Illustration to accompany my poem of the same name inspired by Goethe’s Faust and the continuous striving of the human mind.


105, 9th August 2010




model 01 by Hellle

Stock Images/Textures

Dead Trees by TexelGirl-Stock

Lights 015 by nocreditstock

Fire Stock by Zuziza


Smoke textures by mysnapz

Texture set 4 by anamcr

grunge textures 01 by buzillo-stock


Hair brush set by para-vine

All other images/textures/brushes my own.



altered art, fire, heaven, hell, limbo, magpiemagic, photo manipulation, sky, sybille sterk, textures

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Scottb1977
    Scottb1977almost 4 years ago

    another great one ;)

  • Thank you so much Scott. :-) I had fun blending this one together and learned lots of new stuff. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Citizen
    Citizenalmost 4 years ago

    Wowwww wow :)

  • Thank you so much!!! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsalmost 4 years ago

    as always: brilliant and haunting image. off to read the poem. :)

  • Many, many thanks. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddalmost 4 years ago

    Just amazing. Off to read the poem now.

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome picture and Poem – and I don’t read poems :o))

  • Thank you so much Kira. :-) You MUST read more poems, there are some wonderful poets on RB and reading them is sooooo rewarding. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 4 years ago

    Incredible piece of art…

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • AmandaT
    AmandaTalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work.

  • Thank you so much Amanda. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Purplecactus
    Purplecactusalmost 4 years ago

    I just love the way you put these images together, so skilfully and seamlessly. You have such a great way with the textures and I love the dark tones you use, while managing to keep the work from being too dark. Brilliant!!

  • Thank you so much Pete. I love blending them all together and will do a tutoriral on some of the techniques I use soon. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • hootonles
    hootonlesalmost 4 years ago

    A fascinating concept and I just love the background colours.

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant art!!!! xoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sally. :-) xoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

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