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Bittersweet Symphony -Lineart- by Dreamwish Bittersweet Symphony -Lineart- by Dreamwish
The first thing he knows is her hair.

He doesn't really know when it first started, but he knows it was her hair he saw first. Shining ginger coiled into smooth perfect curls that bounced as she walked. It was so very different from the gaudy colors of the park, so very real that it seemed he simply had to become aware if only so he could see it.

After her hair came her face, bit by bit, piece by piece. Flawless pale skin, a soft creamy white that was comparable to moonlight. Her dark eyes seemed to dance as she gazed up at him, seeming to shine as if there were some sort of sparkling light deep within her. Above all else there was her smooth pink lips and perfect white teeth, fixated into a dazzling smile.

He didn't know why, but he loved that smile.

And then one day there was music.

He didn't quite know how to describe it, the way the notes seemed to dance through the air. They rose and fell, high and low, combining together to make a perfect, flowing stream of melody. It resonated within him, every flowing stanza seeming to bring his stone limbs to life as if they were the breath of some sort of secret God. There was her voice as well, whispered words in a lilting, singsong tone that seemed to combine with that flowing music into some sort of impossible essence that he could only describe as her. It echoed through the park, so very different from the carnival noises, so soft and beautiful and perfect.

It was perfection, and it matched her in a way nothing else could.

Day after day she would come, her curly red hair glimmering in the sunlight, her lips set into a gorgeous smile as she played and played on some strange object that she cradled in her hands. Always she would stand before him and she would play, speaking to him as if he were as living and breathing as her and the music she played.

Soon enough it seemed as if the rest of the park were living too. He met others like him, saw that he was not alone... but it didn't matter. To him, he was not the same as them. They were brought to life by some sort of magical force... he was certain he was different. They had been given life by the castle... surely he had been brought to life not by the castle, but by her music. Surely that must have been it.

He watched her. When they were all fully able to move and form groups and thoughts, he continued to watch her. When he was moved from his pedestal and she was forced to move to a different place to play, he watched her from there. He watched her play, the lovely notes scattering through the air, struggled to learn what they meant from her words. And still, even when he was gone she continued to talk, her words echoing through the empty park.

And so one day he decided to talk back.

"Can you teach me how to do that?"


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"IT'S A BITTAAAAH-SWEEET SYM-PHO-NEEEEEE THAT'S LIIIIIIIIIIFFFEEEEE~!!1111oneoneone" CORNIEST TITLE EVER IS GO.

A picture and some writing I was working on during my days of UTTERLY RIDICULOUS OVER-FANGIRLING for :iconunknown-person:'s Karl and his oh-so-dramatic, secret past. I wanted really badly to finish this but I feel a bit guilty making fanfiction now since so many people have been fangirling over Karl that it's kind of ruined it for me a bit. Yes I'm aware that's hypocritical since I was/am a fan, but... eh, it happens. Also with :iconescapefromnevara: I don't really have time to be working on such things. I posted what I wrote of the fic (yes, there is more than this scene) somewhere else and I might see about finishing it someday, so if you want a link note me and I'll toss it at you.

So yeah, ANYWAY, regarding the picture itself, 'tis Karl and the oh-so-mysterious Red-Haired Girl. I personally think her name is "Arma". I think Karl was essentially in love with her or whatever, blahblahblah, she left him (probably for someone with, you know, a heartbeat), he snapped and killed her. Then he couldn't take what he had done, so he ended up deciding in his rather screwed up head that the crow he'd gotten himself attached to was actually "Arma" and she's actually always there talking to him. This theory comes from the fact that the girl and Arma never show up in a scene together, leading me to consider that Karl may see them as the same "person".

WHOO that is dorky. Anyway, yeah, this is lineart for a picture I was doing... I'd love to color it, but I really don't have time, so I figured I'd just post what I have and let people enjoy it even if I feel a bit ashamed for having been/being a fangirl now. XD;;

Right, ON TO ORIGINAL STUFF AGAIN.
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TOBOEANDHIGE Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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used....Please comment on the picture what you think of it
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TOBOEANDHIGE Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
can i use this if I put a link in the discription saying it is yours?
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MonsterWearingBoxers Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
can I please have the link? I hate when a story is left unfinished!
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Ah, sorry, it's currently being published. It's not out yet, but it'll be under the title of Rigor Mortis in stores, so keep a look out! :3
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MonsterWearingBoxers Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WILL DO!!!! :wave:
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yellowpop Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Can i color it:? plzzz :D
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Go ahead, just link me to the finished product.
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yellowpop Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Here u go i hoped u liked it :D
>>> [link]
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CountZera Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
u are an amazing writer! (and artist!) haha your like a goddess in my world, oh i wish u had some more coming out >.<

im sad karl didnt win law of talos >.<
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Haha, well, I do have other writings but they're not here, I can give you a link if you'd like.
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CountZera Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh hellz YAH! XD lolz i would greatly appreciate it OwO
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
M'kay, I shall note it to you.
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CountZera Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ty ^ ^
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ReincarnatedParano Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice dramatic angle. ;w; I love the balance in the lineart.
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Awww, thank you Para. X3
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dogtree103 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Wonderfull pic and story! I like your theory, and it makes sence. I wonder if we'll ever find out the truth?
lol I'd like to read more of the fanfic ^_^
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Walkingpalmtree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Hey you ever going to color it? Cause I can...try at least.
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
If you want to color it be my guest. :3 Just be sure to link me to the finished product and make sure to say I made it. If you want to link people to my writing or anything that's cool too.
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Walkingpalmtree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
[link] Finished :D
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Oh wow, thanks a lot, that looks fantastic!
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Walkingpalmtree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
:thanks: your welcome
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Walkingpalmtree Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
:thanks: thank you! I will also I'll try not to butcher it too much ^^;
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MyCatLovesMe Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story! I liked both story and art. Would you mind if at some point I colored it?

