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Original: Time to Fly by Risachantag Original: Time to Fly by Risachantag
With this piece, I wanted a real sense of scale. The theme is all about flight and trusting yourself. I wanted it to feel like a dream; the only way to find out if you can fly or not is to jump.

Time: Approx 5-6 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS3 & Wacom Intuos tablet
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Critique by androidman Sep 28, 2009, 10:11:23 AM
there are many things i actually like about this work that raises it above what would be considered excellent.

the sense of scale, which the artist is trying to achieve has been superbly rendered in this work, you can see the amount of time and effort used to get to this goal, look carefully at what seems to be a river below and draw your eyes up and you can see how the earth has been built up. the wideness of the landscape has not been approached with the usual landscape form, for this artist dares to use an upright portrait style which has been wonderfully pulled off in the work. the added detail of the soon to be flier lends the scene the final piece and shows the full depth of this work. Great use of colours and a very atmospheric scene. well done. good work
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Santo-TRG Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Hey, I doubt you've heard much about this piece recently, but I wanted to tell you how it has affected me. Hopefully, if you're having a bad day or are wondering why you make art, this will help cheer you up.

When I joined Deviant Art YEARS ago, this was one of the first pieces that really stood out to me. After looking through some amazing but fairly standard, fan art, I stumbled on this picture and though "Holly sh!t! This is amazing!" It helped me realize that there was more than just fan stuff on this site, but there was real awe inspiring, talented, and amazing original art as well. Unfortunately I've never been able to buy this particular print, but it's always been on my wish list. I'm lucky enough now that my home has an abundance of art from some amazing people, but if people ever ask me if there was any art that I really wanted, my first thought is this piece. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone else would understand what I meant if I described it or why I loved it so much xp I love the detail and the color and the perspective and all the technical stuff, but it's more than that.

This picture makes me want to fly. Every time I look at it I can feel the emotions welling up inside of me. I can just imagine the exhilaration and fear the runner is experiencing as they go to jump. When I look at it I feel a small sense of fear on their behalf that they might fall into oblivion, but more than that I feel hope. I hope that they will fly and that makes me hope that I can fly as well. It makes me want to take that leap and try to fly.

I don't know if you'll really care about this comment, but I wanted to share my experience I have had with your art. It is my hope that I can, in some small way, help inspire you to continue to create. To continue to create art that will inspire people the same way that this piece has, and will continue to, inspire me.
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this on Google Images years ago and have been looking for the artist ever since. Well, now that I found you I just want to say that this picture is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen. It blends the fantasy and dreamlike quality with a sense of mystery. The colors and depth are wonderful and add to the impact of the picture. In all, I just want to say that this picture has been a great inspiration for me.
DIEGOMALTA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I never tire of seeing this painting. rsrs

She's amazing!
Mykoto Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing! I've had so many dreams like this myself, it's just like I envisioned!
DIEGOMALTA Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Really amazing!
Deleritas Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I love everything about this drawing, the theme especially. :heart:
Mintilina Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Great job!!:DDD
LJofSpades Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is truly EPIC. No other word can describe it better, in my opinion.
csibpip Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I really love the background it's extreme good!
ROGELIOORTIZ Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason i can relate to this drawing. I always wanted to be up in the sky or at least a place thats high off the ground and has alot of windand fly away(broke my arm in doing so because i wanted to fly and i was on top of the roof so i jumped. I was little) but i could never achieve it.
Overall cool drawing looks stunning!
EvilAligator Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this makes me want to grow wings and fly away... amazing :D
ageshero Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
This is wonderful.
guitarherowannabe Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Holy moly. Were I not a starving student, I'd buy this print in a heartbeat.
AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There's a guy online who's stealing art and selling "Authentic" canvas prints/paintings online. Yours was hit here [link] There's a big thing going on [link] I felt I should let you know.
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   Digital Artist
I love the depth of field in this, it really makes the view look huge. I also like the orange tone linking the guy to the birds and showing that he can be the same as them if he really tries. ^^
Kobann Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
This is so cool!! i love it!! This reminds me of The rescuers down under! (a old disney movie). great job!
Jakkah Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
This is one of the first pieces I saw on DeviantArt, and it inspired me to experiment with color and scale. You're a fantastic artist and this piece is wonderfully vibrant and beautiful! Great work!
CheshireSama Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
exocolumn Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Awesome work! pitty i don't trust myself.
MalooF Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Nice use of linking colour to imply a relationship between the human figure and the birds we can see - I see him transforming into one of these birds. This is nice little narrative that you've created through colour and the placement of the figure, not by saying outright that he and the birds are one in the same.

Very nice.
LokiMotive Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
my god this is gorgeous!
yukyumee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Really impressive! You totally caught the perspective of the hight "moutains" and more, you put some fantaisy with the right colors. I totally love it!
dcbernman Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
T^T this made my morning.
the-bosetsu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
WOW. This is so well EPIC with all this space and movement. Love.
shadow-wolf11 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Simply beautiful. Too awesome for words!
Troglodyte732 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the colors, the idea/conception, and the design absolutely beautiful!
You did a really amazing job! Thanks for the inspiration! :D
Tap-Photo-and-Co Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are featured overhere >Super feature 6 months collecting<
Yaiden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Digital Artist
i love this, really! :heart:
emiliin1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, I'm in love with this pic *_* I was just listening to music about flying and it just made the effect even stronger, though the picture itself did most of it :D Very beautiful use of perspect and colors. Also the water makes it very well balanced~
MaddiWolfSharingan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
this is littaraly my favorite pic on earth. ia am withering in my chair. i hug it and love and wish it is me. i can only fly in my dreems or with my soal so far though... oh well..... sweet and welcome to the club!:)
Last-Verse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of some of the best dreams! Great work!
MaddiWolfSharingan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
that was added to my epic insparation folder.... i only take in the best over all this time i have about fifteen pics in it. you deserv a llama!!!! visist my epic foulder in my faves!!! see how yours compares. it ruels! spread the love!!!
Orangeyyy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
woah made my stomach lurch
Jozuan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. It's wonderful. Awesome.
Aradai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Moonshine3991 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing!!! :flirty:
I love the colors and all the details!
You really made it look like a dream! :heart:
Jabborwocky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
A leap of pure faith
Hydrorg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
woow, nice scene in all ways =D This would be nice & awesome if it were to be turned into an anime movie or so with this as its wallpaper :) Nice work m8 =D
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JuneCat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You really did it look like a dream, I'm already dreaming of that place :heart: Terrific perspective. Brilliant colors. That orange is a nice color detail. Even that shadow looks so awesome. I really love this piece of real art! :+fav:
palet-pod Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
great shadow :)
yoronjo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
i get my phobia whenever i see this painting. great job
renardchaton Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Digital Artist
amazing.. idk if i would jump or not! XD
Nephro Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Fantastic piece. The color shceme is blended in perfectly to bring out atmosphere and intensity. The perspective is a réussite, and makes for an overall in depth astonishing work of art.
Silkenwing Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
utterly exciting and vivid
Violetphantasy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The perspective is amazing in this piece as is the concept.
LemonZucker Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student
This is beyond amazing!
MaRina731 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That most thrilling moment before the final leap.
Great work!
I can feel it :)

louielu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very, very nice! :D simply breathtaking! :worship:
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