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Puck's Introduction

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Either I mistake your shape and making quite,
Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
Call'd Robin Goodfellow: are not you he
That frights the maidens of the villagery;
Skim milk, and sometimes labour in the quern
And bootless make the breathless housewife churn;
And sometime make the drink to bear no barm;
Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm?
Those that Hobgoblin call you and sweet Puck,
You do their work, and they shall have good luck:
Are not you he?

Puck:
Thou speak'st aright;
I am that merry wanderer of the night.


-William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Act II, Scene I

Okay, if I add any more to this painting I think I will utterly ruin it. So it's time to let it go, I think.

This is one of my favorite scenes in A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's so playful and flirtatious and fun. Both characters have always, to me anyway, read as a little cheeky. Puck is trying very hard to impress the dewdrop fairy, and she's flirting for all she's worth. If only their respective royalty didn't come along and spoil the fun....

Also, there is not a good place for illustrations that *aren't* technically fan art, so I'm guessing on the appropriate gallery for this.

Edit: Why does dA brighten all my colors, I wonder. Noticed after uploading that a layer had flattened incorrectly. Should be fixed now.

Also, I wanted to dedicate this painting to Josh, and Ryan, tricksters who both exited the stage far too soon.
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Wonderful Sprite :)

Sergej12345's avatar
This is great. Colours,texture,masks...  Like true fae.
Marjolijn-Ashara's avatar
Beautiful! I love Puck's expression, it's deliciously wicked :love:
Mlle-Patria's avatar
WOW. I can't believe you PAINTED this! :D It looks SO good! Ha, my old teacher played Puck in university and I wish I'd found this sooner because he looks NOTHING like Puck in this painting. Those last few terms were endlessly funny, quoting M.N.D. at him repetitively in class. Ah, fun times.
Did I mention how good this is???
So. Good.
- M
Saiklor's avatar
Ooooooh, the textures of the cloth in this just make me want to drool! Especially her bodice! I *love* it!
Ellofayne's avatar
I really LOVE LOVE LOVE how you depicted the characters in this... Puck's face and her clothes, and the rays of light! 'm really loving this piece!
Gryffgirl's avatar
Wonderful scene from a lovely, magical play! :heart:
Alleluia00's avatar
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
UntiltheEarthisFree's avatar
I love it! I know it's older, but I love it. :) :) I have all of Puck's speech memorized. :) I'm not going to be in the play, but I just love his little speech so much I had to learn it. This is a GREAT interpretation of it. I love your Puck. :)
UntiltheEarthisFree's avatar
I love it! I know it's older, but I love it. :) :) I have all of Puck's speech memorized. :) I'm not going to be in the play, but I just love his little speech so much I had to learn it. This is a GREAT interpretation of it. I love your Puck. :)
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Mrtrainfreak12's avatar
I Love That Cheeky Fairy, A Midsummer Nights Dream Is Hillarious For A Shakespeare Play.
trickster21pirate's avatar
Very well interpreted. You make him seem like a lady's man, that's not in question. Nice work.
KittySib's avatar
0.0 Amazing! This is so pretty!
Dreamer-of-Magic's avatar
Oh how i love A Midsummer Night's Dream....:) so sad that they won't let us study Shakespeare's comedies in school....:shakefist:
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Hawk-Moth's avatar
I seriously love this picture, the expressions. The designs of their make-up (or facial marking?) is amazing. The backdrop is also gorgeous! :love:
0MonkeyPie0's avatar
That is his rape face.
ultimatede's avatar
This is an awesome interpretation of the play! Great work, I love the green facial tattoo type colors
zStars's avatar
Wonderful! We had so much fun staging this scene in the production I was in.
darth-jurious's avatar
Gorgeous work! I really like your character design and the colours and detail are just amazing. It's also a scene I like very much, too. :) :+fav:
AylaBlue99's avatar
This is the most beautiful and breathtaking painting I have ever seen. I sit and just stare at it every night. Amazing.
MarineRoze's avatar
I love this picture, it's so beautiful!
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