"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...
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.Credits: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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