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The true violinist by Ilojleen The true violinist by Ilojleen
EDIT: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM INFORMING ME IT LOOKS LIKE KAMELOT'S GHOST OPERA CD COVER. I know it :) It's because my drawing was based on the same stock photo, and I discovered it earlier, right after I had started drawing The true violinist. I had already had this concept in my head and the fact it's Kamelot's CD cover didn't affect on my idea at all.

A DAILY DEVIATION!!! MY FIRST ONE! Wow, I can't believe it :squee: Huge thanks and hugs go to ArielRGH for making my dream come true...I have never expected it to happen, so being awarded it made me incredibly happy! Thank you, Ariel :heart:
I'm also very grateful for accepting Ariel's suggestion and featuring my drawing, thanks a lot WDWParksGal :hug:
Thank you, devwatchers and random visitors, for your precious feedback! :iconcocoloveplz:

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Basic info

:pointr: size: A4
:pointr: pencils, H - 8B, a regular eraser and a kneaded eraser, a white gel pen
:pointr: time: I lost the track of time, but 30 hours I guess?
:pointr: reference photo: Girl with the Violin 3
:pointr: WIPs:…

The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency - half tiger, half poet.
Yehudi Menuhin

The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.
Yehudi Menuhin

About the drawing

Once I found this photo Girl with the Violin 3 by b-e-c-k-y-stock, I knew I had to draw it. This picture speaks with emotions. It well depicts how important they are for musicians while playing the instruments. The emotions which are visible at those moments confirm their credibility. An emotionless musician just plays. The true musician creates music, lives the music. It comes straight from their heart. He or she can get lost in music.
Music can't be properly expressed on paper - words can't describe it. However, music is described by notes. Each and every note symbolizes sound. The notes you can see in the drawing aren't random. It's "Toccata & Fugue in D minor" of Johann Sebastian Bach, written especially for the violin.
The stave is drawn from my imagination. It wasn't a piece of cake to draw all these curves of lines. I had to be very focused with the notes. As the lines bended, turned, diverted, I needed to change their positions, rotations - so, some of them are reversed horizontally and vertically. Unfortunately, I made two big mistakes by accident: I drew an extra note and drew the G-clef in the wrong place. It should have been placed in the right bottom corner as it's the 1st note which starts the composition.
I dislike the background :C I'm pretty sure I will never ever draw it as neatly as I want to. It always turns out dirty.

Hope you like it! It's important to me if you do, as it's not a thing I usually draw and I put a lot of my heart and soul into it :aww: Have a wonderful evening :huggle:

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-08-29
The true violinist by *Ilojleen

Category: Traditional Art: Pencils, White-Gel Pen and Kneaded Eraser:

The suggester says, "*Ilojleen's technique is just great, and here she took artistic license to render a wonderful image with graphite pencils. I strongly suggest everyone to check her entire gallery, also her fanart works." ( Suggested by ArielRGH and Featured by WDWParksGal )
Thank you for sharing an amazing drawing. It really shows how much emotion a pencil drawing can portray through the motion of the flowing hair, the flowing musical notes and the tensed fingers on the strings. The rectangle in the background us a wonderful contrast to the animated violinist who is breaking free of conventions. There's hardly anything that could have been done better in my opinion. There are a few items that I think would have made it even better. This is the picky stuff and by no means should take away the fact that this is a great drawing! 1. the contrast on the string fingers seems a little muddy. 2. The area of the mouth and nose seems a little overworked. 3. I would have softened the ear a little. 4.I may have added a little highlight movement lines around the bow to match the action of the hair and the flowing notes.
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I think it's a beautiful drawing with many inspirational features. I think you should just put a bold red in the blindfold, it very much resembles the hair. It reminds me of lydsey Stirling radio, that's what I listen to when I create. I'd love to do something like this with her on top of a piano. I apologize but this thing is clearly going to make me type a hundred words. I wish I could just keep it simple anyway I am intrested in your gallery, this is the first image I've ran across. Just keep it up, I think you have amazing talent.
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Janegael Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I would not know where to begin to critique this. I've been sitting here looking it over and can find no flaws. I like the background because it's nicely shaded pulling the eye upward and other than that you don't notice it. You don't want to notice it and detract from the girl and the music. I thought it was stunning before I read that this is REAL music you've manage to weave and turn and float across the drawing. I keep saying your talent and skill awe me and this is why. You brought so much power into this work, a beautiful woman whose soul is bound to the music she is pouring into the room. She is fire and talent and represents all the beauty and creativity humans can produce from her form, to the carving of her instrument to the music it produces. She is Us captured in pencils--human creativity frozen in time. She gives me chills.
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this beautiful comment, you've made me smile! The way you express your impressions about art never ceases to amaze me, it's admirable! Thank you from all my heart once again :heart: I'm really happy that you like this drawing! :hug:
JacekGlejzer Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Niesamowita praca i nieprzeciętny talent ;)
Ilojleen Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
Miło mi to słyszeć [czytać :)] - dziękuję bardzo!
robi83 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful representation of the music on paper! nice!!!
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :iconyellowkokorox:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :icondummylahugplz:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:hug:
CreamInAllMinds Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I love this! It's amazing! 
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