Contest entry for BluBoltra
's music contest.
The song I was given was Masayume Chasing, Covered by Dima Lancaster, which is the 15th opening theme for Fairy Tail.
More specifically, this song here --> www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGtIkk…Explanation time!
So at first you may be looking at this piece and thinking 'Des! What does this have to do with the song?'. Well, let me explain my thought process along with the lyrics.
To make this slightly easier for myself, I used my own character/s Des and Desu, as not only was I comfortable with drawing them within the first time frame, before the end date was extended, but I also prefer to know the personalities of the characters so I can make them look in character, even though we were told the characters don't have to match their personalities for the image. On top of that, there was a lot of stuff that I figured would slot into place perfectly given these characters, their interests, and their abilities."In chase of my dream, I got lost within, The forest of my heart and tonight"
Opening line of the song, and immediately, this gave me a rough idea as to what my image would be, where it would be set and when it would be set. It would be in a forest, at night, and we would be following Des chasing his dream. At this stage, I didn't really know what to make Des's dream."It's not the mirror, It is the clear spring, Reflecting fragments of my smile"
Initially, I was going to have a shattered mirror reflecting Des in some way or other, but I couldn't think of how that would work in the middle of a forest. It then hit me that I made Desu as Des's doppelganger from another dimension, and so in that respect, she is Des's mirror image. I then thought about having Desu's reflection somehow in a spring lake, but again, trying to make it work with everything else wasn't happening at the time, so I made the spring lake a part of the scenery, and had Des and Desu smiling in slightly different ways, hence the 'reflecting fragments of my smile'. As another compromise, I made the spring very reflective. I guess not having a mirror also works for 'It's not the mirror' line but I wouldn't count that as a relation to the song."And all these tears that I have shed (Don't cry), Gold or silver they won't ever be, And all these tears of regret (Fall from my eyes), I need somebody to hear me"
I couldn't use these lines in the final image, but I did have some plans for them, if I did the image differently. For example, the image could have been a lot darker with Des being heavily injured, and a reflection of Desu shows her crying, possibly tears of joy, after the pair of them surviving a long hard battle. As I said though, I couldn't link this in with the image idea I went for, so we can't really include this line.chorus "So I will be chasing, chasing, after my true dream, The brightest one I've ever seen"
Upon hearing 'The brightest one I've ever seen' an idea came to my mind that would fit in with the environment quite nicely, and hopefully make the image even more aesthetic. I figured that Des could be following a path that leads over the horizon, chasing after the sunset, with the sun representing Des's dream as he chases it along. I had already established that the time would be late so there would be stars out, but having the biggest, brightest star right in front of Des works perfectly for the metaphor of chasing his true dream. Speaking of true dreams, an idea sprung to mind about what Des's true dream could be. He likes tanks, and he's pretty good at commanding them, so for the sake of this image, Des's dream is to become a great tank commander. So I gave Des his RU that you may have seen on a previous image of mine, so now Des has something to chase his dream with, as well as Desu."I will be chasing, chasing, Until my heart burns, With a flame so contagious, I'll finally become a hero! (nananana HEY nananana COME ON nananana HEY) The greatest one you've ever known! (nananana HEY nananana COME ON nananana HEY) I'll finally become a hero!" chorus end
Upon hearing 'with a flame so contagious', I just knew that I had to represent the dream with the sunset, as it's just too much of a beautiful event to not represent as a flame so contagious. Earlier, I said I gave Des his tank because he wants to be a good tank commander. It then hit me that Des could be using his tank to help defend people and to defeat Eggman or whichever other villains are currently running about, making him a hero while chasing his dream. Obviously, having Des and Desu just in the middle of a forest clearing won't give him a massive crowd to cheer on his heroic acts of defending people from the Eggman empire, so I had to settle for a heroic salute from the panzerwolf as he sets off to chase his dream and any evildoers while he's at it. And Des isn't just going to be a good commander. He's going to be 'the greatest one you've ever known'!(While I don't think it counts, based on the line 'Until my heart burns', tanks are very good at overheating and setting themselves on fire if pushed too hard)"I reach for the stars, But yet I'm so far, The road ahead's an endless maze"
Again, talking about the time of day, we need to see some stars, so I put some stars there. You could also refer back to the sun being a star, and that it's so far away, and getting further away due to the sun setting. Instead of having Des going through an endless maze (which would probably obscure the sun), I made it much simpler and made it so that Des enters the forest further up the road, but you can't see a clear path through it, making it like a maze."But I'm not afraid, To get lost in the dark, 'Cause my dreams will always guide my way"
It's sunset, the light is fading, but the panzerwolves aren't phased, because their dream (of becoming great commanders) is guiding their way. Well..technically, it's the tank guiding their way with its headlights, but Des and Desu can't fulfil their dream of becoming tank commanders without their tank, so it is their dream guiding their way. Refering back to the sun being their dream metaphor, the sun is still casting light, so it is lighting their way for now, but once it sets, they'll have to rely upon their tanks lights."Through all these tears that I have shed (Don't cry), Gold and Silver they'll shine in the end"
Again with this line, couldn't think of a way to link it in the image, other than to have a completely different image altogether."And now it's time that I ignite (The light in my eyes), Stand tall and realise"
This was actually a planned ability I had for my panzerwolves before I had even heard this song. I planned to make it so that their eyes light up like torches in the dark allowing them, and others close-by, to see in the dark with good efficiency. This does however mean that stealth isn't an option, because they glow quite bright in the dark, and people can tell what they're looking at, but at least it looks aesthetic.(Another line I can link, but I think it would probably be cheating to do so, is 'Stand tall and realise'. Last time I checked, most tanks are quite tall, so it gives me further reason to put Des in his tank)chorus
Instrumentalchorus"The greatest one you've ever known! (nananana HEY nananana COME ON nananana HEY) I'll finally become a hero! (nananana HEY nananana COME ON nananana HEY) I've waited for this so long! (nananana HEY nananana COME ON nananana HEY) I'll finally become a hero!" end of song
Even through, all the choruses have this part, only the last one has extended part where it says 'I've waited for this so long'. I can't really nail down a massive link down to that line, other than the fact that Des is driving a tank, which are typically quite slow machines, and as a result, it takes forever to get anywhere (Des has modified his to be far faster, but for the sake of the image, we'll just say it takes forever to get anywhere anyway because moving around at the speed of slow
Despite the contest being given an extension, I still managed to have it complete before the initial end date (which is a big success for me), and I'm very proud of how the image came out!
Both Des and Desu belong to myself,
The tank is a Spähpanzer RU 251 (image of reference i.imgur.com/nat6vGv.jpg
Apologies if that's a lot of text to read, but in the meantime, I wish you Merry Travels! ^^