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Naga Dance by camilkuo Naga Dance by camilkuo
Okay, I had a hard time to search this phrase "Naaga" which means snake. I don't know what those red finger tips mean and the relationship between snake and India. I just drew whatever I like.
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Gojira2006a Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - Incredible light & shadow . . . ! :) (Smile) 
Livirific Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The red finger tips are probably henna as it is used traditionally. Bedouin tribes and rural areas of Asia, the Middle East and Africa have this style of henna application. It is an ancient beauty ritual. Ancient Egyptians used henna too, and if you go see the mummies, you will see their henna stained fingernails and wigs. It's amazing. Gorgeous artwork!
Hunden73 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Much life in it, great pose. Beautiful work!:D
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willem-the-drawer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work
Chaerod Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, my art teacher has a poster of this up in his room... amazing to run across it here.
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012   Photographer
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wow, this is really amazing! I love the perspective and the palette, the style is amazinf too! And i love snakes, i just. . i love this
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solomonsea Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woman and serpent are one.
thandav Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
IvyHeliX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
blazi76 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!

Naga in Polish means Naked, Nude
Ailvayn Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it! And the henna on the fingertips was, as :iconmaitri-harys: put it, very typical of dancers, but also common on serving girls. :)
Dinorose Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
this is my current desktop background..i got it off of the ImagineFX website. amazing.
matjfk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
absolutely stunning painting !
firestorm26c Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicley done !
Maitri-Harys Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
a very nice picture, definitely.... Infact, she looks like an Indian Medusa.... Though, I'm not really sure this particular, acid-green coated snake is common in India.. :)

Anyway, I thought I'd just elaborate about the red fingertips -
It is considered an enhancing feature to highlight the fingers of a traditional dancer ; be it any classical indian dance form (there are many - kathak, bharathanatyam, odissi, kathakali, kutchipuddi, mohiniyaatum, etc.). What we dancer do is apply this reddish stain to the tips of our fingers, over our nails and everything, down to the half of the second division in the length of our fingers.

There are two stains used for this. One is called "alta", a deep crimson paint-like stain, very similar to the stains we use in biology labs to stain plant cell specimens (onion peel). It wears off after one or two days, and practically stains anything we touch before it dries of. (Quite cumbersome; I hate using it for performances, but in case of time shortages, nothing is more effective - unless you have a red marker pen in hand.)

The other, much more traditional stain we use is "Henna". It is used mostly worldwide for conditioning one's hair, but, we Indians initially used it to stain the tips of our fingers and toes... this one's more like a temporary tattoo, and stays on for many many days depending upon the amount of pigment that is absorbed by the skin from the plant extract. Yeah, it is derived from a plant, whose leaves are crushed and mixed with tea extract (even coffee in some cases). A few drops of Eucalyptus oil is also added for smell... and then, the mixture/ paste is applied on fingers (like a cast) and after it has completely dried, it is removed without using much water... and there, you've gotten the red fingers! Rather than calling this "henna", we call it "mehendi" in our national language, Hindi, and "marudhaani" in my native tongue, Tamil...

India is famous for its snake population... Pythons, King Cobras, boa constrictors (like in your picture) all live and thrive in our evergreen forests! In Mythology, Naagas are a seperate set of sentient species, and most of the Hindu gods have some or the other connection with snakes.... (E.G. - Lord Vishnu sleeps on a thousand headed snake... Lord Shiva wears snakes on his arms, head and around his neck.... Lord Muruga's peacock stands upon a snake..... two planetary gods - Raagu and Ketu are part snakes, etc.)

Beyond that, I don't think there's much connection...!!!

Sorry, did I bore you with all this?? This is a really good picture that symbolizes the very taste of Mystic India... I just couldn't help saying all this.... India's treasure of mythology and legends is very, very large.... and beautiful :).... We are a country where everything single thing has got its own meaning!!
camilkuo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is really helpful and interesting to know! Makes me wanna do a second work base on the red finger again=).
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this! it is gorgeous
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010   Photographer
Absolutly fantastic and beautiful...!!!
spiritwar Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Fantastic work!
Skaramoosh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Love the pose. I also like the entire mood and feel of this painting. Have to fave this!
D-GATES Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen the original picture but you brought so much life to it with your style . . exceptional work :)

Naga is the water dragon- (Yin) the feminine of Indian mythology, as opposed to the fire dragon (Yang of China.
NightTimeMuse Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
I LOVE IT!! Exotic!
Selenada Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
OH MY do you draw like this?! The colors and shades are incredible! and she is so beautiful!
Shiron-Sue Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I like her red fingertips and how it´s all 3d like with her hand with the snake reached out to us onlookers, :+fav:
Lunchworks Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
This was the first issue of IFX I bought. Definately stood out on the magazine rack! Great to see you on the community!
JesseJentzen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AlanonSilverblood Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
wasn't this featured in style school 2??
this is a great pic, i love the detail.
pieceesnp Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
this is truly awesome!!!!!
jmh725 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
You've brought the myth of the Naaga to life in an interesting way, creating an intimacy between the woman and the snake, rather than the goddess who is the snake. I love the beautiful colors and the movement that you captured with your vibrant colors. Wonderful job.
JesseJentzen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
she says-my anacondo dont want none unless you got buns hun- lol i love this peice.
danitiwa Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. The colors, the vibrance, the textures, everything. You are AMAZING.

I most prefer the Nagas in Heroes of Might and Magic 5, where they're half snakes.
BlackOctober16 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
How the snake is wrapped around her is amazing
I love all of the gold jewlery, very beautiful!
iSkyloft Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul !!
exelent !!
MrozekArt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That one is simply stunning. Great, great, great...
Sorai-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
The red finger painting is called "alta".
It's some kind of sacred thing. The Indian dancers and courtisanes used to put alta on their fingers, on their palms and also on the top of the hands, even Indian girls of good condition did.
Exemple here : [link] [link]
In the Indian culture, the red color is like a kind of protection or something that brings peace and protection on you and all you touch. Today, Indian dancers still put alta on their hands for shows for instance.
They put this red painting also on their feet.
So you drew a right thing by chance, and it came out great. I totally love this piece and even you don't know the meaning of all this stuffs, your art is very accurate.
Love! :love:
Gixajin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Love the romanthic style landscape, the colours and woman i´ts perfectly painted.
Gixajin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
Hello, all your works are very interesting, but this is probably the one that more caught my atention. I find it very elegant , the landscape i´ts very romantic, and the woman is perfectly painted. Love the colours, also.
Senisha Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008   Photographer
I love this image!!!
This is a perfect icon of my gdr pg ^_^
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I saw this pic in a magazine once! I never though I would see the artist here on DA! I love this piece, the style and her face is just perfect! :heart:
Valedhelven Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Well, this may not be your most recent work, but it's definitely one of my favorites! This is amazing - from the composition and concept right through to the attention to detail. Great job!
IvoryWalker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Student General Artist
Featuring in my Welcome To 2008 journal.
jadespider Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Goddamn that's fantastic!
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xXxKyojiroxXx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Ohw... Damn
i luv it ! absolutly gorgeous
theMaeyu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist
That is a dance I would love to perform.

Very beautifully done (as you've been told many times already)
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