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The Fates

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Yesss, I finally managed to get this painted.

This is one of those paintings which I had in mind for ages. I have a thing for allegorical deities and for personifications. The Fates are one example, others are Death and Fame (just in case you couldn't tell that I really have a thing for those!). I wanted them to be as anonymous as possible – so I don't care (or even know) whether it's the Parcae, the Moirai, the Norns or I don't care what you want to call them. It's just the Fates.
(with some Giger-ish stuff in the background. I like Giger)

And yes, I got it wrong here: the oldest sister should be the one cutting the thread, the youngest one weaving it. But I like the composition the way it is, so there. Let‘s just assume they’re like Orgoch, Orddu and Orwen from The Chronicles of Prydain and change roles all the time…


Scanning this was a pain because the painting is really large and the paper doesn't fit flatly on my scanner, so some parts are blurred and it's also slightly cropped, but I think it doesn't matter that much when sized down. Still, this looks so much different from the original… because of course the scanner ate colour again. Lots of colour.

Watercolour and some gold-paint.
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MatejCadil's avatar
Awesome, very interesting designs, all in such a limited palette, great!
Toradh's avatar
Thank you! I just love working in blue.
ladyblackbird13's avatar
This is too awesome for words! ^^
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bbb35's avatar
Gorgeous work of the most mysterious and powerful ladies in greek myth :D
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bbb35's avatar
Keep up the marvelous work.
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saeriellyn's avatar
This is lovely. I immediately thought of the O-trio from Prydain. Very nice kind of Alan Lee-ish softness to the watercolor.
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Oh yes, I liked that interpretation, too! And I’m pretty proud to be compared to Alan Lee, thank you!
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wdnest's avatar
Wonderful work.
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PurpleValkyrie's avatar
Hey! I lost my old account and I made a new one only for your art!

It's perfect <3

-Sorry for my english u_u-
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Oh my that’s easily one of the nicest comments I ever got :,).

It’s a pity that your old account is lost, nevertheless :(. I hope all is fine now!
*hugs*

And I think your English is fine!
PurpleValkyrie's avatar
Thanks for worring!
I lost one of my email and forgot my deviant password that's why i don't have my oldest account xD But It's ok, I like that new one :p

I'll be waiting for your new drawings!

It's a pleasure
talking to you! :)

*hugs*
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New drawings will take some time because I’m writing my master thesis and rarely have time for anything else but sleeping and eating in my free time, but sooner or later I'll always upload something new.

Thank you so much for your kind words!
Enjoy your new account :)
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Qitian's avatar
You did it! And I really like the way it's turned out. I admire anyone who can work with such a limited palette and still make everything distinctive and recogniseable. I'm excited about the pedestal on the left-hand side - it looks like a turtle (with reins... a reinturtle!) to me, which I find strangely awesome. I also like the rest of your design and composition, but that detail fascinates me most. XD

My computer screen eats the gold paint almost completely. :(
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Turtle… never thought of it that way… now I feel bad for killing turtles.

Funnily, the gold paint comes off better than the rest of the picture on MY screen!
Qitian's avatar
It probably isn't a real turtle. It's just turtle-shaped metalwork. ;)

Ah, the dangers of digital presentation. Now you see it... now you don't... and now it looks completely different! :P
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