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July 19, 2006
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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 be a child at 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 there may be more rough sketches to come as different ideas shape the concept.
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ClockworkSky Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
This is just sooo beautiful. WOW. <3 Please finish! <3
pekingin-ankka Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Did you ever finish this painting?
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).
pekingin-ankka Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Oh, I would like to see the WIP!
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.
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.
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:
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.
PhantasmicMuse Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Student
Such a beautiful concept. :)
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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