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Fantasy Flight by Exileden Fantasy Flight by Exileden
Extended speedpaint commission for Gewalgon  of their heavenly dragon species where my task was to catch the "feeling" of flight. Freedom. The moment of enjoyment of flight. Adrenaline. Flying, leaving all worries behind back while feeling the wind blowing on face. 

Honestly, this commission took me far on my personal feelings where I used to question at what I am really good. And where I feel happy and myself.
I love to be a free soul.

My health issues took away my deepest dreams, many things that I really dream to do and I feel like I'm truly good at- will not happen on this life. Maybe in my another life I can realize my dreams since my physical existence (body) is damaged in way that nothing can be fixed and prisons my soul.

I had a dream where I was hanging out with my friends. Most of my friends that I hung, were types of pursing their dreams. They were so amazing and did a lot of amazing stuff. And I've been told by them that I can't. There are many things I cant do and I suck. I felt deprived in myself.
But the only thing that I feel really good and I can fully accomplish is mushing. To be exact, even more unique form of mushing- it's skijoring, as freestyle mushing.

I hook up my skis, sled dogs and started roaming on amazing speed on the surface of lakes. I felt free. That was my flight.

My sport. My enjoyment. My way to release all of my self-doubts.

My Twitter: (I posted a WIP of this picture)
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great and beautiful picture :wow:
DeathbyPixels13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is better than all the work I've made in my lifetime combined!
TFSakon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
You've captured the dynamicism here that's for sure. There's a great sense of running it on the edge. It's the same feeling I get when I ride my motorbike around corner. The outstretched wings and the intense look on his face.
Psychotic--Muffin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, this is wallpaper material. Really wonderful!
TreyFreeman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
may i use this as my novel cover?
DannieRmr Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014   General Artist
Really nice, I love it.
FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aagh I love this!
Do you make your own brushes or do you download them from somewhere?
illiarovanna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
THe colors again. OwO 
They say dreams can set you free.... but I believe they are the certain ones you don't see until later, the ones that save you. Dreams like this painting here, most certainly has to be something you've lived. Even if you merely dream of experiencing someting, its nearly as good as actually having done it. 
:D WOHOO! I've never seen real sled dogs, I wonder whats its like. OwO 
GammaCavy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you did catch it, and you also made the wings big enough, good job.
nitwito Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Very nice! Heart 
Gewalgon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So finally I found some time to write a comment about this...
First of all I was really surprised how fast you've done the commission! One day after I payed the drawing was done, wow!
My first impact - I had miscellanous feelings.
The scene I described, where Alvrericjas is flying close above a lake, great mountains in the background, and she's diving / putting one of her paws into the water while her joyful flight - This moment you captured very well, even much better than I had in mind. The scene looks very dynamic, almost like if you had shoot a photo of this moment.
But then looking to the sky- It didn't fit to this joyful moment in my opinion. It wasn't what I had in mind, what I described - A clear fullmoonnight.
The sky looks here so... kinda sad, dreary. A big contrast to the joyful expression of Alv.
When I trasmit/reflect the whole scene, the background to Alv's character - your choise to do it differently wasn't that wrong at last.
Alvrericjas is the dragon of hope, the light in the darkness, the fantasy in the bleakness, the joy in the sorrow. She always finds positive things, positive moments in for most people seemingly hopeless situations.
And this scene, this dreary nightsky relfect this fundamental part of Alvrericjas' character very well.

And what's also really great - When I told you my first impression of the sky and that I would love you to add the moon afterwards, you did that.
And now I have the original size of the drawing - with the moon on my computer, and it looks amazing!
One reasons why I wanted to let you draw the moon is because I knew from some of your other drawings that you draw the moon very detailed and very mystical, and so the title "Fantasy flight" fits to this version even better :-)

All in all: Thank you for the great, fast, and wish-fulfilling, amazing work!
You captured with this piece one moment of my dreams, one moment of pure joy, one moment of an amazing fantasy -  a moment I can't experience yet, because my soul is imprisoned in a human body - and you could express this moment even if you had completely different personal feelings.
But art is a great way to break out of such feelings, to be free, to do the things you wish to be able to do... to make a fantasy real!
And that's something you're really good in, for that many people look up to you.
Never forget that, never doubt.
You're good as you are.

Thank you! :heart:
Aprilstar35 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student
This is so beautiful! It makes you feel like your soaring too.
Onyana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You labelled this wrong. It should be digital art, not traditional. It's a cool dragon though. 
Exileden Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Fixed now. Accidently it went automatically to traditional label. Thanks a lot!
Onyana Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No probs, it just really confused me what media you were using until I saw the WIP and was like ooooooooo computer lol.
THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy crap... dude!!
The color.
the speed and motion.
The light.
This is a really awesome picture!
sirolfreversed Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a shiny latios, so awsome
MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Wow, this caught my interest quick. Never happens to me though, Usually it would be a few seconds before I fave it, But I faved it immediately. =)
BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the purple colored sky :D I also love the dragon's design :)
TheStarvingOne Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That dragon is beautiful. So feathered, so slim... All that picture is epic with this sea and blured mountains.
taalaruhun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! <3
ArtLover25 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
This is lovely! The colors are so crisp and cool, and the whole piece does exude a feeling of freedom. 
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colours and fur details are fantastic! Awesome Perspective too!
bettybett Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Iovena Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dammit, this is such an awesome picture! It is nearly possible to feel the wind and everythings else, if you just let your imagination leave any physical borders behind.
I really love this picture because it brings my dream of flying to my mind - something I won't ever attain. 
AstaraBriarart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Resennar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I think you captured those feelings really well :D
Heartsinclaire Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous :love:
TwilightPaladin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Fantastic man.
HNAutumn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
What you wrote below added even more to this piece for me. I think you captured the feeling well.
AstaDaBlasta Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
This is a really beautiful piece. You really captured the essence of freedom, and Gewalgon's dragon fits the scene nicely. I love the angle of the picture as well, it's really amazing. The colours make it seem like a calm flight rather than a wild, rollercoaster-like flight. This theme suits you well.
JeeviArts Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
ironwolfclaw Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I love it amazing!
Ooupoutto Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw the WIP on Twitter, simply amazing to see how it looks finished! 
Rosewolf86 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece!  I love the texture of the dragon, its eye, the colors, the way it reaches an arm out the the waves, I could go on and on! And I am sorry to hear that you feel like you can't do everything you want to in life. I know you're not looking for sympathy as you have said before but I can't help it. I hope you will find happiness soon. <3
TheRainbowlum Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!! I love the movement and colors =D
zukori Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
piękna kolorystyka, Kate <3
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Project-KMR Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. The beauty of flight is one of the reason birds are my favorite animals.

When you speak of your health issues trapping you, I understand the feeling. For nearly a quarter of my life I was burdened by a medical issue that made me struggle through my goals, and really set me back in life. This past year I made a couple changes that seem to have rid me of my problem, and I'm thankful every day. Even while struggling to get back on track, or feeling totally lost at times, I always have to be happy with the freedom I've finally obtained. I wish everyone could feel that freedom, and not have to be restricted by something miserable.

Anyway, great work.
Selkyee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
I love this piece kila! I like the way you developed the character in the composition , the colors make me feel kind of sad though...

I must admit atm I feel in a cage too because of physical issues and I perfectly know what you're feeling and I am begging for a better situation :heart:
Drachenseele Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow Gewalgons Dragon is beautiful. *_* Very good. work.
Exileden Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thanks! :)
Drachenseele Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No Problem^^ (i hope you're feeling better soon...)
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