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her wake by nami64 her wake by nami64


"You died in summer... and it seemed that the whole of nature mourned you the following two seasons."


I don’t even know if Thomas could bring himself to attend the wake, or even the ceremony. I doubt that a lot.
If yes, then he would have been a total wreck at his wife’s wake, so here my ‘version’ of this hypothetic situation. Traditionaly for the wake, the body is washed, the clothes (the prettiest or favourite ones of the dead) stuffed with spices and herbs, and flowers placed around for the smell.

I wanted to make Martha look very thin, cadaverous and i like the whole result but i see flaws like her asymmetrical arms, the too sharp colors of the flowers, the lack of perspective, and more… i hope you like it at least a little because i'm quite proud of this one to be honest :)

EDIT: the use of wedding rings for both partners is very new. early 20th century/end of the 19th if i'm right. it was just the woman wearing it initially, so no ring for him!

and NO i'm ABSOLUTELY NOT MONOMANIAC! leave me alone...


media: piece of paper, pencil, hands, photoshop
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theWingedMaleficent Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
this is so gorgeous but so sad at the same time, I love this piece!
Eollica Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015
I am absolutely in love with your drawings about this couple. I don't even know their story but this broke my heart.
Is this an OC of yours? Or is it from an outer source?
Would you please share with me? :D Thanks
nami64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
no. it's Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha. real people :)
and thank you!
AkariHotaruSendo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooookay Akari... don't cry... DON'T cry... okay it happened. T.T
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sad but so heartfelt. You have amazing emotional skills
Naihyl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Sigh, the emotions that come with viewing such a piece...exquisitely done.
Itaminosekai Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous!
killerback Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Truly one of your best art work...I like your theme.
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
i do think the same :) thank you!
ValentinaLaia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
This made me think of :

ThortheWraith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So beautiful it made me cry
EluminoraStudio Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow.  :( (Sad) evocatively and deftly drawn. the composition is especially good.Clap 
Leina01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
beautiful image, very powerful :butterfly:
racheru-tan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
It really deserves a DD!!
xtinajayne Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
every piece of art on here is beautiful.
dejan-delic Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificent piece of art.
MacFrank Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow. This is very intense...
SweetnSour333 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Photographer
. . . =( *lip quiver* I don't know who these two are . . . *sniffle sniffle* But, damn it, that is so sad!! . . . *watches*
Ifirifis0 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You are a horrible person D: :crying:
Milleannis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student
that's fine, you're an interesting story) at all clear pictures)
chickaablet Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This reminds me of Annabelle Lee
saaiksr Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
If I could capture in my writing just half of the emotion you bring out in your drawings, I will be a happy person.

oh gd, this hurts so much ;___; why must you make me feel something for these people who died hundreds of years ago...!!
AlexKnight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   General Artist
Ok this crushed my heart totally! T_T
nami64 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
good! :)
TheGloomyClown Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Oh, dear... That's wonderful!
Diasir Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
omg ! can't believe how good this is! i am looking over and over! perfect!
Lisa-Of-The-Moon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your amazing artwork was featured in my Journal! [link]
nicephishsays Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
After going through all your photos of Martha and Thomas, I have built this image of a couple so connected through love, passions and interest, that seeing this photo actually tore more heart apart. I have built a romance similar to that of Dexter and Emma - [link](novel). All those years of Dexter missing the hint that he truly loves Emma, and when he realizes it, their time is so short together.

UGH. The pain/heartbreak I feel for these characters is so real. :( Why does it have to be so sad?
nami64 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
i just saw the movie based on the novel sadly, but i cried. (the difference it's that 'my' characters are actually real people :))
and thank you very muhc! i'm glad you like my pictures
nicephishsays Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
The link above was created incorrectly, but I'm referring to the novel, One Day, by David Nicholls
Ameliatessier1996 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
What anime is it?:)
nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
no anima. real people: Martha and Thomas Jefferson :)
Ameliatessier1996 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks. I see.
rakerumcr Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
It is so beautiful and so sad at the same time. * Contradictory emotions *
But ... when I saw the flowers I couldn't can't stop thinking about Padme! I hope Thomas J. did not become Darth Vader. I'm just joking!:typerhappy: ... and, yeah, you're in the right way if you want to kill me =P
Summarizing : Excelent Job! Hope more of this two soon! :happybounce:
nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
i will! i'm just waiting for my 'muses' :)
Mysticazure Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
This is the US president yes? Wasn't he in a relationship with one of his slaves for years?
nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
years after his wife's death, yes. i myself don't believe he 'loved' his misstress/slave (she was so young when it started and i don't believe a black slave teenager could love her old master 40 years old. abussive relationship at least at the beginning? i don't know ... but yes, you are right, they did have a relationship :))
Vanessalisa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
she looks so beautiful even in death sometimes like this scene that why God takes way the one he loves the most did he do anything wrong or something very scene
SubduedMoon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love what you did with her skin tone. You really capture the difference between life and death.
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured. [link] :heart:
Isyll--8 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Very sad but very beautiful too
NeverLeaveTheOcean Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARE YOU TRYING TO BREAK MY HEART! :cries: (It's gorgeous by the way!)
nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
this is the goal of my life: breaking hearts of everyone with this couple!
and thank you :)
Bella-Grim Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Oh... right in the feels.

This is beautiful! Simply beautiful and it breaks my heart!
PrimeHunter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
awww...beautiful sadness
HavokKrueger Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
ColetteCopeland Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is completely beautiful! :O I can't stop looking at it. Who are these two characters??
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Winxzafir Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so sad
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