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March 24, 2007
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Mar 24, 2007, 2:19:40 PM
Manech and the Mitten by hever Manech and the Mitten by hever
This is a scene from the film "A Very Long Engagement"...which is fabulous. For those of you who may be a bit confused, it's a WWI soldier in no man's land--his hand was injured and so a fellow soldier gave him a red glove to wear.

I felt compelled to paint this particular scene because I'm always fascinated by the juxtaposition of the delicate with the calloused.
It's reminiscent of the Chocolate Cream Soldier from George Bernard Shaw's play "Arms and the Man"...the weary and starving Serbian soldier gorging on chocolate candies.
"You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub."

I had to expand it onto 2 there's a damn seam.
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mycarcrashheart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
im in love with your work
puestodelsol Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a brilliant piece of work! it has been featured in a news article about addiction and disorders here... [link] thank you for this!
puestodelsol Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i want to use this in a journal feature/article i'm doing on mental disorders.

do you give me permission to use this? if yes i need you to let me know what type of disease/disorder you would consider this.

Thanks!!! :D

puestodelsol Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is really good! the seam isn't that bad... i sortof over looked it until you mentioned it....
i think this is great! :D
DrowningByWords Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Writer
:wave: Hiya i've featured your wonderfully
accurate, dramatic and emotive
A Very Long Engagement drawing
in a DA film related news article. [link]
I hope you don't mind.
hever Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! I don't mind at all. I'm glad you liked it enough to feature it :)
DrowningByWords Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Writer
you're very welcome and I love that film and your work
deserves the recognition and stands out on its own beyond being based on a film :hug:
Keira-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is totally going in my favorites! :cries: I'm a military officer myself, and so this really rings a true bell in my heart. The scared yet complacent look on his face portrays the confusion he feels at where he is right now but he still wants to be brave.

You are not afraid to add different tones into the skin...I really like that! Skin has so many different colors and I love when people capture them, and it's so hard in watercolours :D Fantastic job! :heart:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you--I'm glad you feel that I've captured the true essence of the moment. It's based off of a scene in a film, so maybe that would be something of interest to watch...I've heard that it's one of the most accurate portrayals of WWI in a film.

I'm actually trained as an oil painter rather than watercolors, so it's only natural for me to add a combination of colors into skin tones. Thanks again.
Keira-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hehe, yes, that and "Saving Private Ryan" has been heralded as one of the most realistic portrayals of the war by veterans. Some of them had flashbacks and when into psychological withdrawal when they watched the movie O_O Oooh, oils! :heart: You're welcome!
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