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Flying Dreams

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Don Bluth Tribute Show at A Little Known Shop!

The show was a blast and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it. Don Bluth’s films played a major role in my development as an artist. I love The Secret of NIMHAn American TailAll Dogs Go to Heaven, and The Land Before Time. Mrs. Brisby was the first Halloween costume I can remember asking my mother to make me. I used to go to Universal Studios dressed as Fievel as a small child. I watched all of these films over and over and over again. They were some of the first animated films I ever saw and their influence on my art is obvious. 

The most difficult thing about doing a piece for this show was choosing which film I wanted to illustrate! I ultimately settled on The Secret of NIMH because the visual aesthetic of that film fit best with the type of art I enjoy creating these days. Watching this film so much as a kid was probably a big factor in my love of art filled with rich, painterly environments and shiny, sparkly, glowy elements. 

There’s a song in the movie, Flying Dreams, that Mrs. Brisby sings to her son when he’s sick, and is also played over the credits at the end. I’ve always loved this song and spent a lot of time listening to it while working on this piece. I wanted to capture the warm, optimistic, loving feeling of that song and that moment in the film. I was also inspired by the storybook quality of the illustrations that are shown during the credits. 

This movie, to me, is about hope, determination, imagination, and family and those are the concepts I wanted to express with this piece. It’s such a beautiful film and I hope I was able to do it justice and convey what a special meaning it holds for me as an artist.

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MercenaryX's avatar
I didn't think the sequel was bad, But nowhere near as good as the 1st, It makes me wish that they had a 3rd movie but one that was done right.
Alfazil's avatar
This looks amazing.  Secret of NIMH is is among my favorite movies of all time.
13BatScorpion95's avatar
BRISBYS! :squee:
Great work!
moioflb's avatar
Spotlight Star! Star! Star! Star! Star! Spotlight 
SilverSugar's avatar
Adorable~! Congratulations on the DD. Well-earned.
moonlitinuyasha1985's avatar
You certainly did it justice. :D
Sparks-the-Artist's avatar
Awe. I love that movie. You captured it very well
catluvr2's avatar
It looks like it could have come straight out of the movie. I love it! :+favlove:
TheEmoEmu24's avatar
Wow. That is literally all I can say.
BartacomusKidd's avatar
Im not afraid of the dark... im not afraid of the farmer.. im not afraid of Dragon..
AngelFromGod2's avatar
OOOHHHH I FOUND MY CHILDHOOD!!!
Mandelblute's avatar
SwagginDragon26's avatar
My childhood! This is beautiful ❤
PaMonk's avatar
Congratulations on The Daily   
Art the creation of beautiful....Heart 
JohannaEgeria's avatar
Awww. Childhood dreams are coming back. <3
A really nice picture. (:
vulpescorax's avatar
Oh my childhood, yes! I so loved the movie and still do. I remember recording it on tape for my walkman so I could listen to it every day walking to school and back home until I memorized evey single line :D
Mellodee's avatar
Aw, this is so nostalgic and beautifully done! I love this movie and read your description with a smile on my face.
It's great that you made this piece with all your respect and warm memories. It feels :heart:
Nimbue's avatar
YES!!  I love this so much!!
Ali-EderMandia's avatar
I’m crying. Secret of the NIMH was one of my favorite movies growing up. This is a beautiful rendition of the movie~
Dimonds456's avatar
THIS IS AWESOME.
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The-Black-Terror's avatar
I love it! :iconacacia-rabbit-desert:  look this pic!
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