Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Never After by dark-spider Never After by dark-spider
Once upon a time, a wish,
a promise of eternal love.
A smile, a lie, a last kiss,
and a simple 'wait for me'.

'Till death do us part', you said,
and Death will part us for sure.
But to hold from that day forward,
my enslaved soul was left down.

And I hear the frogs croaking songs
telling me that it's all my fault,
that I wait at the shade of the swamp
for a man that will never return.

Here, where the sun doesn't shine,
the only voice I can reach
is the sad song of a lullaby
of a bell that tinkle in the air.

And when Death comes,
will you cry for me?
Will you be there by my side
at the edge of my last breath?

Past the point of no return,
there's nothing left here for me.
My happy end is the curse
of a twisted fairy tale.


I supposse we could say this is like a twisted version of the Frog Prince tale, or something like that :). I have the sketch of this one done since last year, but couldn't work on it because of the lack of time. So when I was able to work on it again, I spent most time than usual, trying to have all the fun possible :).

References for the frogs by ~Kgambler =ZunSuperGirl *Blepharopsis ~devknu (sorry for didn't say it before, I didn't know the sources)

Artwork and text (c) Cris Ortega
Add a Comment:
Carlos-Alberto-Salv1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1] by Jerikuto  Heart 3D by cezkid  Beautiful-silver-100px by Ken-Griffith  Favorites Icon 3D by cezkid  Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1] by Jerikuto    
Bladeninja76 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, you really made this wetland/swamp inviting. Sunset lighting, and interesting amount of life, and a darn gorgeous girl right in the water of all places.
MangaDepressed Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and happy new year. :) 
Acantha1012 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
Very beautiful, innocent looking 😍
FranelitaUrrekor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Photographer
i like it! Heart Heart 
klacinda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
so beautiful
ereitita Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Can I use this? I want it for a cover of my book in Wattpad!
It's beautiful (sorry for my english, I'm Spanish :|)
lilliangrimm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
She looks like Hermione in a different life :D Very pretty!!!
TheVerity Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Beautiful :D
Eurobabie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Hi, can I use this for my ebook fairytale? Credits will go out as necessary! Please let me know! Thanks : )
canpassion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
(: Excellent :) :clap: :love: :heart:
pluvis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is so perfect. :love: The details are great, along with the colors.
I really love her hair; so pretty.
meranii-chan Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her expression's great.. i don't know, but i like the candles :D
LauraSim Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Incredible! I love your works *-*
Zak05 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing job !
SakuraCloneHime Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Artist
Amazing !
Irisaveil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I love her expression. The whole picture is wonderful. You are very talented.
nahojis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Wonderful, ashtonishing beauty
ExileFallen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work!
GinnyGirl15 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
for a commision, how much would it cost? i write books and i need a few pieces of work
Evlydia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
This one's also been stolen: [link]
vividgrim Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The girl is suspicious, with the soft strokes of the body but the very hard brush on the face... hmm.
Hidden by Owner
vividgrim Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Damn. :no: And it seems like she does have some skill. I don't know why she felt she had to do stuff like that.
Kgambler Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice drawing, you are quit a talented artist.

However it would have been nice if you would have asked for permission to use my photo as a reference, I almost always give permission. And credits would be nice as well.

If you are looking to prevent photographers from getting offended it would be better to ask for permission in the future.

Have a good day, ~Kgambler
dark-spider Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Sorry for that, I didn't know the photo references were yours. I found them on intenet and couldn't know the source. So my apologies for that, if I had know I would ask for permission. I'm more than willing to put credits also, and I will do so right now. Sorry again.
Kgambler Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Could you tell me where you found it on the internet? Because then it has been stolen :S
dark-spider Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Don't remember... it was a long time ago. But if I can find where I found them, I will let you know for sure.
Kgambler Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok, thank you :)
Absinthe--Angel Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
I know the frogs are stolen and basically copy-pasted, but can I also just asky why is there brown splodges/background around her face only? Which also looks more polished and higher quality than the body and background. Like they don't match.
AkatsukiGirlRocks Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
You copied and pasted your frogs from the following places:

[link] - Near the crook of her elbow.
[link] - Farthest to the right, flipped.
[link] - Frog in her hair. (Original Unknown)
[link] - Poison Dart Frog on in the bottom right.
[link] - Frog above the Poison Dart.

I think this MIGHT just count as art theft..
isdira Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice find!
Skaera Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny thing: Someone at my school actually copied this without giving any credit to you.
Poetic justice XD
superkhrys Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like it, but you used someone else's frogs. >.<
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist

Absinthe--Angel Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
You're getting a lot of complements for those frogs. Why not share that praise with :devbelpharopsis: who actually owns the image of that one in the middle there? [link]
Again, obviously, a copy/paste or paint-over affair. Shame.
tomatosoups Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
awsome! Pretty!
snarkissism Featured By Owner May 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
The details of the face, the frogs, the twisty bit of pretty detail in the hair ornament, the background, yeah LOVELOVELOVELOVE
ObsidianGhostraven Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
That's such a pretty tale. And a lovely picture to go with it! :D
LittlePingy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
you are very good at drawing faces, especially lips. It's amazing
And ofcourse your background, they are stunning!! I LOVE your style <3
addROCKS16 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!so many details. stunning. lol I like that frog in her hair. XD
Enochmylove Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Soooooooooo beautiful!
Gnewi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad to finally find the artist who created this amazing picture! I saw it awhile back online and it has been one of my favorites since! Incredible job!!
vampiric-instincts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
The picture and the poem remind me a lot of this music video/song
The poem made me cry. Its very wonderful. :)
orchid22 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Your gallery is amazing !
Natsuhi-chan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Awesome!!!! This is soooo beautiful
chachah Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm fascinated by all your wonderful artpieces. But this is the one I prefer because of the nice harmony of colors, the subtle vibrant blurry atmosphere, and, most of all, because of the character's beautiful appealing eyes.
You're so talented!
xXxMissNanaxXx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
The most Beautiful
ConfusedDM Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Such an expression... I love her![link]
vopo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Wow, the face is really nice!
Add a Comment:
  • Art Print
  • Canvas
  • Photo
  • Art Gifts
Download JPG 1117 × 800


Submitted on
October 18, 2008
Image Size
968 KB


5,845 (who?)