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Ophelia

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Published: April 15, 2011
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Attention: Long and probably rambling as well as jumbled artist comment ahead.

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This picture is my main piece for the Mephit Mini Con art show. The con's theme this year is death. Not the Zombie-Horror-Hollywood version, but „plain ole death“. In the beginning I was very opposed to the topic for various reasons and I could find no access to it. I had almost accepted the fact that I wouldn't be producing any art according to the con theme, but then something happened and I suddenly got buried in so many wonderful ideas circling around that topic so that I ended up having a hard time deciding which one to draw.

I don't have much panel space this time, as I won't be attending in person, so I had the choice of drawing many small pieces and cover as many ideas as possible, or concentrate everything on just one image and that's what I did.

Ever since I saw the anime “Ergo Proxy” I have developed a certain fascination for the “Ophelia” painting done by Sir John Millais and this is very obviously the main reference I used. This piece fascinates me. It crawls under my skin and horrifies me, yet I cannot stop to look at it again and again. → [link]

I don't claim to be able to achieve the same effect with my humble homage, but I wanted to try to lean on Millais' original art work, add a personal note to it, steal a bit golden mania from Klimt's “Water Snakes I” → [link] and see what happens... You see the result here.

This was my first painting in which I used Gouache as a main medium, mixing it occasionally with water colours. This worked astonishingly well and I am pleased with the way this paint reacts and can be handled. Unfortunately I cannot say this for the golden pain which I used for the more abstract hair of Ophelia, which lies beneath the water's surface. Painting that often brought me to the verge of tears and I had to re-do many passages several times. Of course the gold and glittering effects totally got lost in the scan, which is why I made some photos in hope that they will help to bring across a more appropriate impression of the original colours. → [link]

There would be so much more to say about why I chose the Ophelia imagery, why I made her a cat (besides the honest reason that I simply lack skill to create a believable human face that is even remotely as shocking as Millais' Ophelia), about women and suicide, the element of water, the symbolism of the flowers (begonias, daisies, marigold, a calla lilly and poppies) and so much more, buuuut... I think in the end it's better for the viewer to open up everything for himself, to find his or her own and most personal approach to this piece.

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My own feelings about the outcome of this experiment are mixed. A few things turned out as desired, most did not. The final result deviates a lot from what I originally had in mind and I guess this leaves a bitter after-taste of disappointment rather than the feeling of accomplishment. This seems to happen with all bigger pieces I am doing since a while though, so I cannot really say if it's really just a matter of my Ophelia or “just” a general phenomenon.

I am rambling... time to sleep.

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P.S. HOLY GUACAMOLE! :O My inbox just exploded! This is... whoah! I don't know what to say! Besides of course thank you for all the nice and throughtful and inspiring comments, the favs that show how much you appreciate her, even if that kind of thing usually isn't your cup of tea... I am really overwhelmed! ;___________; :heart:
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Kodimarto Filmographer
Such a beautiful, beautiful picture and feline too!:)
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FlapperFoxyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully done!+fav Heart 
ArthurMarkus's avatar
Does anybody mention about Topielica, Topielec an Utopiec ?Demons from
slavonic mythology.
Ios-BloodBlade's avatar
my mate sent me this image as a ref for his character, but didnt know where it came from, so i used google to find you, the artist. i want to ask that since one of his old characters looks like this, do you mind if we use it as long as you receive credit for being the owner of it? Also, death aside, this is very beautiful.
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BloodhoundOmega Traditional Artist
As long as you guys give me the credit and don't make any profit of the image I sure don't mind. ^^
Ios-BloodBlade's avatar
its a simple picture for what his character looks like you get credit as the artist and owner ut he rarely uses the pic for anything more than a reference
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Really lovely, I admire her expression...great !!!
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StarrySphynxKittyHobbyist General Artist
this is absolutly beautiful!
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FotoFurNLProfessional Photographer
I have seen this piece at the EuroFurence 19 Art show and was brought to humble silence by it's beauty.

I still regret I didn't have what it took to bid on the piece, however, finding it here on your DA page is a blessing. I can see the mesmerizing image you created anytime I wish, thank you!
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BloodhoundOmega Traditional Artist
Thank you ever so much!

It makes me feel so happy to know how many people have been touched by this particular piece. It makes it worth all the effort. :heart:
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PumpkuHobbyist Artist
Wow to much reading.
I love the picture!!
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Nice combination of the different artists and their styles. And yeah, the realists were really insane.
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Daniel-FontaniniProfessional Traditional Artist
You been featured in my facebook page!

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BloodhoundOmega Traditional Artist
Oh? :D I can't seem to find myself. X3 Thank you nevertheless though!
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Daniel-FontaniniProfessional Traditional Artist
Ur welcome!!
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Daniel-FontaniniProfessional Traditional Artist
Hehehe thanks
SugarAngel44's avatar
This is amazing. Just absolutely stunning <3
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SilverfurExpress001Student Writer
Wow...HAWT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MoonandWillow's avatar
This is absolutely...beautiful...and breathtaking!
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Words cant describe How beautiful this painting is... i'm adding this to my favorites... and i don't favorite a lot of stuff well done :)
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i don't think there is enough words to describe how beautiful this painting... i'm favoriting this...and i don't favorite a lot of stuff well one :)
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Damn you,,,,, this hurts. God I love and hate this. Crap can you be anymore SADISTIC? I wish I hadent read the discriptin....there are no real words that I can think of that discribs how this makes me feel.


now i have to watch you
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Sorry about that post last night, but your painting is very powerful. Your work is very nice.
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Topaz4girlHobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't stop looking at this! The flowers, the face, the HAIR! This entire artwork is peaceful and beautful. Amazing job.
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