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20 May 2008 @ 12:08 am
Art: Sorrows End  
Title:Sorrows End
Rating & Warnings:PG & Bellatrix
Prompts:"Race" and Sonnet 30: "But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end."
Summary: Remus is there when Tonks needs him most.
Artist's Notes:I can't believe I have stayed up 'til midnight working on this. The looser, more expressive style is an experiment inspired by a comment from hrymfaxe about sculpting with shadow vs. using line work. Thank you!

Current Location: the window
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: wind chimes
katyscarlett76: KS76 drumskatyscarlett76 on May 20th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)

That is so powerful, you're going to have me sobbing at my desk!!

And that's all I can say, because I really am going to start crying. That is incredible, really well done!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 20th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I'm so sorry. There, there.

The death of Remus and Tonks hit me hard, too. I'm still not over it (and it's a little embarrassing to feel this much grief over fictional characters - but on LJ, at least I'm in good company!)
What's Taters, Precious?: Tater Drumsmrstater on May 20th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh wow.

This is an immensely powerful piece of artwork. You've given Hogwarts and Bellatrix such a suitably nightmarish quality for the setting (reminds me a lot of Edvard Munch's Scream, but then there's such serenity in Remus' hand taking Tonks' to guide her into the afterlife. It really takes the edge off the tragedy to see it there depicted with so much love between them. And all that in a pair of hands!

You continue to outdo yourself, and I hope we continue to see more art from you in this Jumble! And remember, if you exhaust these prompts, you can always come back for more!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 20th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. I was really trying to juxtapose the serene with the terrifying.

It really takes the edge off the tragedy to see it there depicted with so much love between them

See, I feel the opposite: "WHY, WHY????? But they were so in luuuuuuuuv!"

I will never exhaust these prompts! I have so many art bunnies in my head, my ears are beginning to itch! Bwahahahaha!
gilpin25: Remusismyfictionalboyfriendgilpin25 on May 20th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
This really does have the wow, sit-up-and-make-me-stare-at-my-screen factor. The background and colours of Bellatrix and Hogwarts are so dramatic, and so completely nightmarish, yet those two hands are so serene and reassuring and real in comparison. It's as though the background has already been left behind as a ghost. I love the moon and the one side of Hogwarts being seemingly on fire, as well as Bellatrix's claw-like, inhuman hand.

It's lovely that the handclasp and public acknowledgement of love and being together in HBP is repeated at the very end.

fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 20th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for noticing the handholding thing with the grief. My first thought for this involved otherworldly!Remus holding Tonks who was being done in, execution style, by Bellatrix.
But I didn't do it because a) that's sick! (of course, that hasn't stopped me yet) and b) my mind skipped across Dumbledore's funeral and just thought, 'now that's how they console each other in grief!'

I'm so glad you like this piece!
godricgal: Need yougodricgal on May 20th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
A piece of artwork has never made me cry before, but I'm sitting here doing just that. It's such a powerful piece that I don't really know where to start, but what strikes me most, I think, is how delicate Tonks' hand is and how gently Remus appears to be taking it. (It's probably not the time to be fixating on how sexy his hand is, but it is...) The way they're touching is so serene in contrast to the hellish image of Bellatrix and Hogwarts looking so sinister behind her. I think this is truly stunning and I hope you're very pleased with it. :)
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 20th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
*wipes tears* I'm still not over their deaths.

(It's probably not the time to be fixating on how sexy his hand is, but it is...)


You go from tears to fantasizing about Remus' hands? You and your racy icons XD

Thanks so much for your comment and all that you noticed about this piece and its contrasts. I fussed with it so much that I'm oddly detached from it - probably just because it was an experiment in style (whatever that is).
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Merry: Merrydrummerryb87 on May 20th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! It's so sad, and so touching and I just love how you caught this scene, and of course Remus would be there easing her to the afterlife.

Job well done!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 20th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I have to believe for the sake of my own real grief over these two fictional characters that Remus was there for her and they were united in death.
shimotsuki: metamorfic_moonshimotsuki on May 20th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow...

I'm afraid I'm having a hard time coming up with something original to say, so I'll give up and just say that I teared up too, and was struck by the way it feels like a nightmare, except for the peace and delicacy of the hands (I love the delicate beauty of the ring). This is a fantastic interpretation especially of the Shakespeare prompt, and it does take away some of the sting of their untimely end to think of them together forever.

In terms of texture from light and shadow, I don't know anything about artistic techniques, but what I thought was interesting was that the hands, Bellatrix, and the castle all have very different textures, and the way you use the light and shadows seems to reflect that. I definitely see shape and depth in each of those parts of the image.
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for noticing the little details. You have a great eye for details, often pointing out things I never even noticed about my own drawings (or are they paintings? IDK Stuff?).

I really dig my prompts. The sonnet perfectly sums up their angst-ridden existence; torn between the perils of the world and their own little love nest ;) While the word "race" has so many wonderful and relevant meanings. For the last piece, the rivulets of tears were the "race" while in this one, I'm thinking about "race" in terms of the path of the cosmos; the life/death cycle.
Carolinecae_prince on May 21st, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Like most others, I'm sitting here unable to think of something coherent to add to all that has been already said. You're a master of the subtle and yet you convey so much through your pictures.

