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Black Swan by CelticBotan Black Swan by CelticBotan
:star: EDIT #4: To celebrate my first DD and as a gift for all of you who commented and faved my beloved Black Swan, I made this video, using scenes from the Black Swan movie and Metallica's UNTIL IT SLEEPS - Please, leave your thoughts about it!

WARNING: SPOILERS!
(If you haven't seen the movie yet, DON'T WATCH IT! XD)

:bulletblack: [link] :bulletblack:


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:star: EDIT #3: I increased the resolution of the image from 900px to 1200px wide! =D

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:star: EDIT #2: My first DD!!! *0* Thank you so much `Gwendolyn12, for suggesting!!!! :glomp:

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WALKTHROUGH VIDEOS

Part 1 - COMPOSITION and SKETCH: [link]
Part 2 - COLORING (I): [link]
Part 3 - COLORING (II): [link]
Part 4 - COLORING (III): [link]


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"Where do I take this pain of mine?
I run but it stays right by my side

So tear me open, pour me out
There's things inside that scream and shout
And the pain still hates me
So hold me until it sleeps

(...) So tear me open, but beware
There's things inside without a care
And the dirt still stains me
So wash me, until I'm clean

(...) I'll Tear me open, make you gone
No more can hurt you, anyone
And the fear still shakes me
So hold me until it sleeps"

("Until It Sleeps", by Metallica)

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"Which face wears the masque this evening?
When will your true colours show?
Will they be as black as shadows
Hiding ´neath the rainbow...

(...) Like a swan that was lost at sea
I lost all of me to you..."

("Writting on the Wall", by Blackmore's Night)


Time to an art-review, and the chosen one is lately one of the main topics regarding movies: Black Swan.

I went see it last Tuesday, because I was so darn curious to know what was it about - and considering I'm very critic to movies nowadays, due to all the boring stuff we're being flooded with, being "darn curious" is definetely a good sign, LOL - and went see it again on last Saturday!

On the first time, I thought that it was a very good movie, but kind of predictable - I guessed exactly what was going to happen on the moment I read the sinopse xD - and it wasn't ALL of it people were talking about. But I definetely changed my mind, it's one of the best movies I have ever seen O_O

The plot is actually very simple: it is about Nina, a ballerina who is obsessed with perfection, that is practicing to be both the Swan Queen and her evil twin, the Black Swan on the Swan Lake... all very ''pretty-and-girly'' if it wasn't the paranoic, spooky atmosphere it has. o_O

I can't tell you much without spoilers; but I can say that Nina is very submissive due to her mother who treats her like she was 10 years old. And it's her mother who actually encouraged Nina's obsession (she's a retired ballerina).

As the story unfolds, you see the pain she feels for not be able to eat properly, for pushing her body to her limits with non-stoping rehearsals all day long... it's really heartbreaking to see that, even with all the effort she puts into it, Nina can't let herself go, and can't make the Black Swan moves in a natural, sensual way as it has to be. And opposite to it, there's Lily, a girl of the company who is very easy-going and actually has the emotion that Nina lacks.

And that's when the psycho stuff and the rivalry between these two characters takes place.

Full of symbolisms, very tense at some moments, but it has very well-done comic relieves (Thomas' ''homework" scene, LOL Poor girl! :XD:).

Natalie Portman's performance was supercalifragilisticexpialidocius FANTASTIC! O_O
She really deserved the Oscar she won, we need more actors / actresses like her :iconbravoplz:


About the fanart:

I used a bazillion references to do it o_O
From pictures of Natalie Portman as herself and as Nina, to pictures of Keira Knightley and Sharon den Adel's LOL

It was meant to be a mirror, with Nina's distorted reflection, the Black Swan, but I don't know if it's convincing :XD:

