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Brother and Sister by akitku Brother and Sister by akitku
An illustration for the story Brother and Sister by the Brothers Grimm. I'm actually very happy with how it came out.
Plus it was a nice change from drawing my own characters all the time.

But he had already kneeled by the side of the brook and stooped and drunk of the water, and as the first drops passed his lips he became a fawn.

And the sister wept over her poor lost brother, and the fawn wept also, and stayed sadly beside her.

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ink and watercolour
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Feles85 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
I like your line, it's simple but powerful and it matches so well your watercolur!
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akitku Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am still not decided whether I like having an ink lineart before applying the paint or not...You mostly work without inked line-art right? 
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AmazingCatherine123 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Writer
this is very beautifulzerz!! :) I love the emotion you put into this picture, it's very touching and sweet ^u^ hm...i've never read this brother's grimm tale before, but it sounds very good, I might have to read it sometimeszerz hehe 
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks! I'm very glad you like the picture! It was a new story for me too, but it's pretty interesting I think. :hug:
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AmazingCatherine123 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
well i'll have to read it sometime toozerz hehe ^w^ your welcome, and hope to see more of your artworkzerz on DA :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Beautiful painting!  I love this tale! :heart:
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akitku Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's a strange tale, I like it a lot too! :hug:
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J-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that story
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As do I! :aww:
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Cassiuseos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
<3
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akitku Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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MinnaSD Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this story, but I guess I would be lying if I said I didn't like any of Grimm's tales, even if some of them are unknown. But this illustration is simply beautiful and I feel it illustrates it perfectly!
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akitku Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you think it fits! :hug:
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Rosa-Aurea Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet!
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akitku Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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Rosa-Aurea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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NatasaIlincic Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely : )
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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Markus-The-Madman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is positively brilliant! I love the colours, the shapes the atmosphere the.... Everything. Great work! :D
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really put a lot of work into this one so I'm glad you like it! :huggle:
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
What a strange story- I have the Grimm tales on my Kindle (e-book reader) but I don't remember seeing that one. Thank you! The way you've posed the figures is extraordinarly evocative of the relationship between the two siblings, and somehow you've suggested, even in his sorrow, the energy and willfulness of the fawn. There is a dreamlike quality to the narrative, rather unlike a lot of the Grimm stories, which quite live up to their name- the way you've done the trees suggests the malevolence of the Witch lurking in the background! (technically speaking, the best trees I've seen you do. Excellent work. The unlined shadows of the trees behind also) But my favorite part is the sister- what a depth of delicacy and caring you've managed to suggest .
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I have to say I'm not too fond of the Grimm tales the sense of justice they present is very alien to me. I felt this one is a bit more mysterious and, as you said, dreamlike than most so this is why I focused on it. I'm so glad you said this about the trees. I put a lot of effor into them - actually looking at real ones before sketching! The caring of the sister for the brother was an interesting aspect of the story for me so I tried to express this. I'm glad it worked!
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
You're very welcome! The character of the sister in the story was interesting ,I thought- so much left unsaid. How was it she alone could detect the spell laid on the brooks? I'm guessing she was like one of those Zen mystics who has great magical powers but is in a state of spiritual perfection such that she never uses them in an agressive way to upset the balance of the Tao. And the character of the witch to my mind sums up everything that's wrong about witches- using one's power for selfish ends inevitably rebounds. The way the sister came back to life, also, is very un-Grimm like, hinting at a dimension to the tale that goes far beyond the harsh realities of the age. The brothers only collected the stories, you know- I wonder where they heard that one?
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you describe the sister very well. This "magic" of hers seems so natural, like breathing. Her coming back to life so softly was rather unexpected, you're right that it wasn't very typical for their tales!
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Azul-din Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
yes, and interesting character. And the best kind of 'magic', I'd agree, being so in tune with everthing that things just happen without effort.
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TyoWynn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Oh, what a lovely painting! I really like the central composition, and the way you drew the trees is amazing!
I guess my favourrite thing about this in general is the background, I like how it's yellow and light behind them.
I also really like the characters' poses and expressions.
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You're so kind! I'm really glad you like it. :hug: I was quite happy with the composition and the colours myself.
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RVPENCIL Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
really pretty!
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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Violette-Kollontai Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Really cool!
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :hug:
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Great painting. Seriously it shows a lot of talent, the way you handled colours and created atmosphere is really good. Compared to your previous works it clearly shows development in terms of the used techniques. At least in my humble, uneducated opinion. I really like this painting even though the presented theme is not my favourite. Great work, definitely going into my favs!
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akitku Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind comment! I'm glad you liked it despite not liking the theme all that much! :huggle:
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