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10/90 by LilaeaBluecoat 10/90 by LilaeaBluecoat
Not sure how I feel about this. Like my idea enough, but have mixed feelings about the middle panel. One moment I feel okay with it looking a bit abstract and the next moment I just think I did a lousy job at drawing! I may redo that whole panel some day. This is not that day though. ;)

I will explain what this is about to me all the way at the bottom, so you can easily skip it if you'd rather have your own interpretation. I'd love to hear yours, though!

Requesting your input on something: I have yet to sign this. When I do, I will immediately designate something as being the 'top'. So my question to you: Which view do you like best? The one above or any of these?



Materials and credits:
- Main reference by ^Elandria, additional reference by *Eirian-stock
- Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board A3
- Pencils from 4H through 6B; Staedtler Mars Lumograph and Tombow Mono 100's
- Mechanical pencils 0.3 in H and B
- Various erasers
- Various blending tools

WIP:
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What this is about to me:
Our experiences change us. Every experience can invoke a combination of certain emotions, where one may be stronger than the other, but rarely is it fully black or white.
The loss of a loved one, that dream you've had to give up, that friendship that just disappeared with the passing of the years, etc... All of these things come with grief, but undoubtedly also with some good memories and smiles.
Aside from that though, this also shows to me how experiences like that can permanently change us. If you're not careful, you might end up bitter. The title refers to that quote "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it."
Life is ever-changing (what the water symbolizes), but it's up to you what you take from it and do with that.
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ThePix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! :heart:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thank you!!
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Elandria Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful work! Glad my stock came in useful!! :hug:
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CyclopBunny Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
nice concept!
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thanks!
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
I really, really like it! Love the concept, the execution, your description. The quote "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it." is very true and your drawing matches it perfectly.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Thanks very much Dominika!!! The older I get, the more truth there seems to be to that quote and it's a good one to always remember - there's so much horrible stuff that can happen to a person, but in the end the way you let it influence you is the determining point in how your life is going to be after that. :nod:
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Same here, problems are piling up when you grow older, but only calmness can save you.
You're welcome :iconflyingheartsplz:
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your lovely artwork has been featured here [link]
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Thanks very much dear Kevin! :hug:
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :D
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stromfire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
so cool
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Thank you!
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the whole thing! its one of those drawings you cant stop looking at! :wow:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you Sharon! Great to hear you like it!
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Shazhutch Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :love:
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JustABeautifulDream Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I love it! The idea is really good and I actually really like the middle one. It is on the first glance visible that it is water and I like how blurred she is under the surface.

The two sideway ones are my favourites. It gives an equal feeling to both of them and doesn't favour one of them. And it makes the middle panel much more of the focus.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I'm very happy to hear you like the end result!!!
I wasn't too sure if the water was recognizable, so I'm glad you say it is.
I did try to keep a balance between the two sides by not favouring like you said, but I actually found that quite difficult if only for just the color differences! So yet again, I'm elated that you feel I pulled that off well enough!
Thanks very much! :hug:
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MiriooM Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW this is a wonderful idea girl. I feel like she trying to touch her self in the other word .. Oh it's just a great drawing. Well done. :aww:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Oh I love that interpretation! In a way, it's very true, too, because in my mind she is trying to touch the person she once was. Or that little part of her that got lost along the way, if that makes sense.
Thanks a lot!
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MiriooM Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah i like that she is trying to touch that part of her wish she lost it a long time ago ! Great thinking.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
:hug:
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cloudmilk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Nathalie, I was sure this would turn out great. I love the concept you developed here, and which is so true. Your interpretation is wonderful, and give to it the dimension it deserves. I won't go further, as the events this refers to are your own, and the past. Today I must say you transpose emotions so well to art.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Your comment makes me very happy! So glad to hear this lives up to your expectations!
It's a difficult theme to present in a way that hasn't already been done 1.000.007 times I feel. I hope I did it in a way that at least was a bit different than the rest.
Thanks a lot Claude! :hug:
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LulusDance59 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I like the idea! :) So awesome and well drawn!! :) Though I prefer if the girl in dark clothes was on the top while the girl in light clothes was on the bottom. I think that it creates a better flow from top to bottom rather than having the girl in light clothes on top, which stops me from viewing the image as a whole. :) Just saying.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thanks a lot!
I also really appreciate your view on the orientation. You certainly aren't the first to mention this option has the best 'flow' to it, so there must be truth in! Thanks again!
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LulusDance59 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)

