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Obviously, today is Farael Day.

I've had a sketch of this sitting on my computer for the longest time (by which I mean a few months at least) and just NEEDED to do something with it. It's the only picture I've done of Farael with his violin, so that's definitely worth noting. ;) Nothing hotter than a pretty boy with a pretty instrument. :drool:

I'm immensely pleased with the fact that that neither the instrument nor the pose is referenced (the only thing I needed to look up was the shape of the holes in the bridge, that funky little piece of pale wood that holds the strings up). As some of you may have learned via my "getting to know you" meme, I play the viola and took lessons seriously for about six years, so I have it pretty firmly ingrained in my head what almost everything related to the stringed-instrument family looks like. :D

Edit: At ~Arthulin's suggestion, I moved the lower corners behind his wings. I think I like it better this way.

Textures by `Princess-of-Shadows and *gild-a-stock, brush by ~green-eyed-butterfly.
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Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Hi dear :)
you have been featured in my journal: [link]

By the way.. I'm still searching pieces for the second part of the collection.
Do you have any other picture of a man wearing a coat or a waistcoat? If you link it to me if you want it featured ^^
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hjaxon1701 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
From one violist to another, you did a fabulous job on this! I love it! :) Farael has great posture and a great bow-hold.
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
WOO!! Thanks so much. :D I think I just replied to your... reply... about how you've been playing viola for SUCH a long time. I kind of gave it up, but to be totally honest, doing this picture actually made me pick it up and practice some for the first time in YEARS! :giggle: Agh, memories of LEARNING that frickin' bow hold. I'm glad I've got something to show for it! ;)
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hjaxon1701 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Oh, learning the bow hold was painful, I totally agree! I am very sure my private teacher wanted to :slap: :stupidme: me numerous times trying to get me to do it right..."CURVE THAT PINKY!" That's really cool you were inspired to play a little bit again because of the picture - you may not play as much, but you'll always have it! ;) Music and art fall in the category of you may get rusty, but you never really lose it. :)
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Halloween-Scott Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Very well done! I'm a Violinist myself.
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thanks! :heart: Violist here, but I think I might've mentioned that in the comments. You don't play that much for that long and not learn a thing or two about the position you have when you're playing it, as I'm sure you know. ;)
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Halloween-Scott Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
I LOVE the Viola, and Cello, and any bowed stringed instrument. The detail is great, the ONLY thing that I can nit-pick about is possibly that the instrument looks a bit small. That's all I can do to critisize, but hey; I'm not nearly as good as you art wise, so feel free to disregard my observation.

But still a marvelous work, definatly favin' it.
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ShadowOfJade Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! He sure is pretty hehehe :)
The detailing is amazing and i love the color combo , just as i love renaissance art always ^^
Keep up the good work :) Tc
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temiel Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: He's definitely pretty, so naturally I love drawing him. ;) Glad you like the color!
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ShadowOfJade Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^^ Loved it anyways :)
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Dwenda Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I SAW U ON GETWATCHERS LOL LOL LOL :dummy:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
LOLOLOL!!! :XD: I almost left a comment like this on yours last night. :rofl:

Are you getting back on da MSNz?
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Dwenda Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably not, mum and I ended up having a massive TV catch up for things we missed last week when she was away. I'm just commenting between ad breaks now. Sorry, lovely. Feel free to note, though! :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Perhaps I shall... still lots of unpacking to do, though! :iconstaredanceplz:
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Estic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, Iím a HUGE sucker for guys who can play instruments, haha. And good choice with the violin, too!
I love this picture of Farael :D He looks stunning and elegant, and his pose is really well done. I like how you used blue/purple shadows, and I think they look great with the gold in his shirt and on the violin.

My only critique would his hair; I think it may be just a little too high, even for that face angle. Other than that, everything else looks wonderful! :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I think you're right about the hair, but I'm handwaving anatomical weirdness on this one because the sketch is pretty old (over half a year old at this point) and I REALLY suck at redrawing stuff with the tablet. -__- But yes. Doesn't take away the fact that YOU ARE CORRECT. :highfive:

Either way, glad you like it... I too am a major, major sucker for instrument-playing boys, ESPECIALLY stringed instruments. :love:
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p-sanchez Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
This is so pretty, i love your use of complimentary colors! On a side note i use to play the violin when i was a kid, some good nostalgia to go along with this pic.
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
YAY! String players unite! ;) Drawing this made me pretty nostalgic too, actually. I'm glad you like the colors! Usually I'm a little less bold with the shadows.
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SilverRS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Congrats, this is a very artistic image

:)
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh, thank you! :D
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SilverRS Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
you are wellcome

:D
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TracyLeeQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm in love with the colors in this piece. whew. so goood!
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thanks. :love: I was really pleased with this little sucker, even if the sketch was ungodly old. :D
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White-Mantis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student General Artist
I can't get enough of Farael :heart:

He's looks so calm in this picture, maybe in one of those moments of total peace, where he gets to play the violin, while thinking about things *O*

You drew the pose and the violin awesomely! Even more for not looking at a ref O.O congratulations *O*

And I love the way you draw hands ;3;

