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free falling.. by devils-horizon free falling.. by devils-horizon



..For the life that you led
You had angels in your head
Did you hear them singing in the end?

All the things that do seem
All the things that could have been
Well I've been everything I wanna be
So no tears, no tears for me..

:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletwhite: :bulletyellow: Musical Inspiration ;;

Dead Island Trailer Theme by Giles Lamb (Savalas)

:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletwhite: :bulletyellow: Behind This Image;;

Yesterday I saw the most gruesome game trailer with the most stunning beautiful soundtrack. I mean something that would make you cry from it's beauty! Or me at least. The inspiration for this piece came from "free falling" through clouds on the ultimate and final freedom of life before death. I had images from "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" (the horse and girl jumping from the platform into the water) and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" (The last scene of the girl jumping off the bridge into the clouds) - I wanted a sense of ultimate unwaving freedom, the same way that people would fall if they were attempting to fly away; arms outstretched, head up and more importantly eyes closed.
This is my first attempt to string three horse body parts together; I hope I have succeeded in this;

however if I haven't please keep your comments and nit-picks to yourself, this piece is very personal to me and I don't want to hear it!

I urge you to listen to the above linked song; and if you are over 18 and want to see the trailer for the game; search "dead island game trailer" and pick the official one; warnings though: it's a shocker!

I recorded the making of this with livestream, if you would like to watch it, it is in two stints: part one & part two

Thank you very much to the wonderful stockists and I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I enjoyed making it!


PLEASE;; NO CRITIQUES OR NIT-PICKING WANTED! Nit-Pick or Crit and your comment will be hidden! Don't bitch or complain to me because you didn't read!


:bulletwhite: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletyellow: I M P O R T A N T :bulletyellow: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletwhite:
So that you can view my artwork the way that I created it in its full colour and shades, please check your monitors settings; and that you can see all the gradients of colours on this test >> [link] - thank you


:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletwhite: :bulletyellow: Credits;;

Photomanipulation copyrighted to devils-horizon. All rights reserved, 2011.
Horse: 2 x *Breathless-dk >> [x] & [x] || *Colourize-Stock (EXCLUSIVE)
Wings: ~rewston & *Tasastock
Background: Mor @ Flickr
Clouds: #resurgere
Everything Else: meticulously hand painted by *devils-horizon
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Tablet: Wacom Graphire4 A6 Tablet

:bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletblack: :bulletwhite: :bulletyellow: Copyright Notice;;

The work contained in my gallery is copyrighted 2005-2011 Vicki Clarke. devils-horizon at All rights reserved. My work may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission. My work does not belong to the public domain. If you have doubts about this matter email me at
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CittyCitCat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Heartandsoulofgaming Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Children7 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Fantastic work, just beautiful!
rakkuu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your detailing.
ChocolateBarrelRacer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO beautiful! An amazing manipulation, you have real talent! Great job on this!

*and yes, my horse kicks back like that lolz*
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Very nice but I was wondering if horses back legs can go that far behind?
CaleyElisabethLiptak Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Amazing! Very dramatic
pegasus121 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I <3 this picture! I can't even put it to words how beautiful this is! AMAZING!
royalstandard Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What a sad trailer! I adore the image! I can't put into words how amazing the whole thing (the image, the trailer, etc) is. <3
Cr0wa Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
My english is not good, I'm sorry, I'm French.
But, your art is awesome, I admire you !
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured you here: [link]

