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What it Takes to Fly by yuumei What it Takes to Fly by yuumei
Had this idea in my head for a long time (like years...) but never got the chance to draw it :D Hehe I love creepy stuff. Er, a few people said the title and image reminds them of something like "it takes the helping hands of friends to fly" but I was going for "it takes a lot of sacrifice to rise above others." But you can interpret it however way you want :)

People have been saying this reminds them of Nico Robin from One Piece who also had wings of hands. I never watch that show so I had no idea.

If I know how to count, there should be a total of 21 hands in the drawing XD

Chain linked fence and barbed wire texture by Obsidian Dawn at [link]

if you're interested in commissioning me, click here [link]

Also check out the Augen Auf cards! [link] (if you haven't already)

Done in Paint tool SAI, textures added in Photoshop 7.
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mcollins9art Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
tm0nstr000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Im upset now...everyone is a better artist than me ;n;
ChaoticUnityX Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, it's okay, sometimes I feel like that too, especially looking at amazing work like this, but I just remember that all great artists started from somewhere. If you keep practicing, you can accomplish amazing things too :)
queen-observer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haru-ryuno Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is awesome 
it somehow reminds me of nico robin but you did an awesome job
Mlle-Li Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I saw Choi Xoo Ang's sculputure and thought of this!
Ahiru1997 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUDE!!! this is amazing!!
jbabbitt1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Fantastic concept and title!
Alex13alejandro Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like your title better.
Demiurgic-Dan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Amazing concept and execution!
spratsanime Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
i love this, i hate trying to come up with new ways to do things because alot of the time they dont work well, but the wings in this are amazing, it seems really dark just looking at it
Sakradesu1992 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
In this picture i see... Despair...

The hands represents all the things you need and want to do.

The boy/girl in the corner represents fear. We humans are the most coward creatures, because we always feel insecure in everything we do.
Anna-Sophia22 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
First thing in mind when I saw this... "GREED" For someone who wants to aim higher, he/she won't budge to pull others down in order to put themselves atop. But then, later on it would only pull them back down by their conscience of how they have become for aiming that high.

"No one could fly freely without any trials and consequences in life... in order to be on the top, you must always consider to stay put on the ground. Yes, you can instantly be at the top if you fly, but you'll only find yourself alone after all. It will be a lot of work and time to be put on before you'll reach it if you want to stay grounded, but it'll be much rewarding when you look back at the path where you have built a stairway, wherein you're not alone reaching that goal. Rather, you're also leading others and helping them to be able to reach it too."

GREAT PIECE!!! YOU'RE TRULY AWESOME YUUMEI!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: <3
tsitra00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I thought this had to do with friends helping to fly, too,...until I saw her clutching her head in mild dysfunction. : )
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing - and the arms/hands in the wing is well done
napandastia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So AMAZING :iconloveloveplz:
EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that's cool! I wanted to draw something exactly like this, but then at that time I couldn't draw hands that well, but that was a long time ago. And I think I lost that motivation & inspiration for it.
AcidRein0725 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What?! No download button. :iconotlplz:
beachelf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
:iconamazedcatplz: Awesome!
Br0kenR0se Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
this picture just inspired this little poem. really bad but came up with it on a whim

So many so many
hurt and tears
All by me
but not belonging to me
this torture and pain
on others I have brought
I wish I could help them
how can I not
they beg and cry and try to escape
the prison of my soul
this deadened black heart
foolish ones there is no escape
Not when I killed you
Out of anger and hate
OMG this may be unintentional but its exactly like Robin from One Piece
HaruBells Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I counted 22 hands: 21 in the wings, as well as the person's hand. (of course, that's just the visible hand!)
xxRisunaxx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was your interpretation i thought about - it seemed as if each of the hands were pulling each other down
aileen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
The visceral horror of this is great!
vermilionchaos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Daevayu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Like Nico Robin's wings in One Piece
PortgasDAceEver Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i thought the same ._. XD
PeytonJune Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
lunarfirststage Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Wow, I thought up this idea about 6 years ago for tattoo I've been meaning to draw. Well the concept is the same. Nice to see that someone else thinks this is cool too. Great minds think alike haha.
Orin10 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Karadactyll Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool but creepy ;D
NUMBESCAPE07 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
RashaRaineWild Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a very insparational peice. It has so many meanings or messages in my mind. Your art calls to me but this, this peice is simply amazing and gosh it warms my heart.
Pans-Music-Box Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those wings could be handy in a tight situation... (Corny joke is corny.)
Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student
...wonderful. Distinctly eery and unsettling, I love it. :D
Caelis-Avis Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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HairyCreatures Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   General Artist
my interpretation was similar as yours.

your drawings and other kind of works are amazing, because the audience can really see what feelings or messages you wanted to pass through your art. :)

just continue the way you do and always do better!
cassandra667 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
so creepy i love it
susanvulpini Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE U!:) >W<
HiddenSunny Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh... my... god... I really would like to have permission to use this idea when the opportunity crops up - this is really amazing!
lost-out-myself Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i know that feeling
lost-out-myself Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i think it wants to say that you better fly then stay here and be stressed by everybody
MellowOrange Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Incredibly twisted and scary, but oooooh so awesome.
LivelongWheel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
You know what is really scary is that i had a dream of something exactly like this so i must say that this is one of the coolest things i have ever seen in my entire life and trust me it was a really... just... Amazing dream so i have to say im so glad there is no watermark so THANK YOU.
zoemua Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Writer
Can I publish this on facebook? I would like to show your art with my Colombian friends... sure they'll like u a lot!
Cute-Beast Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I love this piece. I love the hands in the wings!
mamoko-chan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   General Artist
Wow great it..!!!!!!! amazing..........
Lu-no Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
what's funny is, most people avoid drawing hands because they're hard to draw but you draw them like it's a piece of cake lol maybe it is for you? you draw them beautifully anyway <3

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