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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 :)

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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!
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!
nyara13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I love it! So creative!!!!!!
Simanion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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:

Great piece, and thanks for submitting with us!
Simanion Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey elexti, thanks for the feature! :boing:
postaldude66 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I love the colour in this one
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.
Fairyfoogoo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that little blue bird is truly free it seems... ;p
Simanion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very much so! Head right up in the air :P
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