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Salieri by tavington Salieri by tavington
“All the same, if it wouldn't be imposing, I would like you to see my new piece. It would be a tremendous honour for me.”

F. Murray Abraham from the movie "Amadeus"
If you haven't seen this film yet, I suggest you do so now!

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Tom Hulce's laugh is highly contageous :D

This is F. Murray's character, Antonio Salieri, talking to Mozart about a new Opera he is writing.
Slimy git, but hey :D

I wanted to find some great pics of Salieri online, but couldn't, so ended up getting a few caps from my DVD.

I couldn't help but see a bit of Jason Isaacs's Lucius Malfoy in him.
And his cheeks were particularly interesting to shade and colour. I think he may have had a skin condition when he was younger, but I could be wrong.
I could bang on and on about this film and this character, but I'll let you discover it for yourself if you haven't already.

Listening to some music whilst colouring this, lyrics I heard seemed quite fitting for Salieri's character:

"Father into your hands, I commend my spirit
Father into your hands
Why have you forsaken me?

In your eyes forsaken me
In your thoughts forsaken me
In your heart forsaken me, oh

Trust in my self righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die
In my self righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die"


Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Bristol Board 300 series

Next will be Hulce's character, Mozart himself
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:iconmonicamusic:
Monicamusic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student
You like F.Murray obviously!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes XD
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:icondreamer-of-magic:
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
Oh my goodness I love Amadeus!! :D This is great!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icondreamer-of-magic:
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013   General Artist
:) Welcome!
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Mozartmistress Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
wow amazing
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:iconzmokingfishlips:
ZmokingFishlips Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
he is and will always be the master...
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:iconcandytears430:
candytears430 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gasp of shock nd wonder
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KJZombieKiller Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Amadeus was a delightful movie. I cant believe how much I laughed at it. Nice drawing
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:iconlady-blackdove:
Lady-Blackdove Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvellous drawing, it's so realistic and vibrant!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I actually quite enjoyed shading in all the interesting textures of his skin :)
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Lady-Blackdove Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really stunning! :D
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love his ambiguous impression, he looks challenging and a bit disdainful, but also curious and yet deeply melancholy at the core.
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tavington Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a wonderful character! My eyes were drawn in, in every single scene he was in. Truly a wonderful, and talented actor.
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Lilma1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice work. and a great movie indeed :)
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much
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veradora321 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Simply great ! ^^
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SoulLostAtSea Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
BRIIIIIIIIIIILLIANT!
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Eisoptrophobic Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Hell yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. <3
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:icontavington:
tavington Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe it had to be done! And thanks!
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a real damn shame that Salieri has gotten the short end of the stick in history through a variety of accidents. Surprisingly enough, in life Salieri was very nice guy and usually got the teaching gigs that Mozart wanted. Mozart may have been the better composer, but Salieri was definitely the better teacher. Also, Mozart was the master of keyboard while Salieri was the master of the violin (Mozart can't be the best at everything). As I understand it, they even collaborated together on a few pieces and were rather friendly.

They must've been friendly because if nothing else, Salieri got the final word: He taught Mozart's sons.
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tavington Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I never knew that, I guess you live and learn.
Ah, if only he were my teacher when I was learning violin back at school! :D
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes. I think he was considered a great singing teacher too. I have a soft spot for him because aside from writing good music, he sounded like a guy who lived a very charming life and gained a lot of good faith from other people; it's only by nationalism after his death (he was an Italian living in a German-speaking country) did people decide that he was a horrible person. I can appreciate anyone who likes Amadeus because it makes for a great story, though. It's not a factual story, but it's a good story.
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BlackDove42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I should at least say something about this portrait itself rather than just nattering on. Really great colors and I'm really impressed with the attention to the detail like the texture of his skin. The difference in hues around his mouth compared to the rest of his face is a little odd, but sometimes a portrait just comes out that way and you have to roll with it. Overall, very lovely.
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tavington Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Yes, I agree that the skin tones are a little bizarre. But looking at Abraham's face, he has very thick facial hair, so his cheeks, above his lips and chin have lots of cool grey tones to them. And shading that is always interesting to do. I agree that he has an odd skin texture, but I think that adds to his charm somewhat.
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dracothan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Ah, Patron Saint of Mediocrity!
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tavington Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Indeed!
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