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Ashley Mariah
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Both writer and artist...a little divided between two worlds.

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Fire and the Night by AmaranthMB
Fire and the Night
I did this one while at my Mom's, and completely forgot to upload it. Oops.

Loosely based on the song Star Sky by Two Steps From Hell:

"Here we are
Riding the sky
Painting the night with sun
You and I, Mirrors of light
Twin flames of fire
Lit in another time and place

I knew your name
I knew your face
Your love and grace
Past and present now embrace
Worlds collide in inner space
Unstoppable, the song we play

Burn the page for me
I cannot erase the time of sleep
I cannot be loved so set me free
I cannot deliver your love
Or caress your soul so
turn that page for me
I cannot embrace the touch that you give
I cannot find solace in your words
I cannot deliver you your love
or caress your soul

Age to age
I feel the call
Memory of future dreams
You and I, riding the sky
Keeping the fire bright
From another time and place

I know your name
I know your face
Your touch and grace
All of time can not erase
What our hearts remember stays
Forever on a song we play

Burn the page for me
I cannot erase the time of sleep
I cannot be loved so set me free
I cannot deliver your love
Or caress your soul so
turn that page for me
I cannot embrace the touch that you give
I cannot find solace in your words
I cannot deliver you your love
or caress your soul

For some reason when I hear this song, in my mind I see darkness and light, personified by two women, dancing around each other. As close as it is possible to be, yet never actually touching. Because touching would destroy them both, due to their essential natures.

I'm not entirely happy with the robes on Fire, as I was working with a source image where it was difficult to see the folds...and I don't do folds all that well without looking at something :/

'The Journey That Matters' (Wanderlust) by AmaranthMB
'The Journey That Matters' (Wanderlust)
Haven't finished one of these in a while, eh?

This one was, in principle, pretty simple. I brainstormed all my favorite literary and onscreen wanderers and put them on some visually evocative cliffs.

From left to right, starting at the top in a U-shape, we have: Jack Sparrow and the Tenth Doctor (Out of the few Doctors I'm familiar with, Ten seemed to be the one who had the greatest urge to just keep traveling). Below them we have Captain Kirk of the Enterprise, Captain Malcolm Reynolds of the Serenity, and Luke Skywalker. (I had initially picked Han Solo, but changed my mind based on the fact that although Han was a seasoned traveler, Luke was the one who really had that primal urge to go out and SEE things).

Up the right side we have two unknown kender, one of whom is a small child with a blank book. Kender are absolutely the first people to pop in my head when I hear the word "wanderlust", so there are quite a few here. Standing with his lute is Kvothe from The Name of the Wind, which I'm still irritated at myself for accidently leaving out of Storytime. But maybe he fits better here. Next to him is Tasslehoff Burrfoot, perhaps the most iconic kender that ever lived besides Uncle Trapspinger himself. Above them we have another kender (who may or may not be Uncle Trapspringer), and of course Scrooge. (In the drawing guide I made for myself, I had Merida there instead. But given who wrote the needed to be Scrooge in that spot). Up by the sign is Aragorn.

There are also four iconic spaceships: the Enterprise, the Millennium Falcon, the Serenity, and the Doctor's Tardis. All explorer ships in different ways. The sailing ship in the fog is meant to be the Black Pearl. The mountain in the distance is the Lonely Mountain, guarded by Smaug.
...doesn't mean I can't do some of it.

So, fall of 2015. It's looking more and more like that's when NW is going to be on tour again. They are confirmed to play L.A. in May, at least. Even if I'd kept to my schedule this whole time, I still don't think I'd be able to do every song before then. Especially considering I like the idea of breaking up the epics into their respective pieces. That adds images.

However, it occurred to me that there's no reason I can't break this project up into albums. Instead of one massive book of drawings, I could create seven separate books. Have a few done by the next tour, and a few more for the next, and so on. Imaginaerum and Once are mostly done, aside from the two epics., there's a slight chance I could fit that one in before mid 2015. Maybe. Depends on how this portrait drawing business pans out.

Right now what I think I'm going to do is concentrate on Ghost Love Score and on redoing Song of Myself. Song of Myself is easy, because it's already in pieces: From a Dusty Bookshelf, All That Great Heart Lying Still, Piano Black, and Love. Ghost Love Score is trickier because as far as I know, lyrically, it's all one big long song...which means I have to break it up per my own interpretation. I can see it having four images, same as Song of Myself. Not as long as Poet, which will have five, and longer than Beauty of the Beast, which has three. (I'm keeping FantasMic as it is, two panels, because I like what I have).

Once I have those eight images finished, I can start piecing the books together. The more I think about it, the more I like doing it this way. Means I can spend more time with each album, really tie it all together. It also means I'll always have something to give them when I see them. (I know that sounds arrogant, but I really do need that kind of motivation.)
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: Wonderfields~ Imaginaerum

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Idlewings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for the faves <3
Markkus76 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :iconfavoriteplz: on  Storm is behind :bow:

Your gallery is really impressive, I like it :D 

...And hop, I'll give you a :iconlamaplz:, I hope you give me one back ;)

 Have a good day  :) 

keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for adding my 'Big Ben' drawing to your favourites. Feel free to leave a comment.
Mocris Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! I´m really glad about it, because so I could find your Gallery. It´s amazing! :clap:
BrielLumeNight12 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding my work to your collections :) (Smile)
I've browsed your gallery and it was beautiful! I like the way on how you interpret songs into illustrations. I'm also a Nightwish fan Giggle 
andre-ma Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks very much for the favs
Szigeti Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thankieees!:D (Big Grin)  Rock!
KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

:beer: :beer:
Shi-no-tamashii Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy B-day!!!! :hug:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!!!Huggle! Airborne 
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