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Amarantha Reading by AbigailLarson Amarantha Reading by AbigailLarson
This was for my graphic essay course. We wrote a fairytale and then chose scenes to illustrate. This is one of my spot illustrations. Here's an excerpt:

"Years passed, and Amarantha began to grow into a woman. Still she wore the old red ribbon around her neck, refusing to remove it. Archibald the skeleton stayed by her side and told her stories about what the world was like when he had been alive, about kings and queens, all the books he had read, fancy balls, and motorcars. But the more she heard, the more interested she became until one day she announced she was going to venture into the town.

Archibald knew in the space of his empty ribcage where his heart had once been that this day would come, because after all, Amarantha was a person, not a skeleton, and could not be expected to stay with him forever. He bade her farewell, and asked her to at least come back and visit, to which Amarantha promised she would.

Amarantha flourished in the city. She attended balls, read books, and rode in motorcars, just as Archibald had told her..."


Watercolor, graphite, and digital color

(All text and images regarding Amarantha and Archibald belong to me)
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:iconmedievalagelady:
MedievalageLady Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Writer
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BootShopStory Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Artist
: )
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Willowarn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you do this professionally?
(Holy crap, you must )
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! Haha my job is drawing <3
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sweettart217 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
really beautiful.
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borysbrytva Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I like your style :-)
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:iconnonnocen:
nonnocen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Gorgeous!
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EnglishModule Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just amazing.
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:iconstick97:
stick97 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Artisan Crafter
ROCK EDGAR ALLEN POE!!!
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Ravijnem36 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
So beautiful, love how you bordered the moon, behind her.
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caite-bookworm Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Writer
Love this! It's so wonderfully ghoulish! :D

You're amazing!

XOXO,
Caite
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SymphonyOfTreble Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   Photographer
This, you are amazing !
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bangingonkeyboards Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Writer
how deliciously creepy
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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bangingonkeyboards Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Writer
welcome :)
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lastdarkestninja Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Your work is beyond amazing <3 You've just earned another watcher! <3
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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lastdarkestninja Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student General Artist
i litteraly spent all last night going through like EVERYTHING you have. <3 you are truely truely amazing <333
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Very cool. I'm glad you like my work!
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ghostfred Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
SO GOOD!
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hllygolightly Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
She belongs in a Poe tale
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MidnightEyes435 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Wow! I really love your style, with the slightly gothic and macabre feel to it! Are you publishing this book? If so, where can you get it? This is amazing! I really admire your talent!
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm still working on this project, but I'll post here in my journal when it will be available!
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ArtemisNightDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I love it! Both the artwork and the lovely description! I always love a good story with art! Wonderful work!
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cha-14 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
love...
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pezet94 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the composition, her pose and this skeleton hands in the corners XD Oh, and your anatomy skill is fantastic.
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Thanks, I'm glad you enjoy it!
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My-parade Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell us the moment your story is published! I have to read it! And your artwork is amazing, as usual. :]
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master-fangirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
she reminds me of that old story with the headless girl and the green ribbon but i like this story MUCH MUCH better
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Fooledsweetness Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
i like him too. hes amazing. i dont care that hes depressed because i know what its like. he sure was talented.
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bleedangel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha I like Edgar Allan Poe...It's depressing, but so good!

Lovely draw :heart: in love with *o*
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
colour, hair, ribbon, dress, pose- fabulous!
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Writer
Brilliant!
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PsychoBG Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Wow...love the style of this one its beautiful and dark at the same time and i am also interested in the fairytale can i read it anywhere ?
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And I'm afraid you'll have to wait, because it hasn't been published yet :)
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PsychoBG Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thats too bad... i will be waiting and as i can see there is quite a line before me :D
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darkdruid88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Your art is just amazing Abigail. Its dark and yet still holds that colour. The mood of your work is deep and mysterious in some of your pieces. These are the kinds of pictures you would expect to see in a dusty centuries old book of brothers grimm fairytales or indeed an edgar allen poe poem. The lines are rough yet still make the peice come alive. Looking at this peice and others like it just makes me want to see more and more. You are truly a gifted talent :)
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nenee Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:love: lovely lineart, girl! Congrats!! :love:
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much XD
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nenee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:dance: a pleasure!! :dance:
waiting for more from you :eager:
:love:adorable artworks:love:
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SilverSoulmate Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Wonderful picture!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
featured on my journal! :aww: :kiss:

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paradisekisses Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I think I would quite like to have this as a book to own, especially with your illustrations.
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sahadlich90 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Oh my goodness! I love this picture, and the story, you should post the rest of it!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009   Writer
beautiful illustration [what a scarf = "an old red ribbon"?!] and a great story; it seems archibald's hands are holding the whole world he tells amarantha about, a world turning only for her right now... [and if you don't go for publication, i'll find you & take you directly the meanest editor & the most exacting agent i've ever met 'til you do; mwahaha].
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
man that's cool! :wow: :clap: I LOVE the skeleton hands :love:
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NakutaFox666 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Will this story be available to read or buy eventually? Because I am genuinely interested in reading the whole thing. :)
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It'll be posted in pieces as I finish each illustration. I hope to someday get it published!
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NakutaFox666 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I'll be sure to check in by those means then, thanks. :) And I hope you get it published too!
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Necrida Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
great work ^^ where I can find more about yoru writings?
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