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"And how grand she looked..."



Inspired by Mors Syphilitica's song, "My Virgin Widows."
(to hear this song, go to their myspace page --> [link] )

I say inspired because I didn't follow the lyrics exactly. In fact this is my 2nd attempt at doing this image, and it's largely based on what I remembered from reading the lyrics, which are wonderfully narrative. (Which the lyrics to this song was a bitch to find, cause the CD didn't come with them.. and nobody's really interested in Mors Syphilitica, which that pretty much sums up most of the music I listen to, so sad.)

So I’ve been on a big Gothic music kick as of late. It complimented my new wave/ 80's alternative kick that proceeded it. Shamefully I only have a small selection of Gothic music (well it's not that small, but damnit if it could be bigger and broader then just the cliché Gothic groups.) Anyways I just recently added Mors Syphilitica to my growing library (had my Album shop order "Feather and Fate" for me. :heart: I like supporting my local stores. =D ) Might I say, it's a challenging album at first. I say challenging because it's not one of the A-typical sit down and easily get into albums, but one that requires you to listen to it more then once in a full sitting. (we don't like A-typical albums anyways.) But after you get past that, it's very heavenly and beautiful. It's also great to work to. ^_^ If you like ethereal Goth music, you'll love this group. (better then Cocteau Twins) Anyways i like them a lot. :heart:

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Anyways this pic was a bitch to color. My biggest concern was to make it NOT look like the Corpse Bride. Sorry this dark little picture couldn't make it for October, but hey why does darkness have to end just because of a month gone by?

-chan

4/09/07 EDIT: Adjusted the levels and contrast of the image for a better, brighter and clearer image.

8/23/07 EDIT: Print option added.
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:iconwitchkayla:
WitchKayla Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. absolutely amazing
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:iconentleeren-sie-seele:
Entleeren-Sie-Seele Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Amazing.
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brookef3w Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
haha , nice thing
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dollbabyd12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
thats super pretty!!!!!!!!!!1 :)
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:iconmitternacht-wunsch:
Mitternacht-wunsch Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Amazing! :heart:

~[KS]~
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:iconvioleta960:
Violeta960 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :thumbsup:
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gothic stuff can be pretty damn cool sometimes. I really like the feel of this one.
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Tudsen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Amazing! It somehow reminds me of "The Corpse Bride" :)
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:icontudsen:
Tudsen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Amazing! It somehow reminds me of "The Corpse Bride" :)
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:iconlunasei:
Lunasei Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
very nice. I love your style it very dark but very elegant. It's awesome!
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:iconkittensoft:
Kittensoft Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work..!!
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:iconkaos-nest:
Kaos-Nest Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing work! wonderful colours <3
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:iconrecycledwax:
recycledwax Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
amazing as usual! Great colors work here!
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:iconillo-j85:
Illo-J85 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
Beautiful work
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:iconfourarmsandnobrain:
FourArmsAndNoBrain Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
it's awesome! i love the way you draw hands! they are so real!
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:iconannasparrow:
AnnaSparrow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Student
beautiful! :D I really love the colors :)
(hm...Corps Bride :aww:)
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:iconoogrimoo:
OogrimoO Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice :)
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:iconvelox-mortis:
Velox-Mortis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This made my wish list, which hadn't been added to since 2006.
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:iconspookychan:
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconcdrews:
cdrews Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
your drawing painting and ilustrating with photoshop stil amazing!! :D
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:iconchubbycat:
chubbycat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
oh wow thats amazing! very cool!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
awesome composition and style... like a lovely deep, dark dream. very nicely done! :clap: :+fav:
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:iconmistletoeandboots:
mistletoeandboots Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Great work, very atmospheric. Can i ask where u get your ideas from, or perhaps rather, which artists inspire you?
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:iconspookychan:
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
*re-reads...*
And this is why i should wake before I comment! (i'm freshly awake of roughly 15 minutes.)

Sorry i misread the comment m'dear. I'm an idiot. Forgive?


I am largely inspired by music, rather than artists themselves. It's about feelings I get when i listen to music that inspire ideas- the inspiration for this picture was pretty cut and dry- lyrics were dark and fun, and the music it's self was haunting and murky (like in a bayou or something.) Other than that my story for my comic inspires a lot of my illustration.

As for artists- I really like Egon Schiele.. though i haven't been inspired by him for awhile. hmm.. i dunno.. i look at tons of art on DA.. those are inspiring in that "cool, lets all do art" kind of way.

I dunno... art just happens these days.. i don't put too much thought into it.
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:iconmistletoeandboots:
mistletoeandboots Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Lol! No worries, I usually can't function for the first hour or so when i wake up, so you are completely forgiven! (a shit-loada caffine usually hits the spot too...)

And thanks for replying - i'm constantly looking for new inspirations, both on DA & in the real world, so it's really interesting to find out what inspires other artists, particularly ones who inspire me. (...argh, that seemed a horribly rambling...rambley thing. Grammar appears to go out of the window with me after 5pm...time to shut up...)
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:iconspookychan:
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you- Read the description under the image- it actually describes that.
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:iconmistletoeandboots:
mistletoeandboots Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Ah... ^^;
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:iconspookychan:
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
yep- this one was inspired by pretty musics. ^___^
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:iconh2omellon:
H2Omellon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Woooow...i just love it!
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:iconciburei:
Ciburei Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Thats awesome, I like the whole thing!
Even if this pic was hell of a biyatch to color, its worth it.
Cause you've done pretty well
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
Heh- you know i didn't recall this as being a bitch to color.. but there it is in the description... go fig! It's been about year's time since I did this and i've grown so much since then. I'd imagine that i'd be able to color this more effectively, and much better now, than then. (i'm now a colorist for the comic Sullengrey, so I have to be good at coloring. =) )

but glad you like it! even if it is old.. hehehe :giggle:
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:iconciburei:
Ciburei Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
wow so this is how you were about a year ago?
Thats cool.

