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A lot of people assume that this a purely fictional and fantasy background when in fact it was an ACTUAL dream that I had. despite its heavily fantasy themed this was the nature dream.

Theoritically, due to the fact this comes the subconscious mind, it classifies as a subtly surreal piece. Fantasy appears to be is subject matter, but not its style, fantasy is not a style but a subject matter. And yes i dream in fantasy ... a lot. i mean i play fantasy RPG's, dnd, write fantasty stories and the like. Its always on the go in my head so it always seeping into my dreams. the only times it doenst it when i have a major problem in real life or a have a toxic dream resulting in zombies.

Peoples view on surrealism is that it needs to look like Dali, if this is the case then art movement princples are ignore for the sake of 'copying' a artists style of drawing.

but enough of that, i dont profess to be a surrealist artist. all i can vouch for is that the subject matter of this piece was from a genuine dream. and really that all i can say.

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Okay, this needs a bit of explaining.

The orange fairies are dreams, muses and sources of inspiration.
The glowing girl is me, my inner child.
the Bogloid holding my hand is my guardian to protect me while i sleep and to help gather muses and inspirations for me.
the large tree with the glowing doorway is my mind, where all my ambisions and memories are kept. Inside of there these muses are turned into works of art the sprout from the tree.

this mostly based on an ACTUAL dream i had. when i was little i had terrible night terrors, i had a stuffed toy of a monster and my mum told me it was to protect me while i sleep.


EDIT: Stronger shadows and lights on bogloid, blur lighting round doorway, tuned lighting around paintings
(Thanks *Carsis!)
all crits welcome!
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I dream ... by =Elixia-Dragmire At first I was drawn to this image because it is beautiful, with a limited yet well balanced colour pallet and some gorgeous lighting it is a treat to look at. However, when I read the description and learnt the concept behind the image I truly appreciated the piece. ( Featured by kangel )
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SkulduggeryWho Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
BeautifulLove You should do more dream art!
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GroggyNodbegger Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Yes! Incredible work, please keep it up.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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wainet23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
pretty!
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HannahWhoDraws Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing :wow: youv got the shading and colours just right :clap: wel done
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
d'aw thank you
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Dojang Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
you know that surrealism is different to a metaphor, right?
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Surrealism was an artistic and literary movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention.- artrepublic.com/art_terms/19-surrealism.html

This was a dreamscape.
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Dojang Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
i dunno. reads 'fantasy' to me more than surrealism.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well, call it what you feel is best for you.

i don't profess to be a full time surrealist, but i do know for a fact know this was a dream, a lucid and epic one at that (and yes i dream in fantasy, more often than not) and that was what i tried to draw but evidently its not to everyones expectations or their desired application. thus is the way of art.
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GregDahlen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
it was lucid meaning you knew you were dreaming when you had it?
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
yes, 
I still remember this dream. its got weeeeeeird in place, but the fact I was lucid I could control my actions in the dream, like walking through paintings. The part I lost control on was going into what I believe was the 'subconscious' aka a mirrored floor that didn't reflect thing properly, where there was a staircase but in the mirrored floor there was an underside down door. After sinking into the floor I lost a lot of control, flitting from one weird thing to another (those parts are very vague) until I refound the door right way up! I was stopped from going in there unless I really wanted to, i went in and it was a destroyed city filled with zombies behind the door. It took most of my control to stop the zombies attacking me before waking myself up.

I kinda taught myself to lucid dream, the gain power of them due to night terrors I had when I was 5. I revisited this dream 2 more times I think, not in as much scope but details had changed and since then I haven't had a very lucid dream since. All in all an interesting experience
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Dojang Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
a fair analysis.
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Ashenara Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been meaning to fav this for a long time! I have no idea why I haven't clicked that button before...

Also, you are being missed by the Rhymers! :heart:
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SolitudeInterlude Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Ooooo I like!
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:iconelixia-dragmire:
Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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MOSKUITO Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is real amazing stuff
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! not half as amazing as yours!
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MOSKUITO Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol thank you so much
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TuxedoMiniMask Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
This is amazing! What is the fox in the background symbolic for?
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
that more represents my personality
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OnixTymime Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The dreams are just awesome and this dev is beautiful.
I really like the little girl, she looks so pure
Pokiu!
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mrs-mad-hatter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
...its so beautiful it made me cry!
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
aww shucks thanks
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Anna-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see close ups of the pictures in the trees ^^ I adore this piece!
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
the picture in the tree can be found in my gallery! they are:
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Anna-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I love them all thanks!
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ReyHai Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Heh, it's so beautiful. It's so calm and peaceful yet playful :3
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! glad you like it :)
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I think what intrigues me most is that it's based on an actual dream... I LOVE dreams like that, the ones that seem to come straight out of a myth or fairytale! :heart: Sounds like a dream to remember...

