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Self Portrait by Himmapaan Self Portrait by Himmapaan
Self Portrait. A reworking of a very old idea of mine.

Pen and sepia ink, Chinese ink stick, tea and watercolours on hot pressed Arches 300gms/140 Lb.
180 x 260mm.

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=Ellygator made the following perceptive comment about this piece, which sums up a great deal of what I had hoped to convey:

'a ... revealing self-portrait that just evokes so much. At first the idea of attaching these gaudy wings to one's own white plumage to be someone one really is not struck me as sad and desperate. Then of course my mind started reverberating with the story of Icarus, or perhaps rather his father Daedalus the master artist and inventor who built the labyrinth and then escaped King Minos' prison by his bold invention of wings. And suddenly the crane's exploit becomes the quest of any artist who seeks to expand beyond the mundane, who will not acknowledge limits and who will use the means of his ingenuity to transcend them.

After that I really looked at the wings and recognized peacock and eagle and blue-jay feathers and loved the idea, that as an artist, no matter how inventive and ingenious we are we always deck ourselves with borrowed feathers, and that's the beauty and the tragedy of it. Western art has always striven for the original as the pinnacle of achievement, and yet we must acknowledge that probably every pose, every story, every color has most likely been drawn and painted by someone, somewhere and we owe a debt to the palace of art stored in all of our heads from unacknoweledged archetypes to the many who have come before us. Then of course there are all the critics and art historians who wish to stick every artist in a book and label their feathers one by one - debt to the 18th century watercolorists, clear drawing ductus that owes to the Italian Reanissance masters, etc...'



The Sanskrit and Pali texts in the bottom left corner say:

Reflection
Perseverence
Yet to be achieved through perseverence
Steadfastness of purpose



A closer look reveals that the 'labels' don't actually make sense as real labels, of course, but are words which might be pertinent descriptions somehow (provided you can actually read them - they're intentionally made to be difficult to do so)... Yes, I mixed adjectives and nouns in those - they were chiefly what arose on the instant in my mind as I did them.

I don't know why there seems to be a filmy blur. :hmm: Perhaps I need to clean my scanner glass... :confused:

Thank you in advance. :thanks:
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:iconwwwcine:
wwwcine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
What an ID (idea)!!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
a very beautiful piece!
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dormant374 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
It's all been said, but this is fantastic.
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badpicsofbugsetc Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Everything's been said before, but I'll restate it anyway, because otherwise I'd have to remain silent, which I can't. (Behold, the similarities between comments and art! :)) -

I think this speaks strongly to anyone who's ever tried to create something, anything, which ultimately means everyone. It seems to me that, in an age when so much emphasis is placed on the "lowest common denominator" for the sake of guaranteeing acceptance, too many miss what the denominator actually is. Creative works end up being dumbed down to make them easily consumable. But consumable goods are perishable, and such dumbed-down works cannot speak to people from different cultures or different eras, because they are superficial. They are products of their time and when the circumstances that produced them change, they will be forgotten. Meanwhile, the real common denominator shared by all (or most) human beings consists of certain feelings and thoughts, and if artists manage to tap into those and give them an acute and compelling form, they create art that can outlive them and entrance people all over the world.

Now, I don't want to overpraise you, but I think you're definitely on to something with this piece. :)
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Theillst Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I accidentally favorited the other one, but it's out now. This is a lovey piece, but what I ove most about it is the witing. It's absoutey gorgeous.
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:iconone-life-recycled:
One-Life-Recycled Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Unique and evocative. I absolutely love this!
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
This is glorious.
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:iconcatdancing-56:
CatDancing-56 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful job.
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:iconpeachtales:
peachtales Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I missed this when you posted it originally. This is beautiful in so many different ways. <3
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:iconauronyth:
Auronyth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful concept and brillant execution! Top notch art!
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PennyLang Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   General Artist
... I enjoyed reading your statement about you and this piece you have created and utilized as your avatar! Beautiful Art both in words and strokes of the pen! Treasure! Namasta!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconvanyamuina:
Vanyamuina Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Just gorgeous! :worship: True talent... and your comment about your piece is so beautiful!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
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bluebirdjoy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I wish I could favorite this a thousand times. :iconiloveyouplz:

