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Oil painting on canvas
27x65 inch (70x165cm)

This is the painting that I've done last year, started on january 1st and finished on december 31st ( with long moments hovering in between ).

It's a project that had been dear to me for many years, and which went through a lot of conceptual changes until I came up with a painting.

You might be interested in finding symbols that echoe with another painting in my gallery called "Pas d'Ange" . Not exactly candidates for a diptych, because their color schemes are way too different, but the concepts behind are linked, the objects in the scene show some relationships. The canvas are the same size, too. Ah, and the slope is the same.

For details, close-ups and a bit of discussion, you can check out the page on my blog: here

Many thanks to JoŽlle who was the brave model for this one.

Cheeeeers !
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Given 2012-12-16
No Doll by `zancan ( Suggested by LadyofGaerdon and Featured by STelari )
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Very lovely and well executed piece that is purely open for interpretation which only adds to its appeal. Regarding the criticism, the things that I feel can be improved on are:

- The wall. The manner in which it was painted in is very soft and lacks texture. This is especially evident when comparing to the very well detailed and sharp texture of the floor. I can understand softening it, to add more emphasis to the figure, but I feel it is way too airbrushed and randomly colored, making it resemble human flesh.

- Drapery / wallpaper in the top right corner. Not exactly sure what that is, due to the bottom of it being vary vague, looking like it's dissolving into the wall. A bit more refinement as to what's going on there would've been nice. In addition, the blue lighting in the corner of it feels out of place and is distracting to the eye once you notice it.

Last thing is minor and some may say it depends on personal taste, but I feel that her revealed breast is small in proportion to her head, as well as can benefit from more refinement. A subtle highlight along with a stronger shadow at the bottom can give it better definition.

Hope that helped. Great work man!
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BlazingFist Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Absolutely incredible! And I saw the relation with your hauntingly beautiful Pas d'Ange the very first time I saw it. I would love to see both side by side and hear you elaborate more on their connection. Brilliant as usual man!
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:iconstellartcorsica:
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great work!!
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:icontibby-san:
Tibby-san Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very lovely and well done. :heart:
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:iconzorocat:
Zorocat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing
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:iconcachii2of3:
cachii2of3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good painting.
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:iconmaxine:
maxine Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Having been away from DA for a while, I only just saw this. So perfectly matches a song that caught my ear last summer - Laura Marling's 'Your Only Doll' - [link]

Gorgeous work, as ever.
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:iconjoycefungx:
joycefungx Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Nora from Ibsen's A Doll's House? :)
I love it, thanks for creating and sharing this.
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:iconipkc:
ipkc Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely. I love the pose.
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:iconchessfriday:
chessfriday Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
:heart:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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:iconsanguivoriphobia:
Sanguivoriphobia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She looks like she is a beautiful puppet suddenly finding herself as a girl (: this is gorgeous.
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:iconmountainstrongbear:
MountainStrongBear Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the feeling of freedom this painting provides. It is highly symbolic of life itself, because we are all basically puppets dangling on the strings of others. This is mostly because we allow it without knowing it. That's what I see in this painting.
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:iconlilyophelia:
LilyOphelia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Gorgeous. Really beautiful.
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:iconkgusel:
Kgusel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
So many things I like about this painting - the delicate gesture of her hands, the gauzy material of her dress and the way it seems to be falling off of her. So many intriguing things.
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DannyMechanist Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well where to start....

first off the setting ... the incomplete drapery is somewhat sad but also introspective of some event that may have occurred in the space depicted... also the walls are slightly discoloured and which only adds to the appeal. He wooden floor and the weed growing on the floorboards is evident that the set is of a certain age.


as for the model herself the broken strings are evident of a recent struggle to break free which may have resulted in the set and attire being as is

Conceptually as far as my opinion goes the painting symbolizes every human soul's struggle to break free of ties and bindings and to exercise their own free will and also of the losses and hardships faced during this struggle

all in all ... A piece I'm glad to have witnessed
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:iconsonicmasterhero:
SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
She was turned into a doll? Or is she turning back into a human girl, she used to be?
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:iconblankcard464969:
BlankCard464969 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
My interpretation of this:
She is busting out, breaking free of being the doll that others turned her into. In doing so, she's destroying the ideals they tried to force upon her.

