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Mystic Sparrow issue 21 - dec 2018 | digital artistry

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ALI OPPY - New Zealand I’ve always enjoyed creating art, and I have tried many different art forms. One of my most enjoyable was creating paintings using spray paint to the accompanying sound of upbeat music in front of a live audience. After many years of doing this, however, I decided it was time to move to something new. I soon discovered the digital world and fell in love with Photoshop. With no digital art skills, I started to create using Photoshop and a few other editing programs. And after many hours spent watching tutorials and many dedicated hours spent practicing, I started creating fantasy artwork in what I hoped might become my own style — limited only by my imagination.

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I discovered Sebastian Michaels, his Photoshop Artistry course, and then “AWAKE” Living the Photo Artistic Life.” and now doing the ‘KAIZEN” course. I thought here is my chance to try and improve my art and try and refine how I do my art. Looking for my own artistic name was something I wanted from early on, and it ultimately came to me through the sadness of my father passing away. At my father’s funeral a sparrow flew in and stayed for the whole time of the service to the end and then flew away. This was how the creation of my artistic name ‘Mystic Sparrow’ came about. When I first started, I created work in a variety of styles, from fantasy to surreal, trying to discover my own unique style. I now love to create what I think of as “Fantasy Female Portraits.” My world of mystical and magical fantasy art seems to carry a touch of mystery, which I think further brings my “Mystery Sparrow” to life in my art. In fact, I incorporate a small sparrow within all of my images, sometimes obvious sometimes not so obvious. A specific process I tend to follow when I work is ... I start with a general idea of what I want to attempt, and pick out my model ... then I build the background ... and bringing those together, I begin layering in other images. Everything else grows from there. I just keep adding different images, and most times what I have in mind never quite ends up the way I expected. I will add an image ... and what do you know ... another idea occurs to me,so I run with that one until I am happy with how it looks. Add another image, and off I am again, chasing down another idea that struck me. When creating my images, I often get so lost in the process, I feel I end up in the world of fantasy. The outside world ceases to exist. I usually have about four different compositions on the go at any one time so when I get stuck and don’t know what to do next, I leave that image and move to another. Later on, I will come back to my original piece with fresh eyes. In the end, it probably takes me on average about 40 hours to complete any one piece of art. Many artists now inspire my creativity. As do fantasy movies, like Maleficent (my all-time favourite). I also surf the internet for fantasy artwork to see what sparks my imagination. My most loved artist is the painter Jim Warren with his fantasy and surreal type art. He is a great inspiration. For me, I think it’s that I now see life itself as an artistic creation ... one that I can enhance and carry further within my fantasy world — a world of pure creativity, without boundaries. My artistic journey so far has seen my art published in the “Artists Down Under” magazine [featuring the AWAKE artists of Australia and New Zealand] as well as “Fine Art Photography from Around the World” magazine. Most exciting of all was being featured in the April 2018 edition of “Living The Photo Artistic Life” magazine, and having one of my images on the cover, was something I thought was going to only be a dream. When creating my art I like to run by the rules of, set your own goals, create for your own satisfaction, and enjoy every artistic creation you create. Decide from the start to leave your mark as an artist for the universe to enjoy. We are all our own unique creators, each of us living our own artistic life. So most of all, just love what you do and have fun doing it.

