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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.
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LadyLillyn Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Photographer

nice

 

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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!
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alexiscaamal Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
nice
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DashieInLove Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Like the german Song "Nachtigall und Rose" from Saltatio Mortis... Beautiful Art! <3
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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!
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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:
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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.
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DamagedMusicBox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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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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