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Ophelia by BloodhoundOmega Ophelia by BloodhoundOmega
Attention: Long and probably rambling as well as jumbled artist comment ahead.


This picture is my main piece for the Mephit Mini Con art show. The con's theme this year is death. Not the Zombie-Horror-Hollywood version, but „plain ole death“. In the beginning I was very opposed to the topic for various reasons and I could find no access to it. I had almost accepted the fact that I wouldn't be producing any art according to the con theme, but then something happened and I suddenly got buried in so many wonderful ideas circling around that topic so that I ended up having a hard time deciding which one to draw.

I don't have much panel space this time, as I won't be attending in person, so I had the choice of drawing many small pieces and cover as many ideas as possible, or concentrate everything on just one image and that's what I did.

Ever since I saw the anime “Ergo Proxy” I have developed a certain fascination for the “Ophelia” painting done by Sir John Millais and this is very obviously the main reference I used. This piece fascinates me. It crawls under my skin and horrifies me, yet I cannot stop to look at it again and again. → [link]

I don't claim to be able to achieve the same effect with my humble homage, but I wanted to try to lean on Millais' original art work, add a personal note to it, steal a bit golden mania from Klimt's “Water Snakes I” → [link] and see what happens... You see the result here.

This was my first painting in which I used Gouache as a main medium, mixing it occasionally with water colours. This worked astonishingly well and I am pleased with the way this paint reacts and can be handled. Unfortunately I cannot say this for the golden pain which I used for the more abstract hair of Ophelia, which lies beneath the water's surface. Painting that often brought me to the verge of tears and I had to re-do many passages several times. Of course the gold and glittering effects totally got lost in the scan, which is why I made some photos in hope that they will help to bring across a more appropriate impression of the original colours. → [link]

There would be so much more to say about why I chose the Ophelia imagery, why I made her a cat (besides the honest reason that I simply lack skill to create a believable human face that is even remotely as shocking as Millais' Ophelia), about women and suicide, the element of water, the symbolism of the flowers (begonias, daisies, marigold, a calla lilly and poppies) and so much more, buuuut... I think in the end it's better for the viewer to open up everything for himself, to find his or her own and most personal approach to this piece.


My own feelings about the outcome of this experiment are mixed. A few things turned out as desired, most did not. The final result deviates a lot from what I originally had in mind and I guess this leaves a bitter after-taste of disappointment rather than the feeling of accomplishment. This seems to happen with all bigger pieces I am doing since a while though, so I cannot really say if it's really just a matter of my Ophelia or “just” a general phenomenon.

I am rambling... time to sleep.


P.S. HOLY GUACAMOLE! :O My inbox just exploded! This is... whoah! I don't know what to say! Besides of course thank you for all the nice and throughtful and inspiring comments, the favs that show how much you appreciate her, even if that kind of thing usually isn't your cup of tea... I am really overwhelmed! ;___________; :heart:
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Given 2011-04-28
Ophelia by *bloodhound-omega

The suggester says: "Just... Gorgeous... Very gripping and thought provoking. A very beautiful homage."

Also suggested by `savagebinn ( Suggested by DanjiIsthmus and Featured by Nyiana-sama )
DominikPierog Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Does anybody mention about Topielica, Topielec an Utopiec ?Demons from
slavonic mythology.
my mate sent me this image as a ref for his character, but didnt know where it came from, so i used google to find you, the artist. i want to ask that since one of his old characters looks like this, do you mind if we use it as long as you receive credit for being the owner of it? Also, death aside, this is very beautiful.
BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
As long as you guys give me the credit and don't make any profit of the image I sure don't mind. ^^
Ios-BloodBlade Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
its a simple picture for what his character looks like you get credit as the artist and owner ut he rarely uses the pic for anything more than a reference
MeadowOfTime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Really lovely, I admire her expression...great !!!
Orange-Soda-Kitty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is absolutly beautiful!
FotoFurNL Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
I have seen this piece at the EuroFurence 19 Art show and was brought to humble silence by it's beauty.

