EDIT: Thousands of THANKS to ^MzzAzn for featuring this drawing as a DD, putting its meaning put to eleven. I'm deeply happy!
It's the birthday present I offered to my mother. She loved it, I'm glad. XD Now I can post it.
It's really a symbolic and fantastic illustration I may say. But I had this idea in my mind for a long time, and I am glad I found the time to do it. While I think it could have turned out better, technically, I wanted to use the less external help possible. By this, I mean, draw the most things possible. Everything was made by me, except the bubble brushes and the water pattern.
You can interpret it as you wish, but for those who are interested, here is the explanation:
When she was a child, my mother dreamed of becoming a ballerina. And she could have been one but unfortunately she didn't. Her other dream was to help Commandant Cousteau (google if you don't know him XD) and to swim with sharks. She loves sharks. Unfortunately as well, we don't think she would be allowed, with her disease. Anyway.
Being a mixed race child in a 70s french society, she has always felt different, not at her place, between two worlds which didn't fully accepted her as she was: a ballerina, a pretty girl, and a shark, a strong person. Oh and her favorite color is orange.
I used all this and mixed it in this illustration: a ballerina is like a bird to me, thus why she has wings. A bird, a sea animal..sky, sea..two worlds completely different, meeting at the horizon.
When she saw my present, she told me that this place, where the ballerina and the shark meet, is the place she'd like to be. I was glad.
And why is the bird coming from the sea and the shark from the sky? Who knows.
I did it for her, and for myself. I have no regrets if it doesn't look good or such.
-I think the ballerina and shark want to be eachother. The shark wants to be pretty, the ballerina strong...so they imagine themselves in each other's worlds. That's why the shark is in the sky and dancer in the sea. And when they meet they realize that all along they were both strong, and beautiful, and graceful.
Bubbles brush: [link]
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