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January 31, 2007
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Memories of Light and Waves WP by zenphoenixa Memories of Light and Waves WP by zenphoenixa
NOTE: If anyone is interested, 2 ACEOS (collectable card sized images) are available for sale featuring this image. See my journal for more details: [link]

CHARACTER: Er, random phoenix? :floating: Let’s call him Bob! (Voice on shoulder: Let’s not and say we did… >_>;; )

OWNER: Mine I guess, though how on earth one owns something insubstantial is beyond me… :XD:

PIC STATUS: Gift wallpaper for :iconshadowheartless: :wave:

MEDIUMS: Photoshop CS (colouring, filters, everything @__@ ), my Medion tablet (for the base lines)


- Sparkle brushes used on stars from the “Stamps” sets downloaded from - [link]


- General font: “Volt” – download here: [link]

- Decorative swirl in bottom left from the wingding set “Absinth flourishes I” – download here: [link]


At the end of days,
At the end of time,
When the sun burns out will any of this matter?
Who will be there to remember who we were?
Who will be there to know that any of this had meaning for us?

And in retrospect I'll say we've done no wrong,
Who are we to judge what's right and what has purpose for us?
With designs upon ourselves to do no wrong,
Running wild, unaware of what might come of us…

The sun was born and so it shall die
So only shadows comfort me,
I know in darkness I will find you giving up inside like me.
Each day shall end as it begins and though you're far away from me,
I know in darkness I will find you giving up inside like me…

Without a thought I will see everything eternal,
Forget that once we were just dust from heavens far,
As we were forged we shall return, perhaps some day,
I will remember us and wonder who we were…

~ “Further” by VNV Nation


ARTIST THOUGHTS: Okay, decided to do a mass upload of all the wallpapers I’ve made recently but which I haven’t actually gotten around to uploading, lazy ass that I am… :o This one was done aaaaages ago, as in, last-year-ages-ago but thankfully it was delivered to :iconshadowheartless: then as well. XD;; So yes, I decided to take a mini trip back into the phoenix corner of the ring, and it was quite a nice reunion since I enjoyed making this! ^__^ The title of the image comes from the opening song to Final Fantasy X-2, which is one of the most beautiful themes I’ve ever heard so have a listen to it some time if you haven’t, you won’t regret it! (You can listen to it here: [link]) Meanwhile, the lyrics at the top come from the song “Further” by VNV Nation, one of my favourite songs and bands who write great lyrics. :heart:

I partly picked those two songs for inspiration since they make me think of death and memory, which is what I intended this pic to be about – it’s sad to think that some stars we see in the sky are already dead, and who knows, maybe those stars were life for worlds much like our own sun… so you could read this pic as either the death of a star or the death of a world, with only the phoenix left to remember what was there. But at the same time a phoenix represents rebirth, so what once was can live again, yes? ^__^

TECHNICAL STUFF: This was a strange pic to make, because it’s made up of nothing but filtered lines. o__O I drew each separate line with my tablet, applied radial blur filter, then scaled and rotated each line to form something resembling a phoenix. That was probably the most long-winded way to go about it – since then, I’ve uncovered easier methods for the exact same thing… :p Threw in dodge tool and made stars with 3px and 1px brushes and voila, instant wallpaper. :XD: Free to use as always if that’s what you want to do, and go visit :iconshadowheartless: as well, who’s not only a big phoenix fan but has great taste in RPG games! :D Over and out! :salute:
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arnarn-stinkfist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
the poem goes well with the picture..  i like it..
szd Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009   Digital Artist
o my god, so simple though sophisticated. i love it.
NikolitaNiko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is the picture title named after the song on the FFX piano soundtrack? :ninja: (I love that song!)
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
I see heaven! :wow: :eyepopping: :jawdrop: :love:.
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I'm glad! :D (Though I certainly hope it's not because you're dead.) :XD:
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Well maybe I AM dead maybe you're just talking to a zombie :crazy:.
wingedgds Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
wow nice lov ho it looks so soothing and relaxing, how flowey it is good work
oh my goodness!! how beautiful!!
Nikidabekicatin Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
Maddithong Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VNV Nation = God. :love:
And is it just me or isn't that song called 'End of Days'? :XD:
But besides that, I adore Bob! *favs*
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