Ahhh Farael *O* *fangirl attack*
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
YAY! I AM GLAD I CAN SATE YOUR FANGIRL LUST :iconteheplz: Especially since I was really pleased with how this one came out. ;) I think I draw him looking really calm far too often... but I'm AWFULLY fond of composure, so it's not too surprising. :XD:
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Hieyizar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the pose *_* and the colours are beautiful :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :heart: :love: I had fun doing this one, I'm glad you like it. :D
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Servina Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
soo beautiful :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you much!! :heart::heart:
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Servina Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
npz mate :)
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solfieri Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the overall theme and composition, but what really caught my attention was the absolute mastery with which you drew both the violin and his hands... and no refs? o_o That's just amazing!! I drew violine players once or twice and even with refs I found it a pain to get it right. >.>

Excellent, fantastic job on this one! =D
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw man, thanks!! :D Yeah, I have a lot of experience with the viola so I remembered it well enough to draw the whole thing totally ref-less. :XD: Funny how years of actually DOING something will give you a pretty good idea of what it looks like... :giggle:

I'm really glad you like it, thanks so much. :love:
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Chenria Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! That's the first thing I thought when I saw it. It has such a serene and peaceful mood to it and the colours are great :3
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :D I'm glad you think it panned out okay, I was trying some different stuff with the color (bolder shading and whatnot).
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sionra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I like his sad eyes, a gesture of his hands, you did a great job on the violin!
Violet shadows are very beautiful!
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks so much!! :love: I'm really glad you like him. I was VERY proud of how this came out. :D And I really love violet and purple shadows, I use them way too much. :giggle:
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lovely! so elegant, the costume, instrument, and design motifs work together perfectly.
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :love: I'm so glad you think so. I was doing "different" stuff with the coloring, so I'm really happy that it panned out all right. ^_____^
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not know he played the violin - he should hang out with Freya sometime if that's the case. Beautiful violinists unite! I like his outfit and the fact that he's sensibly unbuttoned his waistcoat so he can actually move his arms properly. Critwise, do watch those hands, as they are quite small - but the arms are deffo in the right place so congrats for doing that without a ref!
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
WELL NOW YOU KNOW. :meow: It's not something he does CONSTANTLY, but often enough that it warranted at least one picture, since boys playing the violin are HOT HOT. ;)

Any weirdness on the hands is due largely to the fact that this sketch was WAY old, and I'm not good enough at tablet drawing to rework them in the final version. :XD: (Besides, the finger positions are pretty good, and I didn't want to mess with them just to make the hands bigger. You'll have to pardon me for that. ;) At least I didn't end up submitting it the way it was earlier, because on the hand holding the bow I FORGOT TO PUT A THUMB, and only realized it after I was almost done with the coloring. :O I did fix that, because I knew SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, ["Probably Gina", I thought to myself] would notice it. ;))
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! I have that ANNOYING habit of noticing things like missing thumbs. :rofl: I'm that irritating watcher who points it out! (mostly because I've done all this and more myself). you are excused, due to the age of the sketch and the fact that I'm entirely sympathetic to not being able to edit by tablet drawing (being APPALLING at tablet drawing myself).
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I HATE doing it!! For some reason I just can't make it look like there's anything actually THERE, you know? Like it's just a contour drawing and there's nothing actually supporting the figure? And when I try to freehand a figure with the tablet, all my proportions come out wonky and wrong! I can't figure out why it works that way. I wonder if I'd do any better on a Cintiq?
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's probably just a practice thing - do you have a Wacom? There's probably no good reason why we shouldn't be able to draw on tablets. Maybe we haven't tried enough - I know I haven't!
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I do indeed. It's weird, because all those speedpaints I did had decent proportions... I just can't do LINES with them. Maybe it's just that it's too precise, and the zooming in and out does stuff to my sense of proportion?
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you're right - lines need to be very precise which is why they're so hard to do with a tablet. If lines are wonky the whole pic looks out.
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loki-lou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
MMm love the clothes *V* The folds in the shirt look awesome, and the vest :3 I love vests. I really love the shading on the violin too. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but his expression looks kinda disinterested, like Trean is forcing him to learn to play (like all our mothers at some point in time XDDD). I know we were talking about how we hate when people say 'oh this reminds me of...' but this is only to prove a point, SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

The point being that, hot, aristocratic, violin boys are hot. See here [link]
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, no, I don't mind "this reminds me of" at all the context of "it seems like he's..." or whatever, it just bugs me when someone's like "THIS ORIGINAL CHARACTER REMINDS ME OF THESE CHARACTERS FROM THIS MOVIE" or "YOU DON'T KNOW ME AND WE'VE NEVER HAD A CONVERSATION BUT THEY'RE JUST LIKE MY OCS LAAAA LAAAAAAAA". :fork: You are very firmly in the safe zone. ;)

I think at the time this picture was drawn, he's a little too old for anyone to be forcing him anymore, but I suspect she might've forced him when he was younger. All of her kids have musical training in some respect or other (I think her daughter sings and her younger son plays flute), so it's possible that it was all due to her relentless meddling. (For what it's worth, she meddled far more with Fae than any of her subsequent children out of a desperate desire to make him come out NOT a genocidal maniac. :rofl:) Either way, the expression here... I wasn't going for disinterested, so maybe I didn't nail it right. ;) When I drew this I imagined he was probably thinking about Rian, so he might be a little... distracted, perhaps? :iconteheplz:
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loki-lou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
OTL yes, distracted is probably a better word :lol: I can definitely see Rian being on his mind. About not becoming a genocidal maniac: at least the bar for success was set low ;A; Though Trean may not have seen it that way XD
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temiel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
LOL!!!! :rofl::rofl: Seriously, that actually made me giggle out loud just then.
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KSteinhoff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
need to learn how to play Violoncelo to go with him =P

Very beautiful =D
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