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Let them be Free CONCEPT by balaa Let them be Free CONCEPT by balaa
A concept sketch for a painting idea Ive been brainstorming for a while now. I, like many, have a long standing fascination with wings/flight. It would sound cliche to say I always dreamt of having wings/flying in the open sky high above the world..but as cliche as it sounds..its the truth. As a child I often fdaydreamed about having enormous white wings and just tasting the sky. Obviously I know, today, that can't happen but now flying has a different meaning to me. It represents freedom, freedom to dream and imagine..to be a child at heart..to pursue one's dreams..however silly the world may tell them they are. Too many times I was told to grow up and focus on reality as a child..and I didn't want to! You can still be an adult and carry the responsibilities that come with being adult and live your dreams. So this painting to me represents childhood innocence and allowing the children of today to remain the dreamers of tomorrow. The mother snow leopard does not have wings to be symbollic of that which is often stripped of children when they grow into adulthood..but she is allowing her youngster to soar.

It's still in its concept stage and I still have many different angles/poses/compositions I'd like to explore of this idea...so there may be more rough sketches to come as different ideas shape the concept.
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:iconclockworksky:
ClockworkSky Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
This is just sooo beautiful. WOW. <3 Please finish! <3
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pekingin-ankka Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Did you ever finish this painting?
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
no..I actually came across the unfinished piece yesterday....I may actually post the wip to FA...hehe see if I can get some feedback on possible directions I can take it in to better the flow of the composition. This is one I WANT/need to finish x_x. Also I need to reply to your comment on FA x).
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pekingin-ankka Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Oh, I would like to see the WIP!
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Sweet-Dementia Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
*girly scream* WHAT A LITTLE SWEETY! absolutely lovely, i'd love to see more little cubs like that. Gorgeous work as always, with an inspiring story of symbolism to go with it. I just can't get over how much i love this piece of work.
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Iybran Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I really love that, and the concept is great. I would really love to see the finished painting of this one.
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:iconalou:
alou Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a fantastic idea and meaning of this piece! I can't wait to see the finished product =) And what a beautiful drawing. :heart:
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:iconteigue:
teigue Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
I'd love to see this painted. The contrast in texture between the wings, fur, wood, and snow would be fascinating to see in painted form.
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PhantasmicMuse Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Student
Such a beautiful concept. :)
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:iconkatarthis:
katarthis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Giving kittens wings... what a world that would be. No object of interest would be safe again, anywhere. This... this is an idea that's been done before, but I think a Balaa treatment would be of great interest. The sketch looks very promising.

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6Sh00t3r Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oooooooooo... Thats awsome! :D Great caimera. :D :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Viethra-Schepherd Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
Sooooo CUTE!!!
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:iconangel2dawn:
angel2dawn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
awesome pic
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:iconmadmarchhare:
MadMarchHare Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006  Student General Artist
I can't wait to see this colored! It would be nice to see more of the mountains, though...
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cutesomewhatcrazy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
beautiful
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GaianBells Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
It's a great idea, Balaa! It's something every flyer out there can relate to. Hmm, at the moment, the angle makes it look like the cub is on a branch behind Mum. I think you should bring it forward more. Can't wait to see the final product! ^_~
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RavenFeatherAngel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Each and every word youīve written could have been stolen right out of my very own heart ;)
Itīs amazing to see how people who donīt even really know each other can feel the very same way.
Well, yes, maybe because it IS kinda cliche... but it is one of the big truths in life, ainīt it?
So, feel hugged! :hug: Just because. :)
Your wings of creativity have certainly served you well once again.
I already LOVE this concept sketch (no wonder, it contains many things I adore to pieces: Snow leopards, wings..).
Canīt wait to see the finished piece!
Oh, but - gotta ask now, curious: Itīs the little oneīs FIRST flight, ainīt it? Becaus he/she seems rather anxious :aww:
Hey, and thereīs just an idea popping outa my brain right now (donīt have to use it, of course, but I thought youīd like
to hear it :) ) : Maybe it would be nice to give the mother a pair of wings, too? But not 'real' ones, but... a shadow, maybe,
or wings made of some kind of mist. Just HINTING them, to show that, even when we grow up, we never really LOSE our
wings... Not if we donīt WANT TO. A part of us is STILL able to 'fly'. :)
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:iconravenfeatherangel:
RavenFeatherAngel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Each and every word youīve written could have been stolen right out of my very own heart ;)
Itīs amazing to see how people who donīt even really know each other can feel the very same way.
Well, yes, maybe because it IS kinda cliche... but it is one of the big truths in life, ainīt it?
So, feel hugged! :hug: Just because. :)
Your wings of creativity have certainly served you well once again.
I already LOVE this concept sketch (no wonder, it contains many things I adore to pieces: Snow leopards, wings..).
Canīt wait to see the finished piece!
Oh, but - gotta ask now, curious: Itīs the little oneīs FIRST flight, ainīt it? Becaus he/she seems rather anxious :aww:
Hey, and thereīs just an idea popping outa my brain right now (donīt have to use it, of course, but I thought youīd like
to hear it :) ) : Maybe it would be nice to give the mother a pair of wings, too? But not 'real' ones, but... a shadow, maybe,
or wings made of some kind of mist. Just HINTING them, to show that, even when we grow up, we never really LOSE our
wings... Not if we donīt WANT TO.
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dragoncrescent Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
...
*hugs you tightly*
You have expressed so perfectly a core belief I've always had since I was young. Thank you so much, for... being! ^_^
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:iconamberart-eyes:
AmberArt-Eyes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
This is a nice concept, I like it!
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DaLank0789 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
very cool.
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Pardus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Winged spottycats FTW!

