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The Black Lute II by ShinySilver
The Black Lute II
A semi-successful attempt at perspective, low saturation, and lutes.
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Violin by ShinySilver
Violin
It's been a long while since I've sat down and done a classic still life, let alone spent so may hours on one. I decided to paint something that means a lot to me this time.

Bear with me while I talk about this violin a bit:

About a year and a half ago, I received a violin as a Christmas gift from my father. It was not this violin: it was a beginner's violin from a sporting goods magazine (apparently you can buy violins from sporting goods magazines?) and about as shoddy as a thing could be. But it played, and I appreciated the gesture, even if it was kind of a strange one; I'd never shown an interest in violin before, and Tyler already had one that I hadn't been much inclined to handle. I decided this was a good opportunity to learn something new. My goal was to take lessons for about a month, learn a tune I could play over the phone for him, then get on with my life.

A couple lessons in, I offhandedly mentioned to my teacher that Tyler already had a violin but it was kind of a weird one--his father, a magpie like us, had bought it at a pawn shop back in the 70's on a whim. It was already so old that the many layers of varnish make it appear black in certain lighting, and it has a very hard to see Stradivarius stamp inside (not a real one of course--during different times in history, luthiers would make violins in the style of Stradivarius and use a stamp to denote that). My teacher was intrigued and a bit obviously relieved. That other violin did not make ringing sounds or stay in tune well.

I brought the old violin to my next class and my teacher played it, and the unique, singing sound it made gave her a big smile. "Play a song for your dad on the other violin if you want," she told me, "but you should be practicing on this one."

Not long after, I came out to my father. That was enough, apparently, to cut me out of his life entirely. We have not spoken since. 

Without that one thing keeping me playing the shoddy violin, I packed it up and focused on the other. I did not quit violin lessons. If anything, I threw myself into them even more. The old violin got repairs done and was cleaned and greased and given a new tailpiece. This instrument, which is loud and unforgiving and temperamental and my opposite in every way, has become mine. Someday I think I might be rather good at playing it.
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Character Meme Thingamajig

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 1, 2016, 3:59 AM
I will do it this time. I will do the thing. Because riku-gurl tagged me and it's kind of fun now that I've gotten the opportunity to overhaul everything I felt was too glaring/angsty/dark/boring in Hartsborn. Also, it's a quarter to 4 in the morning and I can't seem to sleep like a normal person.


Anyway, as requested, here's Rory:
Rory in color by ShinySilver

1. Rory is a butt. He comes across as standoffish and distrustful, but that's only because he is.

2. He has a photographic memory and is especially good at remembering songs.

3. He loves to sing. His voice is very nice.

4. He is from the Northern Province of Dunlin and it's obvious by his way of speaking: unnecessary words are left off and the rest crowd in on each other. Coupled with his wariness of others, it's rare to hear him speak more than a few words at a time until he's warmed up to someone.

5. While he isn't a friendly person on the surface, he's very loyal to those he grows attached to.

6. He sees ghosts. Like, a lot.

7. He's Valan and has a lot more personal of a relationship with his gods than others in the religion. It means that he is both serious and casual about his beliefs depending on the circumstances. He has a strong sense of moral right and wrong.

8. An ideal situation, if you were to ask Rory, would be to have a cabin all to himself on the outskirts of some Northern town where it is quiet and nobody bothers him or drags him along on any adventures. This will never actually happen. Really, he does need the drive that risky situations and bad circumstances give him and he would go mad with boredom if he were to sequester himself away.

I'm bad at choosing folks to tag. Um. 

ARTesstR : Anita
Beefpaper : Mustache Guy
TetheredComic : Ed
riku-gurl : EKS. AGAIN. FOREVER.

Ignore this if you're not into these sorts of things and please pardon the the intrusion!









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Character Meme Thingamajig

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 1, 2016, 3:59 AM
I will do it this time. I will do the thing. Because riku-gurl tagged me and it's kind of fun now that I've gotten the opportunity to overhaul everything I felt was too glaring/angsty/dark/boring in Hartsborn. Also, it's a quarter to 4 in the morning and I can't seem to sleep like a normal person.


Anyway, as requested, here's Rory:
Rory in color by ShinySilver

1. Rory is a butt. He comes across as standoffish and distrustful, but that's only because he is.

2. He has a photographic memory and is especially good at remembering songs.

3. He loves to sing. His voice is very nice.

4. He is from the Northern Province of Dunlin and it's obvious by his way of speaking: unnecessary words are left off and the rest crowd in on each other. Coupled with his wariness of others, it's rare to hear him speak more than a few words at a time until he's warmed up to someone.

5. While he isn't a friendly person on the surface, he's very loyal to those he grows attached to.

6. He sees ghosts. Like, a lot.

7. He's Valan and has a lot more personal of a relationship with his gods than others in the religion. It means that he is both serious and casual about his beliefs depending on the circumstances. He has a strong sense of moral right and wrong.

8. An ideal situation, if you were to ask Rory, would be to have a cabin all to himself on the outskirts of some Northern town where it is quiet and nobody bothers him or drags him along on any adventures. This will never actually happen. Really, he does need the drive that risky situations and bad circumstances give him and he would go mad with boredom if he were to sequester himself away.

I'm bad at choosing folks to tag. Um. 

ARTesstR : Anita
Beefpaper : Mustache Guy
TetheredComic : Ed
riku-gurl : EKS. AGAIN. FOREVER.

Ignore this if you're not into these sorts of things and please pardon the the intrusion!









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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Student Artist
Hey~~

Just wanted to thank you for the fave!

Also, since I'm currently focusing on music, I was wondering if you'd be interested in listening/sharing my music?

If you are, I can link you to where you can find that stuff!

-Dylan Seto
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ShinySilver Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015   General Artist
You know what?  I'd love to.  Hook me up with that link!
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Artist
Okay!

Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr0WLF…

Let me know what you think :)

And if you like it, sharing it would be cool too. ;)
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ShinySilver Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015   General Artist
Thanks for sharing!  I'll be honest: It's pretty far from what I usually listen to/know well, so I don't feel qualified to offer critique.  But freaking good for you for getting your stuff out there!  Best of luck in all you do :)
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Beefpaper Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!! How did I only just notice you are on here?!
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