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Heart of Darkness

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“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish. There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances."

Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

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val67890's avatar
Wow Amazing painting !!!! I am currently doing a project for English dealing with The Heart Of Darkness and i was wondering if i could use this amazing painting of yours in my project ?? (:
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Thank you! Please use it. Thanks for asking.
Nomfuzz's avatar
outstanding works my friend.
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Thank you! I really appreciate it.
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you are very welcome.
hesounolen's avatar
great artwork !
blanket86's avatar
This is so amazing! Very interesting style. Congratulations.
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Thank you so much.
blanket86's avatar
This is so amazing. I love this style. Very, very good work, congratulations.
GabrielGrob's avatar
Beautiful painting! I just saw the miniature picture and my first thought was, - it's from the book by J. Conrad! :D
Themaze's avatar
Thank you! That was my intention, I wanted to capture the essence of the story. Getting deeper and deeper into a place of nightmare.
LancelotPrice's avatar
A spooky illustration for a spooky book.
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Spooky thanks.
annsquare's avatar
The book contains lots of dark imagery and I think you've captured the ominous feeling remarkably. I love the contrasting colors and reflection in the red river as well :)
Themaze's avatar
I wanted to capture the spirit of the book. Colorful but in an ominous way without resorting to the obvious black.

Thanks for your comment.
ArtLoDesigns's avatar
Ah, I loved reading that book. We did a whole thing on Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now in one of my AP English classes in high school. I think I still have the photographs from my friend's and my project for it.
It might have involved taking artsy photos of fake skulls in dark woodsy places. I also may have taken Barbie heads, impaled them on sticks, and lit them on fire.

We then took a burnt imapled Barbie head, stuck it in a dirt flower pot, and gave it to our professor as a token of our appreciation for his lit class. =) He was one of the awesomest teachers ever.

On a not-me-related note, I gotta say I'm lovin your piece--I feel like it's a beautiful illustration of the themes and tone of the book. This is book cover material =)
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I happened to see the "Apocalipse now" movie not so long ago, and when I learned it was based on this story I had to go to the origins. The whole climate of the story is pretty mesmerizing, hipnotic. Here in south America we have other kind of assigned reads in school, reads that have more to do with spanish and latin american literature... so this went under my radar for a long time.

Thanks for your comment!
PhoenixGR's avatar
Excellent illustration of the book!
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Thank you! It was a really inspiring read. A short story, but so charged and well written. And the book form which I read it had some illustrations that werent of my taste so I had to try my own version.
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