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February 4, 2012
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Metamorphosis by nelchee Metamorphosis by nelchee
Watercolor, ink and acrylic on 35x50cm watercolor paper.

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Work in progress with explanation of steps.

EDIT: Since this came up a few times, yes I do know she looks too relaxed considering the pose she's hanging in, and yes it's a mistake :) but a mistake I made consciously. Originally I indented way more web holding her in place, but it would cover up too much of her body and wings so I chose not to paint it that way after all. I chose aesthetics over realism, I know ideally it should be both but eh sometimes things don't work out that way.


When I first started to draw in 2003, I was pretty much obsessed with drawing demonic women (as seen on my 2003 - 2009 timeline), or precisely women with reptile wings. One of these sketches was the girl in a gothic dress going through a demonic transformation or some kind. I was going though my old sketches thinking about revisiting some of these old ideas, and decided I should redo this one, but in a more mature manner.

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SprenklePhotography Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   Photographer
The wings being held on by bloody sinew=awesome.  Very imaginative creature.
nelchee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you appreciate the details :)
colourfulcatastrophe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing concept and amazing artwork.
I don't actually mind the relaxed expression, to me its like shes finally completed a change and now shes free, free to leave, fly away. But that's just my interpretation *shrugs*

I love the webbing, how its all soft looking, the strands like silk or lace, but still trapping her. Your colours and shading are also well done
nelchee Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :) I like your interpretation. I try not to use the "but this is fantasy!" argument much when people question things like gravity etc. but I just like the image much better this way.
I'm glad you like it, and appreciate the details.
Susaleena Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this pose and the depiction of a beautiful deadly!
nelchee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like her, it's one of my favourite pieces :aww:
Doko-Latte Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Wow, this is amazing! Love the concept ^^ Everything is so detailed and the colouring is great!
nelchee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it :aww: It took a lot of time, but I think it's one of my best works so far.
Doko-Latte Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
No prob ^^
PeytonJune Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
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