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Miracle of Life by CrimsonMagpie Miracle of Life by CrimsonMagpie
I had the idea to paint a series of half-size portraits of various Mooncalf characters. This actually the only mooncalf character proper that I've created, the only one with a name. She's called Amethi - yes, I suck at inventing names. :stare:

I deliberately kept highlights to a minimum and used fingers a lot to blend the paint. I wanted to try to give the dual impressions of a formal eighteenth century portrait and a war-photographer's snapshot. With the former in mind I semi abstracted the background,

Kudos and a cookie to whoever can tell me what kind of gun she has (it is real). :aww:



Acrylic on paper - 43 by 30cm / 17 by 12"
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Questknight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Actually, some did and the barrel was modeled after the MP40 machine pistol. However, because of the caliber size it was found to be ill suited for the deflection. Same with the 9mm MP40. I have seen examples of both in the former location of the US Army Ordinance and armour display and building on Aberdeen Proving Ground. Though, it was prone to jamming when it was fired due to cleaning issues as well as its simplistic make. My grandfather was offered one on the night of the Normandy assault and declined because he did not want to be that damned close as he put it. Instead he carried the M-1 Garand battle rifle in canvas sack across the front of his harness just behind the reserve chute. However, his bundle was lost that being dropped too soon. He was a machine gunner for his unit.
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Questknight Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
grease gun, .45 cal acp. 1943-55
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That it is, although the real things didn't have bendy barrels like here. :B
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preslyelvis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
kudos exctremly good piece but fact check women werent allowed in the military in ww2
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :dummy:

Don't worry, I'm well aware of the kind of restrictions on WWII service, but this isn't strictly WWII, more a self-indulgent fantasy thing. =p
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postapelly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like the portrait you painted. And I like the name you gave her.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks! :meow:
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no-name-here Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
M3A1 Grease Gun. Designed as a cheaper, more accurate alternative to the M1, and M1A1 Thompson sub-machine guns. It was manufactured mainly by General Motors corporation. It was popular among many troops during WWII and Korea, but found the most use with armored units because of it's small size, and the ability to be brought to bear inside the hull of a tank.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
On the button! :iconeweplz:

I had no idea the Grease Gun was meant to be more accurate than the Thompson though, if anything I'd have thought it'd be the other way round. :p
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emperorkirkwall Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i like this and the guns a "Grease Gun" very commonly used by Paratrooper units from america in WW2
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and yes; that it is, an M3 Grease Gun. :meow::iconcookie-plz:
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mbridge1965 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Great piece of work! I loved the backhistory too.

- Shado
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you! :meow:
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfeaturedplz::iconbowplz:
This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
OHYEY! Thank-you! :dummy:
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbowplz:My pleasure.
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vulpinoid Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Nice, do you have any more images along these lines? It seems to evoke an entire sci-fi/fantasy world locked in an unknown war. I'd be interested to find out more.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, that's pretty much the effect I strive to achieve with images. I'm afraid I don't have that many images of the same level of evocativeness as this one in my gallery, but have a look at the Mooncalf section and you might find something in the same vein. ;)
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silveriatha Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the idea and theme of this picture, also the green/gray/brown color scheme looks great. Well done!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it's still decent. :B
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The concept is great, the shading details marvelous and the grey, dusty and rusty background is so well-done, it perfectly goes with the situation represented !!
Fantastic work with the expressions too !!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, I'm glad you think its so good. :pringles:
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're Welcome !
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Jarsalia Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pic is really... touching
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you think so. :B
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JokersOnlyFear Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Amethie sounds like a pretty cool character. I love her facial expression, as well as all the color and texture in the work, the detail in her clothing, and of course the newborn mooncalf (so cute!).
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it so. :meow: I guess she is a pretty cool character, I need to do more with her. . . D:
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JokersOnlyFear Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
You're welcome.:)
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equerin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
I don't like it. :unimpressed:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Look up 'Shitting Dick Nipples' on Google, look at the first result that comes up, and gaze upon what you're going to spend the night with! :shakefist:
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equerin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I seriously don't even know why I looked at that picture for more than 10 seconds, but I'm going to take another look. *takes another look for another 5 seconds* Yes, I'll be doing this a lot tonight.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The artist who did it has a website. . . :aww:
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equerin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
*cough* Link please. :paranoid:


Also, I have to ask. Does your laptop ever shut down suddenly and the battery discharges completely? :crying:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's at the bottom of the page you searched. I'm not getting banned. :evileye:

Are you using it plugged in?
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equerin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
What if I report you just for mentioning that? It could make me feel violated. :paranoid:


Yes, it's always plugged in. :O
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Then I'd be sad. :noes:

Hmmmm. . . what surface do you rest it on? If a laptop exceeds it's safe temperature limit then it'll shut itself down to avoid damage.
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equerin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
This is just incredible, I don't know what else to say :O I've no idea why you're not famous yet.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It is one of my favourite paintings, and I'm glad you like it so much too. :iconhypnolaplz:

I'm not famous because I'm lazy and not good enough. :B
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equerin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
It's really awesome :iconlachoirplz:


Please take back the last four words of your sentence :paranoid:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:dummy:

Nope. :B
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equerin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Yes :evileye:
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
M3A1 Grease Gun.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup. ;)
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
My haz a cookie?
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You can. :iconcookie-plz: :B
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
NO MILK!?
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Only on cereal. :B
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
YYEEEEAH!
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ILoveAnimeAndManga Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
^^
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