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Hi there guys! here goes an old commission done a couple of years ago. Well, videogames sometimes give us odd concepts, you know, shiva is far from a ice girl to be summoned with snow powers:D who is Shiva?

PSCS/bamboo/5hours/music: Brian Eno - Emerald and Stone


Shiva (play /ˈʃɪvə/; Sanskrit: शिव Śiva, meaning "auspicious one") is a major Hindu deity, and is the Destroyer or Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. Shiva is a yogi who has notice of everything that happens in the world and is the main aspect of life. Yet one with great power, he lives a life of a sage at Mount Kailash. In the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God and has five important works: creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer (to bless). In the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God. Followers of Hinduism who focus their worship upon Shiva are called Shaivites or Shaivas (Sanskrit Śaiva).Shaivism, along with Vaiṣṇava traditions that focus on Vishnu and Śākta traditions that focus on the goddess Shakti, is one of the most influential denominations in Hinduism.

In the Yajurveda, two contrary sets of attributes for both malignant or terrific (Sanskrit: rudra) and benign or auspicious (Sanskrit: śiva) forms can be found, leading Chakravarti to conclude that "all the basic elements which created the complex Rudra-Śiva sect of later ages are to be found here".[106] In the Mahabharata, Shiva is depicted as "the standard of invincibility, might, and terror", as well as a figure of honor, delight, and brilliance. The duality of Shiva's fearful and auspicious attributes appears in contrasted names.

The name Rudra (Sanskrit: रुद्र) reflects his fearsome aspects. According to traditional etymologies, the Sanskrit name Rudra is derived from the root rud-, which means "to cry, howl". Stella Kramrisch notes a different etymology connected with the adjectival form raudra, which means "wild, of rudra nature", and translates the name Rudra as "the wild one" or "the fierce god".[109] R. K. Sharma follows this alternate etymology and translates the name as "terrible". Hara (Sanskrit: हर) is an important name that occurs three times in the Anushasanaparvan version of the Shiva sahasranama, where it is translated in different ways each time it occurs, following a commentorial tradition of not repeating an interpretation. Sharma translates the three as "one who captivates", "one who consolidates", and "one who destroys". Kramrisch translates it as "the ravisher". Another of Shiva's fearsome forms is as Kāla (Sanskrit: काल), "time", and as Mahākāla (Sanskrit: महाकाल), "great time", which ultimately destroys all things. Bhairava (Sanskrit: भैरव), "terrible" or "frightful", is a fierce form associated with annihilation.

In contrast, the name Śaṇkara (Sanskrit: शङ्कर), "beneficent" or "conferring happiness" reflects his benign form. This name was adopted by the great Vedanta philosopher Śaṇkara, who is also known as Shankaracharya. The name Śambhu (Sanskrit: शम्भु), "causing happiness", also reflects this benign aspect
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feras123f Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
MephistoUriel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
great essence of the Deities you capture.Buying the book ;) 
thesupremejoyner98 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love to see this version in final fantasy
KeetaBeeta Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you for this image! it'll help break the idea of Shiva I have in my head as a hot ice chick from rpg's
b4q Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
You should work for Hi Rez studios and design their characters. Awesome work!
NeoArchiteuthis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
This is awesome. Would love to see your take on Vishnu. 
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing concept! Shiva is portrayed as a benevolent deity, and this is how he is. :)
zeca3D Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
dimejay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
nice concept
KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Cool color contrast, allthough I probably would have gone for a less human 'expression'.
emperorsss Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this work ! OHM
anshuman-tripathi Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow its awesome.....
Pumaram Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Sanchit-Malik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Shiv is the creator of all the vidyas ( knowledge) all we know today !! But I wonder which powers created him ? What is the existence of him ? what is he doing write now cause we all know historical stories...!! Gr88 work u done buddy and I must salute u 
Pumaram Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Artist
nobody created him. the trimurtis are the ones who manage the world. People say Brahma actually is the son of Vishnu. They also say Shiva is Brahma's son, but no one exactly knows if that is true or not.
zortharg Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I don't feel this one does Shiva justice. Shiva is like the most powerful of them all too, he's the one who's supposed to create and destroy the whole universe. Too cartoony.
AvinashTyagi Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
According to the Mahabharata and Ramayana, Shiva is powerful, but not the most powerful, in fact he's shown to be a Devotee of Vishnu, as His Avatar Hanuman was a Devotee of Rama who is an Avatar of Vishnu
Brookfan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I agree. It is nice art and stuff but just isn't how he is supposed to look like.. 
Geek385 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
AUm Namah Shivaya! :)
lovelymars908 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, this is beautiful beyond mortal words!! You made Shiva alluring! His face is gorgeous!! Love 
arunpdev Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
indhi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love his eternal grin!
FrostKnight1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
first time ive seen you work in a deeper, more saturated shade of blue
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He's badass by the fact he's a god.

and now with an epicly large halo in his back THE BADASS HAS BEEN DOUBLED
Mutateur Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
WOW! Fu**in nice! Hey; just want to know if I can use it, for free, for the cover of a music album (electronic)...
The only problem, is that is digital; so the credit will not on...

Please respond me ASAP; I like your pic a looooot!
IEvilRussia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
KrishnanduKurosaki Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Artist
WOah this is our God...!!! So nicely paint..
komsa1987 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
AceOfClubs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looking very fancy! beautiful work here.
spice3boy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Shiva is the lord of dualities. He is stated as 'Bhola', roughly 'dupe' or 'easy to please', yet he knows everything. I ve grown in my life hearing Shiva's stories and honestly, through my childhood and teenage I used to be confused with these polarities of Shiva. But gradually I ve come to know that its just an aspect of life, there is duality in everything. You just have to find your place.

*** The artwork is superb, very vibrant n snap version of Shiva.***
sagotharan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
lovable art. Please upload more siva. thanks.
MathMaster101 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Could u do Ganesha now?
thandav Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
exlnt dear
NeoArchiteuthis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I love this so much man. Your work always impresses and always brings inspiration. Would love to see you do Tara or some of the other Bodhisattvas.
SleepyStarlight Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaaaa, I thought regarding "Shiva" in FF, what they were trying to spell out was "Shiver" in English, like shivering from cold, hence ice attacks XD But then who knows cuz I think it makes you fight a Garuda bird in one game... X.X But yeah the FF one, not like him!
shirshendu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
nice one
Mandelscape Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jaya Maheshiwar
Om Namaha Shivaya
EnkiLilstA8411 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow so awesome.
It goes to my favorite ^^
Fergus1122 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Draw: KALI please!
rohanrpednekar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist
nice one
Koyerix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
please visit my blog , [link]
Koyerix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
bonjour, très beau dessin, j'aime beaucoup s'il vous plaît, visite mon blog, [link] merci
TheButterflyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Shiva is great.:)
DiK-NyoNks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice done :D
eligeti Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice work genzo :D
Blaze5923 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
shiva is female
eligeti Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Where the hell did you heard that from? FF games? this is a real Lord Shiva from hindu mythology. Only pathetic ppl take original references and make you ppl think it's original...
onizaku1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Shiva is both, sometimes male other times female(yet another reason for the duality title.
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