Ok, Alyn enters a deviantart contest. Something I haven't done in terms of creating a piece for a contest... not tried that before. Needless to say I found it fairly difficult, but I thought long and hard, and I'm more than happy with the outcome. So let me explain this image.
----- For the benefit of the judges/anyone interested. ---------
: Submission for Digital Art :
What inspired me to create this image?.
Inspiration is a difficult thing to come by. The article in which this contest is announced goes into the familiar "originality" debate, something I've had many a rant about already. Now, the way in which I approached this topic was to apply the originality idea to the inspiration itself. Creating a piece of art because you've been inspired by a book, a movie, some music, another artist... all well and good, but in the end you're still sliding away from originality. How's that? because you're being inspired by something that's already done, whatever you create beyond there will no doubt pick-up some of the elements from that. In order to push the limits of creativity, your inspiration should be closer to something you as an individual hold special, something less material. So I avoided those aforesaid.
As the name suggests, I chose family. Two things drawn from this. First of all was my own family, a source of constant inspiration and motivation. Whether I like it or not, they're there for me in the end, couldn't get very far without them. In that vein, I thought larger, of the earth as a family, minute in size in contrast to even our near neighbourhood in space. We're all unified by that in the end. If you sit down and take time to think about it, that's pretty awe-commanding.
How does the image echo this?
Everything in the image was thought about, that's no different from any recent piece of my art that I've devoted any large degree of effort to, but this time I've gone for that symbolic appeal.
- The terrain represents home, the fireworks display a sign that no matter where I've gone, I will always be greeted back with open arms, a celebration (think prodigal son, except not necessarily prodigal). It's in almost island style, plenty of open waters to the right to enhance that "special" and "untouchable" feeling.
- The planets represents people from the family. No matter how far away they stray, no matter how small they are, they're always visible.
- The ethereal blue light is a symbol of unification. Everything around is affected by light, something to hold in common, just as the idea of inhabiting the earth is something in common. The tiny asteroid belt symbolises the minute perils we may face, but that are nearly naught in such a strong light.
- The pillar of light and mist towards the centre demonstrates that there's always contact, no matter how feint.
However well I perform in this contest, I know one thing. I've created what I hold to be my most favourite piece in my gallery. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Wish me luck
Nature's mirrors suddenly collapse into plausible feasts of wonder, as question marks arrive behind our heads. Life expectancy has been increased beyond our limits, haunting us with the chance to waste The Time and reflect on life itself, spending vital cell energy with the enigmas of reflecting about reflexions.
Photo taken at Alvor - Portugal
After having 2 pieces in the top 50 of the Adidas fingerpainting competition, this one prevailed with a 3rd place finish! I never expected to win anything, and I'm so happy I did. Thanks to everyone that commented or fav'd any of my pieces I submitted.
Anyway, this is for the Our Yellow Alien contest organised by blackhex. I hope everyone understands what is going on in this comic.. I get the impression that it's a bit unclear. Kind of hard to guage, since I know what's supposed to be happening. I was trying to communicate the idea with minimal text.
Well in any event, it was fun to draw
At the core of my artistic expression lies the ever faithful base of Fantasy. Varying from trigger to trigger, what stirs and drives my art if the fantastical, magical and extraordinary. In the ever changing world of grey to grey, it is often the beauty and colour of the fantastical which captures my imagination and drives me to create, capture and explore.
Digital Air-Brushing using a reference model ~anttek
Original work was detailed at 5400 x 3600 pixels for clarity of resolution.
Image was composed using 10 layers in PS
The simplicity of the Faery is often played down in Fantasy (personal opinion). More often than not, the playfulness and beauty of the relatively smaller creature is over shadowed by Dragons, Magicians, Mystics and or depicted in a overtly feminine manner. (not that I'm knocking Dragons or feminine Faeries - by all means they rock in their own right) Here, I have chosen to depict a more masculine Fae in mid-glide - capturing the majestic beauty of a creature, so unlike man, yet so fantastically tangible.
Personally, I believe Faeries as a general species, are neither good nor evil. They live for the moment and enjoy what fruits of their existence has to offer. The mood and expression which is conveyed is that one of indifference, to life, to the world and to existence.
The choice of colours are more subdued in the cooler end of the spectrum for the atmosphere of night, where their mysterious glow becomes more alluring and captivating. The accompanying Wisps (smaller Fae) are there for lighting.
Thanks to ~anttek for allowing me to use his face and body as a ref - it's always easier to work with a base which is already captivating.
Artist's full name: Rose Hurst
Location: Ontario, Canada
Primary Occupation: Webhosting Technical Support
Software used: Poser, Shade 7 and Photoshop
Daz Products used: Victoria3, Liquid Halo, Sarah Spriteling, Little Darlings