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April 29, 2007
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The Flight Of Icarus by Xerces The Flight Of Icarus by Xerces
From my series of pictures named with a song title The Flight Of Icarus- Iron Maiden

Indeed, this is similar to The Fallen Angel but with a lot more blood. The story of Icarus reports that he landed in the sea:
His father cried, “Icarus, Icarus, where are you?” At last he saw the feathers floating on the water, and bitterly lamenting his own arts, he buried the body and called the land Icaria in memory of his child. Daedalus arrived safe in Sicily, where he built a temple to Apollo, and hung up his wings, an offering to the god." (Thomas Bulfinch).
I took a different approach, obviously, since Manchester is not blessed with a sea. Welcome to my back yard.

Inspired by:
Now the crowd breaks and a young boy appears
Look the old man in his eyes
As he spreads his wings and shouts at the crowd
In the name of God my father I fly

His eyes seem so glazed
As he flies on the wings of a dream
Now he knows his father betrayed
Now his wings burn to ashes to ashes his grave

Fly on your way like an eagle
Fly as high as the sun
On your wings like an eagle
Fly and touch the sun

There is a large amount of melted wax in the picture, although it is hard to see (much of it is between the feathers and the hand). The three feathers on the left are tied together with black thread and wax.
Blood is glycerine based.

Arm Model: Geoff
Please respect the model in all comments =|

I give my full permission for =TaintedArt, ~VisualMelodies ~GoreGalore and ~darkclub to display this deviation in their club galleries
This is NOT Stock photography. You do not have permission to use this image.

All blood and injuries in this PHOTOGRAPH is entirely fake. It is a display of FX make up and is not depicting any kind of self-harm, nor is it condoning it or glorifying any act of self-harm in any way. Please respect this at all times.
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CSErron Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Love this. I am also interested in the story.
the-derp-man24 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I love this song, I love this album I LOVE THIS BAND.
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
glad you like =D
KallasTheBrave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one...also love the tragic story of Icarus, the winged boy.
queen-of-rainbows Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful. The tale of Icarus has always been my favorite, and this is an interesting depiction of it. It's fantastic that you included the wax. Very thorough. I do agree with theonlypenguin though, a backdrop that is a bit less modern would've looked very neat, although the imagery makes up for it. :heart:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah- i agree a more vintage or countryside feel to it would have been more appropriate. I need to find some good sets! Very glad you like it all the same
papa-paparazzi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
i have such a sick soon as i saw the title and thumbnail, i giggled... poor icarus. i'm really liking that the arm is the subject of the photo; once again, really realistic blood. :heart:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks, hun! a bit of an old shot, but i love it non the less. my poor boyfriend provided the arm :P
papa-paparazzi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
you're welcome!
IlithyiaEidsvag Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture..

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