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.