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iv - Despair by CrimsonMagpie iv - Despair by CrimsonMagpie
Fourth painting for my 'dark fairy-tale' project.

This is when the farmer finds out his wife has been killed and made into soup, which the badger almost tricked him into eating.

This part of the story takes place at the end of the day, so I decided to use a little artistic license and make it night-time. This allowed me to do the whole thing monochrome and gloomy to accentuate the farmers despair.



Acrylic on paper, 29.7 x 42cm / 11.7 x 16.54"

Read the original story here - [link]
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:iconthe-cheek:
the-cheek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I really like that.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you deriving enjoyment from that poor man's misery? :noes:
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the-cheek Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
:iconimsmilingplz:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconhappytimeplz:
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty! You did great with the shading :)
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, glad you think so. :iconsoftglompplz:
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M-I-R-I-E-L Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
:wave: Hello there! I just want to let you know that I've featured this beautiful artwork in my journal - you can find it here. :rose:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank-you so much! :iconlovehug:
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M-I-R-I-E-L Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
You're very welcome! :hug:
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FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
You did a beautiful job! Such a great sense of depth.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, glad you think so. :hug:
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skulkey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i love the grayscale feel of this - it suits the mood. i also love the highlights, as they give a feeling of moonlight.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man, I'm glad I achieved the effect I was shooting for. :bucktooth:

:hug:
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ExtraMedicationNowXD Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colouring, or lack of. Great work, Rob.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you approve. :iconlovehug:
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ExtraMedicationNowXD Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, dear.
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Arum1966 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Nicely done. It's hard to believe this is your first time painting a night scene. I bet the man wishes his wife hadn't messed with badger. The message here "don't mess with animals".
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, I'm quite pleased with the job I did on this one, for once. :bucktooth:

It is indeed silly to mess with animals. :iconsadtruthplz:
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You've done a wonderful job at conveying the time of day- or night as it were! - and conveying the mood of the piece. The body language and the monochromatic blue work quite harmoniously together. Overall, I really like this piece!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wai thank-you sir. :hug: I'm glad you think it all works okay.
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tremault5 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work on the wrinkles on his face, I can see his anguish even though his face is covered.

good work on making it nighttime.
a tip on nighttime.
at night, everything will have lower contrast.
because there is lower light overall, the difference between zero light and the brightest spot is less.
if you make it lighter so that you can see it, usually you have to raise the black level as well.

when you have a direct light such as the moon, you can increase the contrast on the directional light, but the ambient light will still be low contrast.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you think the face works. Although the positioningof his hands is rather off. :lol:

I see, I shall take your tips into consideration net time I paint night (prolly quite soon). There the light of a full moon coming from the top right. Thank-you for the advise. :hug:
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Mahado07 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I have so many dev to look at :O_o: remind me not to go AWOL again.

This is fantastic ! the mood almost makes me want to tear my hair out in despair !
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know how you feel, I have 1,300 to go through. . . :faint:

Thank-you. I'm glad it moves you so. :iconlovehug:
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Jeff1966 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Very moody. I love it. :+fav:
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yaay! Thanks Jeff. :hug:
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Jeff1966 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Many welcomes.
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I can see the similarities in the fairy tales the way you're taking them, I especially like the more monochrome look to this piece.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I like this one too. It was fun and quick. :bucktooth:

:glomp:
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EndGaame Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I love the picture, but a slight suggestion if you're going for night: if the sky could be darker (including those stars, because they're beautiful) and maybe through a moon with moonshine in, we would know for sure. Right now, I can SEE nightness, but it also could just be a black and white drawing...or just a gloomy, rainy day.

It's still a beautiful piece, but thought I'd give a small critique if you want solid night.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you for the suggestion. :nod:

I shall take it into consideration next time, athough the lack of moon in this one was intentional. :)

:hug:
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EndGaame Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Of course! :)

Ahh, I see. Well, carry on with no moon, then!
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video-massacre Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Monochrome:heart:love.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay. :flirty:
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:iconvalitel:
Valitel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work.

The story was messed up.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :glomp:

It is, isn't it? :lol:
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Valitel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome.

Yes....
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Gearmond Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
i think the absolute ONLY MINOR complaint about this i could possibly have, is that the color is a bit too muted.

otherwise it might be some of your best work yet.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. I do have a quite saturated painting I finished recently. :bucktooth:

Thank-you, glad you think so. :hug:
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AlanCross Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool I feel for the farmer but I still like the badger but look where that got the wife.....
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, I tried to make the illustrations as impartial as possible so's one could feel for the "baddie" as much as for the "goodies". :bucktooth:

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AlanCross Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I know you did great, your paintings always invoke emotions....
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's good to know. :bucktooth:
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AlanCross Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconvynnx:
Vynnx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Captured the mood of grief very well.
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent. :thumbsup:

:glomp:
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
So dark and gloomy - it's awesome for me.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Rad, glad you think so! :iconlarryplz:

:hug:
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
No problem :)
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eyeroll Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Dude. The first thing I thought of even before reading the description was, this is gloomy and it signifies his sorrow well. But then I looked at the stars and thought it must be nighttime. I'm awesome.

But you are more awesome. I really enjoy this series.
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