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The Grand Inquisitor by bobangeba The Grand Inquisitor by bobangeba
Ivan telling his brother Alyosha about his Grand Inquisitor, from the Brothers Karamazov. Unfinished, and leaving it that way.

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NerysGhemor Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Awwww, Alyosha's big, soulful, innocent eyes...I think that if he existed IRL he'd be just as perplexed with me as with Lise, because I just couldn't keep away from him. I'd want to hug him. He's exactly the kind of guy who could actually put me at ease enough that I could love him. :)

Ivan, on the other hand...he'd send me running. He seems, while not loud and obnoxious like Mitya or their father, to be something of an energy vampire. The kind of person who slowly drains the life out of those around him. Maybe that's because he's allowed himself to become drained of life of the spiritual kind. Alyosha would have to promise me I wouldn't have to spend much time around Ivan!
Farand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I finished reading The Karamazov Brothers ([link]) a couple of days ago; I read it in a flash, in eight days. So much of it remains with me, including Ivan Fyodorovich's tale of the Grand Inquisitor. Your drawing is brilliant; just as I imagined the scene in my own head, yet much better!
lucrezia-borgia Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
it's really really great, trully amazing. The only thing i would like to point out is Alyosha's clothes. He is wearing more a catholic-type attire, however he was orthodox, thus, the clothes would be different. Still, love the interpretation of this amazing chapter!
lucrezia-borgia Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I'm reading this part just right now!
LauraShafranetz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Blu3vibration Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A lovely job in your portrayal of both characters. You've managed to capture the contrast between the two brothers well.
GeorgieGanarf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   General Artist
whochutong Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
this is amazing! I really like this book:D
Meamo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what'll be my new wallpaper. :heart:
Stromphe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Ugh this scene was so intense, I like your interpretation of it
waroulf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
charming work, grazie mille! Colors are so nice.
Tintinnabuli Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Student Writer
There's something very charming about this as an unfinished work. Perhaps it's just my cheap love for the novel. Perhaps it's my way of secretly admitting how handsome the two are in your depiction, and the subsequent guilt for having a simple crush on two amazing characters.

Regardless, I love it.
downeyr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
This is an incredible rendition of the Grand Inquisitor scene...I wish more artists could derive inspiration from some of the greatest literature ever created.
dumbfishie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
this is beautiful. Your interpretations of them are perfect. <3
Valdyr91 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009   Interface Designer
That beautiful.
young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Beautifully done. Alyosha looks just spectacular, and Ivan looks very Ivan-ish :)
b5noack Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Love it! I'm reading the Bros K right now. Great work
mavka-girl Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Really wonderful! I love the expression of Alyosha's eyes!
pseudometry Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009   Writer
Alyosha looks very Alyosha-esque, and Ivan's pretty good too.
anonymous651 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! Altogether few pictures out there of any of the Karamazovs.
Alyosha looks almost exactly like I picture him; Ivan isn't that much different.
gustamm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
oh my god this is almost just how i imagined them, i love you
and i love this piece
easily my favorite book
Aimer Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
im in love with this
FirePhoenixFlame Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
This really is very beautiful. I love seeing digital art that's.. very rough. Not smooth like it's been run over by a smoothing steam-roller (Though I still love that art as well.. just can't do it)

Your understanding of perspective and angling, especially with the position of the hand against the face, is wonderful and very precise. I really love this work and the style that lies between realistic and graphical.
OutOfTheOrange Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I really, reeeally like this. It's great how you put enough thought into their expressions and features that you can tell right away who it is - like Alyosha's gray eyes, ruddy cheeks, and mild expression. And Ivan looks properly sickly.
pbwriter Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Finally I came across a TBK fan art worth seeing. It's very beautiful indeed and you've captured the scene perfectly (as well as Alyosha's and Ivan's personality... One can't help loving Alyosha). You should do more!
aru-lover Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! Awesome! Excellent! Love the book, love the shading.
aureath Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those faces are beautiful. So painterly! It doesn't matter that it's unfinished, it looks lovely.
Bzibzianka Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
The Brothers Karamazov!!! My favourite Fyodor's book, except for Crime and Punishment of course:) I never thought I'd live long enough to see an art based on that story :shocked: I absolutely love Ivan's face - you've drawn it perfectly. And Alyosha is just sweeet ^^ Fantastic art!
Tobermaury Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008   Photographer
foxysquid Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Oh, I love the Brothers Karamazov! How great to see fanart for it. This is wonderful. I love your interpretation of the characters. And finished or not, the warm, muted colors look lovely.
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Student Filmographer
I love pictures with warm colors! ^^
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