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Nidificare by Dreyse Nidificare by Dreyse
resubmitting an old piece from 2009, done while I was at school. He's my character/personal take on Ikarus.


pencil, watercolour, white-out, tinted in photoshop.
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Given 2011-10-21
Nidificare by ~crownorth ( Suggested by alicexz and Featured by Mollinda )
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Of course, thank you very much!!
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perplexingPariah Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowza this is a really amazing piece.
So dramatic and I feel as if I can just feel all the textures you put in it. *0*
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you very very much!
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mewiyev Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely adore these tree branches. I love that you added the little flecks of white to them, as if they were flowering, or had small leaves; adds so much interest to simple, plain tree branches.
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you very much, especially for paying attention to the small details like that, it means a lot to me!
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love your characterization of him. Beautiful and interesting work.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Icarus always scared me since I was a kid. He still does: some things are better not to know...
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
oh really, that's interesting! can you explain what about it scares you, if that's not too prying?
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beatricebadams Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
No... it's not prying. How it happened was almost as if by chance, actually.
My mum used to take me to the art museum when I was small, and I had to pass by a stylized Icarus statue: upside down with his neck broken. It frightened me so much I had to look the other way. Then Icarus made his into my personal collection of symbols.
It's still frightening to me that not all knowledge will leave you intact after the knowing of it.
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ArgiBerrojalbiz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful
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InkyThinky Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty awesome
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Leonassyla Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is so pretty
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SuperAlphaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a really well deserved dd! It's amazing!
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
i'm flattered that you think so ;; thank you!
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SuperAlphaWolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome :D
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Dubnoreix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh, so amazing! I love his expression :heart:
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
gosh thank you! i wasn't sure he was making too much of one actually ;o;
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Dubnoreix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's all in the eyes, I think ^^
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Mnemothra Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Stunning.
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ms20 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nice
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Spirit-Phoenix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very intriguing! I like it :)
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Vironnos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Totally amazing! I love the combination of rough and smooth texture, and all the details. :love:
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Rhi-Raven97 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
niiiiice he creeps me out a little but i like him a lot very nice use of mixed medias
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CANONICAL Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Such an amazing piece of art! remarkable technique and I really like the composition.
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you so much!
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Salamendi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. It reminds me of Skellig.
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Well thank you! I love that book.
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Kai004 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is so amazing!! :)
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Ion-Swan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...
I am Greek you know,so I've grown up with these myths,and it's always interesting to see other artists' point of view.I must tell you that your drawing caught my attention before I saw who you were talking about.Congratulations on the DD,100% well-deserved:)
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
That's very interesting, I had no idea that the myths were still so prevalent today in academia. I would've assumed that they were kind of old hat at this point, and I'm glad to find out that they're still being told.

Thank you so much!
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Ion-Swan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,I was listening about Daidalus and Icarus after Red Riding Hood as a kid:D
Sadly,as we grow up,they don't teach us about myths at school,but only about"real facts"and it gets kinda boring...:P
You're welcome,your drawing's lovely:D
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Argentum-Silva Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Umm... You sure this isn't suppoesed to be in Digi art? It's just that, everything's so perfectly done, I can hardly believe this is traditional art! :clap: You really deserve the DD!
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, nope! It's completely traditional save for a tiny bit of colour tinting, but the actual work itself was done on watercolour paper :D thank you very much!!
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Argentum-Silva Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
:3 Welcome, and it's totally awesome!
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DarklyWhite Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Such a gorgeous masterpiece. You said he was your character? What's his story?
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh gosh, thank you so much for asking!

Well, his basic deal is that he's a take on the myth of Icarus, but in my version the rise and fall isn't so obvious. A long time ago he was the prince of a humble kingdom of people who worshipped birds/the sky. The kingdom caught the attention of an empire on the rise, an empire that was greedy to control anything and all it could. The empire believed the entity in charge of it was God, so they felt they were doing the right thing by "taking people in" and showing them "the light". The kingdom, though, worshipping multiple gods and finding peace in the natural world more than anything else, had no interest in falling under the empire's control.

Basically Ikarus was an innocent for most of his life, a simple creature, not exactly fit for the throne, much to his father's dismay. Then the empire showed up and slowly warped his perception of the world and turned him into an egomaniac obsessed with power (power to destroy the empire and recreate the world to suit him.) He was eventually captured by them, and vivisected (they wanted to find the root of his power since their leader was the only being in existence with power like that, up until then.)

He hasn't been seen since, and his race was completely wiped out. But that is not the end... !
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DarklyWhite Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Sweet, are you writing a book or something?
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, a few actually! That one hasn't been written yet, but a couple others are much further along in the process. The majority of what I draw are from my projects :D
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Wingedthing1026 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student
white out! How clever :)
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
heh thanks! i try to be resourceful (aka cheap)
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Wingedthing1026 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student
Not a bad thing to be ;)
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
This is absolutely amazing! I really can't think of any better way to say it. *favs*
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
well thank you, i really appreciate it!
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MikoWorks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is simply stunning! The amount of detail you put into the folds of the cloths and wings is absolutely breathtaking! Splendid job as well for making this with such basic tools at your disposal. Fantastic work, this is a magnificent piece!
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Dreyse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
oh gosh thank you so much! this is pretty old now but i'm really glad you like it so much and still see some value in it <3 i'm really flattered.
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MikoWorks Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
No problem at all! (:
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lulu6494 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
this is great i love this
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Mista-Heesh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!! I love everything about this!
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