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Independence of Fire ~ Wind So Strong by Skudde Independence of Fire ~ Wind So Strong by Skudde
Wind so friendly
lift you up high
assist you to levels beyond your imagination
Wind so powerful
push you further
take you to places you hadn't heard of
Wind so unpredictable
fling you around
move you in ways outside your will
Wind so strong
blow your flames out
wound you with all the intention

But wanted it or not
the fire chooses to burn on its own
And the wind can only pass you once

Flame

Finished: 30.7.2015
Tools: Paint Tool SAI + Photoshop

Wind equals friends in this case. Fire equals your happiness.
While friends can give you strength, they also have the power to hurt you, but because they are outside yourself they cannot truly take away your happiness.

I drew this piece out of personal experiences. I consider myself a strong individual and strangers can rarely wound me mentally, but I have never been as hurt as when the people who are closest to me have turned against me. Disinterest and neglect leading to abandonment and replacement - only someone very close to you is capable of doing such harm. Only those who have earned your trust can truly betray you.
That's the relationship between friends. Showing your true self, your voulnerabilities, and trusting that the other person does the same and does not disrespect your weaknesses. It's the shared secrets that keep people together like a glue, but once they are not tied anymore those secrets can be used as weapons. It is up to you as a person to not become the lowest of life forms and stab someone in the back just because you can, and you can only hope the other one is just as big a person.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying trust in someone would be just an accident waiting to happen. No. But I want everyone to think carefully about how they treat people who they are or have been close to. If someone you trust suddenly turns their back on you, give them a chance - maybe they have issues you don't know about. If your friend is suddenly distant, approach them and ask why instead of getting offended yourself - maybe there's a reason for their silence that has nothing to do with you.
Be understanding, be a grownup. We're all just people here, so let us be the winds that help each other fly higher instead of tossing us around, making us tired. And if you find yourself disinterested in a two-sided friendship with someone, tell them that and leave. Don't stay there silent, letting it slowly slide. That's when you become the wind so strong.

Thankfully the fire is independent. It may be withered by the strong wind, but once you fly out of the storm and find pleasant winds your flames will burn bright again. Next time you're smarter.

- - -

Now that the deep stuff is over let me tell you a sad story: When I was testing different background options, taking screenshots, I ended up accidentally saving the 25% resized file over my .psd-file and managed to exit Photoshop and open the file in SAI before I realized. :( (Sad) 
And I had backup.
But I had saved over it too because I was so confident. Crying 
So what you're looking at here is the 100% size of this artwork. There no longer exists the original painting which was 4x bigger. Let us bow our heads and spend a moment in silence for the motivation that decided to fly south along with the original file.

I'm very happy with the phoenix tho. I wish I could have continued it further - I would have made it blend with the background better and improved the shading here and there. My screw up with the file basically took away all the finishing touches I would have done.
Oh well, it's done now.

Even though it may look like it, there is no lineart. I've finally descended.
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks incredible! I love the detail!
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Skudde Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015   General Artist
Thank youu~ :3
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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DragonWolfAshes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
This is beautiful!!! Amazing job with the feathers and the fire! :D And all those moons though xD
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015   General Artist
Well thank you! :) Big planets can have hundreds of moons though! Probably not as big but there had to be something in the sky right? ;)
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DragonWolfAshes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Totally agree ^V^ 
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laokei Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
woah that has a lot of detail! good job!

you have much more patience than i do
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015   General Artist
Thank you! :aww:

Patience comes with practice I find. :) When I started digital art for a year or two all my drawings were very simple and I always finished them on one sitting. As I got better I learned to spend more time on each artwork.
My biggest source of patience is audiobooks. While listening to an interesting story it's easier to stay focused on drawing. Otherwise I'd always start to think about food or games. x)
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Heichukar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015   Digital Artist
WWwwwäääÄäÄää Aivan ihana! Tää yksityiskohtien määrä mä sulaaaannnn, varsinki ku toi lintu on niin tulinen, phuuh <3 Aivan upee työ!
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015   General Artist
Kiitoossss~ :)
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Heichukar Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015   Digital Artist
olehyvä <3
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bushsbunny Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think its perfect! I think I've fainted. 
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015   General Artist
Hehe, glad you like it! :D
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Ankaiith Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That level of detail in every single feather is amazing. Very awesome work :heart:
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015   General Artist
Thank you~ :3
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Ankaiith Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome c:
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