Anyway, I hope you like the fanart and GO SEE THE BLACK SWAN, REALLY! >=O

Enjoy! =D


P.S.: And everytime I write "Black Swan", I write it with double N,- memories of my times of Pirates of the Caribbean fan-girl LOL (Lizzie Swann XD)

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"De onde veio esta minha dor?
Eu fujo, mas ela permanece ao meu lado

Então me dilacere, me liberte
Há coisas dentro de mim que gritam e gritam
E a dor ainda me odeia
Então me abrace até que ela durma

(...) Então me liberte, mas tenha cuidado
Há coisas dentro de mim que não se importam
E essa sujeira ainda me macula
Então me lave até ficar limpo

(...) Eu vou me libertar, fazer com que se vá
Nada mais pode te ferir, mais ninguém
E o medo ainda me faz tremer
Então me abrace até que ele durma"

("Until It Sleeps", by Metallica)

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"Qual face usa a máscara esta noite?
Quando suas verdadeiras cores se revelarão?
Serão elas negras como as sombras
Por debaixo deste arco-íris...?

(...) Como um cisne que se perdeu no mar
Eu perdi tudo de mim em você..."

("Writting on the Wall", by Blackmore's Night)


Hora do art-review, e o escolhido é o filme "bam-bam-bam-da-bala-chita" do momento: Cisne Negro!.

Fui assistir na terça passada, porque estava morta de curiosidade para saber qual era desse filme (e considerando que ando critica para filmes ultimamente, por conta desse flood de filmes chatos / previsiveis que têm vindo, estar "morta de curiosidade" é definitivamente um bom sinal, LOL), e fui ver de novo no sabado!

Na primeira vez que vi, achei que era um filme muito bom, mas meio previsivel (eu soube exatamente o que ia pegar quando li a sinopse :XD:), e que também não era tuuudo isso que andavam falando. Mas acabei mudando de idéia, e agora acho que é um dos melhores filmes que eu já vi, ever O_O

O plot é até simples: é a historia de Nina, uma bailarina que é obcecada com a perfeição, em ser perfeita, e que está praticando para ser a Rainha Cisne e sua gêmea-do-mal, Cisne Negro, na obra O Lago dos Cisnes... tudo muito "belo-e-afrescalhado" se não fosse a atmosfera paranóica e assustadora que cerca as personagens o_O

Não posso contar muita coisa sem spoilers; mas posso dizer que a Nina é dessas garotas altamente submissas, por causa da mãe dela que a trata como se ela ainda tivesse 10 anos. E é a mãe dela que também encoraja e alimenta essa obsessão da Nina em ser perfeita, por ser uma bailarina aposentada.

Conforme a historia vai desenrolando, você vai vendo a dor que a Nina sofre, por não comer direito, por forçar seu corpo até o limite com ensaios diários, que duram o dia inteiro... chega a ser de partir o coração o fato de, mesmo se esforçando tanto, ela não conseguir se soltar para fazer os movimentos do Cisne Negro, que são bem naturais e sensuais. Do lado oposto, temos Lily, uma garota da companhia de dança que é bem relax tem essa emoção que falta à Nina.

E é quando acontecem o lance psicologico e a rivalidade entre as duas personagens.

Cheio de simbolismos, muito tenso em alguns momentos, mas também com alivios comicos engraçadissimos e muito bem colocados (A cena da "lição de casa" de Thomas, LOL! Coitada da menina! :XD:).

A performance da Natalie Portman estava supercalifragilisticexpialidocius FANTÁSTICA! O_O
Ela mereceu o Oscar que ganhou, sério. Precisamos de mais atores / atrizes que nem ela! :iconbravoplz:

Sobre o fanart:

Usei um bazilhão de referências o_O
De fotos da Natalie Portman como ela mesma e como Nina a fotos da Keira Knightley e da Sharon den Adel LOL

Meu intuito era fazer um espelho, com o reflexo distorcido da Nina, o Cisne Negro, mas tenho lá minhas duvidas se ficou convincente :XD:

