Borne Again

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Vicki Nemeth

She has been locked sleeping in this globe of nasty liquid for God-knows-how-long and suddenly feels herself awaken, and something tugging her upwards. And as she emerges she takes her first gasp of breath... The ghostly dudes want to hold her in, but there's no way she's going back there. What's going to happen to her now, you ask? Well, she'll be able to fly and soon she'll take a nice shower and pick out a new outfit. This image is a response to Threads Of Palest Silver by Laura F Crites. The design for the charater, ghosts, and liquid have been used with permission (though it was I who turned the liquid into a globe). So how did Laura's picture inspire me, you may wonder? First, read the poem in her description. It gives you a good impression of her picture. After that, while observing the picture I listened to Part 1 of the 'Prologue' for Final Fantasy IV. The music starts out very calm and appropriate for Laura's picture, but then after a pause, it suddenly becomes energetic. It was then that I pictured her bursting out of the liquid and flying through the bright sky; I hadn't even intended to let pictures come to me. This took me about 2 hours. To start I drew a concept sketch of her being pulled upwards by her hands, but in the end I decided to use this position instead. For this one, I pencilled in her position and the place of the liquid over her, then the curve of the globe, then the little spindly arms of the ghosts. I inked it with an old double-ended felt-tip calligraphy pen. It was coloured with chalk pastels and smudged with Kleenex, my fingers, and Q-Tips. When I decided that the bottoms of the clouds weren't defined enough, I drew a line under each with an eraser. Phew. Exhaustive. I think I should do another version of this in oils or acrylics. Drawn and coloured on December 20th, 2004.

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