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His Liquid Grave by meluseena His Liquid Grave by meluseena
Alas though it is true that many men of sailor persuasion enjoy a cold watery grave, for the ironically named Fortunato, it was the twin liquids of wine and sea that was to end him.

While shored in the little port of Amaretto, the sailor quite by chance met the youthful fairheaded James Fitzgerald, a solictor who had a practice in this bitter little sea-town. Prone to an acuteness of sensitivity, Fortunato fell desperately in love over a shared pint of ale and a wink. The pair mantained a week-long torrid love affair conducted mostly in the alleyway between The Salty Hook alehouse and Moby Dick Laundry.

But! While for our fair-haired solictor it was a very secret fling (he really intended to marry Miss Elizabeth Clare who came with a dowry and station) for Fortunato it was love.

One night Fortunato spotted Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Clare by their carraige, in the light of the gas lamps. Well doused in Ma'am Esme's famed gut-rotting homemade rosé from the Salty Hook, he launched into a heart-rending proclamation of love that drew an amused crowd of lookie-loos from the alehouse.

And oh what treachery ensued! The youthful solictor denied any knowledge of poor drunk and swaying Fortunato, he denied even ever having seen him! After launching some well-placed and witty insults in poor Fortunato's direction, he scooped a bewildered Miss. Clare into the carraige and shot Fortunato a look of such disdain as would have felled even less sensitive sailors than our ineptly-named protagonist.

Rocked with woe and ridiculed by his fellows from the alehouse, Fortunato wandered to the pier and took to drinking more and more rosé till in drunken folly he fell in and never rose above the surface. Vito McCarthy, who watched it happen from the alehouse's grimy windows, swears he saw the tentacle arm of the local seamonster curl about Fortunato's ankle and pull him in. But he was well in his cups and some say, even on his sober days, he's never really there, you know.

All they ever found of Fortunato was his hat washed-up on the shingle, and it it is said that his ghost roams Amaretto still, so that he became something of a celebrity in death. His hat was sold at an impromptu auction in market-day, and was bought for stupid amounts of money by a mysterious cloaked and hatted solicitor, to be lamented and wept on later in private, no doubt.

::part of a new series I am working on :) :::

This is largely airbrushed, with some photo texture. Done in Photoshop CS II. :)


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wtfanne Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This would make an great tattoo!
0-dot-0 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
This is absolutely beautiful!
TheTinyHobo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   General Artist
My God, your artwork is so beautiful and full of life! I am in love with this poor thing's story. You did a great job painting this--I especially like the pink tones in his skin. This image really stands out!
meluseena Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
<3 Thank you :)
whoistoknow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is absolutely beautiful. That is all I can say right now. I'm stunned and this masterpiece.
sissycatafalque Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I love it!
maleekmonroe Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute, so amazing
Malamox Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
You should write a whole book about this!
livegreen92 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student
the combination of story and image makes this phenominal...
ptpeach Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Wonderful story and beautiful painting!
donella Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
love his tone skin and expression
Mardi-Malt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
heyindianapolis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful,
and wonderful concept.

Job well done :)
bodang Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Best of both worlds: a gorgeous painting and a fantastic story that comes with! :+favlove:
leonardobarros Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Filmographer
Mai-Moon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Awesome your drawing!
Maionara Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Poor, innocent Fortunato :ahoy:
justinnsaur Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
I quote enjoyed this tale,
even though it ended so bitterly for Fortunato!

I personally think the grey background sets the
mood of the picture, considering it reminds me of
an eerie coastal town blanketed in grey clouds.
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I quite like the grey background too you know.. that was exactly my idea, with eerie coastal town etc... but perhaps it does need a bit of texture oomph.
UrsulaDecay Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
i love this the story the colors everything the grey and his skin tone are just lovley ^u^<3
The-Unchanging-Lady Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Poor poor Fortunato. :(
I love the picture, he looks so hopeless!
I also love the story behind it, it is so enticing and so sad!
rosalarian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love the whole entire thing, from the pose, to the colors, to the painterly technique. But I don't like the grey background. It seems to clash with everything else.
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hmmm I DO see what you might mean, I might be spurred to experiment with different colour schemes, though I am personally quite fond of the greyness - perhaps a small addition of texture will alleviate the 'clashing' you refer to hmmm.
rosalarian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Don't get rid of the grey. I think all it needs is a warmer grey. A brown-based grey makes the colors pop more than a green-based grey like you've got, and still looks grey.
But again, it's all my own opinion. And I think part of why I feel so strongly about the grey is because of how awesome everything else is, it makes the one less-than-awesome thing seem even more clash-ey.
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's rather interesting.
Is your monitor calibrated?
It's a warm grey - also, do you use Firefox or are you on a colour-managed browser? Is your monitor wide-gamut?
Just thinking that it is likely here that you are not seeing what is intended.
rosalarian Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, I'd be in some trouble if it was my monitor. But I don't think it is. I've looked at it at home and at work, and the colors are the same.
I took a sample of the background into photoshop to take a look. It is a pretty greeney-grey.
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
If it were a monitor or profile (web browser) issue, it would be the same in photshop, anyways nevermind (though I advise any digital artist to get their montiors calibrated) :)
Hagenees Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Lovely image !
You should contact the dutch publisher Lemniscaat in Rotterdam for illustrationwork. I am sure they would love to work with you !
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks for the tip!! :D
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
wonderful! I love the accompanying story!
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
whee! :) Thanks dear
EmmaMount Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i am so in love with this picture, and the lengths you have gone to tell his sorry tale
the perfect fairytale package :)
meluseena Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Someday I might have a book of these little titbits.. it would be an interesting alternative for people to buy, for those that don't like to buy prints!
EmmaMount Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
oh it would be the best of both worlds
you know how to weave a perfect tale of woe, and have the talent to illustrate it too
i would buy one for sure!
moonhmz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think its great - both the art and the story. The tale is really well told. It's really sad. A book would definitely be an option. I love books :D
eli-law Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
gorgeous work, i love his expression :)
alebat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful painting skills <3
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