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Home and the Fairies by zancan Home and the Fairies by zancan
So you caught me in this reverie,
There at home where I could stay for hours.
You thought I was trapped from within.

I won't blame you, if you couldn't notice
That my aloneness was filled
Richer than all the madnesses and frenzies
You all live in.

The austere discomfort I am coiled in
Beneath that hole on the ceiling
Is a whole universe of fancies
And the sweetest haven for heart and soul.

Oil painting on canvas - 120x80 cm (47.3x31.5 inch)
March 2005
Making-of steps here.
Related scrap here.
(I do live in a small appartment)
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To be honest, I can't believe that this is a painting.. It's so breathtaking, beyond words actually. That someone can be so talented and has such a great technique in painting (which can be really difficult) is overwhelming.

The colors are very well chosen, they appear magical, which (I think) is done on purpose. The warmth they express is really saying that it's "Home". And it's such a great concept.

Oh and the anatomy is just so perfect! And the shadows on the shirt are just.. Amazingly done. Also the expression of the man is so interesting.. It's so wonderful that this entire painting has so much little secrets and mysteries to keep you looking for quite a while. It never gets boring.

The perspective is great and doesn't seem weird at all. The placement of everything in the room seems to be right, like it just came from a picture.

The light from the roof just gives it more atmosphere.. Which it already had from the colors and feelings. It's just so beyond this world, which is the whole subject.

The unfinished painting on the floor is so nice, it's almost that it gives more sadness to it, more hopelessness.. But the fairies make it right, they seem to make the whole thing a lot happier. They look so pretty and relaxed that you can't help to get a warm and comfortable feeling from these little creatures.

Even though I know my words won't do justice, and there are a lot of things left unsaid, you'll understand my enthousiasm about this piece. Just looking at it makes me dream away, and it's also really inspiring. Great, amazing, wonderful work.
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The colors in this painting are absolutely beautiful. The warm feeling they create adds a reality rarely scene in art, without taking away interest.

The position of the body, while a little awkward, shows a brilliant amount of personality in the body.

The main thing to improve on in my opinion would be the stone, although you did go for a soft style, I think that if you had added detail to the stone in the background you would have furthered the amount everything else stands out, it's not thought of this way in photography, but certainly if you think about it like a cloud against brick, then the cloud stands out in such contrast that it makes the person look focus in on it, and because you have alot going on you definitely would better it in that way, unless you don't want to sacrifice style, which I understand. [just on the back brick wall and the bricks by the plant pot, and the plant itself, except for the leaves]

And maybe the colors of the fairies, they vary like navy and black, but I believe if they varried more in detail, personal features, stature, and maybe even in more contrasting colors it would compliment the paper palette he was painting from.

I also believe the drawing behind the canvas should have been made a little bit more like van goghs first sketches, it seems like he already has a visual stereotype for fairies, and for me that takes a little bit away from the coherence of the piece, a little more rough and sketchy lines, and a little less cartoony would make it all the better, imho.

The person himself, if you wanted it to appear as though he has been transfixed a little longer, you could make a little bit of stubble evident on his face to illustrate time. And the cream color down towards his waist could be less saturated to fit in with the rest of the shape, to me that shadow appears to be a little too warm.
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DragonWolf221 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
This is incredible ♡ oh gawd I wanna cry :faint:
memusicman Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  New member
Looks like something off of a Pixar movie. Excellent job!!
ChowderPants Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
can i masterbate to this?
Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks pretty badass!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
Dhaena Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it... It s beautifull, amazing! wonderful
xandraclay Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
mochiman2000 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
He looks like he's addicted to a drug and lost touch with reality. And that's a... good thing?
Grenakh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014   Writer
Reminds me of an acid trip I once had.
Soham1996 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
pergamjee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Magically real, and really magical.
googimoong Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
loving that cramped room idea!
biktoriatori Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so breathtaking...
What an awesome picture!:lol:
omairfawadkhan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
the fine distinction between your fantasy and reality is amazing
TheStoryTellerMaiden Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS. IS. AMAZING! 0_0 You are so talented!!! Feel very proud of yourself this instant. xD
WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this painting!
Your whole gallery is impressive, but this one really sets up a harmonic resonance on a subconscious level that I can't quite explain...
As one of my mentors used to say - "I don't know what I like, but I know what art is"; this is Art.
kemalesmer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
cool work.
Marquise Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   General Artist
Awwww I feel relaxed looking at it!
Zorocat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome, I wish I could paint like this 
Eh-gaby Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! It's perfect, I love your work, keep it up forever!
Aottu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice!!! Anna squee 
Igotmo4 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Digital Artist
beautifully render:) (Smile) Squee Bounce 
BridgetOToole Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fave ! so much awesome 
MikuHatsuneMMDlove Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Artist
PunkLion Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is an incredibly beautiful piece.
Ragarianok Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty dang awesome!
MutuOfFinland Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 Awesome work!! <^^>
black-cliche Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, so just wanted to let you know that this piece is the reason I am on deviantart! Not kidding I saw this on my friends phone and then I looked at more of your work and from there I joined dA!!!

But seriously I love all your work <3
zancan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much glad to be an entry point ! Welcome to DA !
black-cliche Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
haha thank you very much!
MerKyNiDo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful <3
AnyaRomanova Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I thought this was a photo manipulation at first glance. it looked so real! you are amazing! I don't know how you do it! I love how he's holding the fairy, and also painting her, and i love the little fairy that's hiding underneath his legs, on the other side, and the fairy that sleeping on his arm and the the roots? are they roots? that are like twining around his painting arm. Great work, amazing truly.
junkstars Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
You are amazing!
califonia007 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Artist
man if this isn't awesome then i don't know what is.
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ApennilessARTIST Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are truly talented! Great job! I love the way you drew the lights and shadows, they're practically perfect!!! keep up the good work!
rodsmith23 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Artist
not bad!!! im inpressed
zebmx Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
giovannilucca Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
great light! awesome!
SJPollitt Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love love love!!!!!
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ax010tl Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice ... I love his feet! 
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deeclear Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this is beautiful!! I love the fairy sleeping on his arm. 
InfernoX9 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very Beautiful and Fantastical !:) (Smile) 
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