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Caged Songbird by katiedesousa Caged Songbird by katiedesousa
This piece was done for a contest at my school, the theme was vague - The Animal Within. I chose a caged bird.
I remember starting this piece over and over, I had so many ideas that weren't turning out no matter how much I worked on them, I got lost in the details and technique completely forgetting about the message until I doodled this in my sketch book quite randomly, a couple hours of quick colors later and I had my piece finished.

PainterX, PhotoshopCS2, Wacom Intuos3
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NUMADACHI Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
beautiful you can get strong feelings from this you did a wonderful job
I-Shot-Roger-Rabbit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly incredible. I love the expression on his face.
MewRishu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
It's strange but I've had a similar idea in my head for a while. It was frustrating because I'm not good enough to draw it. Now I feel complete because you did it :)
xMrs-Darcyx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I love the atmosphere you've created in this. Nice work. :)
Marta-Martella Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Beautiful blue light and a beautiful sad bird :(
Yet very stunning!
lostwoodskid Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this! :D
All3st Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW! You're amazing :)
this painting is so thought-provoking, it's really atmospheric and sad... BEAUTIFUL!!
ViaCecil Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Lianthanis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
*aaaw* Will he ever gonna get out?
Jean-sama Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student General Artist
wow this is soo majestic despite its simplicity... <3_<3
He's beautifulll
Lobena Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Uve been featured Here: [link]
LoopyLeah13 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Sad, but beautiful
MottInThePot Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww >_> this is cute... I mean sad...... ^o^
FRUiTY-DiNO Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Neat expression :)
Jualkyn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
wow this picture gives off a really painful feeling to it....ouch especially the bloody nails...><

but it gives off a powerful effect.

I wish I had this as a poster in my room! DO you ever think you'll sell prints of this?

amazing job!
DaVincila Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
The light coming in from the window drew me to this image. Such a wonderful piece.
Tyhoic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This one really has it's own world, i love it
Amarum Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008   General Artist
Really good art - love the emotions.
JayWEccent Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Artist
Wow, so sad, Yet so beautiful!
eitherangel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Did you won? :)
jd84 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
moving and cool. i like the faint scratch marks on the wall. been in there for some time?. i'm really impressed to the level of thought behind it. is that a small bird mocking the desperate character by being perched in the window?
ConvertTheWiggity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
So sad.
SneakyFerret Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008   Digital Artist
Not sure why, but the first thing that came into my head was the start of Oblivion.... O_o
veggiemeatloaf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
this almost made me cry lol...he looks so sad. you captured the emotion perfectly.
frublondin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, great work! beautiful picture
Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
It's beautiful! I'm amazed at how the light is dancing with the dust in the window, I think you're down playing your realism talents =)
PixelMeBlu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
*Loves instantly* o_o *favorites*
ArtAlien Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
I's LOve's it:heart: Great work! :nod:
surthur Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ssomehow I think those greenbrown dark pics are the best things from you in my personal choice. It has a very interesting mood... lovely.

reminds me on this old past painter who pushed the shadows to the dramatic maximum !
shaluXangel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
aw poor thing! its really nicely done! i love it!
katiedesousa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment, I did intend something like that for the bird~ :3
I don't mind if you base a poem on the image, I'd be very flattered actually!
keath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
I just love the concept of this pitcure. The pain of being trapt, locked away from light. The desperation to get out, to reach the light, to feel freedom. The agony of being grounded when you were ment to touch the sky. The distress that the light and air is just out of your reach, right above you, yet you are too far down to reach it. Then the little bird on the window, in the light, symbolizing all that was lost. I don't know if you intented it to be that way, but that's the way I saw it. ^^ Beautiful picture and an instant fav! Mind if I base a sudden poem idea I got off of this?
tanfukang Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
daaaaaammmnn, this piece rocks, it really show the atmosphere of isolation that i ve also tried to get for a while, thanks!!now i can have a good example for my own imagination
Shimmi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
It's perfect!!! Congrats!!! I hope u won the contest!!!
Welliame Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
It's beautiful and very emotional...I like very this draw...
fazzygrl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...I'm speechless.
Virtualbeing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
omg! this is really creepy! great work!! i like ur idea of not defining the wall, the scratches r visible enough to reflect the feeling of desperation.... love it!
theblackwillow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work, I love how the window, the bird and the ray of light kind of give hope.
vholecek Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
this simply grabs me...not sure why...very powerful image. Well done!
xEternalSinx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! i love this! good job!
Punk-Azz-Sk8er Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007   Photographer
JakobaHavinga Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Professional General Artist
Very great one. Isolation is nearly touchable.. Done really really good :)
kaav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
So beautiful yet melancholy. I love the tone, the mood, and the use of light and shadow.
Great pic
Phoenix57flame Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Student
Hey I love this! There's a great sense of feeling and emotion... how did you do the background out of interest? I'm finding backgrounds a little tricky at the moment, was just wondering how you go about creating them?
Phoenix57flame Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Student
Hey this is really great! I love the expression, keep up the good work!
Artelfic Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Impresive! I think you made a great job with the renaissance tehnique. :damphyr:
hystericritic Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it. i also love how the small bird is very subtle... this image speaks volumes, i'm just sad that i don't have enough words to say it.
LadyVentuswill Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
how sad! ... very beutiful pic!
ultimatekai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is so pretty. I know you didn't give it a gender, but I'm gonna say he's a boy. xD
kit-catt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I love the hand. :D
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