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Submitted on
May 14, 2009
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Canon EOS 30D
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1/4 second
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80 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 20, 2007, 7:58:52 AM
BOLH: Memory of Forest by TormentedArtifacts BOLH: Memory of Forest by TormentedArtifacts
A companion piece to Memory of Flight [link]

I keep getting these occult/biology concepts going. I may seriously have to look into doing some kind of book using these.

Some of the brush credit for this piece goes to :iconmidnightstouch: most of the rest came from public domain imagery on Wikimedia Commons.
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USAMENG Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this black magic 
EBONY-BANDERSNATCH Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Wow, between the skull, the arcane text you've chosen and all the astrological diagrams (especially the orrery, which looks great) you've completely nailed down the alchemical/occult atmosphere you were looking to achieve.
What really makes the piece, at least in my opinion, are the veins: Their positioning and the way they branch greatly amplify the effect of the piece becoming more complex as you move further left. They sort of bring up thoughts of blood and the human body, and of roots and trees and plant life. It's the way that these and the other seemingly disparate ideas are married in this chart that really evoke feelings of something strange and sorcerous and basal to the nature of things.
EBONY-BANDERSNATCH Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
I hope I didn't sound too pretentious there: I figured that this deserved more than just another "Wow this is really good!" comment. I didn't mean to jump to the other end of the spectrum. It actually sort of grates on me how some people try to sound cultured and sophisticated by rattling off some nonsense about how "the artwork speaks to man's inhumanity to man" or "this piece is a rather cutting commentary on (INSERT OBFUSCATING NONSENSE HERE)." I really meant what I said up there, and I'm certainly not about to claim that my interpretation of this is valid by any means: It's just what came to mind when I was examing the piece in search of more meaningful critique than "Hey, neat!". Lastly, my sincerest apologies for the infuriating walls of text!
ataniell93 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You wanted to hear that it gives people shivers? It scares the khrappe out of me. OMG. It probably doesn't help that I've studied Kabbalah and seeing the skull in the place of Malkuth... okay. you successfully freaked me out, good job!
TormentedArtifacts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh. Forgive me for taking a small point of pride in that, though I'm hoping I didn't offend.
midnightstouch Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully executed visual on the concept. Well done! :clap:
Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Here's the most beautiful tree of life I've seen on dA.
I assume there's no connection between the left sephiroth and the drawings you replaced them with, but still it was a good idea to put a skull in place of the materialistic plan.
primulatook Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this....wonderful!
Cornebus Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
ain't that the kabbalah or something like that?

I love the concept though
savageworlds Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
I like the dark feel of this. The bare tree branches look a lot like nerve dendrites or even lightning patterns connecting the unusual stand-ins for the traditional Kabbalistic symbols.;)

"Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death."
-(William Blake)
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