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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.


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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
Sleeping
Weeping
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

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


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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.
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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:
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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
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NyanOwloo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, absolutely amazing!
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assilem7772010 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!!
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Embers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Thank you! :thanks:
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assilem7772010 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so welcome :D
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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:
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Embers Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Thank you so much, I'm glad to hear you liked it! :hug:
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GaggeA Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
great choice and assembling of colors!
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Thanks, I'm delighted to hear you liked it! :)
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littlemissGing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely Gorgeous!
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks again! :hug: I'm glad to hear you liked this. :)
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littlemissGing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome.
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mooniesere Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This truly is a piece of art. The great beast's glimmering mane seems to melt into the setting sun. If one looks at it from two contradicting point of view, one could say that although the redish colours of the mane may signify a river of flowing blood, the light fur shows innocence and gales of light. The powerful muscles show the hidden strength even as this wonderful horse gives off a slumped position of seeming defeat. I especially find it intriguing that the Celestial sunlight drives off the surrounding darkness, at least for the time being. I can see, with no doubt, the amount of emotion you put into this, and I can honestly tell you that it has moved me to no beyond.
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
:glomp: Thank you for the wonderful comment! You left me quite speechless. I cannot say I'd be used to getting comments like yours. Thank you so much for taking the trouble of sharing your thoughts on this. :thanks: Really means a lot to me. :hug:
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DestinyHopeHorse Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazing
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thanks! :thanks:
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DestinyHopeHorse Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, no problem. Your art is Uh-Maz-Ing
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Ten-no-Merodi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Positively gorgeous! Everything about this piece is stunning. I especially love the vivid colors of the horse.
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thank you so much! I'm very glad to hear you liked this one. :hug:
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Stolvezen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice :aww: And I like a lot the song as well :heart:
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Thanks! :)
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MyHorseMyHeart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Absolutely stunning... :)
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you. :hug:
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MyHorseMyHeart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
sure :)
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Dalek-Morgon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow! this picture is beyond words, it has so much emotion and meaning. I love it... Also your colored pencil work is fantastic.
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
:blush: Thank you! :hug:
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fetherhd Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of my favorite songs....the art goes along with it quite nicely.
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad to hear you think so. :)
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MeryHeartless Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is WONDERFUL. I love it and I love this song. I wish Tarja was still in the band.
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! :thanks:
I must admit I'm not really missing Tarja. Loved to listen to her of course but Anette works maybe even better for me. Oh well, I don't actually even think about it anymore, the very essence of Nightwish is still there. :heart:
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MeryHeartless Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :tighthug:
oh i really miss her, and I must admit i hate Annette :D but you're right, it's still Nightwish and i guess we should thank Tuomas and his wonderful lyrics and songs. he's a genius. :heart:
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Embers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
They are so different that I can totally understand your opinion. It's not hard to see why Anette cannot be for everyone's taste, so whatever your opinion is, I cannot hate you for it. ;) After all, Tuomas is indeed the genius behind it all and I'm most grateful that the band still exists and we can enjoy his creations. :nod:
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MeryHeartless Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True :) :blackrose:
I can say he kinda saved my life. Yes, I owe my life to Tuomas and his lyrics.:heart:
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DracoThunderwings Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
It's so beautiful... So sad, but so beautiful...
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martina606 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's amazing!
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rosepetal179 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
that is lovely!!!! i love how u did the horse!!!!! it is so relaxing!
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Winged-Dragoness Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The horse is really beautiful. Mane and Tail are in the same color of departing sun,seemed to fuse with the reflection...

The music cofuse me a little, is it about some one who is despressed by an eternal night?
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Embers Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Thank you. :)

I'm no one to tell you how you should interpret the music, I believe only the one who wrote it knows exactly what it means and the rest of us are free to understand it any way we want to. The band is known for lyrics that leave room for your own imagination. It's been said though that this song was originally dedicated to the solar eclipse that arose on the European sky in 1999. As for being depressed by the night, I doubt that's the case, because when the band is called Nightwish, that in itself tells more likely about a positive than negative attitude towards the night, no?
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Winged-Dragoness Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... thanks for the explanation. May be because I'm little afride of darkness. And agree, when I listen it the lyric is awesome and imaginative.
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FallenDanceAngel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful colors, and the details are also really good. I LIKE IT :D :iconrlyplz:
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
This...this is beautiful! I haven't looked through your gallery yet, hoping to see similar!
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Embers Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thanks :thanks:, and as for the other part, I hope you enjoy disappointment...
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Sure, it's not the same sort of stuff, but it's most certainly not disappointing! :hug:
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Embers Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Thanks, it usually seems that people like one piece and go to my gallery to look for more something exactly like it and never find it.
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Honestly, I was looking for more of the same. But my mind is open enough that I can still enjoy finding something else. =)
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Bloom-Enchantress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
beautiful!!!
:heart:
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keri94 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Wow, this is gorgeous you're so talented! I love the colours that you used.
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