Sunshine and Shadow by mercuralis

Sunshine and Shadow

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Added: Jun 07, 2005
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This was inspired by Robin McKinley's modern fairy-tale/horror/fantasy "Sunshine." It's sort of Beauty and the Beast--one of the reasons I loved it.

The novel is about an almost average girl, Sunshine, who is kidnapped by vampires. She is chained to the wall of an old abandoned mansion, meant to be dinner and dessert for Constantine, a vampire that they are trying to either break or kill or both. In an odd bit of fate, Constantine spares her life, something vampires never do. In return, when the sun comes up, Sunshine uses her long buried magical ability to allow him to step into the sunlight, thus allowing both of them to escape.

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I'm a big fan of the novel. this is beautiful.. a lot like what I had imagined.. makes me want to read it again Smile

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Thanks, Kay. I worked hard on this one.

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Stunning....I love the light and the window effect. Well done.

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I love this picture...Smile

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this is very good and also when I saw it...it made me so interested that the next day I went out and got it, the book that is. I'm reading it now. I like it alot! ^_^ I love your art too.

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This art has an incredible emotion to it. I think the expression in the faces could use some work, but the message is still portrayed. This immediately made me think of a phantom of the opera type story, he lurks in darkness, in past beauty (as you can see in the mirror) but longs for light and beauty, and she pities and loves him, but he is forever chained to the darkness...
thats just what it m ade me think of.. and I adore things like that. Lovely emotion, love the sunshine, very well done on that part

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nice drawing, i like the shadings and all!

mercuralis's picture

Thanks. I really try hard to make each thing I do better than the last thing I did. It keeps me moving forward. Smile

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Thank you. Smile

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Thanks!

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Thank you, Amy. That means a lot coming from an artist I admire. Smile

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Thanks. Smile I really wanted dust motes. I think they were important to give a sense of a still moment. I wanted it to almost feel like the people were frozen in the moment, and the only thing moving was the dust slowly floating down. Plus, they sort of hint at the fact that what is happening here involves magic.

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I also have been following this and it's sooo wonderful now! SO proud of you and this piece, you really know how to keep improving and working at something!! WELL DONE!!

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Brovo! I love this peice. It has something about it that has somewhat of a longing feel to it. Dreadfully Lovely.

rita's picture

COOL Wink

toeknuckles's picture

i've been following this at the forum too, and it's turned into a beautiful peice with a wonerfully magical feel. well done.

griffingirl's picture

Love the details...like the dust motes. Been following this at the forum. Well done!

Art at its best.