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Spirit by Zephyri Spirit by Zephyri
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.

Done in photoshop CS over 2 weeks, about 20-30 hours spent.
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Beffery Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member 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..
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. 
Beffery Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  New member 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. :)
PetervonHesse Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is awesome
Jrwolf56 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
This is beautiful and expressive!
ROOKIELINES Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
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.
Sakanamoon Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
Adelaide9 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
WOW it looks like a picture !
eleni5 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
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