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Dearly Beloved by sphinxmuse Dearly Beloved by sphinxmuse
Lest you think I have been in complete hibernation . . .


These two pen & ink drawings are for a project I am working on which will hopefully come to light in the not-too-distant future. They are inspired by a great deal of Art Nouveau illustration and book design. The thorny vines are intended to be stylized wild rasberries while the plants at their feet are bloodroot.

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:iconwhiskeyjohnny:
whiskeyjohnny Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous!
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Alarum23 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Love your art 
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work.

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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome.

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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually they remind me more of Norse knotwork not dissimilar to celtic but not the same. Nice clean draftsmanship.
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
I agree, the knotwork is closer stylistically to Norse rather than Celtic.
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconthumbplz: lovely piece though. I like both styles also Saxon art and any medieval style, paintings, tapestries, woodcuts, in fact any decrotive art from 500 BC to about 1100 AD.
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silvervixis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
beautiful. I agree with all of the comments

If you ever do a similar design that has foxes in it, let me know :)
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) We'll see...I have been on a skeletal creature kick lately.
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Tama-chankitty Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous... I am especially enamored by the skull/heart imagery. Heart as life-giver while bones indicate mortality. These creatures exist somewhere in between. Very nice
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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taslishaw Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student
Incredible. I am stunned.
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primulatook Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   General Artist
very nice!lovely design...
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Lilielo-Lawliet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
amazing
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red20 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
These have a distinct germanic/celtic touch, and are so elaborate!
Beautiful work.
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you, that was certainly an influence on this piece.
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Seshata Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
Love It!!! ohh to have an article to do it justice!

Gorgeous work as usual!
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work!
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Randy-Cushman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
So well designed. Gorgeous!
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MurderSlipgirl666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008   Writer
Its amazing.
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:iconsleetwealth:
Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Simply stellar!
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
again, amazing!!!
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myselfdead Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
Very impressive :D
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swandog Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is utterly amazing! :wow: And you should submit it to :icontheknotters:! :D
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2007   Traditional Artist
I was not aware that *TheKnotters existed until you just mentioned it! I have applied to join - so hopefully I can submit this and other pieces in the future :D
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swandog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work would fit right in there! :D (And I really, really love this one!) :heart: :love:
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, and thank you also for making me aware of that group!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
These are the sort of images I could stare at for years, following all the tiny details. I love Art Nouveau anyway, and knotwork, and mythology, so this is spectacular and catches me right in several of my favorite things. Way cool!
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milo2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
it's mesmerizing! so much for me to look at and love! :heart:
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Powerful and striking, nicely done.
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graemeb Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
This is really kool, mind you I love Art Nouveau I would like to know what you are going to do with it.
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
That shall be revealed in time ;) I don't want to unveil the project until it's completed and I still have a lot of work to do on it!
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great job! I love Jugend style, I´ve even made a school report on it!
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xxsqueekbatxx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
this is breathtaking. very classy, stylish work.
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aleksandracupcake Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's so lovely and decorative :heart:
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sekenda-keket Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007   Digital Artist
yay for deer.. and... cernunnos?
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007   Traditional Artist
Do you see Cernunnos as being represented by one of those deer?
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:iconsekenda-keket:
sekenda-keket Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007   Digital Artist
Yeah I guess. Just how I saw it.
Not saying thats what you meant ahah.
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Jenevah13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
Glad to see you're back, I always love seeing your pieces, it makes my day :) Inspiring!
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Anelis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
brilliant!!
the concept is icredible & the details are so beautiful!
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SleepingTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
The image of the skeleton showing through the skins of the deer really reminds me of what always makes me think of how fragile life is.
That just under a little bit of skin and flesh, we're all just bones.

Awesome job, by the way. I love the aged look you gave it.
I could completely see it in an 18th century storybook or something.

Beautiful work.
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evil-santa Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Simply amazing work. Truly reminscient of those old styles but with a character all of its own. I love the grand weave of the design as well as the anatomy, texture and interaction between elements.

Morris and Co. eat your heart out! :D
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Wishnick Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Wow, this is really fantastic! It's so lovely and dark and strange. I like how you're using images that would normally come across as morbid and making them truly beautiful.
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007   Traditional Artist
Your comment on this piece has to be one of my favorites of the numerous comments I've received here at DA. You've hit the nail on the head, so to speak, regarding many of the themes and ideas that are important to me.
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kupi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Spectacular. I can't stop looking at it, there's so many tiny details to take in!
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sphinxmuse Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) There are so many details; it's difficult to present well online.
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