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I wanted to do this painting in a style reminiscent of a renaissance religious painting.

Angel is messenger, demon cherub is harbinger of the apocalypse.

I haven't done a lot with two characters interacting so this seemed like a good excuse. Plus I've had the concept in my mind for years now. Glad to finally see it down on paper, so to speak.

The angel is not terribly tough/masculine, yes, this was intentional. Most sources say that traditionally, angels have no real gender, though they are usually depicted as beautiful beings with some male characteristics. Now don't ask me if they have navels, it looked too strange without one.

Painted with Photoshop CS2 (refs used for hands/baby leg)

edit 9/30: Wow, thanks for the DD on this, I'm amazed! And thanks so much to ~faerywitch and ^archanN for the suggestion and feature!
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Given 2009-09-30
messenger by *ceruleanvii - The contrast between the perfection of both creatures and the cruelty in their eyes make this unique deviation beautiful and disturbing! ( Suggested by faerywitch and Featured by archanN )
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NyxShadowhawk1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Aziraphale and Adam
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:iconhilif:
HILIF Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow! This is so Beautiful! Awsome work!+fav Heart 
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LuzbelKaori Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE THE TAIL DETAIL AND FORM!!!!!!! <3
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very striking!
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:iconangelofdarkness089:
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is absolutely amazing!
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:iconlapislove1990:
lapislove1990 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
absolutely beautiful.
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ZenskiSeronja Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful,,and exactly how I see an angel..both male and female features-all in one, blond curly hair like an innocent child...
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ImJadey Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the best!!!
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angnheadly Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
wonderful, your talent is stunning. This makes me think of him holding his little brother, who's not all bad.
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kavtoM Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see this as Lucifer and Lilith, first demon he created.
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silentology Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012   Writer
blown away...... completely! i think this falls into my top 20 favourite pieces here of all time.
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:iconthegodessoflove:
TheGodessOfLove Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow just wow u have amazing talent :D
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:iconmayroco:
MayRoco Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!
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rainbowmonkey27 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
He looks so perfect *_______*
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NekoZidaneTribal Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Wouldn't it be super cute if his was mpreg with that baby OMG!!:O_o::blushes:
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:iconlola-nice:
lola-nice Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
woow vary weird but i love it
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Hell-fire-666 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The color is beautiful and I love the detail on the wings for both of them.
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AlexanderAeternus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
How do you do this? Your airbrush paintings breathe:) :highfive:
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Serena1000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
That's amazing!
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AceOfCrows Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Nice :) have a :+fav:
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:iconmusicalboater:
MusicalBoater Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truely amazing artwork. Have added to my favourites :-)
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:iconcholo92:
cholo92 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Beautiful!!!
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:iconshrakta:
Shrakta Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist
wow!
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:iconamidarosa:
amidarosa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Both has sinister beauty and thank you for not making the angel terribly masculine. I understand your attempt at renaissance religious painting style, but if you really wanted to achieve that you need more sfumato. For now every edge is abit too defined, but you did a fabulous job regardless.
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hmm, good idea - I may play around with losing some edges. Thanks!
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skankwaster Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
oh my god... this picture absolutely blew my mind. this is possibly my favorite piece of artwork ever. this is incredible.
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tiny-alien Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I have no idea where to start, this is just perfect!
The textures on the skin, the hair and the demon's wings are incredibly well done. The colours give depth an volume to the figures as well as making them look very realistic. The angel's eyes are so intesive and focused... And the baby demon is such a sweet little creature ^^
What I really love about this is the way the angel is holding the demon; it's like he wants to keep some distance from it, yet protecting it at the same time :aww:
:+fav:
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something1181 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
i bit if the angel had a mother, she would be like, : i told you that jezebel woman was the devil".
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fratisi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Good work, much sensitive. I will write a post about your art on my blog.
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool! Angels rock! rofl, and such a cute little baby!
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merrygrannyde Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Beautiful, so tender
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. cool ideea !
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:iconkazi2000:
kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. cool ideea !
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jokersdraw Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You have incredible talent! Bravo!
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
WOW! Fabulous job!!
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Brixal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Sooo beautiful! :love:
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ChubbyPikachu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absolutely gorgeous. it invokes such huge emotion. i love it
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ReminiscingLunar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
May I please use this piece for a school assignment? I'm supposed to make a copy of a piece of work that I like for a long writing assignment, and I'd like to use this. Credit will be given to you, and I'll claim it in no way shape or form.
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sure, go for it - though your teacher may find it rather odd :)
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ReminiscingLunar Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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LunitaGothic Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
awsome *-*!!!
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D-GATES Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Remarkable!
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lullaby-gardens Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
beautiful....
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Zaharaa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
:iconthemalesoul: Your amazing work has been FAVED by TheMaleSoul - showcasing and promoting Male Beauty in Art :love:
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SEnigmaticX Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most stunning piece of art I have seen in a long time.
I mean wow...the anatomy is flawless. I'm just amazed at your talent!
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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merrygrannyde Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Just awesome
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Antrophy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Such unbelievable realism..and you totoally deserve and dd for this <3
How much did this amazing piece take you?
/Just curious.
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Lady-FaFa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your gallery is absolutely stunning! Every piece is full of such great detail, I could seriously just stare at them for ages! :dummy: I REALLY love this one though--for the concept and the expressions and composition of the piece, :dance: Haha, I wish he was my guardian angel :devilish:
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Lady-FaFa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and I really love how you went for Renaissance-style, I think it came out great. Good god I love this piece, haha :)
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