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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!:)
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:icon77hippiechild:
77hippiechild Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
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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ADissonantMusicBox Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
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 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  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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yoyododo1990 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Wow, such a complex drawing! I love it!
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconyoyododo1990:
yoyododo1990 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Not a problem! I especially love clockworks..especially old clocks, toys, and music boxes. :)
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Illeander Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  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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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :happybounce:
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:iconkakurosu:
Kakurosu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
this is so simple... but... DANG its pretty...
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehee, thanks so much! :happybounce:
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:iconamazoncanvas:
amazoncanvas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
This is very good, I love it.
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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:iconsallymalene:
sallymalene Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Realy AmaZing! :wow:
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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:iconsallymalene:
sallymalene Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome! :D
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NekoMarik Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:rose::orange::butterfly: This has been featured here: [link] :rose::orange::butterfly:
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
:squee: Thanks so much! :D
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:iconowlfox:
Owlfox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  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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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww, that's so nice! :) I'm really glad you like it! Thank you! :D
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WaywardGypsy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great idea
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconwaywardgypsy:
WaywardGypsy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
no problem!
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CHARITACHOOCHOOTRAIN Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  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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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  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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CHARITACHOOCHOOTRAIN Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is it okay if i attempt to draw your artwork
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Sure, go ahead! :) If you upload your version to dA I'd love to see it! :D
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CHARITACHOOCHOOTRAIN Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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alenava Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Hi there! Your work is awesome!

Right now I'm in a project about shoes design and i would like to use your art, specially this illustration,for some of my designs, if you are agree of course.

Let me know! :)
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :dance:

I don't mind if you use my drawing(s) in your project as long you're not selling them (like if this is a project for school or something it's ok) and if you credit me for the drawing you use. :) And if you upload pics to dA of your project I'd love to see it! (I love shoes :heart: =P)

Thanks for the comment (and sorry for the late reply ^^;)
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illusionedpixels Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
WoW
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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AndreaChristen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I like the concept of Key to my Heart. I would add some white highlights with white charcoal for example to support the metal effect of the gears and the key. Metal is a very interesting Material, take a look at some reference. A darker area around the shaft in the wood would support the lateral cut of the keyhole.
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the critique! :D I'm going to try that and see how it turns out. :) Thanks again for your feedback and I'm glad you like the concept! :hug:
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AndreaChristen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Your welcome :)!
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Stockopedia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is cool, love your style!
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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RoMin-ah Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice concept. I like it very much. :)
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :bow: :)
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RoMin-ah Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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UnforutunateFortune Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
You have no idea. Gears and keys and locks and such liek are my ADHD switcividually. So when i saw THIS, well you can only imagine. Nice work tho! 100% awesome :D
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Hahahaaa! :D I'm really glad you like it! Thanks so much! :hug:
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Akandael Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
This is really pretty... it's perfect steampunk. *_*
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :D :dance:
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LadyChristina Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
A sweet and good idea! This is superb :D
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
:dance: Thank you very much! :D
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delusional-dreams Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing concept and very well executed! Lovely work :heart:
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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SILENTJUSTICE Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student General Artist
High praise indeed from a master of your caliber! :bow: I am honored!
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