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King of Shadow, Queen of Light by MelissaFindley King of Shadow, Queen of Light by MelissaFindley
My entry in the latest event: Opposites.

I chose to paint the Unseelie King and the Seelie Queen, Dark vs. Light, Life vs. Death, Warm vs. Cold, Male vs. Female, Curves vs. Sharp edges, Soft vs. Hard.

There was a hell of a lot more I wanted to do with this, but I think if I'd done another brush stroke I would have crashed my computer. :D

I'm not watermarking it because I trust you people not to steal it...and I want you to appreciate the detail.
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SaraGoneZombie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks so much like Persephone and Hades 😍
mrrc0276 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
this is fabulous, I love it
BJsBestFriend Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
annamae411 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
not gonna lie, my first thought was "So the Seelie Queen goes topless?"
gunneson88 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
this is awesome
Clavin12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of Dream of the Endless.
tashag6 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i wanto be his queen ha ha
omg good job
12345678abc Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
this is beautiful and I agree with other commenters, the queen of light scares me more than the king of darkness.
GatesOfGold Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Wow. The contrasts are amazing.
hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo my! im speachless!
The-Winged-Warden Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Writer
Beautiful this remeinds me of Hades and Persephone.
Linnzy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very lovely, however I think her eyes make hr look to cold to be the light. Well it was just my first thought and other than that, It's perfect!
aquaxcamus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Persephone and Hades. :D
zoragirl13 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
silvermoon822 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
kinda reminds me of Jareth's parents in KnifeEdge's fan fic on FF! very cool!
Xilex90 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so fucking awesom
don't forget tall vs short!!!

it is very beautiful!!!
LadyIna9 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
This is a great piece of art. Is there a story behind this, know, "Once upon a time..." and go from there. Just looking at this picture, I can tell that it must have some kind of story to go with it.
Celesteennui Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
This is REALLY beautiful.
LaChiqui86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Wow your amazing. I love all kind of fantasy art and I'v never seen something like this one. And thank you you for not watermarking I sure enjoyed every single detail of this work.
trinitrixxxta Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
i oh so love it . did u ever do and with queen of the cresant moon and king of the solar eclipse?
Ikny Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wonderful. Goregeous the expression and meanings are beyond words at the present moment. :clap:
moon-sorceress Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Do you know where I could find info on the Seelie and Unseelie???? Oh and beauty painting!
MinaSun Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Especially the headresses
athlinia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008

You've been featured here: [link]

MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
athlinia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
no probs :heart:
VGiselleH Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
There's just something about this pic, their faces, especially his, that makes me loves this work. Very well done ^_^
midnightangel38 Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
OMG her dress is so beautiful! i can see how much effort you put into this, its really stunning.
love how the banisters are different. one is carved nicely, the other has dead vines twisting around it. love the atmosphere you were able to create from this piece as well. they suit each other!!
wonderful job! :heart:
iceblonde Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The details, as always, are amazing! Not to mention my obsession with the old tales :D lol. Great work on the opposites, especially with the king! Because no one knows what the hell he is :)
Glossamyre Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh.... ummm.... little lost for words, i absolutely loved your picture, Ive been fascinated by the unseelie and the seelie courts for years (prefer an unseelie king) and when i found your pic i was amazed at the beauty of it... its everything i thought the unseelie king would be and again it shows just what the seelie queen would be. Great work...
ghost-of-dreams Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, great detail. I am glad you did so many things that are opposites. It makes it really defined. But even though she seems softer, she seems to be the first one to order your death, while he looks as if he would learn about you before he would decide anything. I know what I'm trying to say, but it isn't coming out right... ^^;
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Maybe that appearances can be deceiving? That one should not judge a person based on their cover?
ghost-of-dreams Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... Something like that... ^^;
In any case, it is very, very good. I really, really like it! :D
Elzera Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008   Photographer
SpitfireFae Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
I LOVE her dress and wings. The details you put into your artwork is amazing! :D
silentsteel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Ohhh . . . . I'm in love. This, this is beautiful! I love the contrast between them, but also that posessive/protective body language he's got going on. *taps chin* Y'know . . . Kittengrl39 does have a point. There's something very blunt and direct about his expression (not tactless, but not giving any fluff about it), while hers is more mysterious. A stronger impression of things hidden. Possibly gloating a little over snagging the most handsome male in both courts? :D
Kittengrl39 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
I really love her staff. But about the only things that aren't opposite are their expressions. Or perhaps they are. Because the Unseelie King looks cold and dark... but honest. The Seelie Queen looks as if she's calculated every bit of this betrayal beforehand and will be amused to watch you fail when you try to rectify it.
...I think I like him better.
laurawhitewing Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it is great that ur doing a competition to this one. It is definitely inspiring. I sent a detailed comment yesterday. Did it get erased or did I just crash on my laptop?
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
I don't remember getting it. Might not have made it through.

Glad you like the competition and the piece of art. :D
laurawhitewing Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well...I went on and on about how much I loved the entry from Bluefairy-07 so I thought it got censored. I loved her piece. If you look at my comment, it's like I wrote about as much as she did!! I loved the story and was hooked. THEN I saw ur painting and was like in heaven. I thought to myself u guys could make a movie with these characters and her plot. It's breathtakingly beautiful. I love the staff and the color contrasts between the 2 outfits. Her expression is mysterious. U guys are both so creative.
inkstainedsoul Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
i love her hair, but her expression is a little odd. what is she trying to communicate?
This is sooooo gorgeous. I love the theme..everything...the way one pole is nice and neat the other one with things crawling on it...the different scepters...her beauty..aww...everything. :D :hug:
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

This. Is. Incredible.

I love this immensely! What a great idea. I love her expression. I love everything about him. ;) Her dress is lovely. I love the 2 different columns. I just am speechless over this piece. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! :clap::clap::clap:
NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist

Oh, lucky girl. And she's beautiful, too. :D
MenacingSky Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007   Writer
This is AMAZING! Seriously love the contrast and oh man is he a wonderful character. I feel there needs to be a story about this.
mitsukononame Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful! Wonderful details and the emotions of it is intense
HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm totally jealous of her of course. They are both stunning....
Galad-Damodred Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
Wow, that's beautiful! Love the contrast. "Contrast is the first law of all art", yes?

But wait... there's an Unseelie King? I thought it was the three Unseelie Queens, the three Seelie Queens, then the Unseelie Knight and the Seelie Knight... Faerie King was a ceremonial title, at the most.
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