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The Journey by Exileden The Journey by Exileden
EDIT: Submitting my traditional painted illustration (a double-book cover) for the contest! I think it's one of my best illustration and I thought to try out in the contest.
That (potential) cover is originally designed for my own art book project called "Animals of Xolotlan".

Life is one grand journey.
A grand journey through the world.
But ever the greatest journey is in our inner selves.

THE DECISIONS are making us to move forward.

I always picture my (and other lives) a great, lonely pathway where my life is pictured and shaped. We are only one traveling on that Great Pathway.
No one else.
Our feelings, emotions and memories are picturing and portraying the Great Pathway's shapes- and also, the doors where we shall travel further.

Decisions to make are like, several doors standing on the our way. If we want to travel to the another level, we have to decide to open a door, close a door and move forward into a new world.
Every our opened door, no matter if we are experiencing it positively or negatively, we are moving forward.

However, the worst thing and makes us as "dead" in our lives is to remain standing by a door. The fear of decision or preference of living in comfort zone.
Then at the moment of death, God will ask: "What did you do with your life?”
-"I remained standing at the door."
(concept of the Doors is picked from legendary writer Paulo Coelho)

People fear to make decisions because of the unknown. The biggest fear is a fear of unknown. The forest in dark is scary not because is dark, but because we cannot see and it's like, unknown.
People fear to travel because of the not known places they are going.

If a decision is finally made by ourselves even though to pick and make a decision was so impossible, it's a part of our success.
However, we must learn to not look back what decision we made. We must to learn that we picked a door, opened and we must close it and not come back- and with some of decisions where you can't return back.
If we make a very difficult decision, it's not worthy to look back and think all the time "Was it a good decision?" and "What if I picked other decision..". Forget and move forward.
If a decision was made and it was with the cost of other person or was bad one- don't go back, move forward to another level and doors- and here, in the next stage you will be able to fix. You will fix it as another stage of your journey.

That personal painting was done as a gift for very important person which I'm finally to see- a person who was my guide in my life and taught me how to start a journey.
For long time I couldn't think what to give for her, so I thought, she never got a drawing from me. But what to draw?
Usually we draw and gift what the other people like for the most or stereotypically. I couldn't think nor figure what she would like.
"Screw it!"- I thought.
I thought the best gift would be a personal painting truly from myself. Merely, which represents me- one who painted that picture. I represented a travel, journey, loneliness, life and... creature because animals and fantasy have been part of my imaginary life. And she knows me since childhood.
It will have more meaning for her than if I could paint for her favourite thing, animal or flower which has nothing with me.

Traditional media: as always watercolors, acrylic ink, colored pencils, markers and mixed media experiments.
Xolotlan (c) to me.
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SailingInTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
This looks breath-taking! When I look into the picture, it feels like walking in a an alien world. The fog adds mystery to it. I like how the colours blend in the environment. This painting matches the story. Beautifully done!
x-X-x-Lizard-x-X-x Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I love how the creature's neck kind of resembles a harp :D Beautiful painting overall, as well. The colours and composition are very evocative of your themes of isolation and perseverance. 
GingerTeaPot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MasKOfFlaminTwilight Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So oniric...and full of unbreakable, melancholy peace...I wish I could eternally walk that valley, having the opportunity to stare in the eyes of that beautiful creature...oh, wait...if life's a journey...maybe I'm already going there:D (Big Grin) 
ShadowsofHome Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what it is about this piece, but it struck me. It made me feel awe, it's so simply beautiful! I absolutely love it!
Exileden Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Thank you! :)
Jenny42 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured this in my journal…
wesbrooks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty astonishing… 
kingcheet Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
that looks amazing :). i love it 
Zitronenflimmern Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
It's a picture with a story behind it!I like it!
Luckyjinx15 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the setting is very sad and lonely....but it is beautiful nonetheless...
Valkeus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see the harp creature in its habitat! It fits in so well with the world you've imagined for it. The essay about the pathways and doors really resonates with me - it seems like a concept useful in art therapy.

This seems like a spectacular gift for someone who inspired you. There's nothing stereotypical about it.
CookieRave Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
amazing *-*
kristasart Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
soooooo neat and amazing!!!!!!
LostLeaf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
the text is very true and as the drawing, fantastic!

your work is magnificent!, keep it up and good luck.
CrystalTheBlueWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool! :D the crest on/behind its head looks a bit like a harp. i like harps :)
BaneEden Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Love your art^^
SATURDAYinNOVEMBER Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
o lord.... this reminds me of a dream i once had... this is simply amazing..
veinne Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Photographer
beautiful work~ :)
RAIS1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing drawing :)
blueliberty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   General Artist
really love your style
ImagineCorgis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooooooow :wow: :wow:
This is more than beautiful....
AsianWolf Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this design is fantastic, the colors are perfectly in sync in everything ....

but ... markers that you used? Pantona (or spelling)?
parastrell Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional
you have no idea how much i adore your artwork, there are literally no words that I can find for it; for years you've been my number one inspiration. I know you get this so very many times, you may not even read this, but every word I'm saying here comes from the heart; I really love the techniques you use, and the feeling you put into your works. It is really just amazing.
MadEyeJude Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A truly amazing gift! Beautiful painting and words!
KickinTribalRocker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Crazy awesome shivers looking at this. It’s as if a mysterious story is about to start, and this is just the beginning. If I had a medal, I'd hand it to you. Well done!
Zidlijan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
I swear i can't stop looking at this...
DaisyPop Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This creature is one of my favorite designs by you <3 just sayin'
Werewolfschreie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
Love this.
kaze26 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz: just sooo beautiful
Chaibird Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
That creature is just completely ethreal in the best way. Lovely :)
ARTofZWART Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is... breathtaking... wow!
Napoisk Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous work and so very true in what you say.
LostSparrowTears Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I love this, and I really like what you wrote! You put a lot of you into this, and this together is very inspirational! What a wonderful expression of art!
Sstonedrac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
wulf-demon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Its the harp-elk-deer...thing.
Carrotopia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This left me speechless, very fine work. :nod:
W-i-s-p-a Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am amazed. I never thought things like this could be created. Beautiful.
Aniemfreak9601 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
JessMonsta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow Amazing =0 So deep, Love it, Great work
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cynthiacxli Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks awesome!
BearTrack Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your landscapes always give me the creeps... kinda cool though
Akasha63 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Hildugard Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Artist
The landscape looks very Middle Earth. :icongandalfplz::iconfrodoplz:
arfist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
beautiful and very impressive!.. thanks for a good words also.
Bewildermunster Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is stunning and intriguing!
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