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Devon and Jericho by FOERVRAENGD Devon and Jericho by FOERVRAENGD
They had always known. Always, even before the day they first met they had known that they'd be torn apart in the end, as all humans were. But he had never expected it to come like this. Not with medicine still bitter on his tongue, his warmth fading and Jericho's beautiful, yet sad smile still haunting his mind.

No, he hadn't expected it, and do not want to accept it. So he reaches for his love, even if he is pulled away by a force he can not defy, and his hand can no longer feel warmth. Still his ears can hear, though, and he hears the silent whisper of his beloved, drifting up to him.

“Farewell, my Devon....”

The words are heavy, silent and he wish they was heavy enough to hold him down. But not even the brown haired man's voice is enough, not even his warm hand on his own cooling skin can defy death. It wasn't supposed to end like this, not at the moment when they felt the most alive! Not at the moment when they heart beat to the same drum, when they breathed each others' air and gave themselves to the other.

Yet, here he is, drifting away, slowly, painfully as he leaves the dreamer he loves behind. And all he can do is reach for him in futility, knowing that he'll never feel that soft hair between his fingers again. Knowing, that he'll never taste life again.

Knowing, that his terminal illness had ended his life in the arms of his lover, leaving his love Jericho to face the world alone...

Text by: :iconmidori-no-hana:(she wrote the text all based on this single painting. She's awesome!)

Tools: Corel Painter 12
Time: eternity


This painting started out as a excuse to draw half-naked guys and practice some anatomy. But sooner or later it all ended up with being edited and fixed every now and then. I've never used so many references for just one painting before.

I am very aware that there's some areas that are "unfinished", but I'm so tired of working on this painting. So I'll just leave it there to annoy the heck out of you :P

Since I've been staring at this painting for way too long, I've probably done some anatomical mistakes that my brain refuse to notice.
If you would like to give critique, then I'd appreciate if you could give your best feedback on the anatomy, since that's more or less the main focus in this painting.
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The crying guy's expession is perfect, it conveys the agony of death brilliantly. I like the contrast of the 'soul' rising from the thin and mortal body. The fluidity of that line of fabric works very well to bring our eyes through the piece as well as to give a light almost weightless feel to the soul. The background is a little plain, which could work with or against you, but here I think a greater sense of space and setting would bring this piece together.
However all that said death and the afterlife is a very tricky subject to work with, and you tackled it excellently! A very good job well done!
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Hello! I saw some of your tutorials and decided to pay a visit to your gallerym and this work called my attention being featured. Since the purpose of the painting began as a study, I was not sure whether to critique it as a study or as a finished work, but I guess a more truthful critique comes from evaluating as an overall finished painting.

First of all your anatomy and proportions are fairly correct, although it could be demphasized a bit in some areas, along with losing some edges to bring more depth of field, and better contrasts between detail and lack of it.

Now If you look at the uppermost left corner, the values are very flat, I think the area over there could use darker values to bring a nice threepartite interplay between the angelic light values of the floating figure and the somewhat dark (depending of point of view of course) theme going on below, wich also I think could benefit a bit from some darker values.

Compositionally speaking It is a very effective composition, with a nice flow btween elements and nice focal points, although I have said it can use some more edegework to really make it pop.

Overall I think it is a very good piece. Now you might wonder about my originality score, and I think it needs no explanation. It is not an original theme or technique HOWEVER this is not BAD or anything. If anything I think it is not a very good parameter to evaluate in teh way it is being presented here, or should be optional. Pretty much all art is unoriginal in a sence wich as I said is not bad, and that is something VERY difficult to achieve if you think about it. I hope this was useful in some manner.
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13halloween Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015
Wow, such details and emotions! I love it! I'm currently studying Renaissance and Burloque Period and this just instantly remaindered me of some of the mythological pieces done back then. The texture, composition, pretty much everything looks fantastic!
saundersaur Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student
This is amazing! Great composition, and overall a very effective piece.
TheSleepingGods Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Tears flowing, this is beautiful. Death really effects me.
HairyProblems Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome work,nothin' morre to say! :)
Veyrius Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Woow ;~; this is truly beautiful~
RedPhoenixLilly Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done, the emotion conveyed in this piece is amazing. Personally I believe the soul needs a stronger aura around him, but besides that every thing seems to be perfectly in place. I enjoy the poses, they are very lifelike and do not look as if they have been posed at all.
RedPhoenixLilly Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should draw a scene depicting Achilles and Patroclus.
ciboula Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Beatiful piece. The general composition and color mood are just great!

But i must point out one thing that may be an anatomy issue:
on the "floatind guy" left arm, you may have misplace the muscle insertion. It seems to me that the long head of the triceps is going over the teres major and latissimus dorsi, but the is the other way around. So, in the front view, the line of the triceps goes around the back (the insertion is on the scapula).
I found this link that can be a bit useful on the insertion/origin orders [link]

