“Inspired by Icarus, who dared to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax. If he was in love with the sun, then this might as well be a story of forbidden love.” This is how the author himself explains the illustrated story of Icarus and the Sun.


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Gabriel Picolo from Brazil is the artist behind this beautiful yet heartbreaking story about love, fire, and loss. He is a traditional and digital illustrator who started gaining traction in 2014 when his 365 days project of drawing every day gained some loyal fans.

“For my drawings, I take inspiration from Studio Ghibli, Disney, video games among other stuff,” the artist wrote on his Patreon. “I love to draw something that is relatable to me and other people as well.”

The illustrated story of Icarus and the Sun is inspired by a famous myth of a man who died by flying too close to the burning sun with his wings, made from feathers and wax. Gabriel’s interpretation is beautiful, unique and heartbreaking all at the same time.

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The beginning

The beautiful fire of new love

The everlasting heat of passion

The realisation

The difficult choice

The stages of grief

The healing

The comeback

The truth