beautiful image, thank you.
Slimestone-8D Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
I love the colour scheme, but I don't think horses legs can go at that angle...?
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't be too sure about that... [link] & [link]
And at the end of the day, it's a fantasy creature, it could have legs coming out of his butt; it would still be fantasy.
Slimestone-8D Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
That's pretty impressive. And fantasy animals based this closely on real life animals really should be anatomically correct, otherwise the illusion is lost on the odd look of the picture.
Zero-Graphics Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011   Artist
This is so beautiful!
whitleymendoza316 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Wow. These last few have been looking more and more like arrsistable’s.
Except you have a style totally your own.
You own this picture ;)
LostxSky Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My dear, wonderful as always! I love the horses eyes and posture, the complete meaning of bliss. If that is the right word. I love the idea of free falling into clouds, and this captures it.
Has anyone told you that your muse is great? I listened to the link, beautiful as you said. I hope to see more amazing things, because I adore your work <3
xChocolate-x Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You do always amazing jobs with horses and wings :)
x-Zombabe-x Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.... stunning!
Thetalkingmutex Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Wow, I admire your amazing piece, Vicki, then go watch that game trailer and I'm in awe.
You're picture is absolutely beautiful, and it goes so well with that song. The song and that game trailer are polar opposites, but somehow go together very well.

Great work, Vicki, I can't wait to see your next piece. :D
Colourize-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
So... Stunning!:love:
Thank you so much for using my stock in this!
Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful. :meow: The blending looks perfect, as do the tones. You've done wonderfully at conveying the idea of falling; the streaks in the air are the perfect touch. :) Great work.
Arabolical1474013 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
absolutely stunning!
BlackMare234 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011   General Artist
awesome i love it one of the best manips yet :lol:
Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful work, and inspirational! Well done. :clap:
FloweringFatality Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh simply gorgeous! I'm lost for words! :wow:
Tasastock Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome :D i like it

thanks for using my stock :hug:
insomatic-studios Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
wow,this is absolutley stunning! I love the immotion put into it :D
DarkestHorn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is again a great piece of art from you. Although, the hind legs look a bit too big. But I love the overall look.
SheiraFenix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!! i love!!
Aquila-Art Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Absolutely stunning!
I've always been in awe of you and your work, however if possible, this piece just increased my appreciation for your manipulations!
Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. :)
Mondwolf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist
While I listened to this really beautiful music I was looking at your photomanipulation couldn't stop falling in daydreaming :heart:

Really love the soft blue background and how calm the horse seems to be while it's falling. Definitely one of those pictures I'd hang on my room's wall!
Claiy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011   Digital Artist
this is how i love your art <3
ATLRocks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH my gosh! I saw the Dead Island trailer a few weeks ago! So sad!! If you feel up to it though you should watch the "Literal" trailer Tobuscus did on YouTube.
rindefield Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
one word: amazing! I watched your livestream yesterday, which was very intresting. couldn't watch the entire thing, but i'll do that later.
Lone-Wolf-XIII Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
This is beautiful!
fideauxx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
stunning :) I love it so much. The horses look perfectly blended together as well :heart: you did a great job!
Tantrum-Designs Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question, how do you do your coloring (for example brown to white)? Is there any special technique to it because I fail at those type of things and want to get better haha. It's cool though if you don't want to give away your secrets:)

Awesome artwork by the way, I'm a fan off all of your stuff:P
Valarian-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
This one deserves a comment. :)
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thank you! :P
kowshe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Wow. This is ... stunning. Beautiful. Wonderful. Perfect. Magestic. Breathtaking. And so many other words I can't think of. Absolutely one of my favorite works of yours.

(Side note: I probably watched "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" about twenty times a day when I was younger XP Love that show.)
cassasaur Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Holy cow! :omg:
This is just.. I don't even know.
Phenomenal. Amazing. Stunning.
The list goes on..
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Thank you :hug:
pomhappymydog Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Your heart like just touches my heart and my inner artist soul. Lol.
Seriously, it does.
This is amazing, beautiful, vibrant, powerful, you name it (all the good adjectives of course) that's what it is.
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I hope that that's a good thing! lmao!! :D
Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to comment! <3
pomhappymydog Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
It is a good thing:meow:
Mean-cat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
So beautiful, i was looking for the song the lyrics are from, may i ask what song it is?
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, it's "No Tears" by James Blunt; but next time if you just paste them into google you'll see the name come up through there :)
Mean-cat Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
yea i tried that, i had everything but that. Thank you!
xxCodetta Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Simply gorgeous! Love the wings and the colors. Fantastic job! :iconlovesplz:
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