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The Madwoman in the Attic by BriannaAngelakis The Madwoman in the Attic by BriannaAngelakis
Inspired by Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.

media: graphite and oil on canvas board
size: 16" x 20"

©Brianna Angelakis

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The Madwoman in the Attic by =BriannaAngelakis. ( Suggested by Kaze-Ki and Featured by STelari )
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Maiiou Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
These are amazing paintings!  
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Soyja Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
wow
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing mood! Breathtaking technique :+fav:
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tierramarie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I feel so terrible for Bertha Antoinetta, poor soul. Poor Jane and poor Edward too for that matter. What a mess...

Your picture is touching and I love how you incorporated the fire and the maniacal shredding

ooh I have chills and goosebumps now

wonderful piece keep delighting us please!
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
A stunning artwork - great tones
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:icondensoro:
Densoro Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Dude. Thank you. This rescued me from pages and pages of anthropomorphized penises. dA needs more stuff like this.
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michealdark Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
She scares me. She looks like she's about to devour me or something. Either that or is accusing me of something.
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have featured your work here [link] :rose:
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NatBelus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
very nice colors
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:iconmscajax:
MSCajax Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing painting.
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:iconwedges1:
wedges1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
OUTSTANDING !
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GermanCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Oh hell, I love this. That's exactly how I imagined her. Thank you.
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:iconlupienne:
lupienne Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She has a very captivating face. The colors are really beautiful... I hope I can paint like that someday :)
Also, never read the book but this really makes me want to!
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Did you make your own canvas boards? Commercial canvas boards are usually not very long-lasting.

Here is a link for your reference: [link]

If you buy wood at Home Depot, you can ask them cut into pieces the sizes you want, usually for free. (Well, they did it for me anyway.)
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks for the link!

Right now I work on commercial canvas boards from Dickblick, but I plan on working on much larger sizes in the future which is unavailable pretty much anywhere from what I can tell because of warping (unless I get an actual stretched canvas). My older paintings were all done on wood, so I'm used to going to Home Depot or Lowes to get it cut, but that reference link was GREAT! Exactly what I needed for in the future! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome! Yeah, I struggled awhile back trying to figure all this out all by myself, so I felt compelled to help. From my experience, get the thick plywood and turn it into your painting panels. They last forever! Imagine spending hours working on your paintings, yet they warp or do not last "forever", you know?

Again, glad to help! Keep up your great work! :hug:
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Historybuffy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Hello! I featured your piece in the journal for :iconhistorygirls: I really love your work! :D
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Giselle-M Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very inspirational work! :love:
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TribeKnight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
i have never seen anything like this in my life. there simply aren't words for the emotions and thoughts this evokes! love it! i could stare in her eyes for hours....
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Ginesthoi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Jane Eyre is my favorite book. This character looks just as I imagined. Nice work.
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GraffitiArtist82 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Nice, great colors!
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AviCharm Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
beautiful
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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khauz666 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is completely stunning! I am still trying to figure out how able you are to mix up the warm and cold tones so amazingly :wow:
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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veinsofmercury Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Excellent piece! Very well deserved :D
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :heart:
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kuRiN-J-L Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
..... at first glance i thought it was kristen stewart........
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^;
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CrowDevine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Her eyes look so haunting... I started reading Jane Eyre a while ago but never got around to finishing it. Now I must go back and read it so I'll know what inspired this beautiful work of art!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Jane Eyre is my favorite novel. You should definitely finish reading it!
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:iconcrowdevine:
CrowDevine Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh I definitely will, you motivated me to do so.
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JodiLynnBodaFord Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful and moving!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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fayjan19 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the emotion u preserved in her eyes are soo heart draining :iconclapplz: THE WHOLE COLOR WORK IS BRILLIANT !!!! :iconlawooplz: I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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jarydyia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
PRETTTYYYYYYYYY
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AntimonyAngel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love how artists use color choices in places I would never expect! Like in her face how there are slight tints of blue. It makes me rethink how I color and how I need to practice experimenting with more colors! :) The detail in the flames and torn curtains are amazing! Congrats <3 Well deserved!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your comment! :hug:

I want you to study your face in the mirror or even just your hands in front of you. There are so many colors ranging from blue to purple to pink to green. It's so important as an artist to keep "looking" in order to create color choices you wouldn't think of otherwise. Don't be afraid to take chances! Jenny Saville is a famous contemporary painter who makes strong color decisions when painting flesh. I highly suggest viewing her work!
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AntimonyAngel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
Oh thank you so much as well for the advice. :) I will most definitely keep that in mind and look at her work. Thanks again <3
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aquaTICKworld Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I haven't read the book, but your painting is great. Is she high on drugs? Her pupils are tiny like pinholes.
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Please read the book.
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JadasArtVision Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I knew it! As soon as I saw this image I thought "now she had to have been inspired by Jane Eyre". Have you read the Wide Sargasso Sea?
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very happy you recognized the inspiration! I have not read The Wide Sargasso Sea. I actually just heard of it very recently. I definitely need to pick it up when I have a chance!
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JadasArtVision Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I haven't read it yet. Just checked it out of the library. It's very short, less than 200 pages.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I was just discussing this book with a friend... I need to reread it now!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! Jane Eyre is my favorite novel! This is actually a painting for a Bronte Exhibition being held in England. I'm very honored to have been invited to create paintings for the show. :)
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Wow, that's incredible! I wish I could go see it, but unfortunately I live across the pond. :/

It's been seven years since I've read it. I only remember bits and pieces, but the two scenes that stand out in my mind are when Jane was locked in the [red?] room, and when Jane lays down with her best friend who is sick and dies before Jane wakes up in the morning... I'm curious to know what scenes will impact me most the next time I read it.

Speaking of Bronte sisters, my literature teacher and I were discussing the movies Jane Eyre (with Fassbender as Mr Rochester) and Wuthering Heights (with Tom Hardy as Heathcliff). I've never seen either, only read the books. Have you seen them? If so, what is your opinion of them?
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
haha I'm from the the US as well. That's why I'm so honored to be included! :D

Both of those scenes are quite climactic and vital to the novel as well as forming Jane's future character, so I can definitely see why they would stand out to you. :) Rochester's bed burning (with him in it!) always stood out to me as well.

I've seen the Jane Eyre film with Fassbender as Mr. Rochester; however, I haven't seen any film versions of Wuthering Heights (though my grandmother keeps telling me to watch the original, black and white film). I definitely suggest watching the BBC mini series for Jane Eyre. The new film was beautiful and the actors chosen were spot on; however, it just didn't do it for me like I had expected (considering how excited I was to see it!). The beginning was wonderful when Jane is young...but I felt they focused too much on the love story and too quickly. I understand it's a film so the writers had to pick and choose (the book is pretty long and so many things happen after all), but I wanted something different I guess. My mother and sister (who both adore historical/historical fiction films) watched the new version of Jane Eyre with me, and they didn't like it and had a hard time following it. You should try watching it! I'd like to know your thoughts as well. :)
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