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Original: El Pendulo by Risachantag Original: El Pendulo by Risachantag
Inspired by a mix of Hindu art and Cirque du Soleil. I wanted to get across a feeling, rather than a solid concept.

The title is from my favorite song on Cirque du Soleil's Varekai soundtrack. You can probably guess, but it translates to "The Pendulum".

Detail shots

Time: 15+ hours
Tools: Maya 8, Photoshop CS4 & Wacom Intuos tablet
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Critique by FoxxyLover FoxxyLover/critique/555772055">Jan 26, 2012, 8:15:44 PM
I LOVE Cirque du Soleil. It has been a true inspiration in my life for my love of acrobatics and sweet, beautiful music. The stories that are wound within Cirque du Soleil are magical.
I love the details of this scene, especially with the bells and the ribbons. The figure gives an astounding performance, and the background is so lovely.
The details of the background are simply amazing, and the colors are awesome. It would've been dull with less than three colors. You nailed this picture and the performance. I encourage you to do more. Keep up the good work.
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RaitaTheWriter Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazingly Beautiful
AquaAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
Wow! :D
moltenraven Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Amazing color choices and perspective love it
moltenraven Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Amazing color and theme thanks
Toa-Lagara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfull *-*
Estibalisee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yo amo la cancion!! es tan genial (Y) amo el circo y amo la imagen :)
GayStudent Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Don't tutch the red lines or the burgler alarm will go off... Hehe. Seriously though. Beautiful details and exsiting composition.
deletement Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
it's a great work...[link]
deletement Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
tu n'as pas encore essayer the cintiq tablet
deletement Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
tu n'as pas encore essayer the cintiq tablet
Nunuzami Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Inspirethem Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I absolutely love this.
SLKestrel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student
I LOVE the light and color so much in this. Cirque and related arts have a special place in my heart, too, so this is just awesome :)
The-Nai Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very romantic. I love the colors you have used.
OsoShiT Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Dude, can I use your artwork to make a front page magazine preview?, if you accept your credit will mention in the preview
Nephro Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Another fabulous work. I think the feeling you wished to express is perfectly given off; as that was exactly what came to mind: Cirque du Soleil mixed with Hindu styled atmosphere.
Dehoot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
THe perspective make my eyes boggle. :o All the angles must have been difficult to think/work with or at least I would have trouble drawing/envisioning. But it certainly feels like I'm looking up into that beautiful circle and seeing this woman(?) dance with the ribbons. It always freaks me out when I see local acrobatics putting on shows like this at malls. x_x;
Julie1226 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Nice Work! You are featured here : [link]
kawkun Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
This is stunning! So beautiful! The harmony of forms! the colors! very very pretty!
Wanako Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
personally, i believe this to be one of, if not your best piece. The beauty portrayed here is breathtaking. The mix of two art styles was blended quite perfectly and is something I can very well imagine being done at a Cirque de Soleil show.
Emoon18 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Wow, awesome details and perspective. =D
ARKANXAV Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Alien-D Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
this is sooooooo great! *____* wow! super fave!!
great job!
fun859 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
i like your color !!
Frigandier Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmm, you've really captured the Cirque du Soleil side very well. El Pendulo is one of my favourite songs on the Varekai CD, and the picture matches its' mood beautifully. And you've done such a wonderful job with the Hindu side as well, with the beautiful colours and background patterns.

Every time I hear El Pendulo, I'll think of this picture from now on. Amazing work. :3
berrigan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
This is beautiful. I love the mix of femininity and masculinity (through the muscles in her arms). I also like the colours of the ribbons. They're so bright and vibrant! :D
wolfenphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
It looks utterly gorgeous!
PharaonicWolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Wow, I absolutely love the setting! What beautiful colors and composition.
ChrisKarma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Student
This is beautiful! and I love cirque du soleil!
ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Writer
...i don't know what to say...
itz-elegance Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Photographer
love cirque du Soleil, love this pic<3
live-A-lot Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
wunaznbabi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
cirque du soleil shows are amazing!! their live music is even more amazing >w<
ceylon-tae Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the concept and composition in this piece best reflect your true capabilities. The fluid pose, the faithful detail, this is the beginning of your potential.

I'm scratching my head as to why the shadows on the red fabric are so blue, seeing as the sky (the backlighting source) is not blue but a hazy yellow, but it's not really bothersome (and nor am I an expert on colors or shades in the first place).

All that said, I am left wanting to hear this music she makes as part of her performance.
Freelana Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so beautiful. and the movement is wonderful. i wish i had this idea :3
TheHappyDayz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Oh wow. Goregous job. <3
I love the ribbons and the bells especially.
paradoxchild Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!:highfive: This work has been featured here!:clap:[link]
Risachantag Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
darkness89 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
i like it it looks amazing, though i wish you would use slightly brighter colors. i think that would make the picture seem more active.
PaladinArtea Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
that is just so awesome
Satori-Blackthorn Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So. Friggen. Cool!!! I love cirque, and I love how you've worked it into this piece! The feeling and tone of this work is both so powerful and peaceful at the same time, and it's cool how there's a sense of freedom bound up in the sense of confinement to the path she's being pulled around.
And the colours!!! They're phenomenal.
So, pretty much love everything about this. :D Awesome job!
Harvest-Hearts Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
CyanideCherries Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. That's ridiculously gorgeous. The colors, details - everything. Beautiful.
boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
well thanx for the tranlation. thumbz up award.:iconthumbsupplz:
juddywood Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   Filmographer
I watch you!!

Your jobs are stupendid!

apeman505 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Very pretty, I love it! :)
JulietteDied Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
It looks like you really know what are your doing, and on top of all you also did a research.

Great job. I can't say anything bad about it.
engyne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Knew it had to be Varekai based when I saw the title. :p beautiful!
Aquasakura Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Student General Artist
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