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This is a contest entry for the international competition of Adobe and Clip Studio.
Theme was: Treasure
The idea was immediately clear. At the beginning I was a little spongy about the background, but within a few days it came clear - and the rest came spontaneously during the process.
tīdiz - this is Old Germanic and means: Time
I think that's the greatest treasure you can have. Time is limited and not exchangeable. Each person has only 86,400 minutes available every day. And every minute you waste on trifles, you never get back...!
What did I put in the picture?
- Of course my favorite flower - Calla (we call it also "lily of death" <3). If you're interested, you can read the meanings of lilies and the Calla by Google.
- The butterflies are supposed to symbolize the butterfly effect - even small deeds can have enormous effects in the end.
- Furthermore there are 9 in the number - all good things are 3. So you multiply that with 3 = makes 9 (and who hase 9 lives? ;D)
- Then there's the heart - the clock of one's own life. I think that explains itself. xD
- The dial is just before 13 - In Germany there's the idiom "Now it's 13!", which stems from the fast that churches can sound up to a maximum of 12 bells. If there were 13 bells, it would be something unusual.
- Aaaand that in turn shall represent the turning point, the "2 lives" of every human being - the life before and the life after one is aware that one has only one life. The question for each individual is only: When is this turning point for yourself? Still in "adolescence" or in dying?
- The heart lead to the finger with the famous knot - A knot on the finger should always remind you of something important. For example, that one's lifetime is precious.
- Then the thread of the heart leads further than the read thread in one's own life - even if this sometimes seems confused, it is the personally found/given meaning with which one shapes one's time.
- The thread also forms an 8 with its swings - the symbol of infinity. For even if one's own time is limited, the whole (world, universe, etc.) seems "infinite", because it is always repetitive.
- In the background is a Celtic/Germanic knot. If my searching was correct, this should represent the tree of life Yggdrasil from the nordic/germanic mythology, at which Odin sacrficed his old life for 9 (;D) nights long and in the figurative sense for a new life = One sacrifices his old life to make room for a better life, a better self. (For further information everybody can inform himself by Google^^
- Then, of course, there are the fragments - they symbolize the fragile and easily destroyable existence. No matter how strongly you believe yourself, you can break faster (mentally and physically) than you think. So take good care of yourself and what does you good and what doesn't!
- And finally the background itself - an abstract variant of the universe, in which we only exist as small dust grains and think we are at the center of all being. xD
- Bottom left you can see the title in the runes of Elderen Futhark. With the middle rune I am unfortunately not 100% sure whether this is so correct, because with the old Germanic dictionary no pronunciation difference was made between d and ð. If anybody knows more, give me that! I would still correct this rune even in 10 years!
Soooo... Unfortunately I didn't win, but with the winners it's absolutely no wonder. I still have a lot to learn. ^^"
Nevertheless, I like my picture. It was really a lot of fun, I learned a lot (but I'm still at the beginning) and it's very personal. :3
(You can see a few intermediate stages here: tīdiz at animexx (german)
Please tell me, if there are any mistakes in this text. I'm still learning English and I'd be happy for your help.
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