Also, if you write good fanfiction, you can write good original fiction - you just have to create your own characters that you get attached to in the same way.
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Oh, by all means, feel free to color this! Just be sure to link me when you're done. XD

As for writing my own original stuff, I know that's the case, I'm just... really, reeeeaally bad at making characters that are actually original. The one I have entered into Escape From Nevara right now is genuinely my first original character and he's not that great. Buuut I shall keep trying, rawr. Thanks for the advice. :3
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MyCatLovesMe Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, you're welcome. And you know, you could always collaborate with someone or pull stock characters from from books and stuff. In fact, one of my main characters, one I haven't been able to draw until yesterday, is based off of a character in a book I read in eighth grade, although you wouldn't recognize the character I based him off of.

Google some keywords like "stock character" or "protagonist". Look up the hero's journey and play with the ideas. There's a lot of resources out there to give you character ideas. And not every character idea is going to be a winner, but in the end you'll have something people will be willing to follow to the ends of the earth.
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Well, I already know all that. XD Pointing out stock characters is easy, that's how I characterize most fanfiction. For instance, writing Karl for me is basically writing "Crazy Joking Jerkass Psycho" or Climber is "Cute But Kind of Scared Hero". The issue is hardly knowing where to start, it's just making sure the character isn't a complete rip-off of something else and doesn't come off as... well, a dull stock character.
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MyCatLovesMe Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if the character is a dull stock character, there will be tons of people who will love to read stories about that dull, stock character... like me. I love to read stories about the hero who uses his or her head to solve problems they're faced with. They are usually very musically able and thoughtful, cynical and bitter. Think Sherlock Holmes, (early) Dr. House, etc. Also the kind-hearted but rebellious, and strangely prone to bad luck, youthful villain who suffers a tragedy (Dr. Horrible) catch my eye. (The actor wasn't too terrible either ;) )
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
I suppose that's true. Though I think the issue isn't so much about being a stock character, it's a question of them being well done. Karl is largely a stock character but a large portion of people love him because he's well executed.

Here's hoping I can manage that at least, I guess.
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MyCatLovesMe Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's the point I made in the very first comment - you write fan-fiction so well that I am sure you will do great (after practice, lolz) with original fiction.

If nothing else, just start phasing in your own characters into private fan stories until you can phase out the fan characters and the audience doesn't know the difference. My current incarnation of Aryana (the Eyran princess from Nuvalnor) was created that way, actually from a Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter plus a little Tamora Pierce. I don't know how many times I've redone her story. ^^
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Well, right now I -am- trying to make my own original stuff. ^^;; I'm currently in an OC tournament and am working on developing my OC's story... my OC is named Wax and he is a wax elf. He is also two inches tall. Yes. Really.

So er... thank you for the advice, I shall work on it. XD
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Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work of art oAo
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megs83 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dorky or not I agree with your deductions about Karl and Miss NoName. :D A nice little read to accompany the image. I certainly would be interested in reading more if you decide to continue.

Over all just fun! Thanks for sharing. :D
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Well, I did write more, though it's on another site. If you want I can give you the link. XD
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megs83 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome! Yes, please! :D
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
M'kay, I'll note you.
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TheKitsuneMan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I like dat flash series
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Yaaaay, you saw them! GLEE!
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TheKitsuneMan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Ofcourse I saw them lol I didn't expect to see Climber anytime soon in that tournament but I was wrong
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KokoNiko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
:< Why must all the other contestants torment me with how fast they can dish out arts. Rub your speed in my fast, why doncha?! (lockdown, RI~I~IGHT...)

LOL but this is quite lovely. You're right, gosh those fangirls, they just ruin everything for everyone else :< *Immahypocriteplz*
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I'm sooorrry. ;__; It was drawn before I even considered entering EfN, I swear!
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KokoNiko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
:iconnotimpressedplz: A likely story.
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Nuuu, it are truth. ;__;
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KokoNiko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
... All right, I'll let you go this time. But I'll be watching you :icondeathstareplz:
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stephi-JK Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Student Filmographer
Still, it's a nice piece :3
I really like how Karl came out here. Half his head makes him.. rather cuter~ XDDD
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Dreamwish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
XDD Amazing what the removal of PSYCHO EYES can do.
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Feiyll Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Wow, nice. :3

I'm sorry that all the fangirling ruined Karl for you. >.>; It's been doing that for a lot of people. Jeez, I hope I wasn't part of that...

The fic part is pretty cute, well-written as all of your stuff is. Poor violin girl, he must see her as some kind of goddess. XD

That said, I wish you luck in EfN against Rothe. Don't let the drama stop you from doing well!
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