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In Flight by Simanion In Flight by Simanion
This was a complete experiment. I had to force myself to do something, so I got some paper, mixed some black paint in a bottle cap, and started throwing it randomly onto the blank page. I'd spin the paper, blow it, shake it, dripped molten wax into it - all in tiny doses - and I added some blue food dye for good measure.

It was a bit of a nondescript blob, and remained in that state on my bedroom floor for a couple of weeks. I'd look at it every time I got dressed in the morning, trying to see something in my Rorschach ink blot. One day a bird emerged, as they always seem to do. A little bit of tinkering and detailing with acrylics and watercolours...and that was it!

Give it a go. It's worth noting that I did this about five times on different pages, and all the others sucked. Haha.

Hope you like :)
~Simon

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The concept is great, at first I didn't even see the bird, but now I recognice it. The color pallette is well chosen although some purpelish colors would look great : )
The fact that you started with some randomly thrown splatter makes the whole picture even more amazing. :'D Regarding this fact th composition came out great too. I love the shape of those splatters, when try out doing splatters they came out just ugly, haha. These little circle shapes are fitting greatly to the wide splatter hapes, makes a good contrast. Also the contrast between blue and black is cool.

My only idea for improvement is to bring in another colour tone, because it looks a little bit monotone. As I said, purple would look quite harmonic. : )
Kep the good work on!
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so cool. What's even cooler is how this image came to be. I love throwing paint onto paper but mine never look like anything! This totally looks as if you planned each and every splatter and blob. Amazing!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's a very hard line to walk...I had another three or four works from which nothing really emerged, only half-formed idea larvae. So don't let it get you down!
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nyara13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I love it! So creative!!!!!!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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elexti Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there *SimanionYour amazing deviation has been selected for feature this week at :iconaus-art: fav.me/d6wcabu

Great piece, and thanks for submitting with us!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey elexti, thanks for the feature! :boing:
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postaldude66 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I love the colour in this one
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man! Yeah I thought I'd give a more limited colour palette a go.
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Fairyfoogoo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that little blue bird is truly free it seems... ;p
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very much so! Head right up in the air :P
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work! I like this style! Congratulations!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: Loose and chaotic, but controlled. I want to try and master this approach :D
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FantasyEleven Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist
This is beautiful! Well done :D
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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Kinhiro33 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like it!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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jdniedermeier Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really interesting to look at. I like it very much
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Abstract works are very cathartic. I really enjoy looking at them.
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Ranitade Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Did intend to do the bird or it emerged like that.
 That is really awesome.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It totally just emerged. I wasn't happy with this until I saw the bird :) I then set about bringing the bird out more with detail and defining the "wing" area. Glad you like it! :aww:
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Ranitade Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
These instants are really amazing sometimes.

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Ranitade Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
awesome.
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11someone11 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Great turnout.
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional
nice one
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice :) Great concept
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou! :thanks:
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hadasaugh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can understand having it on the floor looking at it for two weeks before you saw something in it.  I'm sure you are happy that you decided to keep it because it is quite beautiful, balanced, and energetic!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I really enjoy the tension when making it, knowing that one flick too much could totally ruin the work. Help me, I'm sick haha.
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hadasaugh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I understand about the tension and possibility of ruining the piece.  That happens with me for about 10 days when I am carving my pieces and trying to get the look just right without screwing it up.  Beautiful work!
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Sans-sommeil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
That's the best thing about birds, they always appear when you need them the most! And this bird is for sure the bird of hope because it's blue! ..and because I've imagined it so (: I really love it!
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Simanion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They really do! I have a mild obsession with them... especially ducks :lol: Thanks Dalia, always lovely to hear from you.
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Sans-sommeil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
I have a mild obsession with them too ..but especially with seagulls (lately). But see, both they and ducks quack like crazy and are like really really awesome :happybounce:
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