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Icarus by sapphire-feather Icarus by sapphire-feather
"Soon there’ll just be feathers and the quiet of the fall " ~Thea Gilmore, Icarus Wind

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Edit trois: I.. I... :faint: [link]

Edit deux: I made it to the semi-finals! [link]

Edit: Messed with some balances and shading.

This is my birthday present to myself! Not really my usual style, but still fun.

For the Myths and Legends contest. Icarus is my favorite Greek myth~ I feel like there are so many ways to interpret the reason for his fall; pride, rebellion, ignorance, ecstasy, carelessness, self control...

Soooo, yeah.... Now I have two more pictures to finish? This is the last contest I'll be entering for a long time. I have some very big projects I'm working hard on.

Kari out ;3
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Icarus is the son of Daedalus and is commonly known for his attempt to escape Crete by flight. But, he flies too close to the sun, which ended in a fall to his death.
This piece of artwork is the best compared with your previous artwork. With an incredible perspective, I can sense his fear from the fell. I like the circular clouds, and the detailed feathers. The shading and lighting are amazing.
You gave it a lot of bright light from the sun, but I think you need to darken his clothes more since bright light cast shadows heavily.
What do you think?
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10 out of 14 deviants thought this was fair.

The legend of Icarus is a personal favourite of mine, and this is a stunning visual representation of the boy's ill-fated attempt to reach the sun.

What first captured my attention was the fantastic and unique angle and perspective of the image which focuses the eyes onto the sun and shows how central it was in Icarus' world in his final moments. There is an eye for detail that can be seen in the melted material holding the wings together, the charred feathers and the delicate shadows and light beams cast by the sun onto the clouds and tattered wings littering the sky. However, while I appreciate the detail shown in Icarus' back, my one concern is that the shadows there are not dark enough for the closeness and brightness of the sun, particularly given the position.

My favourite aspect of this image is easily the emotion within it. The anguish Icarus shows in the desperate act of still reaching out towards the sun, even when he must have known from his fall that he had failed, is ultimately what makes this image so powerful.
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oborotyenvpup Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to think that Icarus did touch the sun before his wings melted
Son-of-Icarus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow-  lovely perspective, use of light and color. One of my favorite myths.
(NOT why I chose my screen name -my dad's a falconer, we call him bird boy)
I hope you don't mind but it has kind of inspired me to write a piece here…
The version I heard as a kid never explicitly said he dies, only falls into the sea, and I saw your picture, and this whole idea came into my mind.
sapphire-feather Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!

Your writing is beautiful! And I like the idea of an Icarus who survives the fall and has to deal with that failure. Very cool!
Silent--Songbird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting point of view, it looks wonderful
kimanah Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a lovely little angel
chlorine-n-caffeine Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love the unusual perspective. Icarus is also my favorite Greek myth. He can be "the Boy Who Fell" or "the Boy Who Touched the Sun," all depending on your perspective. The epitome of freedom and its price, or the definition of being controlled by desire.
sapphire-feather Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And yes, that is exactly why I love the myth! Perspective is everything! :D
belial1980 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Himitsukiyo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Amazing !
Elandria Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your artwork has been featured in this article here - [link] as part of our Project Educate Stock & Resources Week Contest Inspirations! :hug:
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