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Three Deaths by emla Three Deaths by emla
watercolor and gouache, 5x7"

This thing is smaller than it should have been. It's about the size of a postcard... so a lot of the paint was later applied with a liner brush. D:

Further experiments with mixing watercolor and gouache! I've set aside my gouache paints except for a large tube of designer's white, which I mix with my regular watercolors to make colored gouache. The result is a separate pallet of gouache colors that properly matches my watercolor set.

Line art for anyone curious: [link]
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darxis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
There was some writing about this pic in a thread I thought was funny.

"When shall we three meet again? When the Hurlyburly's done! KYAKYAKYAKYAK"
"Oh, Stuff it, Yorick. That's not even your play."
"Well we have to pass the time somehow, and that one never talks."
"......."
"Yorick, I just want to harvest the godsdamn grain. Elysium has to stay clean, that's the job. Now shut up and reap."
"...et tu, Bru-"
"If you weren't dead I would murder you."
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emla Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
That is awesome, thanks for sharing it with me! :D
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured here [link]
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
So nice -- thanks for sharing with the Ugly Mugs group!
Featured [link] and [link]
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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profoundlyscrewedup Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
they are pretty cute and adorable for skeletons. I like them....
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love skeletons and I don't find them scary, so I'm glad that's coming across. :)
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elrehAan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two months and I've finally got around to commenting on this!

The detail you've managed to work into this piece is amazing, especially given the size. I really, really love this picture. The colours are amazing - I love the depth you've given to the wheat, it really feels like they're standing right in the middle of a big field of it. (Which obviously they are. I mean, y'know, I can FEEL the depth. D: ) It also has a sort of dusky, misty feel which adds to the "spooky" atmosphere, but I can't get over how happy those guys make me feel. It's just those big grins. They don't look too upset about being dead. And I really dig those little dog tag type things on the top guy's staff. Gorgeous work!
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beelzebuddha Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
LOVE this. Fantastic layering and texture build-up.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
amazing
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
thats okay
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   General Artist
This is really, really, gorgeous. Your patience for detail continues to amaze me. Especially when I see you did the linework for each and every stalk of wheat...
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm not sure it's a good idea to ink everything in this much detail all the time. ;)
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
oh, I don't know, some things are hellacious on the patience to do, but they pay off artistically.
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emla Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Heheh. Hellacious on the patience isn't such a bad thing for me. I'm pretty patient and I like doing detail work. It's the hellacious on the carpal tunnel that gets to me. Mostly I plan to solve the issue by painting bigger and doing my line work with the paint instead of a micron pen. ;)
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009   General Artist
Yeeegh. Yeah, okay, I get that. Tendonitis has been slowing me down lately, it sucks when I can't draw because my fingers are numb.
You do such amazing stuff though.
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thirdhand Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
this reminds me of the Dia De Muertos art I saw in Mexico. we had a fam reunion on Cozumel and my sister showed up with Dia de Muertos Converse sneakers!
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emla Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat!

I like Dia De Muertos art too, since it has the distinction of unabashedly portraying the dead without being creepy.

Of course, I like creepy stuff, too. ;)
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Sunhorde Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
The level of detail is amazing, especially considering the size. For some reason I especially love the little birds. :D
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emla Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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mrsorrentino Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
wow very nice, the highlights are beautiful!
whats new? hows work??
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emla Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :skull:

Work circumstances have... changed, to say the least. I am now aggressively pursuing freelance work in publishing, which I think will make me a lot happier than sitting in an office and doing product designs. ;)

What are you up to these days?
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think my favourite part is the background visible through the vegetation. It seems a bit foggy, lovely effect. Also, it's interesting to see how the atmosphere changed from the lineart to the finished piece. The final image is much more soft and soothing. The deaths seem to grin much more intently before :skull::skull::skull:
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emla Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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audio Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
LOVE IT!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Livindeath Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
small maybe but whit an impresive amount of detail
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That is a lot of detail to cram into a 5x7 image! Very lovely. :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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krimsongrace57 Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Did I mention that I like skeletons? :D

I heart this, man! :D :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Hymenomycotina Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh, Red-winged Blackbirds!
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suchomimus Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
exactly what I said!
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bob-artist Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
AWESOME!!! Very cool effect with the gouache and the leaves.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :tea:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous. i love how you individuated their costumes, and the inclusion of the redwing blackbirds. also the texture and detail in the background. ;}
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done. It's wonderfully detailed, but the details don't overwhelm the overall image. I love all things skeletal, so it's no mystery why I dig this painting. Lovely work. :)
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emla Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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redpennant Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
I love how rich this painting is. I find that it suggests so much culture and nuance... I really like the black birds :)
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emla Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Moorstream Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
It's sp pretty! The colours go together so well and they look kind even though they're living dead and all. Your style really inspire me! Now.. I should just brainstorm for a new idea.
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emla Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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shingworks Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Daaaang that is amazing. I didn't notice the red-wings so much on first glance of the sketch but here they stand out just enough. Lovely details!
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