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A self portrait done for the two week Event "Past Lives" over on Pixel Brush: [link] the challenge was to create a self portrait from a bygone era, anything from egyptian to 1920's gangster. I had the two concepts up in my scraps: [link] and of the two, I followed my heart, which really wanted the native american indian one.

The culture of these people is one I have huge respect for, I admire the way they live in harmony with nature. Now before anyone says it, YES this was influenced by Disney's Pocahontas. And yes, I'm more than aware that Disney massacred the real history version, but I take it for what it is.. there's some rather lovely moral messages in it that people should take to heart rather than bitching about how 'wrong' it is. So yes, if you tel me it looks like Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, I reserve the right to call you a ninny for not reading the description. :P

I think of all the portraits I've done, this captures me as I like to see myself. I'm a veritable russian doll of personas, layers and fronts. A social chameleon, I change my behaviour according to who I'm around. In my solitary moments, those I treasure, when I can finally switch off all those other people in me, this is who I truly am. The girl with the colours of the wind in her hair.
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Done in photoshop CS over 2 weeks, about 20-30 hours spent.
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nevs28 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most amazing feeling when see this ...

colors exude so much emotion ....

brilliance :love:
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Beffery Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Writer
You do absolutely beautiful work. My goodness, you see not only the aesthetic beauty but feel the pride emanating from the piece as a whole. All your work is wonderful..
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, a personal artistic identity is something I struggle with occasionally, so it's really motivating to hear people I don't know see that in my work. 
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Beffery Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Writer
You absolutely welcome. So many of your pieces have such subtle implied movement and you can almost see what the characters are thinking/feeling. You seem to have a specialty at capturing strength and pride that somehow shines through with stance and expression. You have a new fan. :)
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PetervonHesse Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is awesome
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Jrwolf56 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
This is beautiful and expressive!
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ROOKIELINES Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
wow
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SoulEchoe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can really, really relate to the description of this picture. This picture is really, really beautiful.
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Sakanamoon Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
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Adelaide9 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
WOW it looks like a picture !
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eleni5 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Εξαιρετικο...!
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scornbylove Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Love this!!
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NYCrooner Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Stunning. The winds path is powerful and yet she remains strong.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You know, you've made me see something I did with a totally different pair of eyes. I've never thought of it like that, so thank you!
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adamackroyd Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
would love to have right to sell this image in our canvas printing company happy-days-printing.com
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adamackroyd Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
would love to have right to sell this image in our canvas printing company happy-days-printing.com
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Your work has been featured here [link] Please, :+favlove: the article if you like it, so that more people can see it :)
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RoamingRifleRocker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
The description makes this better. I'm not a fan of Pocahontas because of the historical innaccuracies and false love story (he was 13, he was over 30...he made it up himself. Yay, John Smith... giving wasicu a good name since he visited the 'new world'). But this piece is good. And the movie has little to do with its execution. So, well done.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Disney isn't great at keeping to the historical accuracy, but they do feel good films well! Glad it doesn't spoil your enjoyment of the piece.
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Telliria Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply Marvelous!
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GabrielBB Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Beautiful image!
Thank You!
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23-tiny-wishes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Love this! :love: I love Disney's Pocahontas, who cares if they took a detour from actual history? The real story of Pocahontas and John Smith is depressing. It does look like Colours of the Wind :meow: Which makes it more awesome XD
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baykustuyu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome colours and awwwww!!! :)
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Jofrenchie Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This is more beautiful that words can say. I love it.
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Ranttutar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Excellent choises with colors. I love the way you give room for the wind to go, even it is invisible.
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valerimarinov Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
respect *Zephyri
I think I'm inspired to do something like this:)
thanks

( love indians too)
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kk9000797 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
wow! i just read the description and the last paragraph is so me! im just another life size russian doll like you.
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lucky-fortune Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Very nice technique and blending work, disagree with you about the 'bitching' part.
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WilltheArtMan Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Years ago, I was walking into Circuit City with my kids. We reached the display video cameras. I pointed out to my four-year-old daughter, Laurelin, that she was on TV. Even as she zeroed in on the big monitor to see that it was true, she started belting out "Colors of the Wind," the whole thing, with lots of gestures and tons of heart. Half the store had gathered to watch by the time she was done.

And here you have "belted it out" in a painting. Well done!
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xNeeluh Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Stunning! :)
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Featured here [link] =D
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ChildoftheWild7 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Absolutely wonderful, I'm at loss for words!
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GAVade Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009   Digital Artist
Excellent design, love the swirl designs framing the character....
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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moonlight-kaguya Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Wow... I Couldnt Stop Looking At This Picture. It Truely Is Amazing.<3
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Lady-Of-The-Pen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008   General Artist
Wow the color is amazing ^_^
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Enelic Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Student
This beautiful!!AMAZING!!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Hae-Hyun Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
i don't understand..i saw this in a tutorial but now i can't find it anywhere. and for some reason i remember seeing this in a tutorial from someone else o__O
did someone steal your work from you or something pertaining to a tutorial?
--haha anyway this is fantastic. wonderful piece!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If they did, I'm kinda ignorant of it! Not unless it was a wip thread thing, like there would have been over on the pixelbrus site. Other than that, nope! Glad you like it though
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Hae-Hyun Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
haha you're welcome. ;)
--anyway no i got it off here. are you sure you didn't make a tutorial out of this?
i remember it was about the intricacies of skin tone.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If it was on here, most definitely not, no... I'm hugely lazy when it comes to tutorials! Though if they were only using it to show a point, I wouldn't have minded,
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Hae-Hyun Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
haha aw i see ;)
well i ever come across it, i'll be sure to tell you :)
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corvus-luna Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
i think i just found my doppleganger. i act the EXACT same way. and i absolutely love the native american culture.

this is a glorious picture, and i love the background.

beautiful job.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, nice to know there's others like me! Glad you like it!
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