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Heart Without Words by temiel Heart Without Words by temiel
"Now that I’m grown, Sister Abigail treats me like an acquaintance, not a child; she is now in her forties and past childbearing age herself, but I can see how keenly she wanted it once. I believe she was in love with one who was too fearful to ask her to wed..." -Zilphah Tremaine

It's September in New England, and for me and ~Arthulin that means RAVENLOFT! This year we're doing a game centered around two rural girls who have a very Puritan look; *talaith's OC Mercy sees ghosts and is persecuted as a witch, and Zilphah, my OC, is a half-gypsy adopted by the local church who can tell the future.

The characters here are the closest thing Zilphah has to parents: the Reverend Mordecai Tremaine and his faithful and starry-eyed disciple Sister Abigail Channing, who was quite in love with him. I have no idea whether he reciprocated, but the above line of writing by Zilphah indicates that nothing ever came of that. So here they are, with her giving him some serious googoo eyes, while he has googoo eyes for God alone. Sigh.

Pen and ink on paper, colored in PS. The paper texture is by `hibbary, though at this point I think I've altered it beyond recognition. Oh well, credit where it's due :)
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dodo-den Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I'm not sure why I like this one in particular, but I really do! I think your style really suits this historical Euro-vibe. I really like the Orthdox icon image that you have in your gallery too... Great stuff. :)
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :heart: This one... man, I look at it and it just feels so OLD! :cries: (I'm so lame, I do this even with pieces that are only, like... a few months old. >__<) But thank you! I'm really glad you're liking a lot of the more historical-inspired images, history is totally the best thing to get inspired by. :heart: And thank you for the watch as well, I really appreciate it! :hug:
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gypsy-night Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
he looks like a Botticelli painting!
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
A little bit, yeah. =) There's definitely a certain amount of Renaissance resemblance there. It wasn't intentional, but I might well have been thinking about it while I drew without realizing it! ;)
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gypsy-night Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
;) you'll have to pardon me, i a m an art history major
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hehe, don't worry, I understand. ;) Being a huge history nerd myself, I know EXACTLY what you mean. ^_^
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gamebalance Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow great drawing tech! gotta look throught u gal ^_^
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
puritans, that's what you call them! i kept forgetting. the guy, however, has something about him that reminds me of Rafaello Sanzio... or any other Renaissance man for the matter.
i really like the way you ink your works :nod: inking is serious business and it always makes me think that the artist is confident in what he/she is doing if they resort to ink. i like the way it accentuates facial features (which turned out great, by the way) or folds in their clothing.
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks! Yeah, I wasn't even thinking of the Renaissance connection at the time, but after I finished I actually thought to myself "Man, he looks like a Raphael dude!" :D Glad I wasn't totally insane in thinking that! Must be that skullcap thing with the shoulder-length hair that does it... ;)

Inking is TOTALLY serious business. I almost never want to do it without an existing pencil sketch to ink over, but quite honestly it was an early love of mine and it's hard to let go. In retrospect, I'm glad I haven't; when I decide to do something digitally, the way I ink traditionally informs it 100% of the way.
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
i just have one question concerning ink: do you use it before or after the coloring? i know that using it before sounds kinda dumb, because the watercolors would just wash it away, but i once tried inking a simple watercolor piece and the ink infiltrated in the layers of color and the effect was horrible :faint:
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, in a digital piece like this I do ink first, then scan and color it all in Photoshop. But when I'm inking a traditional watercolor, I do the color first and wait for it to dry completely, then ink over the pencil lines you can still see through the pigment. Hope that helps =)
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DrearyThoughts Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Unrequited love... :faint:
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TracyLeeQuinn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, i love them! they look great! you know i love a man of the cloth, rarrrr <3 they're too cute together
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Synieth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
I love it. I really like old-fashioned clothes. I went to Salem on my birthday last year and plan to do so every year henceforth, as I love the place. Especially all the museums with the people dressed in period clothing and so forth.

I was wondering. What IS Ravenloft and Astral Arcana?
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
I like them too :D Alan and I went to Salem the day after Halloween last year. He proposed to me on Halloween night in Gloucester, and we went out to Salem the following day, and everyone was still wearing costumes. Man I love Salem. :heart:

Ravenloft is a D&D setting that started with 2E, but Alan and I play the 3.5 version. Astral Arcana is our own creation based on 3E, and the d20 Modern, Past and Future games.
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Synieth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Ah I see. Vereh Cool.
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CrystalCurtisArt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Too soon for me to comment? xD I love their clothes and the composition! The faces/expressions are so lovely, too~ I'm also a sucker for unrequited love stories. lol Great work~
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temiel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, I'm so glad :) After all, what's not to love about unrequited... well, love? ;) It's weird, because these guys were so peripheral while I was writing Zilphah's back story, and then midway through I just decided "Hey... Abigail's actions make so much more sense if she's IN LOVE WITH THE REVEREND!" :B So I decided that I liked them, and needed to draw them at least once. Glad you're pleased with the result :)
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