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Your Guide And Guardian by Shadow-n-Light Your Guide And Guardian by Shadow-n-Light
My entry for :iconpendragon-arts:'s and :iconcrphotomanipulation:'s Animal Spirit Guide Contest. I know, I know! This type of media is not what I usually do, but I loved the theme so much I really wanted to try ^^ And since I don't do this kind of stuff very often, I think it's best I go for beginner ^^

The inspiration behind this is a sad personal bit. At the end of November, my depression became the worst. I'm afraid to say at certain points I was also suicidal. But then there was something watching me, saving me from putting these nasty thoughts into action, and pushing me to get back up again and keep fighting. That something, some may call it a guardian angel, but I want to believe it was a guardian dragon. Dragon's always been a big part of my life, they're so powerful and many of them hold a lot of wisdom. Fierce beasts towards their enemies, but strong protectors towards their loved ones. I'd definitely want a dragon protecting me! It's what I want to believe. Other people believe in God, I believe in dragons.

I hope the symbolism comes through with my picture. I tried to make the girl's wings look broken to show she's fallen deep and is hurt, unable to fly at the moment. But just when she hit rock bottom, her dragon spirit guide appears to help her up and fix her wings so she can fly up high again.

Remember, there will always be cruel people who love to watch us fall, who rip our wings and soul apart. There will be times when we're a wreck. But our wings can be fixed, and after a while we can get back up, spreading our wings once more and fighting even harder. What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. 

Stock used:

Girl: by :iconfaestock:
Dragon: by :iconryky:
Dragon wings: by :iconjlarenstock:
Girl wings: by :icondawnallynnstock:
Feathers: by :iconcomacold-stock:

The background and blood moon are photos by me. Yes, I'll upload them and put links to them too so you can compare. I did a lot of painting over to get that fantasy look.

Blood moon:
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations in winning the Honorable Mention Gold Star Sticker Icon Da  Gold Star by H-SWilliamsDa Gold Star Sticker Icon in the beginners Judging category of the challenge!
Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful work and concept :heart:
Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is so inspiring, magical and beautiful! Amazing work and deeply touching story behind it too. Many blessings to you! Could you Share what category you feel your work fits best into in the description and then come on over to :iconcrphotomanipulation: and submit it into the challenge folder of your choosing? Dragons are a powerful spirit guide and I am sooo honored that you shared your vision, emotions and wonderful skill with this gorgeous creation. :heart: Flower Heart Purple Heart of Love Mini Heart Of Love Pixel Beauty and the Beast Flower love power Monkey love Red love 
Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
Thank you so much!   Tight Hug  I'm really glad you like it that much!    :happybounce:   As I already said, I don't do this kind of stuff very often so I think beginner would fit best   Nod  Could you please request it to be in that folder? I tried to submit it myself, but it doesn't let me for some reason... I'll also write it in the description when I'm back home    Aww 

You're very welcome, and thank you too for hosting such an inspiring contest!    :D (Big Grin) Love Heart Hug    
Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Are you a member of the group? If not, come on over and join my friend and I will request it into the beginners folder! :love:
Shadow-n-Light Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
No, I wasn't but now I joined and the picture is in your group :D
Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yea! Awesome!!! Thank you for creating and sharing such a meaningful and powerful, beautiful work! :heart:
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Submitted on
December 14, 2018
Image Size
6.9 MB


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Canon EOS 650D
Shutter Speed
1/99 second
Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 28, 2012, 5:40:36 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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