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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!
dreamarian Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bulletred::bulletpurple::bulletred: Thank you!:iconholdheartplz:
JamesF63 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this drawing. I'm going to have to read the book now.
dreamarian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlovepinkplz::iconheartpinkplz:Thank you!:iconheartpinkplz::iconlovepinkplz:
JamesF63 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Samettihanska Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Ooh, I just love your drawings!
dreamarian Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconbluerose1plz::bulletblue:Thank you very much!!!:bulletblue::iconbluerose6plz:
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:
dreamarian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icongrin--plz:Thank you!!!:iconheartyellowplz:
N0rks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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