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Enfranshish by A3ulez Enfranshish by A3ulez
From Andrei Bely's magnificent novel Petersburg. Dudkin, while staring at his peeling wallpaper imagines that the Bronze Horseman comes to life and pours molten copper down his throat, at which point he goes mad(der).

The Bronze Horseman is a statue of Peter the Great, which stands along the Neva in St. Petersburg. For Bely especially, it is a symbol of the West (as opposed to Russian culture.) I borrowed very heavily from the statue in this picture :P

Dudkin was going to be in period attire, but for some reason the picture just looked better with him in the nude XD

I want to do another version of this, too, though, something more Dudkin-centric, since I don't get enough of his panic out of this.

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Paranoid-RisingSun Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011   Writer
I love this! I was wondering if anyone had made any fan art for "Petersburg". It's my all time favorite book, and that scene is amazing!
hpholo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa...of all the things that can drive a character to madness, that has to be in the top three. :XD:

Excellent lighting in this picture, by the way. I like how Dudkin's arm seems to glow.
A3ulez Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thanks XD I'm a little unsatisfied, really, but it's nice to get a picture done after months of inactivity :D
hpholo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I empathize. I haven't drawn anything worth posting since I started teaching. :(
A3ulez Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
I subbed all this week for the first time, and I was so tired, I could do nothing when I got home but stare into space :O! Still, you should try to make some time to draw =D!
hpholo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually started getting into paper art, due to some assignments I've had my classes do this past week. We're studying fables, so my students had to make animal faces/masks and write a fable about that animal. Since one of my classes was fairly calm, I had a chance to start an animal face of my own, and I've found that I'm spending much longer on it than I'd originally intended, it's so fun!

We have a holiday from school this coming Monday, so I think I might use it to create some sort of paper art for one of my stories, just to see what I can come up with.
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January 8, 2010
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