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Fly

By lucid-light
Software used: Apophysis

I feel like screaming, I want to fly but something's holding me.

EDIT February 15, 2012: On the concept.
Many people find the concept dull or not very original.
It "just" expresses my current state of mind. I have autoimmune thyroid disease which affects my daily life.
I say I wish to fly but actually I want a lot less. I just want to be healthy and strong again.
So the shapes basically describe the longing to be free and the illness that holds me. Colors are mix of resignation and fierce anger.


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NovaOfPyrrhia's avatar

...how the heck do you make something so detailed and beautiful?????

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Beautiful. This piece has great movement. The colour combinations, as well as the transitions (flow and contrast) are fantastic.

I see a creature of light, with little wings, heading out counter clockwise... to meet "itself" as a smaller, slightly different version of itself... which reconnects, through a thinner arc that completes a circle to the first creature. It seems to describes the life of a winged creature in two states.... and the flight path from one to the other. The slight disruption in the smaller arc, connecting back to the larger, brighter 'state'or 'creature' did not elude me.

If I were to interpret it, I'd imagine a state of greatness that invariably follows a path away and down into darker areas (shown by the darker, brown/neutral foliage in the lower corner). As such, a reduced energy state is found, and one from which the little creature has difficulty recovering, as indicated by the disrupted and thinner arc.

If I had to pick a weak point in the piece, it would have to be the larger rings, including the purple arc... these seem a little flat/2D compared to the richness of the rest of the piece. I might have added a little more lustre, or gradiented coloration, if going for a 2D effect, or, created a stronger 3D impact in some way... whether tubular, angular, tunneled....(just ideas/examples).

You mentioned a health condition which has you struggling in rather specific ways. Interestingly, I think some of those struggles are rather well reflected in this piece. Could there be more instrospection here than you intended? Applying my earlier interpretation, I'd say your intrinsic self glows brightly but, in practice, you are trapped in a reductive cycle, through which you must struggle to find your way back to your true colors (the bright winged creature, focal point of this image).

Overall: this piece was a feast for my eyes.
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Thank you for your feedback! Sorry I'm getting back to you so late, I approved the critique while I was abroad and didn't have the opportunity to reply in more depth.

There's definitely something I could do about the "rings", with this style it's customary to make them very slim, like in this piece: Ascension by lucid-light  so I'll keep in mind next time that having them huge may negatively impact the artwork :)

As for the introspection... I do a lot of art therapy, many (not all) of my artworks help me overcome difficult situations, deal with depression or simply express my emotions, be they positive or negative. It's debatable whether there is any intention involved when I create/share these, often I discover only later in retrospect what I poured into the specific piece of art. I find it most remarkable how well you read and interpreted what's behind the artwork. This is what artists like me strive for - we're sending a message through art, while only few rare people can read it. Thank you for being able to read mine :heart:
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I love it how all of your digital art work that you have done have the technique of pin pointing one part of the piece, and that point is the brightest part of the piece. It really grabs the viewers attention. I also love the flow in this wonderful picture. I like the way how the colours really mixed together well and how the pink and the purple just really shot out, like this piece had life in it. The different shades of pink and purple really just makes the piece awesomer. This is basically pure SKILLS!

Awesome work! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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Thank you so much! :hug:
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The sharply contrasting colors make this ... photo? Or simply computer art? breathtaking. I have never seen this kind of art before. The shades and tints give the piece depth. And a more suitable name could never have been found. When I look at the picture, I feel like I can really FLY to the light beyond. This masterpiece's viewpoint seems to be from below, and the eyes from which we are viewing this from seem to almost be from a bird, trapped in a well where the sides give the illusion of swirling. It is obvious that you have a very vivid imagination! And the single word for the title- Fly- seems to be the encouraging of that bird to fly out of the well... this picture, for me, symbolizes confinement that nobody knows, and the freedom so soon at hand.
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the flow of the piece is wonderful adding the bright contrasting light in the lower left really help pull attention to the crescent and the most distinguished points of light, top right, lower left and the center right, form a triangular flow to the circular form which bring the piece together in a way that is hard to describe for me at least,.. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>, and even surrounding the central right light with neutral colors helps attract your eye down , keep the flow, a wonderful piece, should be in a church <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> reminds me of the murals you would find in a church but like one never seen before and i would be hard to pay attention because of this,... <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> and i am sorry just amazing
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Thank you, you are too kind! :glomp:
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Wow. Everything about this piece amazes me. The colors, the depth, the lighting and shadowing. It must have taken you hours to make such a masterpiece. I really like how the purples and the hot-pinks go together with the lighter hues such as the blues and the slight gray-blues.

The center of the piece looks amazing, where all the colors come together. I like the swirl of it and to me, it looks like a flower. This is a very nice piece and your other pieces are just beautiful. Truly wonderful. You have real talent and talent like this will get you far in your art.

