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The Sea of Masks by FugueState The Sea of Masks by FugueState
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For :iconpeahopeless:~peahopeless' story, Even From Behind the Mask.


All those people in the audience, many of whom were sporting their Fawkes costume as a symbol of solidarity and tribute. One of them had been the man she loved. The man whose 'death' had prompted nearly every single tear that had fallen that day as she'd struggled through her speech.


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Media: graphite pencil
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ewigestudentin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew right away what scene it was. Wonderful drawing. You were so patient to get all the hats and hair right!
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you - the drawing itself is actually very small, so at least the multiple figures didn't take long! ^^;
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mysterio1274 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful!
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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KawaiiUsagiChanSan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
this is great!!! you blow my mind every time you post something!
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:blushes: :blushes: :blushes: Thank you!

(Jenn, quick, where's that bat?!!) :blush:
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Jefrma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
:clap: Evey crying.. and Im just listening to the soundtrack of the Black Beauty, by Elfman, and gosh does it always make me cry ^ ^
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw - *hands you tissue* :-)
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ellensama Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
I really like the emotion in this and it goes all too well with the story.
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Sanx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Reading over Pearls comments I think she has covered most of what I wanted to say about this piece ;) But I can tell you that I can really feel Evey's pain and loneliness :( Poor girl not knowing or more thinking he is gone forever.

As always,amazing artwork! :)
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:thanks: Thank you - I made the comment on lj that it seems a bit "bass-ackward" to thank someone for saying I made them feel sad... but I am glad the emotion comes across in the drawing. :-)
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peahopeless Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
First thing I noticed, obviously ... that you can't tell which, if any, are V. Which essentially puts you into Evey's disadvantage/dilemma/whatever.
Second thing I noticed ... her raised hand, tilt of her head ... she's crying. :( :( (Which is exactly correct, but affects me, obviously.)

Next thing ... the shine on all of the V wigs ... for some reason that really drives home to me how "identical" the V's all are in appearance.

And the fact that the world around Evey, around her and the podium, is just this big void ... gosh ... um ... the void she's feeling ... also her status as 'lost at sea' in front of that 'sea of masks', especially when she doesn't know that he really *is* there. I mean, she's really alone up there -- you can literally see it.

At some point, I'll probably be writing this incident more explicitly too. It was mentioned briefly in The One She Chose, then was the whole issue to resolve in Even From Behind the Mask. Might be an eve of the fifth story ... I mean it obviously matches the criteria. Man that's gonna hurt.

:( :(
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
>"the world around Evey, around her and the podium, is just this big void ..."

yeah... I ended up keeping a lot of the negative space around Evey rather than cropping the image down, precisely because the feeling I got from this moment was so much of her isolation. :worry:

It's interesing that the detail on the wigs struck you that way... I hadn't really thought about it, but the "V"s didn't start getting eerie until I had their hair drawn. :O_o:

>At some point, I'll probably be writing this incident more explicitly too.

That'll be good, IMO. It's obviously a hard moment for them, but it's also one of those Really Important ones. :-(
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peahopeless Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
yeah... I ended up keeping a lot of the negative space around Evey

It shows. It does. The emptiness around her is overwhelming. You want to save her from it. And the fact that she's crying too, just makes it worse.

>It's interesing that the detail on the wigs struck you that way

Yeah, it's the hair. Part of the shine, I assume, is because it's a wig. So it jumps out at people. And when it jumps out from *all* of those V's, it's just an unnerving reminder that it's so many people under the same facade ... and not only does *she* not realize that the man she loves is under one of those wigs, but even we, who know, can't pick him out.

It's like a really macabre shell game.


>It's obviously a hard moment for them, but it's also one of those Really Important ones.

Oh I agree.
I remember very vividly, last October, while working on Even From Behind the Mask, for the eve of the fifth, I was in the left hand turning lane at a local intersection, on my way to pick daughter up from nursery school. Evey tried writing the speech in my head, and I started crying. Cried all the way into the church to get daughter. It was not enjoyable. I think 'she' thought at first that she'd do it for that November. Didn't work ... she fell over and I was left crying.
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw! :worry:

*hugs you*

>It's like a really macabre shell game.

...eesh, I hadn't thought of that, but you're right. And that's only after she knows he was there somewhere. Before then, she didn't even have that.

*hugs Evey* :'(
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peahopeless Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
>*hugs Evey*

Yes, but ... remember ... two words ...

Broom cupboard. ;)
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: :D
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primulatook Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely
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FugueState Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :-)
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