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Providence by Serain Providence by Serain
It's hard to draw violins in perspective! Luckily I studied it for several years so the more egregious errors have been avoided.

I take no responsibility, I was sucked in by Benedict Cumberbatch's glorious head of hair.

5 hours, most of it spent painting the face you can barely see, photoshop.

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I think this is an amazing work.

First of all I love the composition and the abounding whiteness surrounding the character, which emphasize the sense of aloofness and isolation even more.

The wind seems to be blowing on his back and from the right to the left, giving an impression of melancholy, as if he was playing forlornly, his violin darkened by his own shadow, his eyes closed and inscrutable.

Yet the flock of white birds emerging from his truncated shadow spread over the overwhelming whiteness is ambiguous - they are flying towards the right and the observer may wonder whether they are devouring him from the inside or, on the contrary, a sign of hope, a token that his soul is still there craving something and taking flight towards it as the music fills the blankness and somehow transcends the loneliness.

Sherlock's expression itself is rather equivocal - his traits and posture exhale as much serenity as solitude, more calmness and aspiration than desolation or prostration. This is made obvious by the fact that he is, after all, playing the violin, and one cannot be entirely hopeless if they are able to create music.

And yet whatever he is giving - and the sense of donation is striking here, emanating from such a deprived character - seems to be leaving him behind, shrouded in his own darkness - his back resolutely to the light, his eyes closed to the one he is shedding away...

This is such an inspiring piece, and a worthy comment could only be conveyed through poetry.
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Narikoh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woah someone has a really bad violin posture xD   The violin's not supposed to point to the ground lol   my teacher always says that's how gypsies play... :'D

but the painting's awesome! :iconexcitedblushplz:
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Supercheeseme Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*hugs* it...it's beautifulHappy Cry - Smiley 
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lazybirdiez Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simple yet beautiful. great work!
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swordwhale Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the best piece of Sherlock art I've seen yet....
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Teacosey Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!!
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
My goodness this is all shadowy and wonderful.
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Itabia Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
It's so solemn, I love it :)
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HgwrtsExchngeStdnt Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
lovely.
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SmooksDelight Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Love this, love this so much:+favlove:
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strwberry-muse Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Amazing!
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EarlofChutney Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool!
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Sajina Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Beautifully done.
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ladunya Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Very good)
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Ehrling Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This must be the lovliest thing I've seen in ages.
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jinglekitty1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant, just brilliant
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Bilou020285 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's realy beautiful ! Wonderful composition ! Well done !
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Thea-r-tist Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I love the contrast between the actual figure and shadows against the background. It gives the picture a stark, hopeless quality. I also love how his shadow is breaking apart. Great job!
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AralisJ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! I love how the shadow fades away and the whole mood of the drawing
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sapphireswimming Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
This looks amazing. I love the stark contrasts with shadows and the pristine background. Awesome. :D
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Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow the idea with the shadow is really cool *-*
I love the expression here <3
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   General Artist
It is a glorious head of hair, isn't it?
I love his stance here. The coat uwaahhh, I love the coat.
Everytime I see someone who I'm watching post a Sherlock fanart I get super excited.
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McBaa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is a thing of beauty
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toerning Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
oh, god, so gorgeous!
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dire-musaera Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think maybe the simplest way to balance the white space to the left is to add space behind him on the right. Because I reckon it's looking pretty good as is and adding an element to balance the composition doesn't seem right.
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
That's a really good idea. Having him on the 3/5 line instead of the 1/4 would help a lot. I think I'll do that.
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dire-musaera Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! I'm glad my comment wasn't rubbish!
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
You give the most insightful comments, ma'm.
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ScrambledMeg Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student
I'm not one to talk about composition, but i like the composition of the close-up better. This has its charm too, it's very minimal and would look good in a wallpaper. I could be wrong about which is better-composed. What is composition anyway?
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I'm not particularly fond of this one. It could be much stronger. I think I'll recrop it and see if that helps.
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ScrambledMeg Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student
Okay, cool.
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zayyad1453 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
wallpaper'd
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Go for it buddy.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me a little of a character of mine named Padraic, especially with his shadow there.
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Jenny-Cat-Miaow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Nice XD

But yeah... violin... Chin should be on chin rest right? XD ^_^

I love how you've got light sillhouettes of birds in his shadow =]
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Otherwise, thanks for the compliment.
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Jenny-Cat-Miaow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
No probs =]
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Serain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You kind of jam the violin between the left side of your neck and shoulder while playing, and you don't have to keep it on there all the time, especially if you're getting ~super involved~ with your playing.
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Jenny-Cat-Miaow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Yeah... Hmm well I don't really do that :S Cause then it feels a bit odd XD
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Elgieplz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gahhhh this is amazingggg D;

I am not worthy to give critiquing I'm sorry :iconotlplz:
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