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I wouldn't suggest getting too close. He might take your shoes.

Jonas Faulkner from my graphic novel The Phoenix Requiem [link]

Medium: Photoshop CS3
Time: ~7 hours
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
*Stares at Jonas* "Shoes. I like Shoes. Omigod, shoes." *has that song stuck in her head all day*
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ValerieToskodes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My shoes. Mine.

*Stares at the collection of shoes*

...Here. Have them.

All in all, I think he deserves more shoes if he wants them, at the least. And I'd give him a comforting hug if I weren't afraid of what might happen to me.

*Stares at mad, unhappy Jonas*

...I think I might try to give him a comforting hug anyway.
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varialome Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm a sadist
i love characters with tortured souls
james is my fave from phoenix requim
i hope you do another graphic novel you're a really good writer
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varialome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meant jones lol XD
i finished it last summer so it's been a long time
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varialome Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol jonas
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Spooky-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011   General Artist
XD "I wouldn't get too close. He might take your shoes." That made me crack up for some reason. LOL
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awww those scenes made me feel so horrible for him. :'(
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Yacoba Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I adore your art, and the emotion you captured in this picture is stunning!
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paris-smiles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
you draw hands so darned magnificently!
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brassmosquito Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
<3 Jonas
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RavenInTheStorm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
This whole picture is really amazing, but I have to say, I just LOVE his hand, with the light on it... Beautiful work, as always!
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LillaMamman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any so I'll risk it =D
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optipessimist Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible. :D
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Felfreak Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Not wearing any :)
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Shadow-911 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
*....hides new shoes
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peppermintjam Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
I LOVE the little details like his shirt ripping at the seams and the veins on his hands. And the texture on the wall is so satisfying. =w+ I think all of your pieces need to be looked at at least five times in order to let it all seep in~
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TakadaSaiko Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I just found your graphic novel through an other one of your peices and am reading it. Looks amazing so far!
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RaisinxRs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
I'm pretty sure it says~

Can you hear them?
Unseen
They scream for help
There is no way in

And something underneath that but i'm not sure? XD Anyway I love this :3 Its really emotional xD
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Cobosaur Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Those shoes look incredibly underused....they need some tap dancing.
I like that sort of empty/given up look you gave him. It makes him sad...because the expression is sad...so therefore, he is sad, unless he is acting .____.
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scifiroots Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Jonas and his shoes... I loved that dream sequence, I honestly think that's what hooked me onto his character. <3
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Szelenbaum Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
your art is simply amazing

I envy you so insanly much XD
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Tatchu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
;U; I don't know what to say, really;
At least I found your dA, hah hah
-stalks-
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Siemari Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I see Jonas has a thing for shoes back when he was in the asylum...Hm, I wonder what the shoes represent c:
This is so great:heart:
It's very interesting to see more about his past in the asylum ;u;
I can't wait till that is covered in the comic~Ooh, Jonas always makes me wonder <3
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jacquelynfisher Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering what Jonas's time in the asylum was like for him... Poor, poor fellow! This is an amazing painting.
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x-turner-x Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
I wish the wrinkles in his sleeves weren't so hard edged. I think they are demanding more attention that they actually need. His face is clearly the focal point, and naturally, humans tend to look at faces first. More specifically the eyes: which you have rendered the right eye beautifully. Kudos. We also tend to follow the implied line of sight, so the next place my attention goes to his hand, which I think you intended (as hands are the second most interesting feature to the human eye). But if the shoulder to wrist had been not as attention demanding, it would have also been a nice added directional guidance to help move the viewer’s eyes through the piece.

I'd also soften all the other edges in the clothing. They aren't that important. Art isn't photography. Hard/soft and lost/found edges add interest through variation and are very beautiful. Render the face as you have and as you move farther away from the focal point I'd use softer and softer edges.

Composition wise I think you have done very well. I like how Jonas is off center and you keep the eye within the format by using the darker valued shoes. And the composition is balanced with the little bit of higher value with the window and the light against the wall.

Also, I love the texture on the wall.