I just started a course where we get to study the natural histories of many different animals, especially birds. Not only does your message mean a lot to me as an amateur artist, but as an aspiring scientist, this really somehow speaks to me beyond your original intent and made me even more pumped up for my lab tomorrow (we get to observe many species of birds)! Thank you so much for the beautiful message and and the stunning illustration!!!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm very touched to know that it has inspired you as you describe. There are fewer things so humbling and gratifying to an artist. Thank you.
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bluebirdjoy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
:hug:
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JacksonDaniell Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
wow this is incredible
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:iconalyasser:
AlYasser Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the wow of the wow
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:icon333demyx:
333demyx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the detail. not many people would think to draw a crane in this way great job
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:iconerinclaireb:
erinclaireb Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Wow, this piece has held my attention for longer than almost any other I've seen here on deviantart. it is really really beautiful!
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:iconkfuretpourri:
KFuretPourri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
All what you do is so perfect !!
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very kind of you!
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:iconkfuretpourri:
KFuretPourri Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Oh no, it's true !
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:iconthelasthuia:
TheLastHuia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail, inspiring self-portrait, vivid colours, and great general idea and execution of idea.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthelasthuia:
TheLastHuia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconynive:
ynive Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
this is so gorgeous it make tear gather in my eyes. sosoSO lovely
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golden-eidolon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the best self-portrait I've ever seen. Just brilliant. ;D
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tlouey Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
amazing
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jennymajeske Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
such a brave and inventive self-portrait. i couldn't be more impressed...and charmed
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really gorgeous. :3 I'd have to say that I don't find the idea of "borrowed wings" a sad one...although Icarus crashed, he touched the sun first. And doesn't that make it all worthwhile? XD Pardon my musings, this is a very evocative piece.
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Fiofiorina Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Utterly beautiful!
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lunarie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
This is a most beautiful pic and a very deep self-portrait.
However, I must write I disagree - you definitely can fly, with the strongest and most beautiful wings of imagination, which shimmer with all the most fantastic colours.

You have a beautiful and XIXth century look-alike handwriting. I find it very charming, that nowadays someone (especially a man!) is taking notice of calligraphy. Most people just don't pay attention to it and so they usually write like eleven-year-olds, but in a more untidy way.
What used to be common a hundred years ago, now becomes strange. I always hear comments about my handwriting, telling me that it is hard to read (because of the number of swirls, etc.) and expressing suprise, that I had enough patience to learn to write like this. Irritating.
Good, old calligraphy is disappearing in the distance...
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mcthankyou Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
This is just beautiful. I can't really say anymore than what's been said in the comment in your comments.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SinopaRapax Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
This is absolutely spectacular ;_;
Your colour work is phenomenal.
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Tap-Photo-and-Co Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This work of art is featured overhere >Tradigitional artfeature<
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
hello!your work is featured in my journal hope you don't mind:)
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ALT0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievable! so detailed and just beautiful.
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teriathanin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I am shocked to discover that I had not favourited this. Particularly love that it's your self portrait and deviant ID. You are one fascinating artist. :)
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Lisa. It's so kind of you.
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:iconteriathanin:
teriathanin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sir, your work is astounding. It's always a pleasure to be given the opportunity to enjoy it. :)
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nuuu, please, no 'sir'. ;)
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece here: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.
:+fav:

Kisses&Hugs
Katia
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giftofmagi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
astonishing
all I can think of is Audubon's illustrations
or DaVinci's anatomical sketches
your illustrating tools, as ObiWan once said,
are "a more elegant weapon for a more civilized era". You are a prodigy. You are an anachronism--albeit of the genteel kind. I suspect you would fit in perfectly March household as portrayed in Alcott's Little Women
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ever-little-princess Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
.what a beauty!.really awesome work,so full of detail and witch great colouring.and i love that idea
.impresive! :bravo:
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maria-mar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
This is absolutely amazing!... :O
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Inton Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Awesome works. I love the attention for details and the har work in each piece.
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