Evolution by Azr1el ()
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I'd like to dedicate this image to my dad who died when I was very young. Would he be alive, it would be his birthday today.
I only have a handful of memories but among these, there are two in particular I more than often remember when I work on images. And they make me smile. I guess you could say I owe my dad my passion for art and storytelling.
The first memory is about how one afternoon, as I was happily drawing pages upon pages of triangular trees and big-headed people with sticky bodies, my dad decided it was time to try something different.
So he sat beside and showed me how to draw a superhero's face. It was a revelation. And the end of triangular trees. Drawing faces was difficult at first but after a few years of practice I was able to draw all sorts of characters.
The other memory is about the bedtime stories he used to read to us. One of my favourites was about a magical goldfish that decides to help a very poor fisherman overcome his misfortunes by granting him wishes. The fisherman's life is turned upside down, initially for the better, until the fisherman becomes over-ambitious and starts to wish for evil things...
It was a fantastic, almost never-ending story, and when a few years later I decided to read the book my dad read from, out of nostalgia, I discovered that he had made it up. The story in the book was about a man catching trouts...No magic whatsoever... Boring... :-)
No-one knows with certainty what lies beyond death, but this image is my "in memoriam" for you, dad, as a "thank you very much" for opening my mind. I hope you like it, as I remembered what you said and tried something different.
Many thanks to all of you for viewing it - I hope you like it too :-)
Shard Armour / Mia Hair and Robot Spider from DAZ
Image Comments (21)
girsempa () 4:39AM | Thu, 23 February 2006
I'd like to tell you that the story about the fisherman and the magical goldfish was told numerous times by my auntie when I was little, and it went exactly as your dad told it, Sabine (I remember it almost word for word - in Flemish/Dutch). How nice to hear that someone shares a bit of the same memories! Your image is fantastic! Excellent and overall complete render!
ThePinkus () 5:13AM | Thu, 23 February 2006
Beautiful image - a worth dedication. Good that You treasure Your memories of him, Sabine, he should have been a great person - a great father.
jjean21 () 5:57AM | Thu, 23 February 2006
What an absolutely wonderful tribute to the man who made such an impact on your life even though your time together may have been short..also a wonderful image, very unique and done with excellence; I love your sci-fi work.
JOELGLAINE () 6:50AM | Thu, 23 February 2006
Great cyber-arms! Wonderous image,too. We all draw inspiration from myriad sources and places magical and mundane. We can never advance beyond where we are, without knowing where we are from. I think you know where you are from. ,,/ ^__^
Kerbad () 2:39PM | Thu, 23 February 2006
OH MY DEAR VERY BEAUTIFUL INDEED, WONDERFUL TRIBUTE, YOUR FATHER WILL BE SMILING DOWN AT YOU, AND BEING VERY PROUD.
kodewarrior1 () 2:40PM | Thu, 23 February 2006
Ur render is awesome and so realistic! Great textures and the idea of that cyber spiderwoman. And ur words are so touching. Surely ur dad was a nice man.
jif3d () 6:35PM | Thu, 23 February 2006
Wow I really hope Drakelot can see this render now, Zoraah looks awesome. Great story for your Father's anniversary tribute, I wish my dad would have helped me in that way, but noooo luck there, just had to work it out for myself. Top render, LOL ~Cheers~ :o)
alan42 () 1:00AM | Fri, 24 February 2006
this image has a super monochrome look to it. A lovely dedication too:)
DRAKELOT () 1:06AM | Fri, 24 February 2006
Fantastic Sabine !!! Beautiful dedication for your father !!! Thanks for using her for this heart feeling image !!! BV & fav and video and wall and all !!! Now I see where you got your talent from !!! Fantastic Sabine !!! I just know our parents are watchig us from some very special place ... Antonio.
dreamlight () 3:52PM | Fri, 24 February 2006
Extremely cool texture!!! Looks gorgeous!! Have a nice weekend! /Walle
shanpoo () 12:16AM | Sat, 25 February 2006
You just made me cry I really do share your pain my grandmother age 92 passed away a month ago. I love your dedication and I believe he was smiling with every stroke of genius making this pic. I love your artwork and sounds like your dad had a great deal of influence to make you who you are today----A Terrific Artist!!! V Shannon ;}
ChristineG () 11:39AM | Sat, 25 February 2006
cool!!!!!!!!! awesome figure... the colors and the lights are amazing V Z
GRiMAge () 3:45PM | Tue, 28 February 2006
Your memories made me smile - they are very touching in a way - it's so sad he passed away when you were so young, but they depict out a wonderful and loving parent, that everyone would've liked to have - and i must thank him for helping you become the great creative person i've known! :) And just to enforce that impression, i can say that you've made a wondrous image, surely alluring in her own way (which, incidentally, is the way i prefer too... ;) and different! A fantastic ded for someone that must've been a fantastic person! :)
LillianaSapphire () 7:20AM | Mon, 03 April 2006
thats a cool picture. the texture is lovely and light
bybydvd () 12:40PM | Mon, 24 April 2006
Now with your words I understand your great passion...Wonderful contribution in memory of a special person...EXCEPTIONAL IMAGE and WORK
Axeye () 10:00AM | Thu, 11 May 2006
Your intro is wonderful Sabine, and this image is a sensational dedication to your father. Parents have such an influence on their children and it's wonderful that your father's influence on you has had such a beautiful and positive effect! This is one of my Favs! (Huge Vote!)
Digimon () 8:10AM | Tue, 25 July 2006
Gulp!!! Now you make me reach for tissues!! What a wonderful memory!!Your da was very sweet!!The passion in your work comes from this obvious source!! You are very lucky to have had him as a father! I too was lucky, both my parents encouraged my art and imagination. That is why we are here. Fabulous memorial!!