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Heavy with Sin by RasheruSuzie Heavy with Sin by RasheruSuzie
For :iconthedigitalworldofart: 's Egypt-themed contest!

A fairly well-known myth of ancient Egypt is about a person's judgment after their death. Anubis compares the weight of the deceased's heart to that of the Feather of Truth. To be able to proceed into the afterlife, one's heart must be lighter than the feather - meaning their life was mostly devoid of bad deeds. If the heart is heavier... they're a bad person, and into the monster's stomach they go.

I decided to paint the scene... light-heartedly.

Comments and critiques are welcome!
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:iconfox-the-wandering:
Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
As I said before, this is a great piece; a fantastic piece of storytelling on a myth as old as time. :)
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind comment! x3
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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darknessofanubis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You gotta heart! Lots and lots and lots of heart!!!
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CABARETCABS Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the concept of a feather being out-weighed by the heart to show sin, it's a very interesting idea which is very well executed. I love the colours and the shading is rather well-done, the saturated colour works very well at guiding the viewer towards the focus-point and I doubt it would have been executed as well without the colour.
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Concept-Hen Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Very good use of colour and lighting in this picture.
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AuburnZero Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great depiction!  I really like your use of textures on the back wall, and reflection on the countertop.

Also...the heart was called upon to testify against a person verbally, so despite their attempts at silence, their own heart would speak of the evils they had done.  The religion of the time taught that to keep your heart from condemning you, you must harden it because I guess a stone can't speak even though a heart can.  Anyway, this explains why, in Exodus, Pharaoh is described as "hardening his heart".  It wasn't just a idiom like today.  He knew what he was wrong but didn't want it held against him.  later on, when God hardened his heart for him, Pharaoh was only getting what he'd actually been striving for all along.
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DSegno92 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I like is that the heart is right in the center of the frame. Also, there is something in Anubi's human face that makes him look like a real Egyptian painting: cool!
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ElisabethTK Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking gorgeous.
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SlyRaiderTigerwolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Oi. I bet the person was someone of great evil. Anubis probably minced the fellow before handing it to the beast as pay back from breaking the scale.
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safyia110 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this piece~  The scene is a great representation of the judgement of one's sins in ancient Egypt~  And there's a bit of macabre humor added in the heart snapping the chain and cracking the marble~  I really enjoy the soft, line-less style you chose for the image, I think it softens the image and assists the humor~  

The view of the man's chest and his shoulder may require a second look~  The definition in the shoulder is a bit lost, making it look a bit strange if you stare at it~  The side view of the man's pecs are a bit off, also~  They look to me like they hang a bit near the bottom, making it look less firm~  

I love the main character's expression- he looks thoroughly surprised at the outcome~  The directional lighting is spot on; one can clearly see the light comes from the right and slightly above~  I love the little details you added, like the reflection in the marble or the marble chips flying about~  The anatomy of the heart looks really good, also~  I don't know if it's the most accurate, but I certainly knew it for what it was at first glance~  The hieroglyphics look pretty authentic, yet not so much that it looks as if you did a photo-manipulation or anything like that~

Overall, I really do love this piece~  Every time I look at it, I notice just one more little bit of detail you added and feel amazed all over again~  ^^

-ProjectComment 
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KlickWitch Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You really don't see enough modern art based on Ancient Egyptian Mythology. And that's a real shame. Lots of Greek mythology art, and roman mythology art, Zodiac based art, fairy tail based art (which is basically western mythology) But all the Egyptian gods get left behind. So first, I need to say I'm really happy with the accuracy of the setting. The hieroglyphics look excellent and exactly what one would picture a wall in Egypt to look like. Anubis's is clearly wearing gold; a metal that the Egyptians were obsessed with as were their gods. The scale is also well drawn, and I love the cracks underneath the broken scale to add to the weight of the tainted heart.
The overall detail is fantastic; beyond anything I could do right now and I feel a tad inadequate trying to give you some constructive criticism but here I go. I'd add more broken bits of chain around the snapped bit flying through the air away from the scale. The feather I might add a bit of a glow, to help communicate that it's a special feather. 
This last bit is nit picky, but Anubis is traditionally a Man with the head of a dog; not a dog mask. Granted it's art, you can do what you want, and I love it none the less. I just wanted to tell you since you worked so hard to keep to the tradition of the story and the setting.

