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The second panel of my Life and Death diptych.  So for Death, I tried to draw a lot of parallels to Life; for instance the trees form the same shape, but they don’t have any leaves.  Also the butterflies in Life were replaced with a dead beetle, and some of the flowers were replaced by mushrooms.  Even though both death and life are looking over their shoulders, death appears to be hiding or shying away, whereas life seems more open and welcoming.  I also paid attention to what flowers I would put in the picture - I included black roses (symbols of death) and red poppies (symbols of remembrance for soldiers who died in wartime).  I was originally going to include a raven somewhere in there, but decided against it in the end.  Instead, death’s hair color is like that of a raven’s feathers.  It’s a little difficult to tell in this picture, but it looks more shiny in person.

This piece was done with soft pastels on Strathmore 18x24 toned paper and took about 40 hours to complete.  Hope you all like it!  I'll upload the full view of both pieces together next week.  :D

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What a beautiful piece of art!

I think that you've done an excellent job of conveying your theme. The muted colour tones and the thin, pale stature of the woman really invokes a sense of absence and wistfulness that go hand in hand with death.

I absolutely love that you've done this work with soft pastels. I think it's a credit to your skill that you were able to create a piece that's both powerful and delicate, with such a difficult medium.

There are so many intricate details that give this piece depth, I just love looking at this. :D

Fantastic work!
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theartistbear Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so captivating.
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memetzger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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crownlaurel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I love every part of this! :heart: the paleness of her skin, the thinness of her black hair, the use of red, the expression on her face, skull in the corner and the spindly trees. the balance is exquisite! and, I don't really know how to put this properly, but for the symbolism, I really like how you've drawn her nude. I guess everybody goes to death stripped of everything, themselves. in a similar vain, I like how she's turned away, so it's not sexual at all, and also conveys a feeling of mystery and... ominous beckoning. anyway, really well done! 
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memetzger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  Wow, that's so nice of you to say.  :love:
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crownlaurel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
of course! :heart:
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JonathanChanutomo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
such a sweet death
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha yeah I guess you could say that.
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JonathanChanutomo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, especially the skull in the bottom left hand corner.  Your details and attention to color are fantastic.  
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  <3
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Hela.
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I can see that now that you mention it.  :D
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very well done. :)
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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x-bossie-boots-x Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic piece my friend :)
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :love:
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x-bossie-boots-x Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure my friend :)
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SpenceSoulArt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I cant decide which one i like more, life or death! haha that sounds ironic
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
^^
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Entenn Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Wow! Creepy and atmospheric! Love the details on the back of her!
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :D
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xXARCIAXx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(prepare your nose :p) im not quite familiar in some art mediums nor to look out for some unique elements in a piece, but what i think to this by the first look really gives me a WOW! I mean the portray of all negative subjects that you included gives a life to portray the atmosphere of DEATH....its amazing that you have wide imagination in portraying a word into something incredible.........bow ^^,
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!!!  Lovely Shoujo (Heart for you) [V3] 
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! :)
It's a great contrast to Life, and I think they would look great as set with the women's backs turned against each other.
I love how creepy and malnourished she looks, you feel uneasy just looking at the piece!
Still, I like that you dind't just make everything completely dead, and definitely not ugly! I reckon it would've been easy to just replace her with a skeleton and only have wilted flowers, but this is much moreexciting, and in a weird way, it's beautiful.
Wonderful work! :clap:
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  That's awesome, you picked up on everything I wanted to communicate.  :love:  I'll upload the finished diptych with the two pieces back-to-back (Life and Death that is) next week, so you'll get to see it then.  It'll probably be the last upload for a while though - I'm leaving for about a month starting next week for VCU's summer intensive.  :D
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I-I did? :blush:
I guess you're just really good at communicating things! :D
And that would be great, then we could really see all the contrasts C:
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UJz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Nice work! It really does reflect a lot with the theme! :) 
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :love:
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321Engage Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are unbelievably talented! Phenomenal execution! Great colors! Interesting theme! This picture has it all! keep up the great work!
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!  Such a nice comment, I really appreciate it.  Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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321Engage Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll get sick of it soon enough since I'll probably be saying it a lot about your art from now on!
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, never!!  :D
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321Engage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Suuure XD
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Zwavelaar Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and at het same time disturbing...Excellent piece of art!
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :D
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kennitoster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! :)
Of the two I prefer this one. Not that the other is bad, it' just something about dark and creepy art that really fascinates me...
I hope you don't judge me :P
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!  No, I totally agree with you actually - Death is my favorite out of the two as well.  
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spricket Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Wow what a powerful piece! Beautiful!
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :love:
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ObscureLilium Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
This is very impressive :heart: Very nice concept and technique. Excellent work :rose:
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!  Racing Girl Emoji (Senpai noticed me) [V3] 
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ObscureLilium Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
You're very welcome :heart:
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kaber13 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well done.
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  :D
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kaber13 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome. Thank you for sharing.
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JamieWiles Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Love the details and coloring :)
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  :love:
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JamieWiles Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
You're welcome :)
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williamson13 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done,
in character
and in symbolism.

Heart +fav Heart 
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memetzger Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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