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skies on fire by agnes-cecile skies on fire by agnes-cecile

Portrait of the musical duo The Green Children
Check out their music at [link]

video of the painting: [link]

watercolor, pencil, pen and ink on watercolor paper (300g)
45cm x 30cm
about 3 hours
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This might just be my impression, but the female's eyes look so alive; full to the brim with energy. The male's on the other hand, seem to be staring off in the distance, looking right through the viewer. Mostly likely this is due to the colors that were used around the eyes. Green gives off the impression of vivacity, where blue is mellow, calm, and transparent with emotions. Not to mention, the way the female's head is angled creates the impression that she is in control of her self. She is looking AT us.

I absolutely love the colors. They emphasize the simplicity of the painting itself, drawing attention to the faces of the people. On the note of simplicity, however, I wasn't sure what the painting is trying to convey, if anything. It seems as if it should be trying to communicate something, but I'm not sure what. (I also didn't understand the meaning of the title, but unless it correlates to the concept of the painting, it doesn't matter much.)

Proportions are very good and the subjects are lifelike. I'm not a painter in the least, but I do love the technique of letting the watercolors flow down the painting. It give it another element of dynamic texture.
All in all, beautifully done.
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So here it goes. This is one of the paintings that caught my eye the most. Your lines are very strong in a soft way, And also you caught the eye expression so well, and that's one of the most difficult things to be done. It's like their eyes pop out from the whole painting, they are so vivid and deep almost as I can see their souls. The stain use complements it perfectly, giving it that ''messy'' effect of the watercolor.

But what I really loved on it, was the color choice you've done! The colors fit together so well, and the contrast they make with their cold faces, is what gives life to it :)

You're a great artist, and you're technique is unique.
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melchan2015 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
I have watched the video again and again, and fall in love with the green children's song(skies on fire) , the whole thing is so inspiring, and i'm planning to do the same in the near future~ Really love it, thanks
stefonthesea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great mix of technics/mediums for this colorful artwork:) I really appreciate videos/music choice. Thanks for sharing!
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just watched the video on youtube. this piece just blew my mind away, it's so amazing! forever a fan now. :heart:
Avisae Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i saw a few of your other pieces and was instantly reminded of this really awesome speedpaint i saw on youtube and was going to look it up- then i saw this in the sideline. AWESOME PAINTING!! nice music too!
REALart2 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
U r amazing I wish to paint like u someday
Daughter-of-Kabegami Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dellcolson Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
kobler Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
it seems like a Fellini's  movie shot
impressive !!!!
4XD3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Green Children is one of my favorite musical inspirations ever. This is a beautiful piece! I've watched the youtube video of you creating this piece. It was stunning and beyond impressive.
EmiliaB123 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
misaki2020 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hmmmmmm...soooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Neko Emoji-10 (Furious) [V1] Kao Emoji-62 (I want to see you soon) [V4] HappyYayHello - EMOTICON - :iconhappyyayhello: 
Shadowdemonicy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Mind blown! xDClap 
ApocalypseGroup Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
what a beauty! outstanding job :clap: :+favlove: 
Noaaa7 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is my favorite piece of yours !!
AnnaBeGood Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo  beautiful ... you really know how to catch an observers eye 
Mala-magu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Parabens by belissimos work!

They are spectacular!
Mala-magu Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Parabens by belissimos work!

They are spectacular!
Skyemadillo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gigi50 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fiji-Firefox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
You're such an amazing artist!
vonblonderbelt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Oh wow. That's amazing mazing. This inspires me more than I can say
KIKIDREAMZ Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist
OMG i saw this on you tube!
djafactor Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
there is better
sa3aad Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom this helped me back to my feet now there is no turning back no pressure just check it out
niddyrocks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom I was able to regain my independence using this these days im making my way to the top take a look at what I mean
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rchen88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artist
This is absolutely magnificent. I liked the way you used complementary colors on each of them. The detail is wonderful. I also liked how you didn't stick to one medium, but used a variety of mediums to accomplish this piece of art. You didn't limit yourself with color either, the explosions of blue, yellow, black, and pink did it for me. Please continue painting.

-Rebecca C.
Shicchan97 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This now is my desktop. <3
I just absolutely love it.
Nim427 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
this is one of my favourite !
cookielooki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I'm not a huge fan of this band (even though I find their music is beautiful) But the way you captured their expressions is amazing. The boy's eyes are so intense, and the fact that the girls mouth is slightly open suggests she is just about to say something. The anticipation, colours, lack of colours in places, and just EVERYTHING makes this absolutely amazing.
Nice work, DEFINITELY keep it up!
KingdomAvatar333 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very amazing.
Clay-mazing Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I don't know how you do it but I always LOVE the expressions in your paintings!
This one might be my favorite.
And, as always, great colors!
KristoffersonBrice Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marvelous !!
stale-serenity Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew your work was familiar! I saw this video on youtube a while back when I was doing a search for their music. This is such a lovely piece. :D
GaiaVedai Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I think this is one of my favorites from you.
deathsfire12 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way the eyes look in all of your art :) Absolutely amazing.
danarsky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
"Amazing" is not enough! It's perfect!
Dark-Yarrow Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love The Green Children, I've been watching their music videos on youtube, I watched the speed painting of Skies on Fire, I wondered who the amazing artist was..I found you through a youtube suggested video ;) Absolutely stunning beautiful work! :heart: Amazing gallery! :w00t:
jdsvtx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing work, I watched some of your youtube videos.
I love the emotion in your portraits, just beautiful .
Take a look at my work,would love to know what you think .
janellemacasieb Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
hello. I am currently making a yearly planner here in the Philippines. Our planner has no label yet but I am already in the process of making it. And I want to include this particular artwork of yours in the design of our planner.
Our planner will be commercially available all over the Philippines, in major bookstores, and also, online.
This is the first time that I will make a planner for sale and I have no funds yet to hire a graphic artist so I am searching for good artists here in deviant art that can contribute to what I am doing without expecting a payment.
I can send a copy of the planner after I made it. Thanks.
Please send a confirmation on my email account:
Daniiiiiela Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I hope you don't mind! Your work is awesome! :)
scri420 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
stupendi tutti i tuoi lavori,sono m e r a v i g l i o s i !!!
Cosa hai usato per fare le macchie di colore?
AzuraLura Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Their eyes are intense. The whole drawing is stunning and... wow. Just wow.
FlowerBloom03 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Their eyes are so beautiful.. :heart:
mdpmdpmdp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
These splashes are very beautiful!
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Canon EOS 500D
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Focal Length
45 mm
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Date Taken
May 3, 2012, 12:11:14 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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