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Icarus by Kiminjo Icarus by Kiminjo
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It feels as if Icarus created its image through me. In the wake of completing this drawing, I see this as my first Visionary work of art, in the mature sense. Something beyond me has been created through me. Icarus is an angelic being that materialized somehow between my highest visions of the human spirit, and my physical abilities as an artist and a physical being. Icarus is more than what I could have envisioned on my own. I look at this drawing and see an elevated sense of hope and responsibility for my future as an artist.

Final version here: [link]
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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just stunning.
brontedesu Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You should paint this onto a huge banner in UV paints :) 
awesome work!
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist words just are not adequate...
Kiminjo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Thanks for the support :)
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are welcome :hug:
zteppernard Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
The transcendence here can't be explained on words. "Awesome" would be too earthly.
DSil Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow! The lighting really comes across, the figure seems to emanate a powerful glow, and the translucent appendages flow very gracefully. Well done!
Zaemura Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Elegantly relevant!!! :nod:
labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
A great balance between aesthetic beauty and visionary depth. The way the legs are positioned, one foot and one knee, gives these being a sense of titanic weight. The vaporous colors are exquisite. I like the challenging posture of the way the being is positioned in relation to the viewer. It is as if the being is coiled and ready to surge toward us (or conversely it is briefly submitting its vast powers and knowledge to the viewer, through some wordless sense of grace, preparing to confer a momentary access to an unkown level of life)...
Kiminjo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Wow I really enjoy your explanation. I have been working on the next version of Icarus (larger and more thorough) and I tried kneeling in the posture for myself. It feels quite powerful - like an acknowledgment of one's own strength, and at the same time offering it with full conviction and confidence to the viewer. It was an interesting engagement with the drawing, placing myself in the character's posture in a very literal way.
labornthyn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
That is indeed very interesting. I like the idea of putting oneself in the poise of the artwork...I think I do this too, unconsciously...I am looking forward to your next creation...
JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes :nod:
mythfits Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
It is as you describe Greg. He seems to have a message, an expanding ring of awareness that will wash across me as I behold his offering. The color, composition, balance, and simplicity, all give weight to his engaging pose. I look forward to the revelation of his insight. Well done my friend! :frail: :earth: :frail:

... and why Icarus? Is his a warning, a longing, prideful mistake?
Kiminjo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
Honestly, I am not sure the meaning of the name yet. When beholding it the night I finished the drawing, I realized it must have a name. Out of the aether, or emptiness, or whatever, the name "Icarus" popped into my head, and I doubted it, realizing I had a superficial understanding of it as a mythical character and I had probably read it somewhere recently. I was ready to blow it off and try to come up with a "cooler" name, but then I decided, first-thought, best-thought, and stuck with it. The name only adds depth to the mystery of the being, as it came from outside of what I could contrive from my ego.
SistaSandra Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Your Picture shows that Icarus´Fire is hotter than the Fire of our Sun...
Icarus is stronger!!

Maybe YOU are Icarus !
MorsXmordrE Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
daaaaaaaaamn. The color scheme is absolutely brilliant. The way the different hues branch off of each other creates a fire-like sense of movement. I love it. [And the purple/blue ring-like thing .. whatever it is .. is really, really cool.]

oh, and... Alex Grey much? haha
AD689 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Even better. It reminds me much of an atomic bomb with those slight changes. Thats deep!
MikeManser Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing piece. Everything about it is perfect.

FeedY0urHead Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
The way you color your pictures is really cool. What do you use? Colored pencils on black paper?
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