(Also I really adore that bogloid thing with the ideas in jars, he could be his own story... GAH, you could totally make a story out of this whole thing!)
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i have those types of dreams every now and then and they're awesome! sometimes theyre just plain weird!
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UniversalKinase Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely incredible. The vision, the details, and all the unexpected twists perfectly capture the nature of a dream.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks, i do love dreams like these :)
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freeflier Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
I love the image too! Hope you win it.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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MediocreTalent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What about the fox in between the two trees? Does he represent anything? He's cute. X3
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes that was a last minute addition, thats more representative of my personality :)
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argentinasoccerFan18 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
amazing!
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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argentinasoccerFan18 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
welcomes
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OtakuOfGallifrey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
▲ i really like this.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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AdmiralRusty Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is not surrealism.

This is surrealism: [link]
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
actually, surrealism is drawing up abnormal concepts straight from your unconscious mind or dream state. some art pieces may involve combining such imagery with our waking reality to give closer analysis of the dream and what they represent. some 1920's artist such as Andre worked with Freud to 'visualise' his patients dreams or waking nightmares as a form of therapy.

of course my piece isn't as, er, weird as some of those generated in the 20's but still acts upon the core principles of surrealism. this piece was a dream i had and i've tried to record as accurately as i can here. in this dream i found there was had a lot of symbols regarding to my everyday life and so i got fixated on it and HAD to draw it!

the terms 'surrealism' now though tends to refer to something meaning something else (also can be called a symbol those these are more striangh forward to understand), or an abstract means of telling a story, when used in everyday life

sorry for the wall of text, i studied art history in my fine art national diploma (and i think i was the only one in my class who found it fun too O.o)

but you've sort of inspired me to do more on the piece, the dream didnt end it. it got .... weird, and creepier. hopefully i'll find time to work on the continuing piece soon :)
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AdmiralRusty Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Still, I have to wonder if the level of... I'm not sure how to put this... "polish" in your piece really represents your true subconscious. The manifestations of ideas in your picture just seem unnatural to me, as if they represent what your waking mind wants them to, not what they actually are.

I am glad you realized the less "warm and fuzzy" aspects of your dream, though. I believe it would definitely be worth your time to explore those just as much. It could also be said that in order to capture true surrealism, you cannot hold anything back. Show every gritty, hideous little detail of your dreams. Perhaps it could even reveal more about your subconscious than you initially suspected.

But that is just my suggestion.
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well i can be complete frank and say theres hardly as polish on this image in comparison to the dream i had. everything its pretty much as a saw it then. i've tried not to added much to the image that wasn't there when it happened.

though (heres a HUGE spoiler) inside the tree was wonderful! seriously. it was an archive, filled with painted pictures (visual memories and old dream i'd had before hand) they acted as portals to relive those events and books with conversation i could remember having (or least i thought i'd had them) the greatest part was actually 'the subconsious' itself. which funnily was a mirrored floor and in the reflect of the archive there was one difference, a door. you could pass through the mirrored floor into it but lost all control and concious thought and were controlled HEAVLY by emotions and the feelings presented to you, flitting from one random scene to the next with no connection. I did though however managed to find the door by accident and find to open it only to be warned it contain my fears that i buried there. i opened it anyway to find a city filled thee undead behind it .... thats where things got bad.

i know it seems 'odd' that the dream is so well organised visually and in terms of story (despite how random it got) but this is how i've always dreamed, since i was little. Like i said in the original description, i had night terrors, horrible ones, and i hated them. eventually i forced myself to control my dreams and found a way to end my nightmare and morph my surrounding at will, i learned a few neat tricks to do this by mediating before sleep. So though it may seem unnatural to you, its perfectly natural to me. my dreams have always been whimsically, either highly symbolic or had a STRONG narrative. I even have the abitily to returned back to any part of the dream i wish at will or to visit others one. But a lot the time it depends on how swayed i'm but my mind at the time.

all the grizzly details i wrote above about the dream i DO hope to get down in a image, or better yet a comic, soon!
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povi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your image is very beautiful
I identify with her because I have dreams like this very surreal
Congratulations! :D
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
surreal dreams are the best and most fun! thank you!
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Deviant-KB Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Absolute love. You've got amazing talent, and I adore what your imagination's created.

I'm not sure what you're trying to win, but I hope you do!
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