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Memory of Love by Saimain Memory of Love by Saimain
Whew--finished this literally last minute! Less than a day left until the deadline for *VyrL's Arcea contest. Originally I'd planned something much more elaborate, but as the sketch progressed it kept changing, merging, and eventually settled into this, a symbolic painting of Vyrl's haunting characters Elwen and Jollwin, cursed lovers from her Chronicles of Arcea storyline. I have been intrigued by this couple ever since I saw this painting of them: [link] and read the story beneath Jollwin's portrait: [link]

The only survivor of a shipwreck, Jollwin is unable to remember his past, and for a century knows nothing of the family he left behind, though he often dreams of a strange woman with golden eyes. These dreams and the mysterious tales of a bard will eventually compel him to search for her, even without knowing where to begin. And his lover, Elwen, though she is now blind and has long thought Jollwin to be lost, she has never stopped hoping. She is everything that makes him "real," as it were; she holds his name, his past, his love and so much more, and he will find her whatever the cost or however long it takes.

Elwen was something of a wild child, raised in the forest by wolves, and always grounded in reality, so her side of the painting is vibrant and lush, even though her expression is distant and sad. I also hid a portion of Elwen's tattoo in the foliage. Jollwin has lost his identity to the sea, haunted by glimpses of Elwen, and so his side of the painting is drab, vague, lacking substance except where she touches him. The rings in the painting once belonged to Jollwin, and are what ultimately separated the couple in a tragic misunderstanding. But love "looks on tempests and is never shaken" as Shakespeare once said. I believe that sums it up best. :)

Prints are available here: [link]

Graphite pencil and Photoshop 5.5
Characters ©*VyrL
Do NOT take, use, alter or redistribute without permission
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VioletRaven Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I like the contrast between the two sides, and the way you work outside the borders too, it gives it a more ephemeral feel. The story is beautiful and sad, I'm glad you decided on these characters
IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how yu can almost feel what they're feeling. That takes a lot of talent
MafG Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
This image reminds me of one of my stories :D
It's amazing! I have to admit that I wish I could draw like this.
I'm in love with this picture!!!
Jessadraw Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
this is so awesome! ur so good at drawing! :D
sheanar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
<3 really lovely <3
ellencore Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Its so much like how my character are right now....wonderful. *faving u* oh and ur line work is truely something else.
Tenshinaki Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
that looks really good! a very tragic story i hope they find each other again :)
darksykkurai Featured By Owner May 19, 2011   Photographer
i love this so much! so cute! ^-^ really well done
RaisloverSakura Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning!
You portrayed them so well and the colors and details are perfect! :heart:
What a beautiful piece! I wish you all the best in the contest!
amjadshad Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
wonderful bro
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