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When your heart grows cold by Marie-Esther When your heart grows cold by Marie-Esther
Mixed media (watercolours, coloured pencils, pen) on thick smooth paper, size A3

Keeping up with my personal portraits and with the idea of overlaying faces.

So once again, I used two different reference pictures for this one, this time by the amazing GretaTu :icongretatu: . I'm in love with her pictures (expecially those of this model), so check out her gallery for more inspiring photography!

This one is meant to be a sort of icon of rationality, the way I see it. Geometric, cold. The rationality we need when people, or even our emotions hurt us.

Reason saves us as much as it can hold us back.

"I see a ship in the harbor,
I can and shall obey,

But if it wasn't for your misfortune,
I'd be a heavenly person today. 

And I thought I was mistaken,
and I thought I heard you speak 

Tell me, how do I feel
Tell me now, how should I feel. 

Now I stand here waiting...
 

I thought I told you to leave me
when I walked down to the beach. 

Tell me how does it feel, when your heart grows cold"

Blue Monday - New Order www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYH8Ds…


For more of my works (and more versions of them) feel free to add me or follow me on facebook www.facebook.com/gaia.alari where I am more frequent. I don't own an art page, but I use my account as one basically! ;) (Wink)
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This is a very beautiful, emotional piece. I can clearly see the emotion in the woman's eyes. The shading and lighting is great, if not amazing. Though a little more of a blurred look right below the chin could have made it a bit better.
The contrast between colors really helps the eyes stand out too. Yet with the gray, it gives it a sort of " lost grace". Adding blue in hair made it stand out more, very beautiful this is.
It's very original, as far as i know. I've never seen anything like it. And the detail you put into the hair and eyes, it's very real.
And the other face there, When i look at it it gives me the feeling she's reflecting back on an old self, or maybe an old friend or loved one. Either way, a great feeling of loss and sorrow reflects in her eyes. Amazing, beautiful, passionate.
This is one of the most inspirational works i've seen in a long time.
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SpicyGuts Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Mi piacciono molto i tuoi lavori, hai delle idee molto originali e anche molto belle da vedere.
(; Complimenti !
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Ivi-Green Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic composition!
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Grutthilda Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Love the face expression! Great work!
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laraali Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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XxParanoidAndroidxX Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of those instant classics. It has a very intriguing, vintage look. That dark blue makes it so cold and intense mixed with those hard black lines. Very angry emotion in that face. Bravo, beautiful! 
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LeadAndInk94 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Your composition is astounding and her blue eyes are piercing. Beautiful work.
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LordColinOneal Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
this is just stunning!!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
L-o-v-e by KmyGraphic  Much LOVE by KmyGraphic  Hug by KmyGraphic  Wow by KmyGraphic  Pink Heart by KmyGraphic  
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MatteoCattonar Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
meraviglioso!!! ;)
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie mille Matteo! Detto da te vale doppio :)
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DazzlingEnd Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super cool! Very surreal. :heart: I love the face-within a face thing that's going on here, and the colouring is beautiful. 
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Caw-the-rooks Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Very nicely executed, great style. :)
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art-kaos Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
woooah!
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stackerpentecoste Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just incredible
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Skipper-doodle1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nicely done. She is so mysterious and intense. 
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JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome piece but cannot accept it into the Colored pencil group because it is mixed medium, great work though and if it was all hand drawn that is very impressive.
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah sorry, I realized too late I submitted it to this group and I forgot to withdraw the submission!! And yeah, it's all hand drawn :D
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JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool piece and really well done, that can be shown with so many views so quickly.  Impressive!
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aDutchBoy Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting piece :) Seems very difficult to paint two faces over each other.
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist
This does my head in but I think that's the point. Powerful expression, and the pink makes it pop, while the hair looks like steel wire, it's so detailed and cold.
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gossj10 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow i cant belive thats its treditional art i thaught it was digitall ...great work :)
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the-ChooK Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
wow, this is so compelling. I love this idea :D 
Also really like the high contrast lighting and all the details in the hair. And how you made the eyes stand out so well. I was immediately drawn to them because of the colors and the faces overlap around them, that is an awesome layout to direct the eye. :la:
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Moonacre123 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Very cleverly done :D
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MiruFujiwara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is beautiful, divine and very weird. It's an very abstract and very different. I like the theme and the coloring, great job!
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lousephyr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
very impressive;  has a very strong feel to image, very deep;
hair & eyes are  brilliant, especially eyes without color, they're still very strong eyes
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Lyrithen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so impressive holy wow. The triangle really adds to the composition and I love how there are two "faces" within it but you can still clearly make them out without them crashing together and looking incoherent.

Awesome.
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy fucking shit, this is so good!!! I love the triangle and the way in which the face is superimposed. 
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GenghisKwan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
looks pretty cool :)!
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Dream--Awake Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! o_O
Love everything about this.
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
You never stop to surprise me, incredible work my dear Gaia, I'm speechless, the colors, emotions, wow all is PERFECT :love: Heart Heart Heart 
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much my dear Mariola, I'm always super glad when you like my works! :love: :heart: :heart: :love:
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MaddyluvsCats1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Very meaningful and well done. 
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Art0fprincessm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
love it! great work
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S-Baptista-Art Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow :D I love this composition!

You did this very well :)

:clap:
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Slinkywaffle22 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so trippy! I love it! So unique XD
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, very cool! You have such a neat style! 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept as usual. The placement of the two sets of eyes is eerie and somewhat unsettling, but also calming. The triangle also adds an interesting framing effect, making us focus more on the faces. The nose on the smaller face, however, looks a bit strange, especially the shading on (our) right side.
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TylerReitan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really interesting and beautiful, great work! :D
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mistertrece Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG............omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha I love it when I see your comments on my works! This is my favourite, I am SO glad you like it too! Pure love for my super rockstar as usual! :heart:
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really well done, though the expression and the colors are very good, I don't like it quite as well as the last couple you have done, I like these portraits you are doing and this is no exception.  Keep up the great work!  I wish I could see you in Milan!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha odd enough, this one is the one I like best :) Guess it's a matter of tastes! Keep your fingers crossed for me!! :D
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that one with the sparkles in the eyes best!  But this one is great too!  Better than any of my work!
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Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that one is the most popular! It's more illustrative, dreamy, slightly anime-ish, while I prefer other kind of art in general, that's maybe why I'm more fond of this one!  Oh shush, you're great!
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Legrandzilla Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job! The fact that this is traditional astounds me (since it's so easy to overlap stuff digitally but if I'd do this with pencils etc. I'd get so confused!)
I like the triangle too and how you kept the overlapping faces only within the triangle, yet the bigger one is outside too. It's a pity though, that one ear of the smaller face reaches out of it, I'd prefer if it wasn't visible. Other than that: Fantastic stuff!
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Linguanerd Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
I love when people layer faces and this one is really visually interesting, especially the shading from the neck incorporated into the bigger face's cheek. Love the color palette and hair too.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous painting...I really like soft colors and the way how you drew her eyes. Beautiful :love:
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KaitlynRAWR Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really cool. I like the contrast of the deep blue and pink in the skintone. 
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CrutonArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Quite trippy but beautiful all in the same!
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