-Klick from ProjectComment
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
     Oh my god, I love this! Egyptian religion is fascinating! I can tell that you put major time into the hieroglyphs in the background and it paid off my friend, this is a truly magnificent piece! I love how the feather on the scale is the only light in the piece as it represents purity and good (which is why, if your heart is good, your heart should even out with it! Although you already knew that so I'm just monologing...)
     The gold-work looks very bright and shiny and the colorful clothing is very expressive, as it should be for a god! The reflection off the polished ledge and the cracks from the heavy/greedy heart breaking it are just magnificent. That coupled with the shocked expression just makes this piece fantastic! My only criticism is that you didn't make the god have the head of a jackal, just the headdress... Other than that I loved it and thought the whole piece was brilliant; I'm doing a poor job as a critic but I don't care! This piece is awesome and I will argue with anyone that says otherwise!
     One last thing, Ammit will eat well tonight!Wink/Razz 
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. I like drawing human faces so my own desires got the best of me haha P: I'm aware it's not an accurate depiction, and could have been more proper to draw the real jackal head ; ) I'll consider it next time the opportunity arises! Thanks very much for the comment!
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Pearlbomber Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!:D (Big Grin)  I thought that that's why you drew a human face! It also gives you a better chance to display more emotion because human faces are capable of displaying a lot more emotion that typical animals... or at least we can recognize the emotions a lot easier on a human face... Either way, I saw where you were going on this, and in this case I think that it was for the best. Good Work!
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016   Writer
What a way to incorporate a part of Ancient Egyptian tradition. I can see the thought you put into this. You took the time to add wall paintings and hieroglyphics. The tones balance out; making the man dark was right. It's very profound, believing one's heart to actually be carrying the burden of sins. The style of the wall paintings was captured accurately. As was how the man is dressed, the bands, the sash, and the headdress. Gold makes a good combination with black. I can see the teeth of the jackal head and the highlights in the hair. It's also nice that you were decorative, making the gold bands colourful. The scale seems to be the only source of light in this as everything around it is dark. I don't know how realistic you planned to make this, based on the detail of the heart. The claw-nails and the sharp teeth are a little cliché, though. The cracks really emphasize how "heavy" the heart is.
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Darkwolfnekoro Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is one bad soul xP 

The painting itself is wonderfully done ^_^ The lightning, the details...I am more than impressed. And that wall... :heart:
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KiwiOblivion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! The colors, anatomy, shading, lighting...everything. You have amazing art skills, far better than mine. (I have many who would agree) I love this so much, five star rating in my book :)
You deserve a favorite and a watch, and you've definitely earned them! Your art is outstanding. Keep up the good work :D
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! : D
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KiwiOblivion Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Student General Artist
No problem :3
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L-L-arts Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I read about this Egyptian legend! This piece is really interpreted in a very creative way, beautiful lighting and shading, impressive details too! It must have taken a lot of time to do the wall...and the reflection is beautiful! There are almost nothing wrong with this piece. ^^
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist
:noes: yikes, that's one heavy heart!

I love Anubis's expression, the shock and anger are really apparent =D
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DragnBoi65 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot help finding this humorous but it's a beautiful painting nevertheless.
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DeidaraAddict Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice pun love the pic
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lol glad you liked my horrible pun ; ) Thanks for the comment!
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DeidaraAddict Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob
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kiyanchi1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Very well done! Poor soul btw XD
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Cehem Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnifique!!Et ça n'a pas dû être évident pour les hiéroglyphes. 
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Merci! : D et lol c'était juste long en fait, les hiéroglyphes. Haha
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GersifGalsana Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Professional Writer
I love it. :thumbsup:
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RasheruSuzie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, and thanks for the fav! : D
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GersifGalsana Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Professional Writer
You're welcome :)
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