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Dreamdance: Fear by puimun Dreamdance: Fear by puimun
From the Dreamdance Oracle [link]

For prints and detail closeups: [link]

For blog entry with all the in progress sketches: [link]

Satyros Phil Brucato writes for this card:
When Fear traps us in its razor-bladed hell, escape often seems impossible. Yet as long as we’re alive, we’re never truly hopeless. Courage is our weapon in such situations, and while we must eventually surrender to mortality, we can still carve out a life worth remembering before we go.
Sword-dancing turns the art of war into a spectacular skill. Sharp edges cut both ways, and a little bloodshed is inevitable when learning how to use a blade. Still, a person who’s determined (or desperate) enough to master such arts can weave a glorious trail of steel and blood and fire in their wake. To do so, you must learn to face terror on its own terms and make yourself an instrument of change. Literally and symbolically, blades divide one state from another; where one passes through, the landscape gets transformed. In the hands of someone who knows how to use them, blades can cut new paths through apparent hopelessness, lighting a way through the darkness of Fear.
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redbatlives Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Wow, what a beautifully written synopsis.

I enjoy how you portray the dancer to me the subject is fighting off nightmares. very well done :).
JackalStar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This is really powerful. 
sora-kaze91 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can not wait for these cards come out!
Entraya Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if i can ever get this good if i just practice all the dahm time.. Well, that's what i get for having art as my second goal in life
Napo-4V Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Adonael Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just speechless with this one. I like the high level of content as if fear needs a tab on everything there could be that others fear.
sweetquiescence Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
a beautiful depiction of fear. it really resonates.
Morgan113 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful and haunting. Very different, and darker than your usual paintings, but it works perfectly for "fear". :)
kimikiti Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's so much going on in this painting. Fluid life and still death. Next stop: your links!
loppermagic Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
super! :D
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