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The grief
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Published: January 29, 2011
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The grief.

The title should explain it well enough.

Exploration of a more seldomly seen facial expression. We humans automatically react to faces, also painted ones - I found myself subconciously grimacing when painting this one. Also played a lot of Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna when painting this, it fits very well.

Make sure to look at the large view, there are lots of details. As usual, feedback is appreciated!

EDIT: Updated some details after critique (thanks!)

MyPaint + GIMP
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VGiselleH's avatar
Definitely grief, and not the pretty Hollywood version of it either. Nice hair color ^_^

Is it the apple girl? Her mouth is small like hers, similar hair too.
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are some things about the anatomy of this image which I'm not overly happy with, looking back at it. It was quite challenging to show really strong emotion though, it's hard to do without going overboard.

It was originally sort-of meant to look like the girl from Red Apples Lie, but in the end I decided it is probably not - especially since her right leg seems intact. :)
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Dani-the-Naiad's avatar
[link] Featured here!
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
And incoorporated into a poem too. :D Very cool!
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Dani-the-Naiad's avatar
:D Glad you liked!
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WH1T3-N0153's avatar
Oh... wow... this is so intense. Great work... :omg:
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I worked hard to get this as emotionally impacting as possible. Glad you like it!
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Wolvyqueen|Student Digital Artist
your work never fails to amaze me
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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jaystababe|Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I haven't been commenting on things recently, been very busy.

Wow, the emotion in this picture is really strong, and I like the use of a cold yellow for the lighting on the blankets than a warm one. It really made the difference for me. Personally, I think the hands are a little small, but who am I to complain I can't even draw hands, haha.
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, your hands look fine. :)
I don't think the hands are too small (people have very different-size hands anyway, I know I have very small hands personally), but I'll let it rest and look at it again later to see if I agree. Thanks!
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jaystababe|Hobbyist General Artist
IT'S A CONSPIRACY, EVERYONE HAS THE SAME SIZED HANDS :icony-u-noplz:
just kidding, haha C:
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SkarValidus|Hobbyist General Artist
Great job on an ambitious expression. The texture on the sheets draws my attention - it's very nicely done! I also love the elbow. Possibly more flex in the upper arm would be appropriate, given the clenched hand and obvious facial strife? The nostrils look extremely wide to me, as though she had surgery on her septum. Lastly, the face is looking just a bit plasticky to me, maybe some more defined wrinkles and creases could add to the impact. I also really adore the mouth, great job on the cheek and lips!

Sorry if I'm coming across as overly-critical. I just notice that you take criticism and alternative opinions very well, so I thought I'd offer some myself.
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the arm muscle tension is a matter of fine-adjustement, you could have a point there, maybe it would even make the expression stronger if there is more strain...

The nostrils can indeed look like that, it's a very extreme position of the mouth, this. They could however also end up smaller, so I could by all means reduce them somewhat if people think they look unusual enough to detract from the expression.

We'll see about adding more wrinkles to the face, I'm somewhat reluctant to messing any more with it at this point. What exactly do you mean by "plasticky" though, that it's too plastic, or that it's shiny?

Oh, and if I didn't want critique, I wouldn't ask for it. Feedback and suggestions on how to improve is great!
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SkarValidus|Hobbyist General Artist
Well, by plasticky, I mean that it is a little shiny (which is ok), but it's also lacking in very many folds and creases, which dramatic facial expressions usually would have. Not that it looks bad, but I've been focusing on trying to give my portraits more wrinkles, which causes me to look for them in other art.

Glad you find the feedback useful!
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I guess the number of folds depends heavily on the age of the person, but adding more wrinkles is indeed a good thing for realism; we are wrinkly people. :) A fair point.
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Wow, impressive. Emotional enough to me!
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good, thanks!
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xxavx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... there's no happyness without sorrow.
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
True indeed.
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I have to say that you definitely caught the facial expression you were going for. I'm reminded of why I try to avoid random bouts of unbound grief accompanied by screaming and tears. Primarily because i'm unattractive enough as is, no need to make it worse by assuming this facial expression (and we all do no one should ever argue that they look cute during this action). Though, looking at this I can't help but imagine any number of reasons for this level of sadness or perhaps loss. I think grief is a good title it's vague. Though, I've seen some puffy eyes before but I'd swear there was a full fist accompanying this specific spectacle. Though only because the right eye reminds me of the black eye I accidentally gave myself.

I demand you stop evoking emotions in me. I procrastinate enough on my studies as is without trying to mentally write scenarios for your works.

Superb work as always Griatch
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, noone looks very attractive when having their face distorted like this. Cool that it got your mental scenario-writer going (although I apologize for enhancing your procrastination quota ;)).

Thanks for the comment!
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Sheridan-J|Professional Digital Artist
Ouch!
Amazing work on the expression! Very powerful :wow:
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Griatch-art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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