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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:

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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
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