Greybird Posted January 17, 2011 Share Posted January 17, 2011 I've imported this commentary and mini-gallery from Rebirth of Reason, expanding on it here, as I hope to continue to do so. Some more general notes about whys and wherefores are in the first reply post.A forty-year passionI'm using two beautiful works to start a more general thread about winged humans — or, as in science fiction, humanoids — in art, my own strong passion for over 40 years.At left is art for a comics cover, showing a character that has been deeply meaningful to me for 30 years on her own. At right is a favorite painting, created for a multiplayer role-playing card game, that was modeled by a mother and daughter.I'm starting out with these because they came from popular culture, and to make a point: Art that is personally moving doesn't have to be sought only in the "high culture" and in formal galleries. Click on either work for a larger versionI've long tried to examine my interest in such winged art, going into and beyond my own sense-of-life response of pleasure. It probably has to do, most of all, with the experience and metaphor of feeling liberated — going beyond the bounds of Earth and those who want to hold down or limit one's spirit and achievements.It's a this-worldly, or above-this-world, pleasure for me. That is why I've consistently responded most strongly to winged-human art which goes, in a phrase I've used at several art venues, "beyond fae and angels."Wings that could be borne, with imaginative physiology (and much genetic engineering), by humans living within this world are what appeal to me. Not the well-hidden miniature denizens of a meadow or forest, and not the messengers of gods that aren't really in the firmament above us.Yes, the physiology and "gengineering" are daunting, and probably impossible under any circumstances for animals of our size. Yet those who bear wings under recognizably this-worldly conditions awaken my own spirit, as if the brush of their feathers lead to a metaphorical freedom that I can touch ... and that is almost too far away, in most ways, in the world we must deal with each day.The untitled painting at left above, with pencils by George Pérez and colors by Nei Ruffino, was used for the cover to Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds, issue 5, from 2009. It depicts Dawnstar of DC Comics' 31st-Century Legion of Super-Heroes.The painting at right is Boris Vallejo's "Showing Her the Way." We should all aspire to feeling and being this free in guiding the coming generations.§ § §If anyone shares this artistic enthusiasm and is interested, here's some of what I've put on line or set up during the past dozen years or so. (These links may change, and I'll post any changes in the thread.)First among them is my page at a vibrant, huge art community, deviantART. Every level of artistic skill is on display, from published professionals to talented students. My page, in itself, has several elements for those seeking or intrigued by winged art:~ Three dA collections — sizable portions of a carefully chosen 600 "favorites" thus far — of beautiful and provocative Winged Realistic, Winged Fantasy, and Winged Allegory works from the site's artists and writers.(Not all of these will be visible unless one has a free dA account oneself, and is logged into it, since that's the only way to get past the Mature Content site filter. It's easy to register. The vast, formidable resources for both art creators and art appreciators make it extremely worthwhile to sign up.)~ Some of my prose, both using original characters (soon to be expanded) and Legion fan fiction.~ Links under or near "Fave News" to showcases of more winged art at that huge site.Other links:~ A Yahoo! Group for pteraphiles (recently coined term for "wing-lovers"), with a mailing list and visual and prose collections.~ A YouTube of many of my favorite winged works out of my collection of thousands. (Some portraying Greybird, Dawnstar's brother and source of my nom de Net.) ~ A more static slideshow of visual winged favorites (click on any to enlarge), at my slide.com galleries.~ More about Dawnstar as a character, frankly fannish and very slowly building. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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