The sinister background of Hogwarts and Bellatrix and the softness of Remus and Tonks' hands are beautiful in their contrast of what they represent. My eyes are always drawn to the thin band on Tonks' finger for some reason, there's just something quite powerful in the fact that you had her left hand lying in his right one. Its a representative of how even Bella who represents Death, cannot part these two.

And like the others point out, the love and tenderness is totally palpable in the way Remus is grasping Tonks' hand.

Stunning work! I look forward to more of your art in this jumble
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Awwww Shucks! Thank you!

I luuuurve Remus and Tonks and just want them to be happy... and together... and alive. Is that too much to ask? *sniff*
sspring92sspring92 on May 21st, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
::sob:: Didn't know if I wanted to look at it, but I'm glad I did. It's nice to know I'm not the only one still grieving fictional characters almost a year after the fact!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
We have virtual clubhouse full of grievers here. It's good to have the company! *sniff*
hrymfaxehrymfaxe on May 21st, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Argh, lj ate my comment!! well here we go again:

Wow. The contrast between the sickly green and black colours of Bellatrix and the warm living skin colours of the hands is really powerful. And also quite ironical, as Bellatrix is the one who is alive and Remus and Tonks are dead... It is a sad statement that those who embraced life and love are the ones who end up paying the high price. (but luckily Bellatrix gets it too in the end!)

I also love the tender hold Remus has on Tonks' hand (and admire how skilfully you have rendered the differences between male and female hands). You can just imagine how he has held back, wanting to know that she was safe, and how he will now help her on to the best of his abilities.

I'm glad you took up the challenge of leaving out the lines. It works really well for this piece, together with the colours giving it a slightly surreal feel. I especially like the sculpting on Bellatrix, and also her really dramatic and dynamic pose.

Very well done!
fthpfthpfthp: kissfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all the compliments and also for the suggestion of leaving out the black lines. This piece was different for me from start to finish and it was a nifty experience to just let it form without plotting it all out and meticulously cleaning it all. I'm fairly pleased with the result.

On the other hand, I'm frustrated with the foreshortening in Bellatrix's pose. The right hand is too big, the left too small, I think.

I luuurve R/T. *sigh*
jncar: R/T hugjncar on May 21st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
I love this.

The contrast between the horrific images of battle with the serene and peaceful invitation to the next life is very potent and powerful.

I've never seen fan art from the pov of someone on the receiving end of an Avada Kevadra before, and you handle this unique perspective very well. I'd like to think that this is how it really happens--a peaceful end, rather than a painful one.

Plus, you manage to evoke a great deal of tenderness and love with the simple image of two hands. Beautifully done.
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments. The approach to this piece was really different for me and it just sort-of evolved. I hadn't planned to make it from Tonks' perspective; just had this loose idea of Remus taking her hand. But as I drew the scene from back to front, it just became what Tonks was seeing.

I'm so glad you like it.
belladonna1986: red quillbelladonna1986 on May 21st, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a terrifying artwork!

You depicted a moment, which I think is hard to bear or draw, but you managed it brilliantly.
The atmosphere is creepy and dark, Bellatrix looks threatening and lethal and the hand-holding of Remus and Tonks in the foreground is touching and intense *shudders*

I like this style (but not really the sad subject *grins*) :D

Great work!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 21st, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm totally coping with my grief over my favorite characters through drawing ;)

Thank you! I was going for creepy.
bookish_browniebookish_brownie on May 22nd, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
This is a powerful piece. The colors and the light surrounding Bellatrix and Hogwarts really add to the suitably creepy atmosphere. And, while I am still firmly in denial, I hope the end was like that for them. The hand holding and the detail of the wedding band work well as symbols of hope and love amidst all the darkness. Well done!
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 22nd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. I hope for peace, too. I just ache for these two - such beautiful angst and tragedy.

I hurt too much to be in denial. :( Ah, Grief!

Thank you so much for your comment.
philotic_net on May 25th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, awesome much!?
While your afterlife art was so light and airy, this proves such a chilling contrast! I love love love burning Hogwarts illuminated in the distance. And yet the ethereal glow around Remus' hand gives a dismal situation hope. Excellent excecution of a dramatic scene.
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on May 26th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!

This was really hard for me to like because I prefer a methodical approach to everything, so essentially sculpting this from nothing was really uncomfortable. Also, grief. *sob*

I heart R/T. That's how comes I keep on drawing.
drumher: should be deaddrumher on May 26th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Good for you in trying something different. You've created a really powerful piece here, and not just because of the subject matter. The darker background images contrast nicely with the hands in the foreground. This is such a sad piece and yet, despite their tragic outcome, I'm left with a feeling of hope that Remus and Tonks are together in whatever comes after. Excellent work.
fthpfthpfthpfthpfthpfthp on June 1st, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad this inspires an emotional reaction. I had a completely different concept for it at first and the whole thing would have turned out differently if I had used my usual approach. It was hard to just let it become something instead of planning the piece then executing the plan.

Thank you for your comments.
bonesfreakbonesfreak on October 19th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
*sniff* So touching. Job well done. :)