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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."

Watercolor.
I had to expand it onto 2 pages...so 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
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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!
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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

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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
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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.
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:iconhever:
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 :)
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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:
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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:
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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.
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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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aimaloo333 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
That's a great piece. And that was a fantastic movie, too. I would have totally just shot myself if it wasn't. I was freaking out the whole time. He better not die, he better not die. But he didn't. :) Love your piece. It's great.
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thing1thatiam Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent. =D :heart: to Gaspard Ulliel and his innocence in this movie. Very cool, I'm so very jealous of your talent.
Oh, so jealous.
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tickish13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
That is really good...I saw that movie and you captured the moment very well. :)
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks...it really is a lovely film :)
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littlemissartemis Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
Manech's marrying Mathilde! Mathilde's marrying Manech! That movie was so touching and sad. And the ending was happy too. If it wasn't I don't know what I would've done.
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hever Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's one of my all time favorite films :)
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ShadowSaine Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
I love the atmosphere here -- it's dark and gritty and helpless, and the haunted look in his eye is perfect. The seam looks fine to me; I'd even say it adds something to the piece. Lovely work.
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12hc12 Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Very inspirational work, here.
The tip of the mitten kind of looks... "floppy", but the rest of the work is fantastic. I love the detail in even the smallest of things. You can tell you spent a while on this one. Great portrayal of emotions, and fantastic colouring.
:star::star::star::star::star-half:
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your critiques…I appreciate it.
The mitten looks floppy because a few of his fingers were amputated. :)
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12hc12 Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, see, I didn't know that. Now it all makes sense. ;)
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, you couldn't have known it unless you saw the film...which gives you a reason to go see it ;)
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:icon12hc12:
12hc12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps I will. Next time I'm at a movie store, I'll check for it. ;D
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janedoe242n Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
looks great.. i think expanding it was good, even if there's a seam, still came out awesome. good job! =)
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confusedzebra Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Very nicely done. You have great blending and shading skills.
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stringandmarionette Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
This is really fantastic! The colors are deep and vibrant, it appears to be anatomically perfect, the composition is awesome... seriously, I can't find a single thing to complain about. Even with that seam it's a gorgeous painting.
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hever Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much--I'm glad you like it :)
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jakedx6 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, I like war art. There is a lot of uncaptured art in war. for watercolor you did a good job not losing any details and giving it a darker war like feel. That is not easly done. good job.
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the-Abysmal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Hey there, sorry it took me so long to comment.
I love that movie, and I'm anyway a bit of a WW1-freak and have spent the last year more or less only reading stuff about it, so I really like this picture! You captured Gaspard Ulliel really well, it's a perfect image of his character. Also, the whole scenery and colours you used reminds me of the art made by soldiers who actually fought in the war, so you really got the feeling and the emotions of the time in this picture. If you use movie stills as references, you are often limited to what the movie is bound to, but I think that you go more into the actual matter of the theme and don't just draw what you see but what you feel. Great job!
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hever Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
That's a really insightful comment and you made me look up some of the art produced by soldiers--it's amazing.
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secrethilarity Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007   Photographer
Wow. Really great work. I'm impressed. Going to my favs. I love the eyes.
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ornithophobia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Wow! Do you know how to portray emotion or what!? I think that there could be a little more stronger colors so it doenst look really monochromatic...adn I think where the line crease is should be where it stops (right behind the head) for a stronger compostion rather than having the person centered :)
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hever Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the critique. :)
At first, the blandness of the colors bothered me, but then I realized that it's a soldier hiding in a trench, and so he's trying his damndest to blend in because his life depends on it. It's funny how it changes things when you look at them a different way.
And I decided to add the right side onto the composition because it was too confined the other way...it needed the space.
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BlueUndine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant! The earthy dark colours and especially the expression on his face gives a great impression of a wounded soldier.
Great job on this :clap:
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CaffeinatedFrog Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
This is such a wonderful painting. You picked an awesome moment.
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
I just found it so powerful that I couldn't resist capturing it.
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carlotta-guidicelli Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
That is very beautiful :) THe colors are great, and so is his expression. I haven't seen the movie, but judging by what you've said in the description you've captured the mood :)
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hever Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :)
It's a hard expression to capture and not make it look awkward...I hope I succeeded...
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markmarkmark Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Photographer
reminds me of a scene from the trenches of WWI....i really like the style in which this was done
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It is :)
It's from a wonderful film that is visually fantastic.
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jonnydror Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Great Colors.
I liked the facial expression of the character :)
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violetdawson Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
This is a very compelling picture and then reading the story makes it even more so.

I really love all the little details, like the fact that the glove is dented in in a way which would be unnatural for a healthy hand to fit inside it.
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. That's a really interesting observation :)
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Ahh. I love it. You're very good with facial features. The eyes and lips are probably my favorite part (or maybe I just notice them the most since they are both so much brighter than the rest of the picture).

I think I may have to take up watercolor.
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hever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much...I wasn't sure if I pulled it off or not though.
You should give watercolors a try...it can't hurt ;)
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andrewkorshun Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
alright, this is well done, fellow traditional artist!

Here's why:

*the touch: watercolors is the best medium you could have possibly chosen here (in my humble opinion)

*The feel: the emotion is not plain, it's complicated and structured in every way. You really feel the mixed feelings (well, I do)

*The look: the war is picture greatly, the dirt, the little hope, the saddness

Amazing
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:iconhever:
hever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment...I really appreciate it :)
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andrewkorshun Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
you are welcome, I would love you comment on any of my work - just because I admire your and your opinion. Not that I'm pressing you into this, though
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Surely...I will comment later tonight when I get home from work :)
Are there any in particular you like me to look at?
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andrewkorshun Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
just whatever you want - my gallery is rather small (I've been on deviant for about 10 days only) the one in my signiture is running in a contest right now.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Seriously, how the hell do you find all of the time to do these? It seems like it's about once a week that you put one of these super impressive watercolors up. These would take me months. My jealousy of your skills is starting to border on resentment! ha ha. Awesome job on the expression, and I really dig the colors in this one.
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