Enfim, espero que goste e VÁ ASSISTIR CISNE NEGRO, LASER-SÉRIO! >=O

Enjoy! =D


P.S.: E toda vez que vou escrever "Black Swan", escrevo com dois N - reminiscências da minha época fan-girl de Piratas do Caribe, LOL #PorraLizzieSwann


~~~~~~~~~~~~> REFERENCES:

:icongsdark-stock: -> [link]

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Paint Tool SAI (sketching, coloring)
Photoshop CS2 (adjusts on Black Swan's face using liquify filter, canvas texture)
Wacom Bamboo Fun
About 7h30m
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Black Swan by ~CelticBotan

The suggester said: "Wow <3"

I think I'm in love! The artist managed to capture the beauty wonderfully and pulled off an amazing Fanart of the movie Black Swan! ( Suggested by Gwendolyn12 and Featured by TommyGK )
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Tanukid Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful art! Do you think the idea of this film would apply to art as well? Should we learn to control our art or learn to lose ourselves in the process? I've been thinking about it for a while now.
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually a very good question. I think it must be applied to art as well - yes, we must learn and improve, but we can't be prisoners of our own harsh judgements towards our own art. Speaking by experience, the more you pressure yourself to become "the next DaVinci" or something regarding techniques and such, the less you will want to produce art and the less you will have fun doing it... You have to simply let it go at some point, go with the flow~ at least that's my opinion, based on what I've experienced very recently.
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Tanukid Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aha thanks for replying! I really do think we need to stop being perfect in every way much like Nina did in the film. Let's learn to make mistakes and just be passionate about art in general :]
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Ygure Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Impressive! What a gorgeous work.
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I think Lily was out to get her and the Instructor was a dick both mentally and physically, I think one of the messages was no one is perfect no matter how hard we push ourselves, just the dick instructor and Nina new that
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UnicatStudio Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Mmmmmm! Awesome. And that Until it Sleeps by Metallica You mentioned, mmmmmm :) I love it :) Congratulations of DD! Amazing artwork :)
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ninsennansen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
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xpod2000x Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning work! It looks so detailed and realistic!!
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Chromatic-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love the movie <3
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WretchedEegg Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
best dance musical ever i just finished watching it right now
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SoulsandSwords Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely pulchritudinous. <3 perfect.
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featured here: fav.me/d6rey3s
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
beautiful
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RusZhongGuo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
It's simply AMAZING!!!
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning work!! Congrats on DD!! :hug:
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =D
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome!!:hug:
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MinorKrax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the greatest things I have ever seen..... no kidding this is fantastic! :D
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, dear! =D
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Black-Rose-nightfall Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how much you put it to that I also love black swan and think Natalie portman
Well done
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =D
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VeronikaDark Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THank you!
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superbly elegant!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot! =D
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a pleasure!
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent :love:
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot! =D
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Jinkoyuki Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Photographer
beautiful
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THank you!
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Jinkoyuki Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Photographer
^.^
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tekitomadachi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the picture! I really like the detail you put in the faces and the hair! :D
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =D
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LaleAnn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great job!!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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asemharun Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot!
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great image. >w<
looks fantastic.
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot!
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully captured the emotion and anatomy of the human, I'm simply left struck by the beauty of it.
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks a lot for your comment! :heart:
I'm glad I was able to convey all those feelings. =)
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should :) it's very lovely
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OMG SO GORGEOUS
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! *-*
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Azzeria Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi :wave:

Your beautiful work has gotten selected to our weekly polls for Best work of the week for digital art. You may find the poll here: [link]
The two winningt pieces will be copied to our feature folder, and get to participate in best of the month!

Have a wonderful day!

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High Quality Feminine Art
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lotm I'm honored! =D
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Azzeria Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're most welcome :hug:
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Etsor Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah! beautiful
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CelticBotan Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks a lot =D
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TheRossu Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love your style! :)
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