The quote came only after I made the image, actually. Still, the idea I had in mind was "sacrifice". That quote actually goes on to something about a woman's smile, but I left that part out intentionally, of course.
This was kind of made on request. I was given free rein to design a layout for a player on SH, and after several attempts at a lighter image, I ran across this background. Immediately I knew what I wanted to do.
my thoughts ;;
I really enjoyed making this image, because I had to think about a story that would go behind it as I worked. Then I realized there doesn't need to be a story... the horse gives up his freedom for the dove, as simple as that. The kindness of strangers, something quite rare anymore.
I realized that when I walked into Target today... people just don't seem to sympathize with one another much. I had my arms full, and accidentally dropped something in the checkout line. The lady in front of me turned around, looked at the item near her feet, and proceeded to watch me trying to pick it up without dropping everything else. Why? I would have been bumping heads to help somebody if they dropped something like that...
work stats ;;
Not too much, and yet a lot, went into this. The dove was done first, and repositioned many many times.
The horse came next, and probably was the quickest part of the image. He is right were I placed him to begin with. XD
The cage and chain where next. The cage was not difficult, but the chain/rope was done by hand in hopes of matching the cage a bit. I think it turned out okay... certainly not detailed, but that happens. x.x
Colors and lighting adjusted on everything, blending, etc. Then searched for my quote.