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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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:iconmaruseria:
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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:iconshimial:
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.
:heart:
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:iconacidrhapsody:
Acidrhapsody Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
its a nice analogy for christ and his atonement if you think about it
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's how I thought of it, as well.
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KasonSama Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved that story, so sad and pretty...
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:iconspockezri:
spockezri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Lovely :)
That story is amazing, and it's so sad...
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CartoonCactus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
My favourite tale ;) Really nice illustration. I really like the drop of blood on the rose petal ;) The only pity, in my opinion, is that there's not expressed how useless the whole sacrifice was...but I doubt It would be possible to paint this idea in any way...

But really great work ;)
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Navi128 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Tis so deep and, awesome. I really like this! :pat:
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconsongstressofselene:
songstressofselene Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Tragic and beautiful; I love it!
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:iconnaturalbear:
naturalBEAR Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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9zara-sparghai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I LOVE THIS STORY. Oscar wilde ftw. Beautiful story and beautiful art :love:
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :lol:
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:icon9zara-sparghai:
9zara-sparghai Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Your welcome!!
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:iconrenca-w:
Renca-W Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
This story always freaks me out and makes me cry
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:petting:
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:iconrenca-w:
Renca-W Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
:tears:
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:icontime-warrior:
time-warrior Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Wow! :heart:

TW :peace::D
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:iconashmistylover:
ashmistylover Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
omg u rock the art world up side down
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:iconstellinanera:
stellinanera Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this story, is my favorite design is really amazing, really compliments!!!!! ^__^
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:iconsnowyblackrose:
snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010   General Artist
i love this picture!!!!!so awesome!!!definitely one of my favs!!
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconzoro-swordsman:
zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Beautifully tragic~ :+fav:
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:iconartist32:
Artist32 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
omigawd thats like soo pretty i could never do anything like that
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! And don't give up, give it time and practice and you could come up with your own something awesome :)
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Hoogabah Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
I have always been quite fond of this story and I think you did a great job in illustrating it. You have kept it rather simple but it is still beautiful. Good job.
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Hoogabah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Your very welcome. :D
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sasukelover777geneva Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Poor birdie!!! But gorgeous pic ^_^
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:icongervolg:
GerVOlg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Ah! Majestic!
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krimsongrace57 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
:)
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Caustyk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Look up 'Killer Rose' in the search box and it will come up with the copied work.. I'm not sure if the last link I tried to post worked for you.
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:iconthenumber42:
thenumber42 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for letting me know. I commented on the person's page, we'll see how it turns out.
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:iconcaustyk:
Caustyk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
I'm not sure if you're aware, but someone has copied your work... : /

[link]
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CatOfManyWhiskers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. Heart-breaking and emotional. Such as sad tale. Well done.
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Lady-Kerovan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Sorry; couldn't help faving; it's one of my favorite stories ;)
Lovely illustration!!
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Silhouette01 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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:iconheartandbonebreaker:
heartandbonebreaker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sad... but so beautiful!
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UmbraeCalamitas Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional Writer
Wow.

Extremely powerful, this piece of work. It has me drawn to the story, so I will have to seek it out and read it.

Favorited.
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:iconstako:
stako Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This story is a fave of mine! Its so sad... And great! Love it! Bravo!!!
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theinnerdevil Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
great pic also now i want to read the story
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Driaga Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
This picture reminds me a short story by H. Ch Andersen "A rose from Homer's grave". Anyway i drew something more or less similar in my book with Andersen's stories. :)
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