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Spirits Soar ~ (The Wind Rises)

My entry for dA's "The Wind Rises" contest (Feb 21st - Feb 27th, 2014)! I had a general idea of what I wanted to portray right away and am pleased with how I could work in more symbolism that I initially had thought about. My aim with the imagery was to encompass an idea that even title of the movie itself gets across: the wind will rise. Disappointment can be used to become motivation. Set backs are actually set ups for something greater. Forces that seem negative in your life are actually there to help you along the way. Wind can be powerful and damaging, but it can also be the one crucial source to literally make dreams - like aircraft - come true. Love for what you do, love for your country, and love for another person are all things that help you along the way.

Really long explanation: The poster is supposed to be reminiscent of WWII-era graphic design seen around the world, regardless of their politics. Jiro and Nahoko stand together, united, side-by-side as they look towards the east at sunset almost as though they are looking at the end of their long journey and reflecting on their lives with contentment. A swirl of papers - diagrams, doodles, business plans, rough drafts, final drafts, letters of correspondence, paper airplanes - erupts from where the couple stands and ultimately gives birth to the full-fledged aircrafts Jiro helps build as an engineer. The realized planes soar in the sunset towards the east as a lasting accomplishment forever to be associated with Jiro's hard work. In the background, there are two overlapping shapes of a red circle and a heart. The red circle represents the setting sun on dreams fulfilled as well as the symbol from Japan's national flag. Jiro's love for his country and dedication to being involved - even if he was barred from being a pilot because of his eyesight - is a key element in his overall success. The film chronicles numerous periods of difficulty in Japanese culture but the importance of country remains. The heart in the center also represents love for your country, but also love for what you are meant to do in life - your passions, your talent, your heart's true purpose - as well as love for another person that inspires and moves you. Jiro's love of his country, aircraft/etc, his friends, and Nahoko all propel him through tumultuous times and setbacks to eventually see his biggest goals accomplished.

Almost everything was done in Adobe Illustrator except for piecing elements together at the end into the required format as well as making the papers/etc. Images from the "Asset Pack" dA provided were used as reference for both Jiro and Nahoko's portraits and the overall color scheme; other official images from the film (not in the asset pack) were used as reference for the planes. Total time is hard to say, but I did it in one afternoon/evening. Very happy with how it came out. :nod: I'm a huge Miyazaki fan and can't wait to see this film.
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Nanelarya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Stunning concept! love your thought process on this, the outcome is really beautiful!
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :la: I'm really glad you enjoyed the overall concept and liked the final product ;) Thanks for the kind words! :heart:
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SSSS7777 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Great work ! 
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :worship: I'm very happy you think so :boogie: I appreciate the kind words! :heart:
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artweak Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Whoa this one could be on the top 5 or probably a winner. I'll start mine today. I hope I finish by tomorrow. Keep it up!
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are too kind! :worship: There are so many awesome entries in all mediums thus far and there is still plenty of time left for even more great pieces. I'm loving them all. I am a dummy! I'll be excited to see yours! Best of luck with your submission, too, and thank you so much for such a great compliment! La la la la 
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artweak Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Thank you ;)
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jewles654 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Winner! 
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
haha That would be pretty cool, I have to admit! :D I'm flattered you'd call it a winner ;) I appreciate the comment!
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chadlindall Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Awesome job!
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I am a dummy! I am flattered you think so. La la la la I appreciate the kind words!
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Roseheart53 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
This is really nicely done! Best of luck :)
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D Awesome to hear you think it's well done. :heart: Thank you for the good luck wishes and for your kind comment!
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Light-girl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg so nice! I'm gonna have to do my best if I wanna match this *Goes to cramp hand in drawing entry* Lol
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww thank you so much! :blush: I'm really happy to hear you like it! I'd love to see your entry when you finish it. :nod: There are some fantastic pieces being made for this contest and I'm enjoying them all, so I'd definitely like to see yours, too! :D Best of luck when you do enter it!
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Light-girl Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Np! X3

True that. I love all the uniqueness and art in all of them. Can't wait to see the movie too. Looks absolutely outstanding like all of Hayao Miyazaki works :3

Thanks so much! I get sorta discouraged when I see art as great as yours and the others, but like my mom says, each one offers something different <3

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Dolphishy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is a lovely entry!

Do you have this up on tumblr so I could reblog it from you? If not, could I share it there with links to here?
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: You reminded me to actually use my tumblr so I posted it over there ;) You can reblog it from this post if you like. I'm glad you like it enough that you'd want to repost it! :D Thanks again for the kind words!
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Dolphishy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for putting it up for me then. ^^
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Amnezzi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Really nice! I love the piece and your style! Very neat interpretation. Love 
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome to hear! :D I'm really glad to hear you enjoy the style and my interpretation for the entry. :nod: I appreciate the comment a lot and thank you again!
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QuietLittleLeaf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully done. I an totally see the WW2 era poster style to this, and the rising sun circle with the heart seals the deal. I think my only crit may be her eyelid, as its tough to tell if you meant it to be open or shut with the style you did the faces in. A hint of eyelashes may solve that...but it works with the minimalism too, so either way. :)

I love the perspective of his glasses and the line of movement within the paper and planes. And kudos for using illustrator. :)
Hope to see this in the winners!
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for such an awesome comment! :worship: Nahoko's face was definitely something that gave me trouble in comparison to Jiro's; the eyelash suggestion is a really good one. I wouldn't necessarily wanna go back and change it now that it's been entered in the contest, but I would definitely try out that suggestion later. :nod: Ultimately I left any other details out in favor of the overall minimalism, so I'm glad to hear you think it still works OK regardless. ;)

Thank you again and I really appreciate your input + compliments! :love:
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BloodstarSpyro88 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

REALLY hope you win! This is a stellar piece! I adore Miyazaki's work, and I instantly lit up upon seeing this in my inbox.

Can't believe you made this incredible entry in one afternoon/evening!

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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awwwwwwwwww thank you!! :love: I'm flattered you like it that much! La la la la  I love Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, as well, so that's really why this was a contest I was interested in entering in the first place. I haven't entered any others but I thought this one might be right up my alley. :nod: I had the idea for this pretty much the INSTANT I read the contest info, so that's definitely why I was able to do it relatively quickly even for my own time standards. I'm really glad you enjoy it and thank you for such a big compliment! Huggle! 
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BloodstarSpyro88 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As always, you are totally welcome. Can't wait to see some more of your work soon! Good luck in the contest!
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