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wakeful by agnes-cecile wakeful by agnes-cecile

watercolor, charcoal and pen on paper (300g)
45cm x 60cm

work in progress [link]

Some time ago I saw this Samuel Aranda's photo on the web [link],
I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.

Samuel Arenda's website [link]
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Another beautiful work, the hair of the woman feels like there are many strands because of the white ink or white pen that you used and small dark lines at the top of her head.

The feeling I get over all is that the man is dying or dead and the woman is holding on to his lifeless body hopelessly and her eyes give the feeling of being red because she has been crying for hours over the loss, very powerful feeling convoyed through her red tired eyes.

The only thing I would have loved to seen is that the man's back (where the two blue drops of paint / watercolor are) would disappear. Showing that his "soul" or life is fading away.

In all, amazing piece.
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Gorgeous work with the woman's hair, first off, not just with the color bleeds and the scheme of it, but I love the touches of white gouache/masked areas for thin hair-strands within that large space, to remind us she had really long hair. I always like "outlining" subjects or objects with the space around them, e.g. their arms and the better part of the man's torso and neck, and to balance that, which is a very nice touch, you didn't add too much shading within his body - just enough to distinguish his arms and collarbone for the audience. What I like MOST about this, however, is the bit of red and yellow near her eye, because that little touch of heavier wash keeps the audience from zeroing in on the big dark shape of her hair and staying there, for when you squint at it, even though her "eye shadow" is a much smaller area than her hair, I find that I can see that equally as well as the big shape of her hair.

Very nice work, and so nicely balanced.
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koshkaah Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I thought it reminded me of the album artwork of one of Crystal Castles albums, just the pose, then I saw the photograph you were inspired by, which is the photo from the cover! Your watercolour rendition is beautiful.
KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
I see what it's like for day and night.
Never together

I also was struck by the same nature of the embrace!  " I was touched by the emotion of this pose, by the full and empty spaces of this embrace.”   What a poetic description of a great piece of art! (As is a truly great piece of art, not just on dA but in the world) The world is richer place for this being made. 
DaTurtleGirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I can't put my finger on it, but something about this is utterly beautiful, and it certainly draws the eye... Gorgeous!
MingariaSky Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! Beautiful :)
MartenMarten Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Is beautiful, use of colors is amazing.
visceraldagger Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely use of colors... I especially love the melancholy look to her red-weary eyes.
JuanNinotti Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Rainbow-Sweater Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Bellissimo, non ho parole.
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Ww. Just wow
erjumer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so fragile... very beautiful work!
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