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but that was all he had by barbarasobczynska but that was all he had by barbarasobczynska
"but that was all he had, a piece of dried fish(...) That was intercision, and this was a severed child"
[Philip Pullman,"The Golden Compass"]

just a little and mostly digital illustration i did of one of the most horrifying and sad moments of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Matierials" trilogy, the moment when Lyra finds a severed child, Tony Makarios, in the fish house, (i'm not going to give too many details of the story not to spoil it for you who hasn't read it, in fact i'm afraid i already had:blushes::giggle:)

i just felt like drawing this moment of the book,plus i wanted to make some picture for newly-created Philip Pullman's fanclub hoping maybe they would like to re-submit it as the fanclub's picture:fingerscrossed:
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NotATameLion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Student General Artist
Oh my god my heart
Thistly Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
I was thinking about this artwork today after over a decade! I've always loved it so much and was so glad you hadn't deleted it. 
SeaOfBitterness13 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
Love this. So haunting and sad.
theWeaverofTales Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"You got my Ratter?"
Larkspur-KiwiPickle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You caught the scene exceedingly well. I especially like the grayness with just a little color.
I also LOVE the pupil-less eyes. It enhances the feeling of some sort of ghost there instead of a real boy, and makes the picture more disturbing and wrong. Which is what I imagine the scene to feel like.
Well done! :clap:
jackr4bbit Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Ah, that part of the book was so disturbing. TOT Poor Tony.
elara-elara Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oh gosh...this part of the book is so freaky.
beautiful job
LadySarah Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
that scene was so sad, I cried. I love this pic, it's awesome.
Tobuoi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Simply brilliant. That scene was genuinely disturbing and you captured it quite well.
BUNNYvsROBOT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007
Beautiful. Good job!
doubleVdoubleU Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
nk-chan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god. D: D: D:

I cried even just right now. I'm pretty sure that's the saddest part of any book EVER.

The composition and the fencing looks really nice. (That's what I noticed in the thumb)

I'm rereading it and I'm just at the part where he gets kidnapped. Nooooo, bitch. D:< D:< D:<
gloomygir Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
I love the cold feeling I get from this. D:
pir-anha Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Haunting is the absolute perfect word. It gave me shivers!
pir-anha Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
You captured it so totally well.
post-hummus Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh my gosh, i was just thinking about this scene awhile ago...and how sad i felt while reading it.

you really captured the loneliness and despair of this part well, though. :)
Black85 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Hi master... You must know that Russian animator which I don't remember the name (shame)... He does films in cut outs and there is one with a little mole or something getting lost in the forest. He end up aroud a fire with a bear. There are critics about the second war in it... Anyways, if you remember the name please remind me!
Malevolent-Mayhem Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
I love the use of perspective on the rope/gate, and the lonely feeling.
a-dream-deferred Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
i love the his dark materials series. and i love your work.
labarbara Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
Wow... I totally forgot about that part... You did an awesome job portraying it... You really captured the sad-yet-creepiness of that scene.
Man, I really really need to read those books again!
Abramoo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Całkiem fajne. Dobra kolorystyka.
lost-cousin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
It's so haunting that you're making me wish for my own daemon. Beautiful, beautiful picture.
MagnoliaPearl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
REALLY cool style and interpretation! You completely captured the feel of that scene. Awesome job! The broken fences are especially effective.
ahiru-chan38 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2006  Student
That whole trilogy was interesting and sad :sniff: Don't worry; I don't think you gave too much away :)
Jezhawk Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
really very well illustrated, that part of the book was so horrifying and this really gives it a perfect haunting feeling :clap:
Spellatio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Your picture brings back the memory of the sadness I felt when reading that sequence.
Thanks for making me want to reread the novel! :)
AlHambra Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
what a beautiful moment. it is very sad indeed, ~I donīt know the book, but this is a wonderful illustration to capture an atmosphere ;__;
Its composition and colorchoice is perfect, in my opinion. :heart:
makawakan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
Ooo I havent read the books but this is a very dark, sad, and a bit creepy picture. Very well done!
mostlyyetlikely Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006
I love almost everythng about this image. I love dark, soft, nice colour. I love snow. I love the automssphere and attention to detail, I enjoy the choice of prop, scenery, image, etc. It is amazing art!
stranger-kaya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
That's a beautiful, expressive picture... you caught the moment very well.
I love HDM, and there are far too little works on them, so I'm realy happy to find one that pictures such a little but powerful moment in the book -and in such an original and beautiful way. Thank you :floating:
Luctusa Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
I'm in love with those books.
When I red that part my heart hurted...
I also love your work so much, sometimes silent, sometimes so alive, but always such a perfect atmosphere.
alitheia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
Yes, i was horrified at that moment in the book! I love when you paint things from HDM. It is so cool to see how you imagined moments in the books. I love this!
sorskc Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god. ;_; This was already a sad and beautiful picture, but now that I know it's also a scene from HDM, it's even more sad. That really was one of the most miserable moments in the story.

Anyway... this is a stunning illustration. The composition and colors are so beautiful and perfect. :heart: You did a really nice job.
superladysarah Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
wow, yeah.....good stuff.....i read that book when i was a little younger, and i remember being very sad at this point.....great illustration. i need to read the rest of the books at some point.
smoldering075 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
the darkness of the moment is really captured well...i don't know why, but the fences especially get me *shudders*

the boy himself looks more dead than alive...and how he stares from the shadows....
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
yeah, he's supposed to look more than dead than alive :nod: 'cause he's still a kind of alive but already without a soul, so will stay alive just a few days, and it's not really life, rather the existence of something like "zombie". i'm very happy that it's visible:nod: have you read "HisDarkMaterials"?
smoldering075 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
oh yes...very beautiful series...pullman really approached those serious subjects very well :D
HopefulMonster Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Who-ho Basia, this is AWESOME!
kecen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
god, he looks absolutely zombified D:
The setting seems so perfect that I can feel what he is feeling...
Jeekins Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Student Digital Artist
= D Yay, I love Phillip Pullman's books! I love this part of the story too, it was very creepy and shocking. You illustrated it very well :)
Julia-the-Great Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
I LOOOVE that series... and yeah, that was a very sad moment.
kourinthellama Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional General Artist

Kocham cie :heart:
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
awww dzieki zlotko :) coz za wyznanie :smooch::heart:
a tak swoja droga to szkoda, ze to nie jest zwykle takie proste, ze nie wystarczy narysowac ladny obrazek, zeby zdobyc czyjas milosc:shrug: strasznie bym chciala, zeby sie tak dalo:sniff: choc wtedy szkoly rysunku i malarstwa bylyby pewnie najbardziej obleganymi kierunkami;) hehe
kourinthellama Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional General Artist
Oj, tez bym tak chciala... Chociaz jesli bym przyciagala takich osobnikow, jaki poziom reprezentuja moje prace, to bym byla w lekkim klopocie :P
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
no co Ty gluptasie :) bardzo ladne masz przeciez prace :)
kourinthellama Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
Kiedy to nie na ladnosci polega :P
kagrmom Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Professional Writer
You always capture the flavour of everything you submit, whether it be sad, happy, loving or grey! You have a true gift and I feel so special that you share your talent with DA!
barbarasobczynska Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
:smooch: thank you so for such kind warm words:hug: you're such a sweetheart
kagrmom Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional Writer
:hug: You deserve them!
vesuvia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, Basia!
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