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The Dream Is Alive by Iribel The Dream Is Alive by Iribel
"A lifetime ago
With frozen eyes they closed the door
Suddenly I realized what locks are for
No trusting them anymore
Lights are out

Empty the stare, innocent and unaware
Dragged out from my home, my lair
Earmarked me, hurt me, burned me

The walls around me, eyes surround me
Feed my fear again
I must be freed or I will die
Before the harvest moon, my friend
I do not have another year in me
You've gotta set me free

The dream is alive, I can run up the hills every night
Go around and see another side of the tree
Freedom has a meaning for me, howl with me

The dream is alive, with the moon on the hills every night
Run around and see another side of the dream
Freedom has a meaning for me, you can't tame me"

Sonata Arctica - The Cage


I must say that I'm not sure about this piece at all... I've changed pretty much everything so many times and still it doesn't look right to me. The lightning sort of sucks and I really don't know what to think about the coloration. One thing I'm happy with are the wolves - I had a good time putting different stocks together to create the pack of running beasts. This was also one of my first attempts to paint the fur that actually ended up looking even a bit realistic... :D
Oh well, enough of whining. I love Sonata Arctica's song The Cage and I'm pretty happy how this piece represents my vision of it. I wanted to capture the feeling of freedom and joy. However, I would have loved to get this piece more dynamic and a bit wilder - I feel there would have been so many things left to do but I just don't know what. Something keeps bothering me and I can't quite put my finger on it... If you'll figure it out, let me know. ;)
Despite of all, I really hope you like this piece. For me it tells something about the importance of breaking the cages and making the dreams come true. No matter how bad we fail the dream is still alive.


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Thanks to all of you great stock artists! :heart:

© Iribel 2006-2009
All rights are reserved to *Iribel aka Linda Kindt.
Any material in my deviantART gallery may not be used without my written permission.
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This is very impressive.
The sky is marvelously done, same with the forest surroundings and ground. The wolves themselves are placed and sized perfectly.
Even the wolves on the cliff are the right size for where they are.
The shadows are placed correctly in the direction of light.
You even put some fluff on the wolves which gives it that dream like feel but still realistic. This is overall a wonderful piece.

There was only two things that seemed to catch my "error" eye. Ha ha. The first was the shadows of the up close wolves. They seem to be a bit sharp rather than blurred into the ground. True the light is sharp in itself, but shadows should have at least a little softness to them. The other thing was the front wolf's back leg. It looks like a stump of a leg. I did see the picture that you got the reference from so I can understand why it looks like that, however you could have defined it more so that it didn't look like a fluff ball.
Other than that, this piece is beautiful and very unique.
Great job. :)
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Deep6Howl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, this is truly amazing!
Adoptable-Horses-INC Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow........... :D Beautiful!!!
MyLostFreedom Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
So beautiful I can't stop staring *-*
Ysera23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Entraya Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I searched for 'golden cage' and so far ive found two deviants inspired by two of my favorite bands. Nice to see they inspire such great art :)
Iliya-art Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Incredible, good job.
Doglover12335 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012 stuned this is amazing! well done :)
jacksonsrus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Photographer
Magical piece
Robertjolley Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Saccularius Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
oh god, i love you
ArcticWorld Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
i love it <3
Demonic-NiK Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
It looks great!
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mokonaxmodoki Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
well this piece is fantastic.
kirablackwolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
a fantastic picture for my favourite song, I love it!!!
Singerwolf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i swear i had a dream like this...
Minto-Uotani Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I love colors, sky and wolves so much :)
Lightbluepencil Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I like the wolves, they are so lovely! and the colour os the sky is great
EmoberryStudios Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is very lovely.

What's behind the moon?
ArcticChallange Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Wild-n-Free Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aquilava Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Magnificent picture to an amazing song :) This is really pretty!
I love wolves and I've always admired the fact they are often associated with Sonata Arctica's image (and SA is one of my favorite bands). This more the reason why I love this pic - wolves! And they look really great.
Splendid job, really :)
Definitely a fav from me :D
LP4eva Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Another of my favourite Sonata songs now made into a beautiful picture :love: :D
Jokeeer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just love that!!
Iribel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thank you! :glomp:
Jokeeer Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you’re welcome!^^
godzilla98 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
majestic...........I love this, a wolf reunion, but I sit down sadness for the preys that will die tonight. great work
Iribel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Thanks a lot for your comment! :hug: I'm really glad you like my work.
WhiskyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
OMG This is beautiful :jawdrop:
Iribel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
WhiskyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
You're very welcome xD
crystalfalls Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous as always ^_^ I can imagine this being artwork in a Sonata Arctica album :)
Wilczasta Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Awesome! :)
Iribel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks a lot! :w00t:
segovia3354 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
awesome great
ToPi-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome :noes::heart:!
Iribel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Thank you! :iconpinklilyplz:
ToPi-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome!! : D
RoxyKade Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Hi Iribel
I am blown away by your amazing works or art. They are all so beautiful.
I wanted to ask if you'd mind if I used this pic for something. I have written a book and it is currently on the Authonomy website. I'd love to use this as the cover art with your permission.
If you decline I fully understand.
Iribel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words! :thanks: I'm really glad you like this piece. I'd like to let you use it, but as you see I am a photomanipulator and if your request is about anything commercial, I will need to ask stock owners' permission as well. I can try to contact them but as it usually goes, at least couple of them will probably never reply.
GriswaldTerrastone Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Perhaps everything in this world hopes for a better one somewhere. These wolves found one.

The moons are fantastic. Who wouldn't want to see that?
melasun Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :D
Iribel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thank you so much! :hug:
melasun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :D
MarstersStalker77 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
beautiful i love the song and this conveys it so well :heart:
Princessdarkgril Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, YOu matched everything in like a puzzle. This is incredibly amazing and such a strange real and unreal...Feel to it, Wonderful job!

And also, Which stock artist was the one who had the wolf stocks?
FabAngelx Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Enchanting...magnificant piece of work! Great job. :clap:
FayeleneFyre Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010   General Artist
This peace is so beautiful! :love:
BurningScream Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Well.. I still love it! :heart:
GoodGoneGirl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful!
You've put everything together so well! It looks real but unreal at the same time. I love it! :heart:
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