She's returning to the life she was denied.

But is this not symbolism at its finest~?
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:iconsonicmasterhero:
SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
:) Yeah, good old freedom!
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:iconblankcard464969:
BlankCard464969 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
That's right~
Everyone seeks it.
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:iconsonicmasterhero:
SonicMasterHero Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
It's sad how some people don't earn freedom.
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:iconblankcard464969:
BlankCard464969 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Even sadder? How some actually lose it...
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:iconmyriamoreno:
MyriaMoreno Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's amazing!
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:iconarunknathan:
arunknathan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work. congrats on the DD. :)
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:iconhetalialover12431:
hetalialover12431 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful!!
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:icondeadstickguy:
DeadStickGuy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
amazede
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:iconshasiel:
Shasiel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Nice. I had a similar concept in my head before... save that it wasn't a woman being the puppet. This brings a smile to me as it makes it easier for me to imagine that idea so long ago in a more concrete manner.
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:iconnatan-estivallet:
Natan-Estivallet Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Oh my God!
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:iconnami-nya:
Nami-Nya Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful Body :D
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:iconsackofsquan:
sackofsquan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Finally!! A dd for this!!
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:iconmynameiscaleb:
mynameiscaleb Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Great Work!
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:icongothicsilence:
GothicSilence Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing O: :love:
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:iconvan-dunkelschreiber:
Van-Dunkelschreiber Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It has a an interesting feal to it
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:iconbloodangel15:
BloodAngel15 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lot of emoticon in it its very diffrent
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:iconsparkels220:
sparkels220 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wow cool
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:iconshaimatarasso:
ShaiMatarasso Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing ! Congratulation on the DD : P
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:iconkk123421:
kk123421 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
this is so amazing
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:iconspifmo:
Spifmo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome skill
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:iconmomohinamoru:
MomoHinamoru Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Artist
tee hee panties
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:iconsharpshooterehj:
Sharpshooterehj Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting painting. I must especially notice the transparency of the garments in this piece.
The look of innocence on her face is quite interesting.
And the strings... they make me wonder who was, or is, controlling her.
I hope her story ends well...
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:iconbluengrasnow:
BluenGrasnow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Think so too.
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:icongornam-gorphentos:
Gornam-Gorphentos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Made me rock fucking hard
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:iconmomohinamoru:
MomoHinamoru Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Artist
o.O
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:iconsharpshooterehj:
Sharpshooterehj Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting painting. I must especially notice the transparency of the garments in this piece.
The look of innocence on her face is quite interesting.
And the strings... they make me wonder who was, or is, controlling her.
I hope her story ends well...
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:icondustymuffinsss:
DustyMuffinsss Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Ah...painting. My most hated foe. Awesome job!
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:iconglaceon162:
glaceon162 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So creative!
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:iconperkcasso:
perkcasso Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extraordinarily moving piece that is also well painted. I enjoy the soft muted colors and the off-putting slanted composition. I guess I am just going to have to see your other painting to try and put two and two together regarding the symbolism (the creeping ivy at the bottom--entanglement? rebirth?) Regardless, it's a wonderful piece. Huzzah and many kudos.
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:icontheceoofdeath:
theCEOofDEATH Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Makes me happy to see people can still paint. Stellar piece!
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:iconyuki-moon:
Yuki-Moon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Lots of people can paint :3 its just the medium in which you use and how you use it :D
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:icontheceoofdeath:
theCEOofDEATH Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My intention was to compliment the artist, commending skill with traditional mediums.
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:icontinybutton:
TinyButton Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Wow.... This is so ridiculously beautiful, I can barely believe it...
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