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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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Seaxwulf Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Trying to take off my smitten boy hat and put on my thinking hat... Now then! I am wondering, is it something you meant to do, to have your woman sinking into her own shadow? Or is this my own way of seeing things? It seems as if she has blended into the night, or the darkness, Ginungagap - perhaps, or whatever it is you should like to call the "gloom" of nightlike death...

(Also, as an added bonus, the aforegoing comment is an example of plainspeak, which we discussed at somepoint, it is a way of using "pure" English, without loanwords. I've written some poems in it. Not sure why I'm thinking of this now. Perhaps the air of absolute simplicity, of Thanatos and voids, abysses and Ginungagap we bandied on about yesterday.)
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Kuume Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it is a deep place from which she looks at the Other. There is no fear, but a feeling of an enduring and empathetic connection that arises from honestly and gracefully facing our mortality. There's also the sense of love transcending the abyss, the flame of a hearth and a home that embraces the full cycle of life and our emotions unconditionally. There is the strong aspect of caring here... Maternal instinct, profound friendship, bonds between family members, the potential of fully shared humanity. A gesture symbolised also by that inner song that I mentioned.
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Seaxwulf Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always thought of Death as a long lost family member. One that loves you, but one we cannot recognise because it has been so long. We tasted that side of life before we are born and after we die, not a lot of room for pleasant acquaintance.

After all. As Saint Socrates would have noted - it implies knowledge to carry on in fear of the unknown. I would argue with the old Greybeard and posit that: birth and death are our purest connections to Ginungagap - the primal depth. To Orlogr - the ancient layering, the old law.
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
great drawing, i love your whole style and technique
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Kuume Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
my pleasure :)!!
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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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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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Ladymandarin101 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesomeness everywhere!!
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Kuume Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thank you, glad you think so!
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