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watercolor, charcoal and pen on paper (300g)
45cm x 60cm

work in progress [link]

Some time ago I saw this Samuel Aranda's photo on the web [link],
I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.

Samuel Arenda's website [link]
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Another beautiful work, the hair of the woman feels like there are many strands because of the white ink or white pen that you used and small dark lines at the top of her head.

The feeling I get over all is that the man is dying or dead and the woman is holding on to his lifeless body hopelessly and her eyes give the feeling of being red because she has been crying for hours over the loss, very powerful feeling convoyed through her red tired eyes.

The only thing I would have loved to seen is that the man's back (where the two blue drops of paint / watercolor are) would disappear. Showing that his "soul" or life is fading away.

In all, amazing piece.
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Gorgeous work with the woman's hair, first off, not just with the color bleeds and the scheme of it, but I love the touches of white gouache/masked areas for thin hair-strands within that large space, to remind us she had really long hair. I always like "outlining" subjects or objects with the space around them, e.g. their arms and the better part of the man's torso and neck, and to balance that, which is a very nice touch, you didn't add too much shading within his body - just enough to distinguish his arms and collarbone for the audience. What I like MOST about this, however, is the bit of red and yellow near her eye, because that little touch of heavier wash keeps the audience from zeroing in on the big dark shape of her hair and staying there, for when you squint at it, even though her "eye shadow" is a much smaller area than her hair, I find that I can see that equally as well as the big shape of her hair.

Very nice work, and so nicely balanced.
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QueenieOfDarkness Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
DomTheDoodle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's surreal how good this looks to me. Seriously from another world.
fernandocoutinho2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017
Great Work

LapikaArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
stunning colors!!! so emotional and simply at the same time
versedscrolls Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shit  kurwa get up ranked
nina-mg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Love ittt 😍😍
cheesecaketime Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm lovin' it 
Fenixix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
she reminds me a girl from Mister Robot
hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this :)
Annarisel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful work
Layvie Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Just wow.
MouraMoura Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Beautifuly done. 
caveofbelarius Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
MrJuniorer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! I really love the colors!!
koshkaah Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I thought it reminded me of the album artwork of one of Crystal Castles albums, just the pose, then I saw the photograph you were inspired by, which is the photo from the cover! Your watercolour rendition is beautiful.
KanchanMahon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
I see what it's like for day and night.
Never together

I also was struck by the same nature of the embrace!  " I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.”   What a poetic description of a great piece of art! (As is a truly great piece of art, not just on dA but in the world) The world is richer place for this being made. 
DaTurtleGirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I can't put my finger on it, but something about this is utterly beautiful, and it certainly draws the eye... Gorgeous!
MingariaSky Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! Beautiful :)
MartenMarten Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Is beautiful, use of colors is amazing.
visceraldagger Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely use of colors... I especially love the melancholy look to her red-weary eyes.
JuanNinotti Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Rainbow-Sweater Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Bellissimo, non ho parole.
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Ww. Just wow
erjumer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so fragile... very beautiful work!
Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
really amazing your style Clap 
Semuele Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
rifandesign Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wooowww... beautiful artwork
Harri-Jm Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful, I admire all your work. The colours are what gets me :)
dark-wolf-girl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
From the woman's sad expression to the contrast between her and the almost colourless man, this is a beautiful piece!
In the photograph you used for inspiration, it looks as though the woman is comforting the man, but your version of this pose brings back memories of an unfaithful lover I once had.
In my imagination, the woman in your artwork is trying to grasp this ghost of a man, holding him to her body in a sign of ownership, wrapping her colours around him, inviting him into her heart/life/soul. But despite her efforts, she knows he will never really be hers, hence the intense sadness in her eyes.
I love your work!
Pencil-Is-My-Sword Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew you painted this before I even saw the name. This piece is so beautiful. All of your work is stunning and inspiring <3
colorcaust Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013   Digital Artist
^^ bellissimo, che altro dire  = ).. 
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somenlitenfisk Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the reds and oranges in her hair!! also i complete agree about the pose. a strange form of intimate
InvictusAether Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is one of the most beautiful paintings ever

ShelbyNicholsArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Truly lovely and inspirational!
darkmae76 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
woww really good ^_^
fantasyfreag Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
so perfectLove 
snayku Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
My interpretations is that he fills her emotional void. Nice work, love the space between them. What did you use to get the thin white lines for the strands of her hair?
CloudyCosmos Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
This is amazing, I wish I could use watercolours as beautifully as this.
dreyhannah Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful!! Crystal Castles also used that photo you got your inspiration from and I thought of their album when I saw this piece! :P…
Queensrain Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
It can tell many different stories...nice work! :)
Chefawn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is Beautiful.
CosmicKat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Artist
beautiful color!
BITEbackSUGAR Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I love her eyes, so much.
Aria-Art Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your style of water-colour is amazing!  The galaxy-type colouring of the girl's hair along with the white liner are stunning!
pevhak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hot and cold colours go so nice together. nice job. :clap: :+fav:
TatteredTabi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I keep coming back to this one, so it's now a :+favlove:.
harrisonk Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom I was able to regain my independence using this these days im making my way to the top take a look at what I mean
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