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The Last Days by joolita The Last Days by joolita

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up... 
(Ecc 3:1-3)

A very late birthday present for :iconakitku: - i am so sorry it took so long! In a sense it is a companion piece to this wonderful drawing (one of my eternal favourites by Akitku): fav.me/d9bna0r
and it also has a Max Richter soundtrack to it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRPGEb… (i listened to it on repeat for 3 days flat drawing this...)
I'm sorry i chose such a depressing motif for a birthday present... and that i never drew Theodosios before throwing him in this situation... I have no excuse.
I hope you'll like it nonetheless.


done with graph'it markers and promarkers, some 15 colours in total.
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:icondelurianne:
Delurianne Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the tiles in the window bays, especially the one that resembles mosaic because the coloring there seems to work both as light and texture.
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
Thank you so much! I was indeed trying to make it look like a mosaic - they are so hard to render in other media, at least for me...
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:iconbricksandstones:
BricksandStones Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Wow, this is just incredibly awesome! The light and colours and the perspective and the design and the mood and the shadows - just everything is awesome about it - well done!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it (despite my laziness in depicting the architecture...)
Also - i'm awfully sorry i took ages to respond to your comment; i had to push deviantart further down on my list of priorities due to work, but now i'm on holiday, so i can finally do all the things i had little time to.
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! Colors are truly great
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is just beautiful! Colors are truly great
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
swietna scenka ;)
 
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Piękne dzięki <3
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:iconel-e:
el-e Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
nie ma sprawy:D 
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:iconmiriel3:
Miriel3 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
Ojejku, biedak. Z całej jego pozy wyziera takie załamanie i lekkie niedowierzanie, co to się porobiło i jak (w sensie "nie tak miało być", czy coś takiego). Świetnie udało Ci się to uchwycić. 
Cudne detale (zwłaszcza te malowania przy oknach mnie urzekły) i światło ♥
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Bardzo dziękuję za miłe słowa! Dugo myślałam nad pozą (miałam ze 3 wersje), więc cieszę się, że nie wybrałam najgorzej...
Te malowania przy oknach z kolei to była bardzo spontaniczna decyzja - uznałam że jakoś mu w tym pałacu za bidnie i jakaś dekoracja by się przydała, a że ściany już miałałam pokolorowan, zostały mi okna XD
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:iconmiriel3:
Miriel3 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Rzeczy ze ścian zawsze można było sprzedać na armię, za to ozdoby przy oknach ciężej zdrapać, więc się dłużej utrzymują ;D 
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:iconelisamelis:
ElisaMelis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
It is beautiful :heart: _ :heart: so many details, the mood tells so much, it is a wonderful scene!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
Thank you so much! It's been awhile since i drew a full illustration, so i was stressed about this one XD
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:iconelisamelis:
ElisaMelis Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
You have always been good but i see you improving time after time, not only in drawing in general but in setting the right moods, expressions, atmosphere....
Also, even if we don't realize it, a full page is lot of work , exactly like a full illustration, so...try to be more nice with yourself, you are an amazing artist :heart::hug:
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:iconmarcianek:
Marcianek Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Absolutely amazing artwork. So many details to gush over *q* coloring, his expression, the decorations on the walls, his clothes, everything. It took so long to complete, but it was totally worth it! I don't know what else I could write that someone else didn't tell allready, but...overall I think I wanna stare at it for hours and hours u@
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
Thank you! You know i am not 100 percent satisfied with it, but then again what draughtsman ever is...? The cut and decoration of Theodosios' clothes are referenced from a 14th century painting - i am really bad at coming with patterns, so i cannot take the credit for it. Also... i actually had fun with the details... :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I LOVE the architecture and how you did his pose. It's so alive and you can really feel Theo's tenseness and worriedness. He's really trying to uphold the Empire as much as possible but it's clear from what's happening outside that he's probably not going to succeed and doom's coming fast. Great textures on his clothes as well and his tousled hair looks very natural. 
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
I'm happy you like it :D The architecture is mostly pure fantasy; i should have looked at a plan of Constantinople, but i was too lazy...
I love your interpretation of Theodosios' feelings here - this is exactly the mood i was going for, and you know how tricky expressions can be - one line in the wrong direction and one ends up with a completely different emotion.
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:iconthefabledroad:
thefabledroad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail overall is stunning yet the light rendering inside is most wonderful indeed. Amazing dedication to your craft!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
Thank you so much! I used some photos of candle-lit rooms for reference :)
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:iconhelevornart:
HelevornArt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O This is amazing! The lighting, the pose, the design of the place and that view of the city! Wonderful details!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
Thank you so much! :heart: On the one hand i was afraid the room would come off as too Spartan, on the other, i didn't want to overcrowd it with details not to draw the eye away from the city. So i'm happy you like it. Also, the furnishings are a complete licentia poetica, because i couldn't find any information on Byzantine interiors...
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:iconkellkrull87:
Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
The end of Empire. :( (Sad) 
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
I often wonder how the world would look like now it that Empire lasted longer...
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:iconkellkrull87:
Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
Me too. 
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:iconakitku:
akitku Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woooow!!! :faint: Gosh, this is absolutely stunning and epic. I'm speechless! This must have taken ages. It's absolutely breathtaking! My eyes just wander and wander and I don't even know what to focus on!! His pose, so tragic and full of desperation while also stubbornly refusing to give up? The beautiful detail of his tunic? The two-headed eagle behind him (well half of it anyway)? The amazing lighting of the indoors scene? Or the sprawling city outside the window. It's all perfection! Absolutely amazing!!!! :heart: :heart: Thank you so, so much for this! I'm so very flattered and honoured to receive this! Goodness. Absolutely astounding. I'm honestly at a loss for words which is why I'm repeating my self over and over again. Seriously your skills just blow me away. I mean just look at that city! That City!!!! Such a sad, tragic moment yet also somehow so beautiful. I think Theodosios' pose says it all here. It's masterfully drawn.

Gosh, thank you SO much!!!! :hug: I will go and stare at it now!!!!!
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:iconjoolita:
joolita Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018
I am so happy you like it! :chairdance:  The drawing mostly took ages because i'm a coward - I had all the clothing references at hand and all the photos and renders of the Blachernae i needed, so i finished the lineart pretty quickly. The only problem was getting Theodosios' expression right... the whole image hinged on this so it took time. But then let the lines stew for almost a week, because i was sure i'd ruin them with markers... 
So once again happy birthday! And i hope to see more of Theodosios in your watercolours and comics (maybe in less dire circumstances...); he is one of my favourites (you know i have a weakness for quiet plotting types).
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