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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.

Read-
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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:iconcserron:
CSErron Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Love this. I am also interested in the story.
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:iconthe-derp-man24:
the-derp-man24 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I love this song, I love this album I LOVE THIS BAND.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
glad you like =D
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:iconkallasthebrave:
KallasTheBrave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this one...also love the tragic story of Icarus, the winged boy.
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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:
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:iconxerces:
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
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papa-paparazzi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
i have such a sick mind...as 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:
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:iconxerces:
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
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:iconpapa-paparazzi:
papa-paparazzi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
you're welcome!
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:iconilithyiaeidsvag:
IlithyiaEidsvag Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture..

:blackrose:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much!
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:icondemonkitsuneofnight:
DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Amazing! I love how you use so many feathers in a lot of your work. It's cool. Are they fake feathers from a craft store, or actual bird feathers?
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
they're real feathers from a craft store =D the ones in the store are actually birds feathers :-)
lad you like it! i have some white feathers to make me some white wings :-)
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DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Ah. Cool. I guess the only ones I saw at the local store were fake.

Cool! Love to see them in some photos!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
they had fake feathers? :-(
:shakefist: at them!
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:icondemonkitsuneofnight:
DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Student General Artist
I think. I'm not sure. they were those bright neon colored feathers a lot of people use for crafts. Maybe they were real...I'm not sure.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
i know they add a lot of false colours for feathers, so that might be it, although thinking about it, i'm sure there have been fake feathers about too:-/
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DemonKitsuneOfNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Student General Artist
Hm, I guess you're right.
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:iconchrixx14:
ChrixX14 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
I can't stop watching this picture, it's so beautiful. It's .. Wow. It's one of my faves =]
Well done <3
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much! very glad you like it :-)
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:iconchrixx14:
ChrixX14 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
You're welcome :)
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:iconrockstarvanity:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008   Photographer
This photo has been featured in my news article The Nightmare Edition [Vol. 25 Horror Week] in honour of ^projecteducate's Horror & Macabre Photography Week.

:heart: :stab:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks!!
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:iconhybridconcepts:
hybridconcepts Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
excellent concept, although I would have burnt some of the wings a little bit, adding to the mythology of it.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much! i did burn some of the feathers- the small ones and the ends of the larger ones- but the problem is that you can't see it :-( i have a new load of white feathers, so i might be able to do it again and try to get the burns more obvious! glad you like :-)
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:iconmiggrator:
Miggrator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
You, along with some other artists on DA, inspired a poem... o3o

[link]

<3
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow! that's cool that you were inspired by it :-)
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:iconsweetreichel:
SweetReichel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Oh my God, this is awesome.

I really love it.

Congratulations

I think you captured the essence of Icarus and the pain of his fall (the emotional pain)

=)

Lovely pic, really.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much! i'm very glad that you like it. cheers for dropping by :-)
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:iconsweetreichel:
SweetReichel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
=) =D

I have to say too that I like the quotations you... wrote (hahaha I was about to say "quoted")
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle:
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:iconein-kaltes-herz:
Ein-Kaltes-Herz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
man I love maiden, I'd say you did the song justice.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks so much! great to hear that from a big fan too :-)
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:icont3hraerae:
t3hRaeRae Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
This gave me shivers. I love it.
(It also helps that it's Icarus. xP)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much!
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:iconshwarzengel:
ShwarzEngel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Another piece for a `RockstarVanity news ? ;)
excellent work, as always :)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks very much! :hug:
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:iconshwarzengel:
ShwarzEngel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Thank YOU, for sharing your great pieces ^^
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:heart:
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:iconkeebler-elfy:
Keebler-Elfy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
It looks really good, the only thing I would change is that the blood looks too red, it needs to be darker and not so kool-aidish but nonetheless it's still agreat picture with a magnificent composition.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
i'll see what i can do. there was some odd lighting that day. it's usually much darker. but thanks for the comment :-)
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Sweet-Venom Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture, it's really well arranged. The blood looks real and I love the feathers. I've always loved the story of Icarus and this is one of the best interpretations I've seen of it.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
very glad you like it! :-)
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:iconsweet-venom:
Sweet-Venom Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) No problem!
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:iconthinehobbit:
ThineHobbit Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
You know this has to be my fav greek myth! (Aside from the minotaur one!) =D

I suppose this is a testament to what happens when you push your luck!

(By the way ... is that a real hand? It looks kinda plastic ...) Took me a while to spot the melted wax too!

Great pic like all of your gallery!

:peace:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah. the wax didn't show up too well on the ground.
and it is a real hand =D it belongs to my boyfriend. he has damaged it a fair few times, but i'm pretty sure it's still real ;-)
it may be the lighting conditions. it was a rather bright day, so there isn't masses of shadow or texture to see
glad you like it
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:iconthinehobbit:
ThineHobbit Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
That's good to know!

:peace:
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:icon6elfwitch9:
6elfwitch9 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Shit seems like Icarus had a hard time taking flight :D

:clap:

Awesome ^^
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
=D i guess so. that sort of thing goes on if you fix your wings with wax i guess!
glad you like it :-)
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:icon6elfwitch9:
6elfwitch9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
eheheh yeah but who in the world would do something like that come on

I mean fixing its wings with WAX :rofl:

:chew:
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