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Toy Soldier by Respheal Toy Soldier by Respheal
Beware, beware, be skeptical
Of their smiles, their smiles of plated gold
Deceit so natural
But a wolf in sheep's clothing is more than a warning
~Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Set It Off

Wanted to try playing around with a limited palette and hard lighting. Also...yeah. The further we get into the story the deeper I get sucked into Din's psyche help it's dark down hereeeeeeeeee
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oceanburning19 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
Are those... crocus flowers?
Respheal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does look pretty similar :D They're rain lilies--the same flower from the prologue.
Oh, ok, now I spotted the tags under the title, one of which says "zephyranthe", silly me. : P
Thought I had the flower symbolism here figured out, but now I'm confused again... guess I'll have to wait to find out!
Respheal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehehe >:3 The rain lily has a ton of different names, which makes finding the symbolism for it a bit tricky xD
oceanburning19 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
I think the problem may be less that there are different names for the flower, and more that there are different sources which give different meanings for the symbolism; I've been going by Greenaway, which is one of the standard 19-century references. (… ) This work gives the meaning for "zephyr flower" which I assume must be its way of referring to zephyranthe. So I was confused because the meaning for zephyr flower ("expectation") didn't seem to fit Din as well as I thought the meaning for crocus did.
However now that I've read your wiki page for pyreflowers (ooh! so helpful!), it not only makes more sense, it also gives kind of a different spin on the picture. It makes more sense if zephyranthe is a flower symbolizing magicians generally (both the name "zephyr" being a type of wind, and the idea of "expectation" for magicians in general). But if flowers have a strong connotation with funerals/death, then that puts a different layer on the interpretation of why Din is holding them... does he expect himself to die, etc etc. Like, whoa.
Respheal Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oof, yeah, that's true D: I gotta admit that in this particular case my source for the rainflower/zephyranthe symbolism is a bit shaky--the earliest public mention I can find is this page (thesecretlanguageofflowers.wor…) and frustratingly I haven't been able to figure out what their literary source was, if there even was one.

That said, your take on the "expectation" meaning given the custom of pyreflowers is really interesting! I like it :'3 Definitely something to think about with the walking enigma that is Din.
oceanburning19 Featured By Owner May 1, 2018
It's interesting, this website and Wikipedia are clearly using the same information, but I can't tell what the source of that information is. Some of the meanings they have look like they're taken from Greenaway, although some are different. The reason I like the Greenaway source is that it's so extensive -- there is just about every meaning you can think of, unlike most recent sources that just give meanings for popular flowers. I remember being interested in a question someone asked on a message board about the possibility, in a story, of giving flowers as a declaration of war, and what flowers could symbolize that. No one could give a good answer because so many websites tend to just focus on normal florists-shop flowers. Well, with Greenaway you could do it -- give a bouquet of St Johns Wort (for "animosity"), gorse/whin (for "anger"), basil (for "hatred"), and yarrow (for "war") (all yellows and whites!). This is just ordinary floriography, though. In the context of the Dusk in which flowers are associated with death, and not normal gifts, that would actually seem to increase the chances of flowers being given as a declaration of war.
Sorry for rambling... I'm kind of crazy about plants. : P (Incidentally, I notice that you have 'Saxifrage' listed in the wiki...)
Mirrasae Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Writer
Din. :heart: Love the dark lighting effect. Works perfectly for this emotive piece.
MikoKa Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I reeaally like this, btw. A LOT. :heart:
Respheal Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe thank you! x3
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