Besides that, congratulations!
AnjaDiPaolo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful artwork! *__* :heart:
LuLuchaan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I feel like writing a whole detailed supernatural novel because of this image, can i?
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is exceptional, but his hand looks a little off. :/
Briesen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sugoii ne ... daisuki
SilverScreams999 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
it's too sad for words
SailorMinaWarden Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
this is lovely.
zottekke9 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I really, really like this painting. It has this old Renaissance like feeling to it which I really appreciate, because I think we need more paintings in this style :) Seriously, very gorgeous and I especially love the anatomy and expressions.
Stercilus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I want more of this on dA!!!
I love you!!
SmilesOfOctober Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Artist
So Beautiful! :iconcryforeverplz:
Loyane Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
wow! very impressive :wow:
NielloRaven Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous!
PsykoaktiveFantasi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!~
kaorimaru Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so sad! :( I just wanna give the crying guy a hug
natenutron Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good work. Thank you for showing the process.
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thank you for letting us feature your Amazing work! :iconfantasyfans101::iconshuffelinplz:
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
no problem! I'm glad you asked to have it featured!
Cornemuz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Goodbye, crying forever to the actual description of it.
LinusRe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Får börja med att säga att detta är en riktigt bra bild, och grymt många saker att gilla, för mig det jag fastnade på var nog framförallt "själens" knä som ligger närmast, rodnaden där på är asgrym och får mig att tänka på målare som Rubens, men tyckte nästan det var ännu bättre i en av de tidigare versionerna när det var ännu mer tydlig kontrast. Handen på densamme är också riktigt skickligt målad.
Men jag lovade lite kritik på anatomin, så here goes. Tänkte först bara skriva den men det blev för jobbigt så gjorde en rödlinjeteckning istället, hoppas det var okay.

Rödlinjeteckning ---> [link]

Anyways, får nog förklara min poäng med vissa grejer här ändå så börjar med själen.

Hans högra knä var det första mest uppenbara jag kom och tänka på, som är en bit för kort.
Sen har hans revben fått en lite konstig form. Och så flyttade jag om lite i musklerna på armen och på halsen, kan finnas lite fel även från min sida där, men det viktiga där är att tänka på att sträckta muskler så som hans vänstra bröstmuskel måste bli plattare än om de är kontrakterade. Samt att muskler som är sträckta försöker vara så raka som möjligt så det är viktigt att veta var de fäster så att man kan dra en rak linje emellan, som på till exempel hans högra halsvridarmuskel.

Hoppar vidare till den mörkhåriga killen. Här var det som slog mig först att hans trapezius är väldigt stor och det är ett lätt misstag att göra om man tänker att muskelfibrerna går från axeln mot nacken, vilket lätt kan kännas logiskt, men återigen här så är det viktigt att du vet var fästena sitter och i vilken riktning utåt som fibrerna går. Sen var hans vänstra deltoid lite väl stor i och med att den i det läget bör vara vilande. Det gäller för övrigt för ganska många av hans muskler, många muskler som borde vara i vila är helt anspända, så som abdominus, biceps, serratus och pectoralis.

Och till sist, liket, här var det nog bara en grej som kändes att det behövdes nämnas och det är att han är stel som en pinne i ryggen, man får en mycket bättre känsla av vikt om han draperar lite mer längs den andra killens lår.

Tänk nu på att jag varit jävligt nitpicky, så du får ta kritiken med en nypa salt, det fanns ju inga direkt stora fel och jag kan ha misstagit mig någonstans, men hoppas du kan få ut något av detta. :)
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sjukt bra feedback! Rödlinjeteckningen var verkligen till stor hjälp! Allt du pekade ut var saker jag var osäker på under processen. Det är lätt att glömma bort att muscler kan ändra form beroende på situationen. Ska tänka på allt detta nästa gång jag gör något liknande!
LinusRe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Kul att kunna vara till hjälp! Kanske kommer be om att få kritik tillbaka framöver så var beredd. :)

Oh, och så vill jag bara nämna att jag inte jobbar på en anatomibok, jag håller på och illustrerar en engelskabok för treor i finland dock. Nästan samma sak. ;P
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ah! Okej :D sting sa att du jobbade på en bok.
Och jag hjälper gärna till med det jag kan och vet om du behöver det!
Futago-KawaiI Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Oh my god!!!! it is really brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheRuhrpottguy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
That is a stunning piece of work! Love it
KanaKuroDaiya Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, it's amazing!! I'm not really good on anatomy yet so I can't help you there sorry (it all seems perfect to me ^^' )
this looks like a really good anatomy practise thou XD
SHVEPSEG Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whatwazthat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
;_; that brought a real tear to my eye. I love it!
Rinthewolf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
so awesome @.@
yohunny Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
HOLY MOLY O_O Seriöst, det här är fantastiskt. Kan inte sluta titta på den.
Text-Reciprocation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, it's finally finished! It's absolutely lovely. :heart:The only thing I could really imagine needing work is perhaps the legs, though I don't claim to be an expert in the field. xD
kyri-IS-dark Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
awesome..... so romantic
JunitaThiessen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jericho's face is just so... ah! It's really good. I have no words for how lovely this is.
DarkSenshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like that someone made a story based on this. Worth a thousand words indeed! Excellent work! :w00t: I like the contrast in postures, how the spirit above is spread out and dramatic (almost triumphant), and the figures below huddle close together like they're fragile.
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you very much! :'D
DarkSenshi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sure thing! (I'll stop talking now. :XD:)
Ultermarto Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's got a really nice baroque feel to it.
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks! I was aiming for a baroque touch, I'm glad it did!
InspectorLlama Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you and that sexy foot
ooCupcake256xx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist
You know, this makes me think of something that came out of a Greek myth.
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
greek mythology art was one of the many references and inspirations that I used :)
rexanater Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi mirre! I watched you paint most of this, it turned out so amazing. I remember 97% finished last night haha :D
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahaha yeah oh god I was soooo tired back then!
Gabbi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Mirre, den här bilden är så sjukt snygg!
Färgerna och tyget, allt är så jäkla vackert!
Bra jobbat! :heart:
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