In some way you could consider this to be the sequel to ‘Regret, Resolution, Redemption?’. The title, ‘Rise of the
Phoenix’, speaks for itself : It’s about rebirth, about ‘rising from the ashes’ and standing tall again after a
very bad period of time, better and bolder than ever before.
Somehow I was really drawn tothis scan I
immediately had this flash of a mysterious Phoenix rising from the ashes. When I noticed the category , the Olimpos
manga, I figured it would be best if I read that first. Turns out dear people, it’s a short, but heavy, philosophical
manga and…*drum roll* the character is actually the ancient Greek God Apollo (the God of the Sun). I thought I was
working on a beautiful goddess T_T, but then I realized that often gods/ male characters in ancient Greek history were
so beautiful it was hard to distinguish their gender. So basically it's a trap in the manga, but I made the face look
much more feminine, I really wanted a goddess in my wall lol XD
Next: executing my uhm, ‘vision’? Hard work. I added some dark shading to the skin to give it a kind of super
natural feel, like kind of like color reflecting marble perhaps. I chose to make it quite colorful deliberately, the
color shifting in the hair was inspired by the ability to change appearance/adapt… like a chameleon, but somehow it
became something I associated with a Phoenix as well. Our Phoenix is still in the progress of materializing out of
thick, cloudlike vapor ( I had to learn doing clouds/smoke for this +_+, thank you Photoshop for the smudge tool and my
endless study of reference images) which proved to be quite the challenge. A slightly magical, fiery sky completed the
background (with some clouds! And a planet too, all painted since I’m against going easy on myself by just using loads
of stock instead of pushing myself to improve my painting skills) I drew overall inspiration from various movies: Harry
potter, Unlimited Blade Works and even X Men 3 for this…Up to you whether you like it of course! Personally, I’m
quite happy with it, especially if you compare it to the level I was at when I started out one year and two months ago.
Epilogue: 893 layers, I’m a true painting masochist =3 Thanks to Nysha, for the positive comments along the way, I
hope you like the final result. And lots of love to Ala21ddin21, for being my merciless, yet at the same time extremely
supportive art critic!
more resolutions: here
Chanel truly raised like a phoenix with this wallpaper.
The smooth painting flows through the wall so very elegantly. The vibrant colors help to bring the character to life and
grab your attention and no detail is over-looked. The background given is not only original but creatively crafted, all
gorgeously done to enhance the character's impact on the eyes. A very retro look with a new time twist, excellent job