That sounds like an interesting job. I wouldnt mind doing that for a living.
At first I've always wanted to be an animator, but anything else that centers around that y'know. How long did it take you?
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I didn't necessarily set out to be a colorist- it just kinda happened. Actually at about the same time I made this picture. I had just had my first art show, and then I got the offer from my now best friend, Drew Rausch to come color for his beautiful comic Sullengrey. Now mind you, i still haven't gotten my comic, "The God Machine" (which can be seen on DA at ~TheGodMachineComic) published just yet. But i have been doing pin-ups for various comic books (Gloom Cookie, Emo Boy, Peach Fuzz), and i was slated to work with favorite author on a comic, til it went through of course. I started towards my career when i dropped out of college in 05 (age 23), and put more effort into my personal work- which started to get me involved in various spots. -And now not only am I doing the coloring for Sullengrey, but I'm also going to be doing comics for the Anthology Teddy Scares, along with a pin-up for that as well. -and the possibilities don't stop there... I'm very hopeful for my comic career. More hopeful to get my comic published sometime soon!
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:iconciburei:
Ciburei Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
ha ah ah!! I think everyone has their ruts and breakdowns in collage.
I'm in one myself.
I need to get back in collage..

hmm although I thikn you might be a year or so older than me, I'm 24.
At anyrate, I'm putting a lot of my focus on to this website, drawing, and photoshop!
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
College just wasn't for me (actually they screwed me over with my credits- i was 6 classes away from graduating..) but they really put me down and made me feel like crap about my work, and i never fit in with the clics that existed there. So with them screwing me over, and putting me down, i called it quits. I've done better since then, and i've achieved a bit in the process... least it's a start.
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:iconciburei:
Ciburei Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
ha ha, thats good stuff. As far as that goes, I wouldnt pay it no mind. Remember, what doesnt kill you only makes you stronger eh?
So keep being you, do what you do, and treat ppl the way you wanna be treated, and it'll be all good.

Oh yeah I got a venture bro pic up I told you I was gonna do after seing yours. I grew kinda fascinated with Kim and Triana so I had to draw them. heh heh. It needs more of a background tho :(
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DarkSyren Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
sweet jeebus...you're amazing! I mean, I think that everytime I see one of your pieces. I really don't comment as often as I should. *bows* gomen. But I always always full view! :D

Anyways. Ah. This is so good. I love the colours and highlights. Her hair has a beautiful glow. I'll have to come back and listen to the song later. My boyfriend is asleep. and its only 12! Forever Slave inspired alot of paintings out of me...and I found them through dA of all places. Their lead singer is on here. Her journal said, "Listen to my band!" and it had a link to their myspace. I was thinking, "Ooooh god. This is going to be horrible." I was pleasantly shocked.

P.S. virgin widow? how sad. O.O
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm surprised you hadn't seen this one. (But i have submitted a great deal of work over time so it's no wonder.) I still can't get over how this image is almost a year old now, but still remains a favorite among people- so i made it into a print tonight.

Oh and no worries about the whole commenting thing (though i do love hearing from ya.) Life, that's something that's fairly important to be tending to. ^_~

Oh! speaking of "myspace" I just sent you a friend request. I hope you don't mind! ^_^

-as for "Virgin Widow," i do believe the song might have something to do with the plague- I could be wrong.. but it has some very awesome imagery if you think of it in the literal sense.

p.s. taking a listen to Forever Slave- Lisa Hammer (from Mors Syphilitica, and also happens to be Triana Orpheus from Venture Brothers) has a similar sound in her voice to the lead singer from Forever Slave- though the music in "Mors" is more ethereal than rock.
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ImagineTheEnding Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Oh hey it's one of the pictures I requested on your journal.

Sweetness. I love this piece.
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I figured I'd start with this one. :) (that and i needed to keep my mind straight.. since i wasn't getting work done, i thought i'd be productive somehow by submitting a print.)
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Chibi-Misha Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Wow! I love the colors! I also like the woman's figure. Amazing detail as always.
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
thanks, not to shabby for an almost year old pic.
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:iconafy:
AFY Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always loved that look of leafless trees and yours owns! :D
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minortragedy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
I LOVE your gallery, but this has got to be one of the best pics on the site.
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:iconspookychan:
SpookyChan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
^_^ thanks- i guess adding it as a print was a good idea then!
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minortragedy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007
absolutely
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mangaviciada23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Student
wwooowww O:O
soo good, that make's me think that I will never draw liwe that.........:(
do you mind if I try to draw like you?
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:iconsofish:
sofish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student General Artist
reminds me of corpse bride veery much.
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Willowwolf23 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student General Artist
This is amazing! :clap: The emotion it gives is great, and I love the colors you used. :+favlove:
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MissDarling23 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Student General Artist
Amazing, absolutely amazing! :clap:
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