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The Nightingale and the Rose by thenumber42 The Nightingale and the Rose by thenumber42
My piece for ~Illustrationshare 's contest for "Illustrate a Story". This is taken from the tale of the same title, written by Oscar Wilde.

The plot of this tragic story is that a young man wishes to dance with the love of his life...but she will only dance with him if he gives her a red rose. But it's the dead of winter, so it's impossible. The nightingale, who wants him to be happy and in love, decides to help him find a rose. However, she learns that the only way to make one grow is to pierce her heart on the rose bush's thorn, to make a red rose bloom out of love and blood. She dies, and the young man plucks the rose to give to his lady love. She spurns the gift, which took such a tremendous sacrifice, because it doesn't match her dress.

Yeah. :chainsaw:

Pens on bristol, with colors in Photoshop 7.

This picture was featured in Vanity Fair Italy --> [link]
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Maruseria Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god. Just cried remembering this story. It's just amazing, and I loved your Illustration of it. Congratulations.
LadyLillyn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Photographer



Shimial Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I adore the Nightingale and the rose short-story and this is a great visual representation of it. Congrats!
alexiscaamal Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
DashieInLove Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Like the german Song "Nachtigall und Rose" from Saltatio Mortis... Beautiful Art! <3
Xloi63 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I want this as a tattoo, but I don't think it would translate well...
Freakin' beautiful though!
menoux Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, she rejects the gift because it doesn't match her DRESS?:iconareyoukiddingmeplz:

Excuse my language, but she is one hell of a bitch!:iconthatsgreatplz:
Kyouningyou Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I remember that story. It was crushing, but it made me think of a line from a different poem.

"Thou wast not meant to die, immortal bird..."

I forget the rest, but I translate it to she shouldn't have been allowed to make that sacrifice.
DamagedMusicBox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
CelebLhach Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I love this because because of the simplicity - with few elements you've managed to create a picture containing so much beauty and pain.
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