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Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes. I started this for's Character of the Week but due to circumstances wasn't able to finish in time. But it's good practice so I finished it anyway!

Fire halo is a brush by ~XResch: [link]
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Kahoaalohakupaa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This has everything; power, symmetry, divinity, sexuality... Thank you, it's great job.
MeaT-Artworx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome.  She looks forbidding, terrible, beautiful and completely indifferent to mortals.
Master3Foamy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and Awesome! :D
hopeisrising74 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist
beautiful, I'm collecting images of Pele for a tattoo. Thus is by far my favorite.
louli9559 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
are those sea urchin tines around her wrists and ankles?
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They were supposed to be something like grasses or palm leaves but I like sea urchins better, now that you mention it. From now on yes, they are sea urchins. :)
louli9559 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
haha, okay. XD It just reminded me of them. I just got back from Hawaii on my senior class trip, and while I was there I got to go snorkeling. There were tons of sea urchins.
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nature's caltrops!

I hope you had a good time. That's a pretty awesome senior class trip, wow!
SilentNatasha Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Spectacular image of Pele, conveys strength and resilience.
jackknigh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Awesome! I really love how you did the contrast between fire and water, and the lava running down her body was a nice touch.
I don't think I've ever seen art of Pele before. That surprises me.
StoryTellingChoir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Explosive, actionpacked picture with a sense of calm chaos to it.
You've made a lot of different factors work together and give it an absolutely astounding effect. Well done and finished to the fullest.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Luminous! :)
This deserves a lot more attention! ;)
ManFromAbora Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
fairytaledreams Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
This is AMAZING!! It has the feel of Hawaiian art, and every element of this piece is clearly thought out and masterfully executed. Her pose is so regal, her attire is just PERFECT (that necklace. THAT. NECKLACE.), and her expression...that is the look of a goddess.
I was thinking how her skin was on the light side, but then I realized that it has the tone of volcanic ash and nodded in approval. X3
Being from Oahu, I've grown up with Pele like most kids grow up with a Boogie Man. She is the badass of the Hawaiian deities, and there are many stories of her appearing before modern day people and of her punishment towards those who take her lava rocks. You really have encompassed so much of who she is to Hawaii people and what she represents, and your art is really gorgeous. Have to save this to my desktop! :D

P.S. I have to tell you that when my cousin walked past my room and saw this on my desktop, she thought I was looking at a picture of Jesus... :XD:
Dracomania Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This is an outstanding take on this goddess. It pictures her power and grandiosity. Really beautiful piece, I must say.
XResch Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
really good work!!! thanks for using my brushes :boogie:
RedDrgn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That, is awesome! My favorite part is definitely the lava flowing from her necklace and down her body. I keep thinking "OUCH!" and then "She's a goddess, it doesn't burn HER!" and then "HOT FIRE GLOW, WOW!" :XD:

Volcanoes and lava and fire and obsidian are some of my very favorite things, and Pele is a great embodiement of them all, which you definitely captured and gave life to! :thumbsup:
Neabulae Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
This totes deserves a DD.
*goes off to suggest it*

Seriously though, this is an amazing piece. The water and background are so fantastic, and I love that she's like, huge.
Gah, such a lovely piece.
deadheaven Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
thank you for drawing such a beautiful Pele. i'm from hawaii and i really appreciate more art of the old hawaiian gods.
Wordworker Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Very powerful work here! Kudos!
puffbird Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome work! I love the concept!
arabianwolf4 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's freaking amazing. amazing detail. love it
Mikari Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Wow. This is pretty epic O:
Awesome concept! I love how she really is the volcano!
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I think this looks fantastic!!
The-Nightmare-Doctor Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh! Everything about this is amazing! I'm especially jealous of the water and the amazing reflection it has x3
vantid Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow woman. I love the cascading lava down her chest into the ocean. Is her bracelet an angry sea urchin? Beautiful as always... you are amazing!!
rah-bop Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!

Her bracelet should be an angry sea urchin -- angry because she punched a hole through it. I'd be mad too.
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