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Triple Moon Stained Glass 4 by copperphoenix Triple Moon Stained Glass 4 by copperphoenix
This is one of a collection of digital stained glass pieces I have done, using images of real stained glass. This piece is the fourth in a series featuring a symbolic representation of the phases of the moon, often used in Wiccan/Pagan artwork as a symbol of the Triple Moon Goddess. This one uses a smokey cut-crystal glass for the background, highlighted with light in the center. I have used a milky white glass to represent the moon, and a red cut-crystal-style glass for the dark part of the moons; the full moon, in the center, is etched with a triskali from The Book of Kells, which (like the triple moon) is also used as a symbol of a tripartate deity.
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BeKindToCows Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
What can I say about this? It's just...great! I've looked at all 4 and this is my favorite...which is saying something, because I LOVE all four in this series.

Are you Pagan, by chance?
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KWilliamsAuthor Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Writer
copperphoenix, I was wondering if I could use this image to preview a poem I will be posting called Maiden, Mother, Crone?
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
Sorry about the slow reply -- but yes, if you're still interested, you may use this piece for that specific purpose, as long as it's linked and credited (just a note in the description is fine).

I'm glad that you like the piece enough to want to use it to represent your own work! :)
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KWilliamsAuthor Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006  Professional Writer
Thanks for the permission, but I've since made something.
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Beautiful!
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2005
Thank you! The stained glass pieces, though among my oldest, still remain among my favourites. :XD: I'm glad you like them too!
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Quietharm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
Wow, that's just plain awesome! The gold just shines where it borders the glass! It looks so very real. Very good work!!!
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2004
Thank you! I love doing pieces like this, which mimic 3d objects, but by using a standard graphics tool, rather than a 3d rendering program. :) I enjoy the challenge, and it's gratifying when it comes out looking nice. I'm glad you like the results! :)
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Quietharm Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2004
Welcome!!! :)
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tigeress66 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
Geez, all the detail in this thing and the realistic look of stained glass. I'm seriously wondering how the heck you did it!!!!
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Taiia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
An absolutely admirable, ingenious and original work. The strong shine effect of gold frame looks extremely realistic. Perfect complicated composition, really neatly chosen colour tones (their contrast makes the work even more interesting).

Of course :+fav:.

Kind regards.
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Thank you! I really appreciate not only the positive feedback, but the level of detail; as much as it helps to know which things would improve my work, it is also very useful to know which aspects are seen as strengths, in order to build upon them. Thank you for giving me that kind of feedback!
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Taiia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Not a problem at all :nod:. It was just my pleasure :hug:.
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Wayani Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
i love it. there is nothing i would change, and it is a gorgeous depiction of the triple moon.
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Wow, thank you! I am delighted that you feel that way about it! :)
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mibi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004
wow.. thats gorgeous ... you certainyl have this technique down pat... what makes this peice so good is that its not simple symetrical which would be the easy way out.. it has many facets to be explored... nice work... that being said, i noticed the red glass had a little to much similarity, or repeating than i would have liked to see... but its a great work...
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mibi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004
wow.. thats gorgeous ... you certainyl have this technique down pat... what makes this peice so good is that its not simple symetrical which would be the easy way out.. it has many facets to be explored... nice work... that being said, i noticed the red glass had a little to much similarity, or repeating than i would have liked to see... but its a great work...
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raevensdemise Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite beautiful...=)
I commented on this one because of all the different versions I wanted to see the complexity of the green-and-white glass...and wow.
I'm fairly new to 3D art, and never would have thought of rendering stained glass =P
The gold webbing itself is a nice contrast to the shattered glass, and I really like the deep red. The triskele is kind of ghostly... but it adds depth and offsets the moon symbol well. *can't stop staring at the glass*
Nice work!
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2004
Thank you! I actually learned how to do digital stained glass from a tutorial, but I like to think that I've taken the basic concepts I got there and run with them, creating a style of digital stained glass all my own. :) I have a fondness for cloisonne, which is what inspired the gold "leading", and I thought that adding details such as the "acid-etching" of the triskele would really enhance the whole "stained glass" look of these pieces.

