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My Body Is A Cage by chakrabird My Body Is A Cage by chakrabird
Edit 26.01.08.. Yup, I changed it. :P There was something about the previous version that kept bordering me. I think we're over that now. This is so much stronger. IMHO..

My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

I'm standing on the stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
Standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
Standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a cage

My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
Doesn't mean you're forgiven

I'm living in an age
Still turning in the night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight

I'm living in an age
Realizing I'm dancing
With the one I love
But my mind holds the key

Standing next to me
My mind holds the key
Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free
Set my body free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free

Lyrics: Arcade Fire

I used brushes and resources from:
:iconbleedsopretty::iconvexingart: :iconfeaelen: Jason Gaylor: [link]
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:iconplayerkameo:
Playerkameo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Writer
This is art :)
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks :-)
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:icondreamcatcher271:
dreamcatcher271 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Wow... that is amazing! Better than the pro's!
My dad does a lot of work like that.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Thanks :)
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:iconlee88moon:
Lee88Moon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
i love your concept! especially the discreet emerging of tau symbol behind the rib cage... and the splattered red tones make a perfect background...
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconmikamoo2u2:
mikamoo2u2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i love that song... if u havent noticed my signature :)
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Indeed, so you do :-) Me too. Thanks.
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:iconmikamoo2u2:
mikamoo2u2 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
no problemo!
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:iconoffbyzero:
offbyzero Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
That is some really amazing designing and great choice of colors.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Thanks a lot :-)
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:iconrumorsofvapours:
RumorsofVapours Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009   Writer
it seems incredibly dark of the song. the colour composition is spot on. i'm glad you just had the torso and pelvis of the skeleton, any more and it would've been overkill.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :-)
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:iconrumorsofvapours:
RumorsofVapours Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Writer
i do i do.
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:iconpseudometry:
pseudometry Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   Writer
Quite like the vividness of the elements, particularly your use of black/white/red.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconnicholasgiles:
NicholasGiles Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
You pretty much captured the essence of the song here

I fav'ed it ;)
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Thanks a lot ;-)
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:iconneonfoxincolour:
neonfoxincolour Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
that is...awesome.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Thanks a lot :-)
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:iconcrashingnightingales:
Brilliant work here, I love the colors that you choose for this piece. Each color is very well harmonized with the emotional tone of the song itself.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you think so.
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:iconzebravissimo:
zebravissimo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional
beautiful
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Thanks :-)
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:icondani-x-1591:
Dani-x-1591 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
This is amazing! :wow: :D
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconcurly-gurly:
curly-gurly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
wow! the skeleton, wings and flowers is an artwork of its own!
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Thanks a lot :-)
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:iconrice-nd-music:
rice-nd-music Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
a very pretty cage!
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Thanks :-)
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:iconrice-nd-music:
rice-nd-music Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
no prob =P
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:iconwolfchop:
wolfchop Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
this is gorgeous. theres something so morbid and harsh about it, yet erie and delicate which i love! i definately want to watch you and more of your work
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you saw this in the work :-)
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skulkey Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
the theme resonates very strongly with me... particularly at the moment - i have never felt so limited by my body as i have lately. and yet my mind is free - but it's so hard to remember that and practice it.

you have captured something here, a rigid form that cannot contain the sprawling chaos of blood/emotion, released unhindered by the key that is always there, if you can just remember.

some more lyrics that come to mind:

this body
this body holding me
reminding me that i am not alone
...
we are eternal
all this pain is an illusion

[tool]

living is forgiving
dying is forgetting
once we have forgotten
then we can go on living

[cop shoot cop]
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, good choices of lyrics. The lyrics from Arcade Fire resonates strongly with me, and the whole question of what is in the body and what is in the mind and how to separate the two, or make them work together is interesting.
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KoraM852 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
. . . i think i liked it better in the black . . . still, this design is really cool, no matter the color!
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Thanks, I guess good things could be said about both versions..
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:icontlbendele:
tlbendele Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Not sure what you changed... maybe the red marks under the cage? Still great work!
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
I changed quite a few things to make the skeleton stand out more, you can still see the old thumb in our news article and compare: [link] ;-)
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:icontlbendele:
tlbendele Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
oh, okay. Yes you did change a lot! I do like the added contrast to the background, and then you changed the cage to white... I kind of liked the cage black on the red better with the white flower, but that wouldn't work with the other changes you made here. Almost could have posted a v2?
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chakrabird Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Yeah, I'm usually doing alternative versions, but the first one just bugged me so much I decided to replace it. :bucktooth: Pretty annoying I guess (I always go crazy in front of the computer when people delete or change my favs :crying: ) I think the foreground melted way too much into the background. My reason for my first colour choice is what you say - white flower in black cage... I can't decide if I think it works with black ribcage and white wings..hmm.. :plotting:
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tlbendele Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
I don't know what was bugging you on the first one. ;)

Between the 2 versions I'm not sure that one is really stronger than the other... maybe just stop tweaking and start over? I know, sounds crazy... but you don't want to play with it so much that you end up killing it. :no:
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
He, well, something obviously did. ;-) I'm not going to touch it again. Maybe I will try a completely different version later on, starting all over. This was made shortly after the concert and I was very inspired by the red light they used on stage and so wanted to use red. But maybe I should go in a completely different direction, also with colours, if I try again.
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:iconcatealist:
catealist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I didnt see the first version but I really like this one.
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Thanks a lot, I changed some of the colours, so the whole ribcage figure stands out stronger, it melted too much into the background before..
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SLPdomain Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
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:above: Your work is featured in this article.
Thank you for sharing your art.
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:iconbeyonme:
beyonme Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist
very strong concept
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Thanks a lot :-)
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C-R-M Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
whoa...this is intense the lyrics go so nicely and are really powerful...
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:iconchakrabird:
chakrabird Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Thanks, I'm glad you think so :-)
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