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Graphite and watercolor pencils, 35 x 50 cm

I always get a bit depressed when I see how my scanned work cannot look as nice as the original... The shading of the face looks much better than here. Blah.

More of my heart artwork:
 Nourishing Heart by nelcheeSelfsustaining heart by nelchee Anatomic heart brooch by MissAnnThropia

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Care is a painting that is more layered than one would think at the first sight. For example, it reminds of medical books or textbooks for biology. In those books you can find schematic drawings of persons that reveal some of their organs, depending on what subject the drawing is meant to illustrate. Those illustrations are mostly schematic, as I've said before: the organ is detailed, yet the person 'around' the organ isn't. The body is just drawn to make it clear where the organs are.

The heart in Care is the immediate attention grabber on the painting, but the woman who keeps the heart isn't drawn in a very basical way. Of course the heart is the main symbol (I'll tell about that later on), but the woman isn't unimportant or just a silly addition.

I must admit I have been told about the main symbolism by Nelchee herself, but to those who are raised catholic, it might be clear. I have been raised a catholic myself, but I didn't not consciously stumble upon the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In many paintings of Mary, now mostly seen as kitsch, Mary shows a shining heart. Very unanatomically, the heart is drawn between the breasts, as if it were in the middle like a necklage. The heart is also depicted as the love symbol, not as much a realistic organ.

The Immaculate Heart is the symbol of Mary's hidden perfections, her virtues and her love. The depiction of the heart that shines through the body reveals what is under the surface of Mary's appearances.

Nelchee seems to have drawn this symbol in a more realistical way: the heart is not visible from the outside, nor does shine, nor is the well-known love symbol, but a realistically drawn organ. Please note there's just a little bit more then just a realistic depiction: one big vein grows from the heart like a tree. The blood that drips from the finger on one of the little veins turns the latter into a flower bud.

This makes clear that this picture is not like a biology textbook illustration, because it reveals the central organ, but that a part of the body must have been taken away. Otherwise, the blood from the finger couldn't make contact with the vein. It's one of the subtle, almost hidden details that makes [i]Contact[/i] a quite exceptional painting.
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StarvingArtistKei Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
This is neat, I love the concept.
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I try for the same type of image. Very cool!
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nelchee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime!
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InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I wonder if this was the piece of work you were referring to when you said that you used methods like mine. The color scheme is just gorgeous, and, of course, so is that heart. :3 I love hearts.

I also love how some of the ribcage is visible. You'd think that this drawing would have a totally different mood to it, but it's really peaceful and serene. I like it a lot. ^^
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep, that's the one :aww: though I do more stuff with bones, but not all of them are finished work (yet).
Thank you very much! The heart is my favorite part of it, I have no idea how I did that texture lol :lol:

I suppose the atmosphere comes from the state of mind while you draw, I was not feeling very energetic as you can tell from the theme :D it goes to show that motives make only a part of the image, and people can still be original even if they use the same subjects and tools :)
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InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so hard to finish things. XD

I love how artwork echoes the artist's mood. It makes their work that much more personal and intriguing. Have you noticed how difficult it is to attempt certain moods if you're feeling the exact opposite? And that's a shame, really. Because a lot of my darker, depressing drawings are still some of my favorites and I'm hardly like that when I draw anymore. XD
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nelchee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, it's true, that's why some of my best ideas sit in sketchbooks for YEARS before I can finally get down to making them.. if I don't feel like working on them, I just can't do it :)
It's the same for me, my dark works are the most powerful because I channel angst much easier than I do happy emotions :lol: When I'm content, I just draw random stuff, illustrations, not the work I'm emotionally invested in.
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InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I'm happy, I draw derpy pandas flying on rainbows. XD Very dissimilar to my usual dragons/demons/monsters/skeletons. Aahahaaaa...! :dummy:

We're in the same boat, you and I. XD
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of Frida :)
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, that's a flattering comparison :aww: Thank you.
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:iconthenecco:
TheNecco Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes :) It's mostly within the symbolism and heart, along with the slightly puckered lips. You did a very nice job! Very emotive
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Well, I was emotional while getting it on paper, I'm glad it transferred through :)
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kosijenka Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
NICE :)

pokusaj je fotkat :)
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hvala :aww:

Istina fotke ispadnu malo bolje, ali samo ako je svjetlo idealno.. Platna fotkam pošto ih ne mogu skenirati, a sa crtežima na papiru se još nisam odlučila što ću :) pošto mi SLR ima "samo" 6 MP, a bilo bi jako teško izvesti fotkanje u segmentima pa ih spajati kao što to radim sa skenovima... (ova slika je sastavljena od 6 komada)

Volim velike skenove zbog printova, istina crteži se puno slabije prodaju nego digitalne slike, ali opet.. :)
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OrochiBloodRiot Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
very beatiful.....//_^
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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OrochiBloodRiot Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
my pleasure....
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