This piece wasn't actually done with a 3d art program, though; the stained glass images come from real stained glass, and the whole piece was created in Paint Shop Pro, in layers, using the image effects functions to create the leading. :) I'm glad you like the results! :XD:

As I think I mentioned in the description, these pieces are actually several years old, and I'm now trying some new techniques, to move beyond this style of piece, because I have to admit that it now seems just a little on the "simple" side, to me. I still love these pieces, but I definitely think it's time to take the next steps with them, in any new creations. :)
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SylvieB Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2004
This is true jewel...Very beautiful! Congrats!:)
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2004
Thank you! :dance: You've actually inadvertently hit on the term I've customarily used for my web art; I've referred to the 3-d-appearing artwork which I make for my various website designs as "Web Jewellery". I think you can see why. XD That's where I started doing my digital artwork, of various types, including my digital stained glass. :) I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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zeiva Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2004   Artist
Ooo~! Cool pattern. Very unique and interesting =^_^=
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2004
Thank you! :) I'm glad you like it! :)
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Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
Yay, another one! :D The cut-crystal class for the background is a really nice effect :D--looks almost like viewing into a kaleidescope :)... I like the different patterns in there too, haha. The reds on the dark sides of the moon contrasts with the background very well,:D , I gotta fav this too, :)
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
:bows: Thank you, thank you... :giggles: Seriously, though, this is one of my favorites in the series, for much the same reasons that you've mentioned. That must mean you have great taste, right? XD
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Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner May 26, 2004
=) You're welcome! Haha :clap:... I dunno if I have great taste or not, XD... I just like work people really put their best efforts into.. and it fully shows in the results, which is also another perk :D . And it did look like you tried your best on the series :)
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copperphoenix Featured By Owner May 27, 2004
Thank you! I did put my best into these pieces, although it was several years ago, and I like to think that my best has improved considerably since then. :) That's part of why I'd been thinking about where to take these concepts from here -- I've been wanting to come back to them, and revisit them from the perspective of my present skillset.

A lot of it has to do with the resources used -- those are real stained glass images, provided by a company called Spectrum Glass, which makes its stained glass range available as image files to Graphic Designers for free use (or did at the time that I acquired the resource files used for these pieces), and I find them very inspiring.

As mentioned before, I also have a strong affinity for these symbols, and I find that that gives me ideas of what types of images would best represent the meaning that they have for me. That brings out the best in me, as an artist, I've found. :) Then, with those ideas clear in my mind, I find that working with the actual stained glass images adds a lot of depth to the relatively simple concepts involved, and I wind up exploring and improvising variations on the theme provided by the actual glass colours and designs. :)

The final detail, the gold "leading" is inspired by my love of cloisonne'. I'm just not a silver person; I like the look of warmer metals, and one of the things that got me into doing more artistic work, initially, was a tendency to create "web jewellery" for the websites I design. I like having accents on websites that give them a tangible feel, pleasing to an eye attuned to real-world images, not just the flat digital colours of old-style computer/technical display styles.

So yes, it is my love of the imagery, in whole and in part, that lies behind the pieces I create, and while I may not always be able to execute that as well as I would like in all of my work, I try to give my best; as a result, at least in the areas where my skill is adequate, I am usually pleased to find myself very gratified with the results of my efforts. :D

It was very humbling, though, to go from the digital art, at which I'd become reasonably skilled, back to sketching and figure drawing. But even there, as long as I give it my best effort, I can usually find something I like about the image, and over time, the work has paid off, and my sketches look less like they were done by a chimp trying to draw in a moving car. :lol:
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Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner May 28, 2004
Yup! The effort did show, which I'd say is one of the most vital of great work, :D . As well as being fond of what's drawn and how it's important to you too, :). All that plays into all art, I think... if not all, then some. :)

The gold lining did suit the piece too--I would've thought the silver, if used, would be nice.. yet slightly off somehow, haha... The warm color of gold fit this just right.

The glass pieces were real? Ahaha, I didn't know that :D! That's really something :). I thought all of it's digital, :D.

Never really experienced going from digital art to sketching and figure drawing.. though I bet it takes a while to get accustomed to. But hey! From the sound of it, seems like there's good progess going on! Not surprised either! :D
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