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Clockwork: Key to My Heart
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Published: January 28, 2011
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Clockwork: Key to My Heart
January 27th, 2011
No. 2 mechanical pencil on drawing paper, scanned and edited in Paint.NET

:star:100 Themes Challenge: Variation 3:star:
:star: #4: Lock and Key :star:

T-shirt design version of this is here

EDIT: At the advice of :iconmechanicalraven:, :iconkerrath:, and :icon666vampirelestat:, I worked on cleaning up the linework and adding more details in the gears and the lock. I also changed the background texture and lightened it a bit, since the original was too dark. :)

EDIT 2 8/15/11: :squee: Over 100 favs and almost 2,000 views! :happybounce: This is such a huge milestone for me! Thanks so much to everybody! :hug:

EDIT 3 8/17/12: :happybounce: 200 favs and over 6,000 views--a year and a half later, this is still the most popular piece in my gallery! :XD:

The parchment texture is here: [link]
The reference for the key is here:[link]

I have NO idea how many hours I've worked on this sketch. My best guess is probably 10-12 hours total.

Yes, I did ALL those gears FREEHAND. Well, mostly freehand. I got a bunch of circular things--cups, toys, perfume bottle, Visine, etc.--and traced around them lightly to get all the gears laid out. Other than that, it's freehand. And yes, they all fit together. Would they actually work? Who knows! :D

Where did the idea come from? Well, I like fancy locks and keys, and I like the "key to my heart" idea. But the "key to my heart" thing is really kind of overdone, and it got me to thinking that someone having the key to my heart doesn't necessarily mean that I'm his, y'know? It's not that easy (sorry, boys! ;) lol kidding!), and that's what the gears represent. The gears are going to get stuck, or rust, or whatever it is that gears do (I'm quite mechanically challenged). Basically, they need maintenance and maintenance means work, so...yeah...

It makes sense in my head. :shrug:

I've also been intrigued by the concept of "steampunk", and I've wanted to try some art related to that. That's where the gears came from. I thought it would feel more steampunk if I put it on an old paper texture, to make it look like old blueprints.

Well...enjoy! :D


Comments and critiques are welcome!:)
Image size
2342x3207px 6.79 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Eastman Kodak Company
Date Taken
Jan 30, 2011, 12:11:19 PM
Software
Paint.NET v3.5.1
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77hippiechild's avatar
Love this!! Would you mind if I used this for a notebook cover for my own steampunk tendencies sketch/design/idea book?
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Hello! Mind if I use it as the background for my tumblr? I wanted to tint it a little bit purple. I would credit you! I have many followers, if that helps. I really hope you will consider!!
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Sure, I don't mind if you use it as your background if you put a link there to this deviation or to my profile page here: [link] But this is not a stock image, it is my personal artwork, so I would prefer it if the color wasn't changed, thanks! :D And if you do use it, please send me a link--I would love to see your page! :happybounce:
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Wow, such a complex drawing! I love it!
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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yoyododo1990's avatar
Not a problem! I especially love clockworks..especially old clocks, toys, and music boxes. :)
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Illeander|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! I'm a huge steampunk fan, and all these gears and intricate metalwork makes me giddy. It is also a clever concept.
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :happybounce:
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Kakurosu's avatar
this is so simple... but... DANG its pretty...
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Hehee, thanks so much! :happybounce:
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amazoncanvas's avatar
This is very good, I love it.
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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sallymalene|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Realy AmaZing! :wow:
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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sallymalene|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome! :D
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NekoMarik|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:rose::orange::butterfly: This has been featured here: [link] :rose::orange::butterfly:
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
:squee: Thanks so much! :D
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Owlfox|Student Traditional Artist
This picture made me cry because its so fantastic real.
We cant give our heart away like smiles.
We want to find someone with the right key.
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Aww, that's so nice! :) I'm really glad you like it! Thank you! :D
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WaywardGypsy|Hobbyist Writer
Great idea
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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WaywardGypsy|Hobbyist Writer
no problem!
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CHARITACHOOCHOOTRAIN|Student Traditional Artist
Sure but i am still really young and my skills aren't that great so it probably wont look much like what yours is like.
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BloodMoonEquinox|Student General Artist
That's ok! :) What's important is that you try and practice! :D You don't have to upload it if you don't want to, I don't mind. :)
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