Thanks.
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is an interesting concept and I think I'd orient it sideways to allow the viewer to see it either way... The good and the bad balanced as it were. :-) I really like this piece Nat and I like the middle panel too... Sort of like they're trying to see into the future but it's like the ripples of water won't allow you to see it clearly... I hope I've made a bit of sense in my ramblings ;p Great job dear! :D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You make a lot of sense Kevin! And I actually very much like that idea!
I think I'm starting to like the middle panel more and more, because it seems to appeal to people quite a lot and the fact it ísn't completely clear at first what is going, seems to be a big part of that.
Your thoughts on the orientation are appreciated as well. I myself am leaning towards that option too, because of the balance like you say, but on the other hand I wonder if that doesn't draw the attention to the middle panel too fast. Perhaps I should have her pointing downwards then...
Thanks Kev! :hug:
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the piece works as it is I don't think I'd have her pointing any other way... Think of the women of old who would use clear water to try and see into the future. They were often thought to be witches but Wicca actually just means wise woman! These women were mostly simple folk who lived with the land and were one with it. I believe your piece speaks of these women and how good or bad they struggled to learn what they could... I also think it says that no matter how hard we try the future isn't something that can be fortold. Yes you may get drawn into the center originally but then your eye travels out and takes in the whole piece. People will read into it what they want and everyones opinion will be different! That's what makes this such a meaningful piece! Allow the viewer to form their own conclusions! That's why I think it should be oriented sideways as it were so that it does balance... Sorry I didn't mean to ramble ;p BTW I love this piece a great deal! :hug:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thank you once again for your thoughtful comment Kevin! I do agree that people will see different things in this, and somehow connect it to their own frame of reference or associate it with their own experiences, as I've already seen that happening in these comments! I think it's very cool it turned out to have that aspect to it!
Your 'rambles' are always very welcome! :glomp:
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I'm so glad that your piece is being so well recieved I think it deserves all the attention you can get for it :iconslipperyhugplz:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
:glomp:
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archangelmike07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good concept!:D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thanks a lot! :D
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mmuch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it best [link] this way, as the woman on the middle panel seems the most important person of this drawing and she gets the most attention in here. Also the position (with the head at the bottom) looks the best to me.
Great job with all the shading! The flowers are very realistic and it's wonderful that side panels don't have too many details on them. It makes them look clear and undisturbed. It had to be hard to draw those women in such unusual perspectives. I love the water-effect, too! :heart:
The drawing itself is stunning. If we connect it with your interpretation, it becomes an very valuable artwork. What means the best kind of artwork, I think. ;)

And I'm so sorry for commenting it so late, but I've been kinda busy lately. :(
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thank you Oliwia! No worries about commenting 'late' or whatever, there's no rule saying you need to do so in X days! Just happy to hear from you!
I had actually planned on doing a lot more flowers (I looked up lots of symbolism surrounding them), but decided against it in the end because I did too like the sort of 'clean' look it had this way as opposed to the busy middle panel.
Thanks for letting me know about what orientation you like best, too! It's great to hear all the different opinions on it!
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mmuch Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, Nathalie! :hug:
As I think, glut isn't good, so I love it this way. And the symbolism is very clear, too.
No problem, it's interesting how different point of view different people have. :)
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Q-Le Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Drawing! I really like the contrast between the upper and lower panel. Not only the colours but also the difference in (for instance) their hair style and the flowers. I actually like the middle panel, it's my favourite part :giggle:
Also, I like the composition like this. But if signing becomes a problem you can sign it somewhere random in the drawing (which what I usually do) or at the back.
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thank you Quynh! I had wanted to make the females even more different from another and add more flowers, but decided against it in the end, for fear of making it too 'busy'.
I'm glad you like the middle panel! Hearing that makes me feel less insecure about it for sure!
I think I may just end up signing on the back. I would place it somewhere random, like on a diagonal or whatnot, but with it being the way it is (set up very angular, with the three frames), too random would be a distraction I fear.
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Q-Le Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I understand :) this piece is quiet symmetrical, it would indeed be "out of place"
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Reaching into the dark pool which side will she get hold of today? I love it Nat!! It turned out great and I like it either way up too ...... :wow: :love:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks Paula! It is less detailed than others of mine, but I kind of like the style that seemed to follow that.
Thanks also on the input on the orientation! :glomp:
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
This is so stunning! Love the idea! Perfect drawing!:heart:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks very much Hayley! I appreciate it! :hug:
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You're welcome!:huggle:
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eajna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
this is beautiful and so interesting, both to look at and the concept itself :clap: I love it and my favourite is the middle panel, I simply don't see any problem with it, it's beautifully rendered and its complexity perfectly underlines your idea behind the drawing :nod: :love:
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks very much Eszter! I'm very happy to hear you like it and don't see a problem with the middle panel! Perhaps it's just in my head then, after staring at something for so long you can't quite see clear anymore sometimes! :XD:
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Fanfur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow i really love the creativity. i think the picture is fantastic :D
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LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks bunches dear! :hug:
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