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This is one of my favorite photos ever. It features one of my best models, Ayame, perfect in the role. This is an ongoing series, which you will see here variously titled "Crow Girl", "Huginn", and "Muninn".

What's really cool is that this character went from roleplaying games, then evolved through the story I've been telling in the photos, and is now the core character of my comic book Huginn & Muninn from #BlackLabelComics with art by :devjonathanwyke:.


It's interesting to me that, even after quite a long time, this is far and away my favorite photograph ever, and is very well-received by many of the people who I have shown it to, but it isn't particularly popular on here.

With the new policy of allowing artists to suggest themselves for DDs, this is the one I would put forward-- but I think that policy is for people who have had trouble getting noticed, which isn't a problem I have had.

This image was in my first show, it is on the flyers for that show, it is on my business cards, it is even my desktop background. I like it a lot. heh.

The most common response, and certainly my strongest, is that this image looks like a movie poster. I find myself saying "I wish I could see the movie that this poster is for!" I think that detachment is what allows me to be so (immodestly) fond of this image.


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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Man I love this photo too and I remember the "Huginn & Muninn" series. I was going to ask if that was still going on for you these days because I'd like to see more.
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ShadowRoselia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the way shadows hide half her face, very mysterious....
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconshadowroselia:
ShadowRoselia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^-^
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:iconvelcake:
VelCake Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic. Really powerful shot:o
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! It means a lot when people comment on this one, since it's one of my two personal favorites of all of my work. (And it's the one with no bewbies.)
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PJ464 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Beautiful, just beautiful.
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. This one is a personal favorite of mine. :)
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:iconmastersphotography:
mastersphotography Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   Photographer
absolutely gorgeous! i can see why its your favorite! she captures u and draws u in! well done!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmercedesbird:
mercedesbird Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Definitely amazing, and I love the slight bit of warm color in the background as a contrast.
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconone-of-the-wolves:
one-of-the-wolves Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Hey, mr. X, that's a beautyfull one!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconstefaniarusso:
StefaniaRusso Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I really light the effect of dark and light..... She's misterious...
Beautiful! :heart:
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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dfw-boy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I'm really digging what you've done here!

I think your theme has been caught wonderfully. You've caught that mysterious look very well, the light and shadow play on Ms Ayame's face adds a real dimension of someone otherwordly, but none-the-less someone who is an outcast, or perhaps even evil.

The costuming is rather clever too! I love how it feels so pieced together, again adding to that notion of an unstable outsider. The bluish tinge to the knife is quite a nice touch (Crow's and Magpies are known to have an obsession for the colour blue! At least I THINK Crows do as well...), and the talisman in her hand just adds to the flavour.

Ayame is strikingly beautiful, which creates another interesting contrast! But again, something as simple asn an eyepatch(?) it is an eyepatch over her right eye yeah?) just changes things up so well!!

Well done in shooting, and well done by all involved! :D
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for this thoughtful feedback-- I'm really glad you like it! :)
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choose2bgr8 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Featured [link]
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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ValentinaKallias Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
amazing..so beautiful and mysterious...
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. That is very high praise, coming from you. I'm flattered. :)
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
This is good - makes me think of the sort of character you see in films sometimes lurking in the shadows - the sort where you cross their hand with silver and they tell you something you really don't want to hear.
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! You've captured the feel we were going for nicely with the way you put that.
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
A pleasure - you did the job very well.
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FlexDreams Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
lovely )
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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666Cassiopeia666 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really nice Work!!!

Greets,

Cass
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconoro-elui:
oro-elui Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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oro-elui Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure.
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DarkMPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
WOW!!!! this is simply perfect!,All of your photos are just great
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's such wonderful praise to hear-- Thank you! (As you can see from other comments etc. this photo is very dear to me.)
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DarkMPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Photographer
You are welcome.

I like your work,greetings from Spain,bye mate.
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CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
excellent shot... dark and intense, the lighting here is great :) Nice work!

btw thanks for the fav... muchly appreciated! Feel free to drop by again anytime :wave:
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your praise for this shot. It's the one I am most proud of, and it means a lot when people notice it. heh
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AyameNekura Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
This was my favorite set ever, lets do more pagan/witchy/goddess/mythology oriented shoots. I'm excited!
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you like this one too. You can probably guess how much I do.

We should brainstorm ideas, and make sure we have good costumes, props, etc.

One idea I'd really like to try is a very dirty set. Like grimy, muddy, gritty. You seem to really shine when you're the pale bright diamond in the rough.
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FreyjaOfOld Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Love this picture and the witch thing thats going on in it. It works well with the Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn. :D
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that's exactly the idea. Given your username, I can see why it appeals to you. :)

This is my favorite photo I have ever taken, so I love it when people notice it. Thanks!
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FreyjaOfOld Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
You are most welcome and i can see why it is your favorite it is a beautiful picture and i guess my username is a dead giveaway =P

And just for the record you got :+devwatch:
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rogercastoro Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful!
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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rogercastoro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
you have a cool gallery
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PriestlyDetails Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
So will you be doing more on the Norse Mythology theme? Please :-) Odin's Ravens are a good idea, maybe Fenris who knows.
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IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
I have worked on this series with Ayame, Dicephaly, Suspended Doll, Calico, Claret, and Mia... In fact, if you check out my latest journal, you will see news on this, in the form of the latest model to don the cloak.

My current plan is to select pieces for a show around this theme, after I work with one or two more models. Other gods may be further down the road.
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PriestlyDetails Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
I'm going through right now looking and liking a lot I might say. It will be of special note to me when you do something with Freyja as she is a great influence on my life.
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
marvelous shot and excellent lighting! you have one of the most interesting gallery here in DA!:ahoy:
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:iconianstruckhoff:
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, thank you! That's high praise!
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