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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 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 Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*hugs* it...it's beautifulHappy Cry - Smiley 
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lazybirdiez May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simple yet beautiful. great work!
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swordwhale Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the best piece of Sherlock art I've seen yet....
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Teacosey Sep 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!!
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My goodness this is all shadowy and wonderful.
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It's so solemn, I love it :)
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HgwrtsExchngeStdnt May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
lovely.
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Love this, love this so much:+favlove:
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