I still regret I didn't have what it took to bid on the piece, however, finding it here on your DA page is a blessing. I can see the mesmerizing image you created anytime I wish, thank you!
BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Thank you ever so much!

It makes me feel so happy to know how many people have been touched by this particular piece. It makes it worth all the effort. :heart:
PumpkinGirl20 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow to much reading.
I love the picture!!
RuntyTiger Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nice combination of the different artists and their styles. And yeah, the realists were really insane.
Daniel-Fontanini Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You been featured in my facebook page!

BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Oh? :D I can't seem to find myself. X3 Thank you nevertheless though!
Daniel-Fontanini Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ur welcome!!
Daniel-Fontanini Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe thanks
SugarAngel44 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
This is amazing. Just absolutely stunning <3
SilverfurExpress001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Writer
MoonandWillow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is absolutely...beautiful...and breathtaking!
LilithLieLoveHeart Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Words cant describe How beautiful this painting is... i'm adding this to my favorites... and i don't favorite a lot of stuff well done :)
LilithLieLoveHeart Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
i don't think there is enough words to describe how beautiful this painting... i'm favoriting this...and i don't favorite a lot of stuff well one :)
chakat-shadows Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Damn you,,,,, this hurts. God I love and hate this. Crap can you be anymore SADISTIC? I wish I hadent read the discriptin....there are no real words that I can think of that discribs how this makes me feel.

now i have to watch you
chakat-shadows Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Sorry about that post last night, but your painting is very powerful. Your work is very nice.
Topaz4girl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't stop looking at this! The flowers, the face, the HAIR! This entire artwork is peaceful and beautful. Amazing job.
sandyslegacy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Felidire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally adore that expression. x3
Mnemosia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
superb ! :)
TreeTracer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an awesome piece - a belated congrats on the DD.
lava-java Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Stunned. I am absolutely stunned. This artwork is simply outstanding and incredible!! :heart:
LeopardMaskStorm Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
AMAZING and absolutely GORGEOUS!
radiiance Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist
This is GORGEOUS. (:
DeeJay-Alien Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing!!! *_*
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Writer
You are featured here: [link]
BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
:O !!!

I feel honoured for having my Ophelia featured among all those amazing pieces!
punkylemon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   Traditional Artist
Did I comment on this already? ... Don't know, don't care. I'll say it again. This is gorgeous!
Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
The detail in this piece are astounding! :clap:
Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
I faved this on FA for a reason....because it is an awesome piece. I so want a print.
Tommyrazor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Artist
Adorable, I'd snuggle that.
ErkGloom Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
oh my this is very pretty :3333
Box-of-Gumdrops Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
This is so beautiful. I could hardly believe you used traditional media for this. Wow <3.
skyworthy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture death can be a tough topic
Mokinzi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   General Artist
A truly enchanting piece - just looking at it instantly inspires new stories in my head. Thank you :heart:
CelestialRibbon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The DD you got for this was well-deserved, and I can entirely see why it was bestowed upon you. Well done, and may this show any viewer the beauty of life, then the sadness it brings when one is lost by one's own hand. This is quite the amazing piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.
nauticca Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sooo beautiful! wow...amazing work!
Wakerra Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song"
allykat456 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I love the work by the original painter of the image. I gotta say though, this piece is very damn good.
allthroughtheseasons Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
i really really like this piece! *w*
xKaseix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Quite lovely indeed--I pretty much mirror what everyone else has already said, great work.
TheBlushingKirin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
So subtle, with such an impact.
Nelauk Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
very pretty!
Nougatnike Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
this is stunning...and very captivating :)
darkangel1194 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
for some reason this picture reminds me of my kitten Cali........she somehow managed to get out of the house one day....havent seen her since.... i miss my little kitten so much! its a very beautiful picture...
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