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July 9, 2007
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Sleeping Sun by Embers Sleeping Sun by Embers
[I had no idea which category this really belongs to... Animals? Fantasy?]

I could with every reason call this as the first piece of art in my gallery. This is what I want to do, or at least a hint about it. Not a portrait, not realistic, not a copy of a photo. This is mine. The quality might be light-years away from my best pencil drawings but this is my thought, my pain, my delight. I have a long way to go but so far so good. At the moment, for me the though and feeling counts more than the means to express it. I need the colours and I must accept the fact that I'm pretty lost with colour pencils.

It might be appropriate to admit this is enhanced on computer; this is no way equally good on paper. Or maybe it is, but just different. I like it as it is on paper but after going through my scanner... it just isn't the same on computer screen, so it might as well be enhanced a bit and then fairly be different.

I hope you get something out of this. If it's a thought that you feel like sharing, please do. It goes without saying that this is a special one for me. Critique is welcome too, but I'm going to be pretty sensitive about it ;), so please, be nice and constructive.


Inspired by (but not trying to be an interpretation of) the following song:

Sleeping Sun

The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest

For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my night
The truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night-time
to last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my god it will depart
I'd sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go

Two hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet's play
Until there's nothing left to say

I wish for this night-time...

I wish for this night-time...

Song/lyrics © Tuomas Holopainen / Nightwish


Reference photo for the horse: [link] by ~zoops


This drawing wouldn't exist without the mentioned piece of music. I've waited for years, or more likely for at least a decade, to be able to create something myself like I used to do when I was just a kid. Through Nightwish's music I've found again something I thought I had lost forever. I felt indescribably good about being able to do this and I hope I can continue like this.

This doesn't mean I'd abandon all I did before, I'll most likely continue drawing portraits etc to keep up some kind of technique (or the lack of it :XD:) which will hopefully help me to do what I want to do most.

Last but not least, after all this rambling, sorry for the watermarks but it should be quite obvious that the last thing I wish is someone stealing this.
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Mokona87 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the Colors in this Picture and the Expression on the horse's face. I totally love it.
FaeOfWinter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. I think this is what people call heaven; perfect. One of my favourite songs by my favourite band, your colour choices couldn't have been better and this otherwordly horse. You couldn't have done this better, it has to be one of my favourite pictures on this site. I'm in love  with this piece of art... so glad that I found this! :)

Sleeping, weeping... with you... :heart:
Veggiegirl890 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, I thought I was talented but...your amazing, and great with the color choices. And i'm so glad you made this because I adore horses(they are my favorite animal) but you managed to make my love them even more.<3
NyanOwloo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, absolutely amazing!
assilem7772010 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Embers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you! :thanks:
assilem7772010 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so welcome :D
Kiwi-Rose Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Breathtaking
The mane and especially the tail both seem to melt away into the faraway sun :heart:
Embers Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thank you so much, I'm glad to hear you liked it! :hug:
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