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Haunted Memory by nami64 Haunted Memory by nami64


—Nay if even in the house of Hades the dead forget their dead,
yet will I even there be mindful of my dear comrade.


Line from Homer’s The Iliad, added at Thomas Jefferson’s request on the grave of his wife, Martha Jefferson.



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soooooooooo... an old Thomas and his ghosts/memories.

in my head, this scene happens when he is writing his biography and this specific line about Martha's death: "[In 1782] I lost the cherished companion of my life, in whose affections, unabated on both sides I had lived the last ten years in unchequered happiness."

okay... THIS IS CREEPY AS HELL I'M SORRY! but it was so much fun to do



****DON'T REPOST ON TUMBLR****



note: as i received messages because of my previous drawing with these twi saying: "but... Martha is dead. what are you gonna draw with these two now?!", let me just say that i don't draw chronologically (she can be dead AND live again after) so i will keep drawing them :)
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:iconserketstalker:
SerketStalker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you have tumblr?
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nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
yes :)  but i don't post Martha/Thomas drawings there : marthajefferson.tumblr.com
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SziSziKecCs Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It breaks my heart, and I want to cry. And I love it.
Thank you. T h a n k  y o u ! You are amazing!
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gatesway Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your drawings are really moving. I like them !
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oOWildCherryOo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes me crying - but your art is so beautiful.
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CeilingFen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and according to the artist's description, doing what you want is ok :3 I still like saying NejixTenTen is a thing even though Neji's dead as dead can get, very well done on the pic as always. I love your art :3
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Mendedpixie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. *sobs*
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americanpanda114 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
ooooooooohhhhhhhhhh I didn't realize this was Thomas Jefferson and Martha.
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To know someone so well to share this type of bond is something so desirable...it is so touching to see how much he cared for her. This is gorgeous and haunting but with such a warm feeling as well. Thank you for telling me about her gravestone, I love learning tidbits about these people that are not often well known.

And I agree, art is a funny thing-you can continue to draw a character regardless of the status of their soul. I mean, I am a little surprised you even got that question because people in the fan art community continue to draw characters that have died and everyone seems to understand. I am so thrilled you will continue to draw them, please don't stop :)
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xdolce Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Your drawings tug at my heart like nothing else. You're so talented.
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:iconmabitsa:
Mabitsa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
God! I started to cry...
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Namikaze96 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
omg I saw your fanart, searched them. Got sad when I found out Martha died young and now I'm crying at this </3 Beautiful art though~ :heart:
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februarymoon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
If this is "creepy", then the best possible kind, or at least one that I dig as well. :) I absolutely love the subtly told yet raw emotion of this.
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:icontarvitus:
Tarvitus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
This somehow gives me the impression of a paused movie that you already now - but still you'd like to see what happens next!
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ex0tique Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice coloring. Well done.
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Serukis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks even more wonderful with colours. :) I love it.
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saaiksr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
oh...oh...this hit me like a punch to the stomach!

more so bec. you drew jeffereson as an old man, and i have such a soft spot for kind, sweet looking old men. (and that line is not supposed to sound as creepy as it does...)

and martha....with her arms around him like that...congrats, you made me cry right now ;____;

just a side-point, but why do his eyebrows still have color? most of his hair is grey, so i would've assumed that his eyebrows would at least lose most of their color.

but that's really just a minor insignificant detail. this is absolutely heart-rending. i-i can't stop crying!
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
for the eyebrows, i don't know... i mean, my father have grey hair butu his eyebrows are blonde so. no idea.
and thank you :)
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demontaint11 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I love that his eyebrows are still ginger. It made my night. X)
So cute n sad n feels n I never thought I'd ship a dead couple from 200 years ago, but considering it's real life verses some thing like anime, manga, or characters from books, I'm gonna say ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love this couple thanks to your wonderful depictions of them.
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Biddieboo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even... the feels!! ;o;
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yashamaruPL Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I love your linearts, but the way how you are able to colour it simply amazes me all time ....:iconfoxawwplz:
I'm just speak-less....
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WesleyBlakeReese Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
.... *Speechless in a good way*

this is so awesome. And beautiful and just.... I feel like this is addictive XD
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
these two are so addictive :)
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:iconwesleyblakereese:
WesleyBlakeReese Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Yes they are! XD
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aldwarke Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Oh, my! The expression on his face and the ghost arm. I love your style.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
merci :)
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EnigmaticEmpress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love filling up my "love and sadness" favorites folder with mostly your work XD You just convey the emotions so well. Please keep it up!
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
thank you :)
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CodilineChan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I ADORE how you ended up coloring this. Totally surpassed my expectations. <3
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:iconkoizumimiku:
KoizumiMiku Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
eshtfg;udreyjkyrf the FEELS this picture gives me!
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Freckledlouise Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
This is not creepy. Au contraire, it's sweet and quite romantic.
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silentruth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
strong red eyebrows are strong.
this is gorgeous <3 creepy and gorgeous
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Ariniel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS. The concept, the art, EVERYTHING. Not creepy at all. Comforting, in a sad way, I think... Fantastic job!
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ItisjustI Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It's only creepy if you think that ghosts are automatically frightening. I think it's beautiful...

And if I lost someone like that, I'd want her to come back and say hi from time to time.
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KaiyaGold Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of the book "The Raven's Bride" only that was about Edgar Allen Poe. But the idea reminds me of it :D
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Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that his eyebrows are still red.
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katierey Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful
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Curl-Swagg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
excuses me while I go weep...
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SamxAxel1994 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is so amazing. :D
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Regis-AND Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful!
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Padfoot7411 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this piece.
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
merci :)
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Padfoot7411 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome :)
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Sturmdaemonin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Very beautiful! I like the idea quite a lot.

BUT - his eyebrows just keep bugging me. Usually they become white/gray with the rest of the hair... ?
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
well, that depends i guess... i mean, my father has gray hair but his eyebrows stay blonde.
and thank you :)
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:iconzehabix:
Zehabix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this was creative.
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
thank you :)
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GreenEyedBrunette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
May I ask why you don't want it on Tumblr? o.o
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nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
because i want to be the one who post it, no someone else.
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GreenEyedBrunette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhh, just wondered. ^_^
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