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.: The Rising Tempest :. by BrokenQuiet .: The Rising Tempest :. by BrokenQuiet
The Rising Tempest

The Ocean is inherently a beautiful but alien world; and sometimes with art you can dive deep down into the depths of your own imagination and create something great from there on upwards; to see the progress, the changes, and the enormity of the challenge from beginning to end.
I wanted The Rising Tempest to be the highpoint of an attempt at freedom of thought. The Rising Tempest is a blend of contemporary and traditional art. In it I have attempted to merge the Edo period of Japanese art with a 21st contemporary portrayal of portraiture. I wanted it be more so dream-like then realistic. I wanted to create something mesmerising, an illustration that embodied the stormy but gentle manner of the sea and its barriers.
But it wasn’t until I put pencil to paper and let my hand guide itself, that I noticed through my recent exposure to Japanese culture and traditional art, how the symbolic nature of the Great Wave and the Koi tied into one another and balanced out evenly.
The wave represents the obstacle, where the Koi fish symbolise perseverance through adversity and strength of purpose. The woman represents people in the world who do not conform to society’s rule bound nature and therefore have a greater appreciation for the freedom of thought, but who, like the Koi, swim against the opposing currents defying every obstacle in their way, no matter what, in order to reach their own real enlightenment. The legend of the Koi fish and their courage of persevering through adversity and living free is a beautiful representation of the unfathomable Ocean herself. The image of the woman ties in together with this all perfectly because she essentially rising above the Tempest of Society herself presenting herself to the world as if to say “Here I am...Deal with it”.

So after the long awaited wait, i present to you The Rising Tempest I hope you all like it :)
Im considering making this a print onto Shirts not sure yet - i kinda have to learn how to do that first lol :D
Let me know what you think~!


(c) BrokenQuiet 2011 Haylea Gusling Please do not use my artwork in any way without my explicit permission. Thankyouu~!
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TrozNarF Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
awesome & inspiring representation! loved your text about us, women :) Clap 
I'm now working on an investigation project about women representation (social-historic-artistic) :D. #1 And your piece & text are, as said before, very inspiring!
On another hand ^-^ I'd love you to go through my latest (attempts) submissions and give me your opinion, could you? Pray 
I've re-started painting & drawing not so long ago and I'm dealing between ->thinking before making or ->directly do without thinking, just feel & let my hand do the job (?).
the thinking part (planning) is not my best, in fact I couldn't by the moment; so I just observe the things in the blank page and get carried away by what I see... what do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion!
:please: revamped :please: revamped :please: revamped
:P en fin, ENCANTADA!
EhrenThibs Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CrazyRecluseArtist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool piece!
dorkiiexshorty Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
love the color choices and the contrast, so beautiful :0 great concept too!!
BrokenQuiet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:D :D Thank you~!
fhelalr Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome <3
BrokenQuiet Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks~!!! :D
37CatCats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
omg this is AMAZING Clap 
BrokenQuiet Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:tighthug: Thank you~!! :) 
Daws3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   General Artist
Love this!
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