I'm really looking forward to see where this is heading. I like that sketch :3
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OzzyRingoBrucey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This piccy so rocks!! :D

**FAVES**
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:iconsketchkat:
SketchKat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
*purrs* Very nice concept :aww:
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Tigerty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Can't wait to see the ready one! :aww:
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
This is lovely, and I also cannot wait to see the finished product! Best wishes on settling on the version you want to run with!
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koninghug Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
wow...................:wow:
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blackfang1392 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Awww thats so cute and i love the detail
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
I think though... maybe the kit should actually be in flight. And Mom should look satisfied and proud. Aware that her baby is soaring, and perfectly fine with it.
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
I whole heartedly agree with everything you've said. And I LOVE the concept.

I still cherish my 'flying dreams'. I still have them sometimes. *smiles*
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PoldalleLovesnare Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The symbolism is beautiful and I agree with your outlook ^^; I think it'd make an amazing painting and certainly send a profound message.
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katanimate Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! That is so extreamly cute and meaningfull. People are always telling me to grow up and telling me what I should draw. But I don't wanna grow up and I wanna draw cats! When I was little I thought it would be cool to fly and I always wanted to go to neverland with Peter Pan, so that I never had to grow up. I have always had dreams and had been focused on those dreams, still am. My mother works with computers, but I never wanted to work with computers. My father is a farmer, but I never wanted to farm. I've always wanted to be an artist and work with cats. I have dreams to go to California to go to a art collage and go to different anthro conventions. And go to places around the world to study cats, but I live in Minnesota and feel like I'll never be able to leave. My parents like here and thier parents are. I feel like I'll be trapped here my whole life. I wanna soar like the little snow leopard.
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Opalance Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
yep yep, let us go free >^..^< that's why I'm a member of the International Snow Leopard's Trust.
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:iconnaomi-parkes:
Naomi-Parkes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Digital Artist
I still often have dreams of flying. They are the most peaceful dreams I have and I look forward to them. ^^
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egadwoman Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Beautiful. Both the sketch and the idea. Kids these days, teenagers especially, want to grow up too fast. I'm sixteen, but I have no desire to grow up and face the real world, honestly. I like being a kid. (:
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CaligoGreywings Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think this is wonderful. I love the angle and perspective of the wings on the baby. And I understand the cliche, I have always definitely wanted to fly on large wings. I used to have frequent dreams about it.
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Goshawk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
One thing that stood out and stabbed me in the eye (mainly because I'm a bird person) is the wings. The flight feathers are inside out! The outermost primary should be on the bottom when the wing is seen from behind. I just had to point that out because I hate it when I see amazing peices with that one flaw.

I love the concept and layout, although the balance looks a little top-heavy. The dark branch needs something in the bottom to balance it out.

I can't wait to see the finished version! If the sketch is any indication, the finished product is going to be mind-blowingly beautiful.
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:iconratha:
ratha Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
This is a gorgeous sketch, and I can't wait to see the finished piece. I love the story behind it as well.
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AuldBlue Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the cub is totally adorable^^....luvly pic altogether
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snowleopard31 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Student Digital Artist
snow loves this CONCEPT! x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3x3 yes im talking in third person hehe =3 but im so in love with this concept and i cant w8 to see it painted x3 or done lol x3
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PtolemyKitty Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
I'm completely in love with the concept and the symbolism of it. Its a great idea and I can't wait to see the end result.

I'm really trying to think of any advanced critique I would have for it, but theres really only one thing that bugs me out of the whole thing. That is the position of the left wing, to me at least, seems kind of oddly placed.
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SquirrelOfChaos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Can't wait to see the finished product. The idea of it really represents how life often is.
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SDarken Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Nice.
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sonettie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how everything is laid out in the pic,
how my eyes are drawn from the mother cat to the cub (at least thats how my eyes fallow),
and of course the idea behind it. I also can relate easily!
hope this gets finished :D
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deamond2007 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
i loves it.
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:iconnerys:
nerys Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Great concept. This is the story of my life. I totally relate! Keep on flying.
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sowa-chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beaufitul :heart:
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Jestana Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
I love that idea! I especially like the idea of the mother snow leopard allowing her child to soar, even though she can't. It kind of reminds me of how things with myself and my mother. I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job and I'd love to see the final product.

I can't really think of any critique except that maybe the cub's tail could be longer? I know snow leopards tend to have very long tails. *shrug* I could be wrong, but that's the only thing that really struck me.

You know, this kind of gives me an idea for a story. *facepalm* Inspiration comes from all kinds of sources. One of your other pieces inspired me, too.
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anandama-pandama Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Student
I'm listening to this pretty song right now and looking at this, and it's pretty beautiful :D
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Dark-Ink Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
it's miraculous! absolutely stunning!
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