You don’t have to listen to my ideas to help strengthen the image. It’s your artwork and you have every right to leave it just as it is if you like. I just thought I’d leave it out there as an option.
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Tripfeldthemystic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Can you see them?
Unseen
Scream for help
There is no way in


I think I've commented on this before, but I'm trying to look at the writing at different angles. I can see the first four lines pretty clearly. The last one I'm not sure about. If it's the whole word, it looks like "End." If it's just part of a word, it could be the beginning of "Prison" or "Anya."
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AuroraDark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I can't wait to hear what's with him and the shoes...

Fascinating picture! It did remind me a bit of Robin at first (I think because of the way his hair is textured?), but it's a gorgeous image. Well done! :)
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
In some ways, this makes me think of Dr. Manette from A Tale of Two Cities. But I think I really enjoy the tilt of this scene. It could have been a little roo relaxed in the standard position, but the angle makes him seem more unhinged despite the somewhat calm expression.
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Avatar1234 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no! too late! He got my shoes! WHY JONAS?! WHY MUST YOU TAKE MY SHOES?!

lol :XD:
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Color-de-la-Musica Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009   Writer
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When he doesn't have the hobo-ish look about him, Jonas looks pretty hot with a beard. Sorry, just thought I'd say. ^^'

The shoes crack me up. I don't get it why everyone's wondering what they're about. *thinks about the first chapter*
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jilanylily Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
NO NOT MY SHOES!!! Great pic!! I like the writing on the wall. Is it supposed to be readable? I think I might just be able to make it out (most of it anyways) but I'm not for sure X3
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artsangel Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's supposed to be difficult to read, but at least one person has figured it out so it's possible :)
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jilanylily Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I think part of it says "Can you hear them" But the rest I can't read because since my computer is just terrible right now it won't let me full view it and I didn't memorize it sooo yeah....but that part I remember.....I think X3 *Stabs comp*
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CE-BK Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
I love this character. You're new graphic novel series captivated me.
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Jonas. He just wants to be a shoe salesman! *is brick'd*

He really is my favorite character, I hope everything works out for him.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, poor Jonas. He really looks insane. He looks horrible. I guess I would too if I lived in an asylum.
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indigobunny Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I love this! The writing on the wall and the whole piece is just haunting.
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Druidic-Angels Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
"can you hear them?
unseen
they scream for help
there is no way in
Iane..."

Or at least that's what I gathered, he looks like he just started to put down the piece of wood and to sit there for hours staring at it.
I love the colors you used and I have a theory for his shoes.
Perhaps someone he had at one point walked miles and miles without shoes when he was a kid, then a shoe maker from his childhood made him some shoes and took him in.From then on he was a shoe maker. They say that when you make something, and there's a reason it super close to you, you make it with all your soul. Maybe these shoes were so precious to him, they are parts of his soul.
Though his absence of shoes in the dream is odd to say. He says that they are representations of you past and what you've done, shoes really do describe Jonas in this sense, a self enlightenment on his behalf.
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avatard101 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
shoes or no shoes... it looks lik he could use a hug!
=(
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FaerieDragon19 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Ooh, very good! :D For some reason, Jonas (in this picture) looks, to me, like some other character from something else I read, but I don't know who...*shrugs* Anyway, wonderful job! :D
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HawkW Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
I think Jonas has single-handedly turned me gay.
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artsangel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know he'll only want you for your shoes.
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HawkW Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Our love is true, I know it! :P
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Gumikun Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Wowie... Poor Jonas. He's so.. crazy. <33
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Neosun7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Amazing! Poor Jonas! But his shoe collection is quite impressive!
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Soar9 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the drama of the picture!
I do look forward to seeing more explanation of Jonas in the comic. not that I'm trying to rush it-- he's just so interesting.
I like the written words on the wall as well.
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artsangel Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm saving most of the asylum stuff until later in the comic, but it'll definitely be covered ^_^
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ComeAlongPond14 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, I completely thought it was Robyn at first! This makes Jonas' life seem so much deeper, and...darker. The colors are so beautiful. It's amazing.
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miarrow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
There's so much to comment on, the perspective, the bleak color scheme, the shoes, his stubble and completely different look from how we see him in the comic, but really it's all undermined by the eyes. I haven't ever seen a picture that had such emotions through the eyes before. It's just subtle despair, depression, and a little hint of mania. This is fantastic.
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Savvy23 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
:o ooooo!!! awesome! This poor dude! I just love him!
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