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Sad Songs Of Hope by Acrylicdreams Sad Songs Of Hope by Acrylicdreams
This was a commissioned artwork for the cover of the album "(Sad) songs of hope" by german Melodic Rock/Metal band ToJa (www.toja-rock.com/uk/news.php , will be out in June ).
I was only given the title and the info that it should show opposites. So I could develop my own ideas without a strict guideline! That's how I like to work!
It was really fun and the band and label were blast away by the outcome!
A really satisfying way to work!
It's painted in Painter with a Wacom tablet, almost a week of work (guess about 30 hours), almost completely without reference (except the parrot and peacock).
Btw. the band chose to take a slightly different version without the parrot and with a flying peacock (located where the parrot is) instead of a squatting one. But I like this version better so I share it with you.
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MKAnisko Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice work :) (Smile) 
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
such a masterpiece :)
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
fasntastic colors and detail.
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
fantastic
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. it offers so much- the band must have been like "omg this is just what we wanted!". an instant favorite in my book.
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thank you very much! Yes, the band was more than pleased!
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here ->[link]
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:hug:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
moving and wonderful ! :omfg: This stunning work deserves a DD ! :clap:
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you very much!
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours here are gorgeous. But then you look up close and it's not such a pretty in those details to the left hand. Beautiful!
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Your amazing work is featured here: [link]
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

This lovely work has been featured in my journal: [link]

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VictorAdameArt Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, you sir continue to amaze me!
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BlackHeresy Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work!!! :D
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:wave:Your beautiful artwork is featured at :iconalightindarkness:[link] :love:
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your picture has been featured here [link] as a deviation of the week in :icontreelovers:. Congratulations! :icontreehuggerplz:
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you!
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nudagimo Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastisch! So viele kleine Details! Sehr gelungene Arbeit! :clap:
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TitusBoy25 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing colors and lightning!
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Aileea Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
This is so beautiful!
Never heared of the band before, but since Melodic Metal is exactly my kind of music I sure will give them a listen.
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Nightpark Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Klasse Farben und Detailreichtum. Mir gefällt das Konzept mit dem Baum und den Maschienenteilen sehr gut, man weiß gar nicht, ob diese ein Teil dessen sind oder ob der Baum um sie herumgewachsen ist.
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Hey, danke! Ja, das war auch durchaus so beabsichtigt.
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! I am glad the prevailing winds left the forest standind! :clap:
Well done! :D
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting style. Congratulations.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing. I love this style. Very, very good work, congratulations.
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Nick-Matulich Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Do you know what Birds of Paradise are?
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Yes, but the band wanted a peacock (and parrots also live into the jungle, so it fits this image).
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Excellent work, Markus! I have a similar impression from working with musicians, so much so that they've become a favorite kind of job. I think it may be because they themselves are creative people, so they are more sympathetic to the creative process. I'm sure they enjoy freedom within their own music.

I really like how you've managed such a vibrant palette, especially how it fades towards the sunset.
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you very much, Paul!
Well, in fact, up to now it didn't happen too often that I was given so much artistical freedom when painting an album cover (maybe five times or so). Often the bands already had their own ideas about the cover and I only could add some details or change minor things. But some bands also chose to buy licences for some finished artwork of mine, so there are a few more covers that are based on my own ideas.
Anyway, thanks for your comment, I always appreciate it!
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nightserpent Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I probably haven't done nearly as many CD/LP covers as you (though I'd love to do more), perhaps I've just been lucky with clients. Although, some who approached me with ideas were often open to discussion. Generally when I tell them that they may get more (and better) painting for their money if they let me be influenced by the music and go wild with my paintbrush, they usually let me go for it. It allows me to get more involved in the artwork and play to my strengths and interests, quite often with a far better outcome-- I am sure you can relate! Maybe next time say "sure, we can do your idea, or....", and see if they are at all receptive to what excites you.
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Ascending-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Very beautiful work!
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thanks!
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this picture, and I love the title :)
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you!
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like Glasgow on the left side there...!

Absolutely stunning job on this...Truly great!
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Hehe, thanks!
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LuckyLastLaugh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Gee, this is so beautiful! Now I just have to watch your art. The opposites really work
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you very much!
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