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Death and the Teacup by Caelicorn Death and the Teacup by Caelicorn
"My daughter asked me for a cup of tea one day. Usually she just liked to pretend she was sipping the stuff with her dolls in the garden, but I thought - maybe this is the natural progression? See if she likes it...." After awhile I noticed she came back inside empty-handed, so I asked her what she had done with it.

'I gave it to the sad man, mummy, on the street outside'

It was a sweet gesture, but also a little concerning. 'But honey, you know you shouldn't talk to strangers.'

My daughter merely tilted her head at me and stared up with those large, kind eyes. 'He wasn't a stranger, mummy, he knew your name.'






(This is probably the only work I've felt is worthy of a print, so if you buy it I will be ecstatic!

A long time working on this. The bench was referenced from a bench I found in google, but the rest is from my own extensive referencing, especially on cloak. Also, huge prints available soon!)
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:iconchemzyme:
Chemzyme Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
That is cool.
I feel the inspiration for getting a tattoo based on this, but I'm running out of space!
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art4armor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
We would like to feature your art on the website of Merging Light
If interested, please contact us
Thanks, and keep up the great work,
- The Musicians of Merging Light
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isissousa2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work! Love the concept, lighting, composition and colors! ^.^
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kessan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
amazing
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EtiHeline Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Ooooohhhh dear...
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LesleyChance Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, sweet story. :) I also really love your art; you really are talented!

Amazing detail by the way!  Clap 
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GlasgowFoxx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
dawwMeow :3 
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really great concept! And I love the innocent facial expression this beautiful lil girl is showing, great comparison and magical colors! Love Clap 
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DeathWarmedOver4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
This is so cute and creepy all at once!
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:iconzanchi-phoenix:
zanchi-PHOENIX Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Awesome! :love:
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your work has been featured on my group DesignYourDreams :) : here !
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconjolanwix:
jolanwix Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Writer
Wow...I can't even describe how hauntingly beautiful this picture is. VERY good job, seriously.
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:iconjennasartwork:
jennasartwork Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
You are a master, this is amazing and unique, well done :)
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:icongrimcircus:
GrimCircus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome :)
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:iconjjlego:
jjlego Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
amazing & cuteClap 
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ALRtist Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student General Artist
MESSAGE ME WHEN LARGE PRINTS ARE IN!!!! I WILL BUY THIS!!!!
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For sure ;-)!
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
aw this is cute :clap:
I like the 50s vibe the little girl gives to this.
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe XD
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:iconeronightwalker:
EroNightwalker Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
This is breathtaking. Your artstyle es very, very unique. Classic, colourful and yet really dark. I just can't explain it. Congrats.
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Fallenangel700 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The last line about Death knowing the mother's name broke my heart.
Excellent picture. It's extremely well done.
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh it had the desired effect ;-) it was one of those middle of the night stories that popped into my head. I'm glad I wrote it down and illustrated it!

Thank you <3!
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Fallenangel700 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Good catch then.

And you're welcome!:D (Big Grin) 
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PCamenzind Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Writer
I really love the Reaper!
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Reminds me of the Discworld :-)
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:iconrwta:
RWTA Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Incredible art
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:iconbeata101:
beata101 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Very cool :)
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:iconatlas0:
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's epic.
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:icondserpa:
dserpa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Gorgeous scene, incredible work.
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Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
haha i love it
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:icontabascofanatikerin:
Tabascofanatikerin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist
I love the theme of this artwork and it looks pretty good :)
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StellaBrettiana Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's amazing *_*
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:iconsilverwynd:
SilverWynd Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one of the most amazing Grim Reapers I have seen in a while
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marphilhearts Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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Dionisante Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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TheBlackAngel07 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those wings are beautiful
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:icondo-anotherstory:
DO-anotherstory Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Really really well done and I love this idea!
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Artist
Amazing concept! It combines dread with innocence, as if a child could really befriend Death, because she doesn't really grasp what he is or does and Death returns this unexpected friendliness which temporarily relieves him from his grim work and maybe gives him a moment of peace...
Or that's how I interpret it ^^
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Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's how I interpret it too ;-)!

I want to do more in this series...I think for a fleeting moment Death vicariously 'lives' through whoever he meets...and even if those last moments are of pain, the pain defines the extent of positive space as well, in a sense...
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:iconundevicesimus:
Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Artist
Well I think there's definitely room for more artwork about this concept ^^
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! ;-)
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xenoanubis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
Very nice
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Mort-Aura Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sweet mother of teacups,this is AWESOME :heart: I love how the two characters are representated in the park...I mean it's DEATH,taking tea with a little girl,and yet it still looks natural and so touching :heart: Congratulations on this really detailed piece ! 
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thank you! Im stoked you totally understand what I was going for!
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SSJCyberSonic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
:D awesome piece!
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Leda74 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This is amazing!!
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Black-Card Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Ooooh wwooow, I like this!
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Dracemohr Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Stunning! Ominous, humorous and very well made!
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