Created for a Grim Reaper contest on dA. I created her to be more of a "reaper" of souls. It was done with prismacolor and copic markers, and prismacolor pencils. Done with a lot of Indian and Hinduism influence, along with other minor asian influences. The idea of this pic was she was to find the souls, so she could recreate them a new life for the cycle... or, if they have obtained it, take them out of the cycle of life and death to go into Nirvana/Moksha/Heaven- however you want to call it. Now... can we say OMG SYMBOLISM? The soul: Represented like a wisp of smoke. Reason behind this: back in Vedic Hinduism, it was believed that the smoke a sacrifice created when put into the fire was the message of that item being taken to the gods. The white carnation: Symbolic of death in Japan. The part that is green is black and grey for a reason: it also represents the aspect of smoke. The white in the robes: Symbolic of death in much of eastern Asia. The amulet in her necklace: If you look closely (if you can see it) it is a spoke wheel. This is symbolic of samsara, or the cycle of life and death. The color of her hair: In hindu, any color ranging from blue to a deep black is symbolic of spiritual power. This is dealing with the fact that water is considered a spiritual thing, and can range from different shades of blue, and even black if it is deep enough. The length of her hair is also symbolic of spiritual power. The grey-ish ground: a land devoid of "life", as this is a land where the white carnations bloom when a body has died and the soul has moved on. The red shawl: It is a color of purity. It is also the color of shakti, or feminine creative power, as her job is to retrieve the souls of the dead so she can recreate them back into samsara, or, if it is their time, into Moksha (or liberation) Gender: Again, representative of Shakti. I enjoyed doing this. I hope you enjoy seeing it.