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In a Gadda da Vida by DeadInTheAttic In a Gadda da Vida by DeadInTheAttic

The Idea behind: another Interpretation of the Genesis, the first Man (Adam and Eve) and the Beginning of Civilization (after being expelled from Paradise) of Mankind. Somehow an Ambivalence, I think.

The Snake has already been punished for persuading Eve to take a bite, it already has lost its Legs.
I somehow thought about the Song 'Nine Inch Nails - Everyday's exactly the same', though I must admit, that this Illustration fits best to 'Iron Butterfly - In a Gadda da Vida (In the Garden of Eden)'; Love, Peace and Rock'n'Roll of the Sixties.

I also included some Symbols. The Apple always has been a cross-cultural Symbol (in Germany we call it 'Reichsapfel' as a Symbol of Kings, a Symbol in many Religions and Fairytales and much more). The 'Devil' on her right Side, the 'Angel' on her left Side, above her Shoulders. The Angel being a Robin, a Victim for the Snake, trying to flee in time. I tried to make it look a little bit silvern, precious in Contrast to the Snake.

The closed Eyes and Eve enjoying the first Rain on Earth should look a bit erotical. For perhaps she wanted to leave that Place, no Regret, no Remorses ... not every Day the same Stuff any more ...

And for those Headbangers like me:
Slayer covered the Song 'In a Gadda da Vida'.

Nice to know:

There exists another written Story of the Genesis in the Bible. God not made Eve out of Adam, God created both at the same Time. And this Story is the earlier Version.


After picking many References I created some rough Drawings, which I used to illustrate this within Photoshop. The original Face (at least Part of it) bases on a screencap of a Music Clip of 'Selig - Wenn ich wollte'.
My usual Technic is similar to Airbrush. Masking the single Elements (so I don't need to take that much Care of the Borders later on). Custom Texture Brushes increase the Credibility. The original Size would fit on a Poster.

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JigabytesS Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love In Gadda da Vida. Great song! :D Love the artwork! Looks so amazing and well done! :) Amazing interpretation of Eve. 
HaymanotTebabSeeker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
In gnostic understanding, Eve actually is the serpent, who comes down to Adam, who was molded by Yaldabaoth, the demi-urge, and She instructs him in the ways of the Most High, teaching him of his Source, the Divine Light within him. 
OnurahArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Digital Artist
hijadelilith Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
I love the girl's skin, I'm in love with the details. Also the snake with some smoke in her head. My only problem is with the darkness of the mouth, I may be wrong but I think it gets too dark too close to the oppening. I mean, I'm just a rookie, but that's my impression. 
ZealousTemplar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Such an Epic illustration, this is such a interesting kink in the devil and angel on shoulder idea, brilliant!!!! and also, extremely well painted, kudos and lots of respect (for what it's worth)
Lockslie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great concept !
TabletActivity Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work!! like it so much ;)
kso721 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Badasssss! great description.
Aeternusomni Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Hah, you got it! Definitely a garden of Eden, love it
katreeona Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Karma-Manipulation Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here: [link]

Sorry for the rather late notice, but life kinda came in between posting and telling. ;)
chuckypolo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I understand why Adam could not resist !!
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
gorgeous work dear :glomp:
LXIXMAG Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Beautiful. We'd love to feature this on

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soyunperded0r Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Words cannot express... how badass this is. Fantastic!
ultimatede Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
amazing is all that can really be said
DroUltrinnin-61 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Beautifully done! Bravo!
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philipbrunner Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is ridiculously Awesome!
airbrushmacma3d Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
philmster Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Simply wonderfully done! Her facial expression is incredibly well caught :D
xxAngellicaOh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love this. simply stunning.
the emotion expressed here immediately caught my eye, even as a tiny thumbnail, & the symbolism throughout really makes you look twice and wonder what the hidden meaning could be.
the overall natural look of this piece is very appealing & ties into the concept as well, i like that you chose animals to represent the 'Devil' and 'Angel' on each side.
the rain is very well done & really adds to the impact of the piece (also another nice natural element!) it gives the piece a surreal air to it.
the technical skill here is absolutely incredible, you're an extremely talented digital artist! it looks like a photograph in that many of the details, such as the fngers and the apple, are spot on to how they would look in reality.
overall, this piece is just beautiful & inspiring :]
KirganL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Very, very cool! Thanks! =)
BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your artwork has been featured in my journal here: [link] ! :heart:
therob70 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Wow. Absolute perfection.
ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG :omg: OMG :omg: OMG :omg: OMG :omg:


Oktanas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic job
I love it :love:
choosik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
WOW this is awesome ....
misterFISH Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful !!! everything about this is fantastic !!!
Mild2Wild-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, This is truly amazing... Your talent is 2nd to none !!!
MaxTegman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic. Everything from idea to execution, is masterful and unique... Bravo :clap:
AnoukvanderMeer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing and I like the idea behind it :D
thandav Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful work
ivstvs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAH! Mein absoluter Favorit! Da sage einer, christliche Darstellungen währen was für Vergangenheitsfanatiker. Dieses Bild könnt ich mir perfekt in einer modernen Kirche vorstellen, deren Gemeinde nicht so verschroben und konservativ ist wie manche andere - und selbst die würden dieses Bild lieben. ^^
Einfach großartig!
Chase-Falkenhagen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The blending is pretty impressive. I like your play of light, especially with the head/water on the serpent. Sort of has a bit of resemblance to Luis Royo's lighting, but you still maintain your own style. Overall it's very, very good. :D
rockerdish Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH! :faint: Very nice. And good description as well ;P
Meister-Goldfeder Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
verry nice!
TitusBoy25 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one of the best works i recently saw on deviant!Impressive colors ,use of textures and mostly the Eve's face expression!
waitingforSun Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Just amazing. I love this for so many different reasons, and the thought that went into every detail of it just makes it that much better! Great concept and great execution!
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you very much, I really like playing around with all the Details.

Soukyan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely increadible and just plainly crazy! In dA I've seen plenty of breath-taking digital paintings. This outtakes them all. Why ain't it DD yet?!
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Hi! Thanks for your big Compliment, very much appreciated. I am trying hard to keep illustrating, perhaps later Artworks might be worth a DD ;)

gothicsabbath Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
That is an incredible piece of work.
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011

AloneInUniverseArt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow what a great light
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you ;)

StudioPitchArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like beautiful:D
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you!

PersephoneFoxx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
in an oral tradition version i've come across of the second version of genesis includes that they were made back-to-back the adamah (in hebrew), and when they were split apart, that is supposedly where our spines' bumpiness came from--the scar. it is also in myth supposed to be the reminder that we all have our perfect half out there somewhere, that once was whole.

interesting stuff.

incredible painting!
DeadInTheAttic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you very much, also for the quiet different Version of the Genesis ;)

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