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The Red String Fate - SelfPort by GiuseppeParisi The Red String Fate - SelfPort by GiuseppeParisi
Digitally Enhanced Portrait + Matte Painting Background

Matte Painting info: 5 photos [stock house image purchased + my own stock] + Hand Painting [33%]

strobist info: 1 rim light and 1 butterfly lightning.
----- Canon 580 Ex II in shot-through umbrella 45 above the model @1/2
----- Bare and zoomed Nikon sb-26 up on the right behind the model @1/8
Triggered via Skyport.

Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II
Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos4 Tablet


See How I Made It!: [link]

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The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of "the red thread" is believed to be Yue Xia Lao (月下老) (often abbreviated to "Yuelao" [月老]), the old lunar matchmaker god who is also in charge of marriages.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmates or a twin flame.


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Larpa-art Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Never knew about this before, thanks for sharing.
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chalutplease Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Wonderful myth and conceptual shot! Does this mean that you are tied to the Lady of the Lake?
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:icongiuseppeparisi:
GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehe not of the lake... but she's a lady yes ;P
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:iconchalutplease:
chalutplease Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
:highfive:
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Great image and lesson thank you :)
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:iconoption-b:
option-b Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artist
really like the composition!
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bobstrong Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
stupendo lavoro
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sparkpenguin Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mine is tangled to hell and i'm gnawing at it a lot lately. :|

this is gorgeous, and i love the expression-- so resolute. excellent stock blending as always! and it was nice you took the time to put some thoughtful background in the scripto to inform the audience. n_n
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
LOVE this piece!!
I do believe that everyone has a soul mate.
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Nippy13 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow...ammazza che muscolacci...complimentoni!
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xx-Lethal-xx Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
what an extremely handsome model, and a wonderfully lit shot
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:icongiuseppeparisi:
GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the compliment for both my skills and look!
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:iconxx-lethal-xx:
xx-Lethal-xx Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
your more than welcome sweets, its well deserved! =)
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0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work as always, Giuseppe. :clap:
And I loved the message about the magical cord. :heart:
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GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Ju! I love this myth as well.
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twinkletinker Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   General Artist
Lovely concept behind the work... and the mattepainting blends perfectly. :D
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:icongiuseppeparisi:
GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much my dear friend!
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
With all the info you put here, I still have no idea how you made this, but it's gorgeous!
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:icongiuseppeparisi:
GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL then you will have a clearer mind when I'll post the screen-capture video I recorded while creating it in PS.
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
:phew: ^^;
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MasakoHime Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The common thread is a desire of every human being to find a person who is his soul mate. I like the japanese and chinese mythology precisely for these reasons. A romantic notion of connectedness between two people. If such a thing could only exist in real ^____^

/sorry for my english XD/
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GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think that such a link between two people really exists, I have experienced it.
Do not be sorry for your English, you're good.
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MasakoHime Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really? how would you define your soul mate?
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GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's difficult to explain, you just feel it: it's when two people feel like they trust blindly each other, feel both love and passion never felt before, when they are at the same time lovers and best friends, despite their age or the space which divede them.
It does not happen often, but when it does... it's a life-changing experience.
:)
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MasakoHime Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
understand, I have a soulmate who is my friend and lover ... that inspires passion in me that I did not know before ... I was never really sure whether it really is, but now I know; ... thank you ^ __ ^
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GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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