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Prepare your Heart by Kuume Prepare your Heart by Kuume
In this piece, I wanted to depict a deep feeling of caring and the yearning to protect loved ones from death, while facing its reality (the funeral flowers in her hair symbolize this).

I used mechanical pencil and pencils for this work. I've also cleared up the space around the character (and the face a little bit) in Paint Shop Pro, because it had some smudged areas and traces of removed elements that turned out impossible to erase. I could've fixed this problem by adding a background, but I didn't feel like making one anymore after something around 16 hours of working on this piece (another new record!). I felt very unhappy about the underlying sketch, as I forced myself to work on it even though I was dead tired, just because I was feeling a compelling need to express a concept.

More of my recent pencil work:

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:iconaimski:
Aimski Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Lovely 
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
great drawing, i love your whole style and technique
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
my pleasure :)!!
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:iconparyu:
Paryu Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Beautiful! Pencil might just be my favourite tool, I like all the textures in this. I wish this was my drawing. :D
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm happy you like it. :D I've just recently gotten really hooked on pencil drawings.
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:iconladymandarin101:
Ladymandarin101 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesomeness everywhere!!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thank you, glad you think so!
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:iconladymandarin101:
Ladymandarin101 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
;)
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:iconborianna:
Borianna Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely <33
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :heart: :D
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:iconthetremendum:
TheTremendum Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very beautiful.
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. :)
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:iconhuurreturkki:
Huurreturkki Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nää on aivan ihania kaikki nään sun kuvat! Valtavan yksityiskohtaisia ja mielikuvituksellisia ja kaikinpuolin mahdottoman upeita! Todella omaperäisia ja hirveän kauniita :) Ja uskomatonta, miten paljon tunnetta saa pelkällä mustavalkoisuudella ja kaikilla noilla kuvioilla ja muodoilla ja apua, en osaa sanoa oikein sen enempää :) Todella taitavaa valon ja varjon käyttöä ja apua. Todella hienoja :heart: !
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Vau! Kiitos tosi paljon kaikista kauniista sanoista, olen ihan imarreltu! :D :tighthug:
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:iconsonia-p:
sonia-p Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
So beautiful!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks. :D
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:iconbrokenshell121:
BrokenShell121 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
this is lovely too!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
:iconhello1plz::iconhello2plz:

:dummy: Your beautiful artwork has been featured in my journal here: [link]! :deviation:

Great job, and I hope to see more of your work in the future~! :heart:
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Typhon--Monster-King Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Your designs are always so amazing :D!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thanks. :D
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:iconkiolen:
Kiolen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Lovely, lovely work. Gosh, you're making me want to do a pencil piece. xD
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot. :D Go on! :eager: At least the materials are easily available!
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:iconthegraceofcassandra:
TheGraceofCassandra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so great, your work is fantastic!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you think so! :hug:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional
nice job
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is amazing work. I don't think I've ever seen anyone achieve such lush effects with only a pencil. What you've done with the fabric and the hair is really wonderful, not to mention the overall mood of the piece, the gentle caring and wistful yearning it expresses. For some reason it reminds me of Jan Van Eyck's work, which is oil glazes over tempera but has the same sensuous feel to it.
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*re-defining the work
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:iconazul-din:
Azul-din Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
yup
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the praise. :D I love the pencil, it seems to respond to the most subtle whispers of my inspired hand, and I may keep re-refining it almost indefinitely. In fact, I used a small piece of charcoal eraser - you know the blue adhesive paste-sort of thing? I could lift off tiny parts without smudging the entire surroundings... Jan Van Eyck, hmm? I looked up something on Google, I like the smoothness of his textures.
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Good- the putty rubber (what it's called in this country) is just the thing, as it doesn't destroy the paper, and if you keep kneading it into itself it remains useful even when dirty. Use the whole thing, it will last longer...geez, I sound like myself in class..:)
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Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right. And you can shape the putty rubber so that you can make a tiny little sharp tip that you can use to lift off just a little bit of the graphite. It's interesting to see, by the way, that this piece has already received 36 faves... For once a piece that I actually like a lot is among my more popular works. :D
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:iconazul-din:
Azul-din Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
See? a useful tool, actually more of a drawing tool rather than just a rubber. The Favs are certainly deserved, it's a stunning bit of work!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
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:iconazul-din:
Azul-din Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
you are as always welcome
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconomfgplz::iconpassoutplz:
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: Glad you like it!
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:iconjahpickney:
JahPickney Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :) Your style is wonderful :D
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D :hug: And thanks for the watch too, I'll surely keep updating. ;)
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sapphiresphinx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is so beautiful! Great job!
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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Sinematics Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like her face and hair :) And 16 hours.... yeah, my drawings sometimes take me as much time :lol:
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot. :D Well yeah, I rarely work on a piece for several days, but I've decided to learn how to be more patient with my work. Can't believe there was a day when I thought that a pencil sketch was completely finished when I had worked on it for half an hour. :giggle:
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oOToetjeOo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
i just think it's beautiful how you drew the lighter swirls in the dark hair ^^ especially the flowers and stars look great :D
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