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April 1, 2012
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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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saundersaur Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
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  Hobbyist 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  Student Writer
This is exceptional, but his hand looks a little off. :/
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