome. I'd appreciate it if you'd check out some of my work and leave a comment or two. If it's not too much trouble of course.
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elestrial Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Sure
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paperbackbook385 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Featured here my dear [link]
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paperbackbook385 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Featured here my dear [link]
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:iconstarryeyedanddancing:
Holy crud that's freaking awesome!!!!!!
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:iconelestrial:
elestrial Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you :thanks:
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its-raine-ing Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Whoa this is amazing!

it's almost scary.... :shocked:
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elestrial Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks :thanks:
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