~Sable
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Thank you so much! :heart:
It actually took about a month to complete this piece. I kept coming back to the file and I wasn't able to finish it. Suddenly something exploded in me. I guess it was the anger. And I finished this image after so long time, finally able to express my emotions that were culminating within me for last few weeks.
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When I first saw this on the front page, I was all <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/e/e…" width="15" height="15" alt=":O" title=":O (Eek)"/> The colours are lovely. I was especially drawn in by the intricate details of this picture.

Alright, so I see that this picture is a longing for you to break free from restraints. The vision is definitely there in the picture, however it's not the most original idea - what I can think on the top of my head right now are Disney princesses like Belle and Jasmine, both of them want to break free from being "normal", and this reminded me of the scene where Jasmine released the birds from the cage in Aladdin the movie.

Technique wise, I'm definitely outclassed. The amount of work put into making sure every panel has a pattern to follow, that's amazing. Darn, if only I knew how to work the computer and mathematics to make something like this. But the major drawback was that the bottom part also glows with the top part. If you're trying to convey the circles as tying one down from breaking free, it's better to leave that tied down portion dark, or glowing a different, dull colour than the flying portion. So that's where the impact was lost. But I absolutely love the fact that with the way the picture is surrounded by so much detail, it seems like a tunnel to go through, like a dream portal or something.

Lovely work. Well done!
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Thank you very much!
Please re-read my description of the image, I added a few words on the concept. In the beginning I wanted to leave it more up to viewers to make their interpretation of the concept but now I realised that what I put in the image is too important for me and I want people to understand what is really going on.
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By reading it, the picture suddenly made a lot more sense! That should then raise originality point to 5 stars, since it's personal to you and not many may have heard of the disease before.

The red part of the picture at the bottom also made more sense in showing your resentment of how your current body is caging you.

On a side note - get well soon! It must really suck to be lethargic all day :(
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Thank you (sorry for the late reply, I get so many comments these days and some get buried). I've never really cared about explaining concept before but this picture got quite huge feedback and some people didn't get what is the image all about... So I am glad for the rating you gave me, it made me realize that I should write a few words to explain myself... :)
I got better about a week ago, I've started a gluten-free diet experiment and for some reason it really helps (at least with my digestion problems) :)
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That's good to hear then, glad you're doing better now!
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Actually the whole color range and the color palette used in this drawing are expertly managed, taken and put on display. I would say you made the rightest choice in choosing blue-black-purple range of colors as they induce a great idea of mystery, fantasy and let imagination evolve into the minds of the public. The eye is structured in such a way to take this image as a great infliction of pleasure and relax to the mind. The purple-crescent figure used is a rupture in the whole story of this piece of art. It breaks the rhythm and comes into eye contact earlier than the "center flower" (to call it so) of the drawing. Rather fantastic, original and incredibly well designed, this piece of art inspires poets (like me) a lot. So thank you for sharing this with us!
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Thank you very much! :hug:
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It's really enchanting and the colors get well together. but the lightest areas in the middle, I think they are too light so they stand out too much... But otherwise its really good. It's something I should easily had on my wall and allso as background for a book cover. You are very talented and knows what you're doing but I must say that if you have darkend the light areas so would it be all perfect!

Hope It helped // Your AlexPhantomhive that loves this picture so freaking awsome much...

many hugs and good lucks from this little femae artist!
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Thank you very much! I actually find that white area a bit disturbing too but I was unsure how to cope with it. I might try do some post-porcess in near future when I have more time :)
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I was brought to your picture by how beautifull it was. It is very original. Your use of a lot of the colder colors and a few warmer colors towards the middle. It gives off the feeling of falling leaves to me personaly. I love the use of purple in this picture it gives off a very bold but also soft feeling. All the curves if the shapes bring focus on the painting not leting the viewers eyes go astray. How it gets dimmer and darker toward the edges not only brings the viewers attention to the center of the peice bt it also gives the feeling of mystery. Darkness and light if done right can be the most mystifying thing and i feel as if you have done that right. This picture leaves the viewer with pictures of fantasy and mystery, not only that but it also reflects the madness of everything always moving and changing. It is a very Very nicely done piece. Great job <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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First, the pro's: I find the detail in this piece of art outstanding, the color pallet you chose is beautiful, the cool colors mixing the with warms in a very smooth form. Also The bold lines make this very interesting, my eyes don't stop looking around the picture, as well as the mix of light and darks.

Now, the con's: I'm failing to see the point in this picture. Though I do find the technique and time put into this astounding, I can't tell what's going on. I understand it's about flying, and I see the feathers, but I do not see the connection within this. What's going on in the picture seems a bit random, the rings and the detail inside the feathers.

What to improve on: Still, the concept of the picture is nice, I have a view bones to pick. What makes something fun to look at is the concept of the triangle, where you have one main point and two supporting points in a picture to keep the view entertained and enchanted. In this picture, I only found two, the main circle that comes at me and the white in the upper right hand corner.

Let's not forget the main focus point. Though detail is nice and entertaining, there comes a point where it can be a bit too much. For example, if you surround a fairly "plain" portion of the picture with intricate detail, that focuses on it and doesn't overwhelm the viewer.

I hope this helped, and I hope you continue to do amazing art such as this.
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