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Sufficient. by dreamarian Sufficient. by dreamarian
:iconloveblackplz:I drew this for the :icondrawers-life: contest::iconloveblackplz:
Draw your favourite book-scene.

Several countries around the world are fortunate enough to have John Milton's "Paradise Lost" as prescribed reading in their school curriculum...
Unfortunately I was cursed to read Shakespeare. He may have been a good writer but he never wrote anything I liked.

I never knew what Paradise Lost was about and didn't want to read it since I wasn't in the mood for another snooze-fest like "Lord of the Flies" or "The (not so) Great Gatsby". I eventually stumbled across a synopsis of Paradise Lost while researching something else and was instantly intrigued. This was the start of my love for the book.

This is a scene from book 3, page 82.
God pointed out to his Son that Lucifer was making his way to earth through the chaos. Jesus wanted to know why God would let Lucifer tempt man and his answer was both a reflection on the Devil and man:
"I made him just and right,
sufficient to have stood, though free to fall."

Milton described the earth as a bright star, tethered to heaven by a shining chain. Hell and the earth was separated by chaos - no description of what it could possibly look like.

Anyone who has been to my dA profile may have read my personal quote which is a rendition of this line:
We were made adequate to stand, it is our choice to fall

Drawn with graphite pencils on A4 cartridge paper.

Referenced this amazing image:
Deus Ex Machina by vishstudio

:iconblackrose-1::iconblackrose-2::iconblackrose-3::icongrayheartplz:I WON!!!:icongrayheartplz::iconblackrose-5::iconblackrose-6::iconblackrose-7x:
Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me!!!

Digital version:Sufficient (re-worked) by dreamarian
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Pryate Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly awesome, so deep and strong in the impact. Congrats!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
:bulletred::bulletpurple::bulletred: Thank you!:iconholdheartplz:
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JamesF63 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this drawing. I'm going to have to read the book now.
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconlovepinkplz::iconheartpinkplz:Thank you!:iconheartpinkplz::iconlovepinkplz:
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JamesF63 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:huggle:
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Samettihanska Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Ooh, I just love your drawings!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconbluerose1plz::bulletblue:Thank you very much!!!:bulletblue::iconbluerose6plz:
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N0rks Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you call Lord of the Flies a snooze fest. :lol: I had an exam on that book, imagine my sleepiness. :B :lol:

Anyway, I really like this. Very dark, which contrasts with the light bits very well. I have never actually read Paraside Lost (still on my to-read list :B) so I can't relate it to any scene directly but it seems to fit the general theme.

Also congrats on winnin the contest! :hug:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:icongrin--plz:Thank you!!!:iconheartyellowplz:
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N0rks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's a very powerful moment and a powerful drawing. I really love it. It tells a story and it's full of emotion, too. Great work!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:giggle:hehehehe I'm running out of emotes to use on you!
Thank you again!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, aww, that's okay... I'm actually impressed with how many different ones you know, I'm still learning all the regular dA ones. *lol*
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You've worked very well on the contrasts! I really like the muscle details. The clouds are so realistic!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconpinkheart-plz:Thank you so much!!!:iconpinkheart-plz:
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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anmeher Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlawaveplz: Hi there,
You've been featured in my journal [link] :love:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:icongwomp:Thank you!:iconyellowheartplz:
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anmeher Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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Jeanne-Lui Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This great piece is featured in my journal [link] :dance:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz:Thanks so much!:iconattackglompplz:
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Nattaxx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Wonderful
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
:icontardglompplz:Thank you!:icongreenheartplz:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on winning the 1st place in Favorite Book Scene Contest!! It's a well deserved one, Simone! :iconheartanimplz:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
:icongrin--plz:Thank you lady!!!:iconheartyellowplz:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconheartanimplz:
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Kmk994 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really brillianr work, you definitely have my vote :)
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconpinklilyplz:Thank you so much!:iconkokorox:
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AlexMahone Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably one of my personal favourites here on DA <3
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz:Thanks so much!:iconattackglompplz:
That's an amazing complement!
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AlexMahone Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem.. I'm just honest :huggle:
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amazoncanvas Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Amazing work, love it!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:heart:Thank you!:iconbeauroseplz:
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Doctor-Pencil Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice pencil work! :D:D
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz:Thank you very much!!!:iconblueheartplz:
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fourquods Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
this is class, i first noticed it thinking the tones were amazing, then i saw that the whole piece was wondrously creative then i saw how the composition was so great, then i noticed the tones again ....i basically got stuck in a loop of how awesome this is! could look at it for ages!! brilliant!!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconvioletheartplz::iconkokorox:Thank you for the beautiful comment!!!:iconkokorox::iconvioletheartplz:
I usually feel that way about other people's work - it's awesome to hear about my own!
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fourquods Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
no bother, lovely work!! (and happy birthday for a few days ago!)
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Hellione Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful ♥ I wish it was a little larger or lighter [easier to see i guess] so I could see your details. I absolutely love this.
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconteamoplz:Thank you!!!:iconshinyheartplz:
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Hellione Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome !
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Ultraviolet707 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG this is sooo amazing!! so dramatic :wow: :heart:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconheartglompplz: Thank you!!!:iconkokorox:
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Ultraviolet707 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
ur welcome! :D
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding work and such a dramatic piece!!!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz:Thanks so much!:iconattackglompplz:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre welcome:huggle:
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
In this art i saw:
•Unique smooth strong stokes
•Gracious charming way of explaination
•Beautiful magical B&W atmosphere
Thus LOVED IT :icongimmeheartplz: direct to my :iconfavplz:
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconwhiteroseplz:Thanks so much! :iconheartgreenplz::iconlovewhiteplz::iconheartgreenplz:
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Rockinfroggi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I'm a little late in commenting on this so there is little I could say that hasn't been said already. I can really feel the atmosphere and emotion in this and with the addition of your explanation it ties it all neatly together.

It's be some time since I did any serious reading and have been thinking for a while I should catch up on some of the old classics I've missed out on. This sounds like it could be a good starting point.
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