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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]

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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)

DOWNLOADS:

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

FONTS USED:

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

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

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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


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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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:iconarnarn-stinkfist:
arnarn-stinkfist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
the poem goes well with the picture..  i like it..
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:iconszd:
szd Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009   Digital Artist
o my god, so simple though sophisticated. i love it.
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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!)
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:iconshippuden23:
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
I see heaven! :wow: :eyepopping: :jawdrop: :love:.
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:iconzenphoenixa:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I'm glad! :D (Though I certainly hope it's not because you're dead.) :XD:
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Well maybe I AM dead maybe you're just talking to a zombie :crazy:.
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wingedgds Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
wow nice lov ho it looks so soothing and relaxing, how flowey it is good work
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:iconsakarah-rei-northrup:
oh my goodness!! how beautiful!!
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:iconnikidabekicatin:
Nikidabekicatin Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
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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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:iconzenphoenixa:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Yowch, trust me to come up with one month late replies... X_____x;;; *Apologises profusely* :please: But that aside, thankyou very much for the comment and fav on this wallpaper :w00t: and it's great to meet another VNV Nation fan! :D As for the song title, I reckon "End of Days" sounds better, but Ronan introduced the song as "Further" in a live performance I watched on the net so I guess we have to go along with that. =P Anyhow, thanks again, and take care! :wave:
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Second-Cycle Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Awws, tis so pretty~! And your comment, description thingy ma jig makes it even more prettier~~ X3 Gah, I'm going all warm and fuzzy inside :XD:
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DianeGingitsune Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Wow... my night was kinda crappy, but that piccie made me lighten up^^ I dunno.. it symbolized as "hope" for me? >>
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:iconpurplerose:
purplerose Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007   Photographer
Very pretty.
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creepytea Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful <3 Lovelt theme,I love that piece of music as well haha
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xMiko-chanx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Lovely :+fav:
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hitominojyunin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty, Zen. D: <3

The title.. makes me think of Final Fantasy X2. xD The title music (aka the music that plays at the new/load game screen) is called "Memory of Lightwaves" xDDD;

Coincidence?
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:iconzenphoenixa:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007
Lol, not quite coincidence but right on the money since that's the exact song I based this off. :XD: I included a link to the song so that all may know its prettiness, just like you and I! :heart: :D
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hitominojyunin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, haha. xD It's such a beautiful song~<3 And this goes with it so well, hehe, great job Zen!

VNV Nation? Whoa, now THAT'S a coincidence; my best friend LOVES VNV xDD
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Penginchan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Whoa...
....pretty...
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:iconakasha-kaiba:
akasha-kaiba Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Very well done. Looks great.*favs*
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HyperPegesus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Oh wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!!! :heart: Your photoshop skills own even the bananas.
And the bananas don't let anyone own them. Especially since Stefani nabbed a few.
But yes, very pwnsome!! I love your phoenix, it looks so gorgeous... and wow, those lyrics.. . phew! Works so well! o.o
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papa-j Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
this seems a bit different from your usual stuff but i like it nevertheless! :thumbsup:
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:iconrynozerus:
Rynozerus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007  Student General Artist
really pretty
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007   General Artist
Beautiful!! =D
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:iconsora-na:
Sora-na Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
Pretty! It's really symbolical looking <3
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AcidTear Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007   Photographer
Oh wow...that is too awesome. It looks positively spectacular! :heart:
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:iconshadowheartless:
shadowheartless Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
:ohmygod: I totally didn't notice Bob the Phoenix until just now o__O;;; *feels so stupid * I blame school! :sprint:

Heheh, I was wondering when you were gonna upload this onto DA :XD: If I recall, I think I already told you how shiny this wallpaper is and how much I love it =D Should Kariya ever come back, Bob will take care of him :mwahaha:
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Cruzle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Student
This is so beautifully executed, and it has such a lovely theme. :heart: Nice work!! Goodness, you're so talented...
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Sailor-Nova-s Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
That's super peaceful, and Kuon: Memories of Lights and Waves is my favorite FFX-2 song. I have the piano version, and it's ultra pretty too.

Now if I wasn't on a stupid computer with right click disabled, I'd be stealing these wallpapers and that song right now X(
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:iconzenphoenixa:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
*Applauds your music taste* :clap: :D "Wind Crest: The Three Trails" is my other favourite FFX-2 theme. :heart: Makes me wish we got more songs like that in the other FFs, who needs lyrics all the time? :p

Disabled right click! :shakefist: It's not a Mac is it? XD;;
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Sailor-Nova-s Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
no, it's a rather sucktastic library winders xp computer. If you're going to the library to do "research", the least they could do is enable "copy and paste" and possibly Word or something. I actually went there to save pictures for a test in art history, but seeing as I have no book and no internet, studying the pictures at home without having said pictures is quite hard...

But I'm stealing yours now... Bwahahahahaha!
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zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007
Copy and Paste are the embodiment of computer gods, to disable them is sacrilege! D: *Burns the library heathens* All we had on our library computers was this lame game about saving the environment. It was narrated by an equally lame turtle. Not sure what turtles have to do with being environmentally conscious, since they can just hide in their shells if a nuclear bomb goes off. :o

Ahhhhhh you are now in possession of incriminating evidence which confirms once and for all that I am whacked! O____O *Uses farseeing powers to destroy the pics of Albel and Cliff with boobs* >>;;;;;;
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Sailor-Nova-s Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
O.o boobs?
I'm.... frightened.
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:iconzenphoenixa:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
*Mind reads*

I DIDN'T DRAW THEM!!! O_____O :rofl:

But at the same time, the circumstances in which they arrived on my computer must remain a total mystery to all... :paranoid: *Thunder clap*
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Sailor-Nova-s Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
Blame the magician. It's always his fault.
:insert the laughing icon here:
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zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Yes... those magicians and their cute white bunnies and scantily clad assistants who are unfortunately never good looking men... _____
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Shintei-chan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uuummm...ok...a light...
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DemonsTelMe2BuyCandy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
A big WOOT WOOT for VNV Nation :D! :clap:
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battybuddy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
Ok... I'm wondering once and for all... Just how is it that you can keep kicking so much art ass? Seriously, it seems all your stuff rocks and you're incapable of creating something less then breathtaking. :)
I LOVE the shape of... um... Bob. :D You rock, my friend.
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WoWKrynne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Student
Wow so pretty! :O
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AmaranthFade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
this may sound odd, but this makes me feel very peaceful! i love it!
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AmaranthFade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
this may sound odd, but this makes me feel very peaceful! i love it!
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MariaBeloArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its beautifull i loved it
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:iconraymangirl:
raymangirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so beautiful...I love! :love:
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meoshira Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
Aaaaah, it took me a while to notice the phoenix. XD I see it now! Very awesome. Mind if I use it for my desktop? :heart:

And also I love that song from FF10-2. X3
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f081a Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
This is great... I'm on my way to check out your gallery :D
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Naranta Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
WOW it's wonderful!!
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MoonTheBlueNeko Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
that is awesome... and the quote there... :clap: beautiful. ^^
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Toxic-Star Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
Ahhh, VNV Nation! <3 I salute you! :XD: And I love this wallpaper, it's so ethereal. Really wish I had your skills. ^^; Keep up the good work, my friend.
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