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D i s gu i s e M e M au v e

25

P r i d e A n d Pl ac e

7

Da n c e O f D i s gu i s e

26

Pi x i e P e r f ec t

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Siofr a

27

Fo r e s t S pi r i t

9

T h e Hou r G l a s s

28

Whi te Wi ngs

10

E ncha n te d Sky

29

F ly i n g Sou t h

11

H i dd e n So r row

30-31

A n g e l O f D i s gu i s e

12

Sou n d s O f S i l e n c e

32

S ta i rway To M y T h oug h t s

13

S pi d e r e l l a

33

T h e Fa e Fa l l s

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Au t u m n Fox

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S e n s ua l Fa l l s

15

F i r e bi r d

35

S w e e t S c o r pi a n

16

S u bt l e D i s gu i s e

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P h a n tom Blu e

17

Wi se Wi ngs

38

I n c y W i n c y S pi d e r

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Au t u m n Fa i ry

39

M i n d Sou l

19

Be au t i f u l M u s i c 1

40

D r e am s O f F l i g h t

41

Mia

Be au t i f u l M u s i c 2

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20

B r a i d e d Fa l l s

42

Ca l i s ta

21

Ca l l a

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Devil De sire s

22

T w i l i g h t Ro s e

44

E l ec t rov i n e

23

Lady C h r i s s a

45

Fad e d F l i g h t

24

R e d W i n d O f T h e Fo r e s t

46

Got h i c Qu e e n


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I l lu m i n at i o n

70

S to r m

48

Lady I gua n a

71

Em e rg e

49

B ro k e n D r e am s

72

Qu e e n F lo r a

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Vo i c e s

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D r e am O n

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Au t u m n B r e e z e

53

H i bi s c u s Fa l l s

75

L e t ’ s F ly Away

54

Se a N ymph

76

Release Me

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Tree N ymph

77

E s ca p e

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W i l low

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D r ag o n f ly So S h y

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Adr ia na

79

D r e am i n g

58

R e r ly da n

80

S wa n So n g

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S e n T h e Wood Fa i ry

81

W i n g s pa n

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Lu c i d D r e am s

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T h e Zod i ac S e r i e s

62

F ly L i k e A n Eag l e

63

M ot h e r T i m e

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D e l i cat e D e s i r e s

- Tau ru s

65

So l i t u d e

- Ge mi ni

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Awa k e n i n g

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Hau n t e d V i s i o n

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Lady O f T h e Lot u s

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Co c oo n

K e e pi n g Watc h

- Aqua r i u s - Pi s c e s

- Arie s

- Ca n c e r - L eo - V i rg o - L ibr a - S c o r pi o - Sag i t ta r i u s - Ca p r i c o r n 5


Disguise Me Mauve 6


Dance Of Disguise 7


Siofra 8


The Hour Glass 9


Enchanted Sky 10


Hidden Sorrow 11


Sounds Of Silence 12


Spiderella 13


Autumn Fox 14


Firebird 15


Subtle Disguise 16


Wise Wings 17


Autumn Fairy 18


Beautiful Music 1 & 2 19


Braided Falls 20


Calla 21


Twilight Rose 22


Lady Chrissa 23


Red Wind Of The Forest 24


Pride And Place 25


Pixie Perfect 26


Forest Spirit 27


White Wings 28


Flying South 29


Angel Of Disguise 30


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Stairway To My Thoughts 32


The Fae Falls 33


Sensual Falls 34


Sweet Scorpian 35


Phantom Blue 36


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Incy Wincy Spider 38


Mind Soul 39


Dreams Of Flight 40


Mia 41


Calista 42


Devil Desires 43


Electrovine 44


Faded Flight 45


Gothic Queen 46


Illumination 47


Lady Iguana 48


Broken Dreams 49


Voices 50


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Dream On 52


Hibiscus Falls 53


Sea Nymph 54


Tree Nymph 55


Willow 56


Adriana 57


Rerlydan 58


Sen The Wood Fairy 59


Lucid Dream 60


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Fly Like An Eagle 62


Mother Time 63


Delicate Desires 64


Solitude 65


Awakening 66


Haunted Vision 67


Lady Of The Lotus 68


Cocoon 69


Storm 70


Emerge 71


Queen Flora 72


Keeping Watch 73


Autumn Breeze 74


Let’s Fly Away 75


Release Me 76


Escape 77


Dragonfly So Shy 78


Dreaming 79


Swan Song 80


Wingspan 81


The Zodiac Series

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Aquarius 84


Pisces 85


Aries 86


Taurus 87


Gemini 88


Cancer 89


Leo 90


Virgo 91


Libra 92


Scorpio 93


Sagittarius 94


Capricorn 95


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