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Nightingale by Otherra Nightingale by Otherra
You can listen to our song about the story of the Nightingale here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ABmDl…;
:) Thank you very much!


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This drawing is inspired by a beautiful poem, called 'Laüstic'.
The earliest version we know today, was written down by Marie de France (late 12th century).

In the land of Saint Malo there was a famous town. Two knights lived there and had there two strong houses. One had married a wise wife, courteous and well turned out. It was wonderful to hear the pains she took, according to their manners and customs. The other was a bachelor well known among his peers for his prowess, his great value and his generous welcome.
He loved the wife of his neighbour. They kept their love very secret and took care that they weren’t found out, disturbed nor suspected. Nothing troubled them. They were both very much at their ease, though they couldn’t at all attain to their wish because the lady was tightly guarded when her lover was in town.

At night, when the moon shone and her lord was asleep, often she left his side, got up and wrapped herself in her mantle. She went to her window to her lover, whom she knew was there. So often did she get up that her lord got irritated. Many times he wanted to know why she got up and where she went. “Sir,” the lady replied, “he has no joy in this world who won’t get up to hear the nightingale sing. It’s to hear him that I come here. So sweet is his voice in the night that hearing it is a great delight for me and I have such a desire for this joy that I can’t close my eyes and sleep.”
When her lord heard what she said he gave a corrupt and angry laugh. He thought of one thing only: catching the nightingale in a snare.

When the nightingale was taken they took it alive to the knight. When he held it he was very happy and went to his lady’s chamber.
“Lady,” said he, “where are you? Come here, so I can speak to you! I’ve caught the nightingale in a trap because you’ve been kept awake by him. Now you can sleep in peace, he’ll keep you awake no more.”
When the lady hears him, she’s sad and heart-sick. She asks it from her husband, and he quickly kills the bird there. He breaks its neck with his two hands. Then he did something too bad to say: he throws the body at his lady so that it bloodies her dress a little above her breast. And he goes out of her room.
“Alas,” said she, “bad luck is on me! I can no longer get up in the night nor betake myself to the window from which I used to watch my lover.”

The Bretons made a lay of it. They called it “the nightingale.”


This is a selection from the literal translation by Jack Ross.
But of course you prefer to read the entire Old French poem, which you can find here, for example: www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/kmko/… :) (including the translation)

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I drew this picture for several reasons. First of all, because we're creating a song about this poem with our band at the moment. But also because I am awed by the poem from the moment I read it, it simply can't get out of my mind. Thereby I wanted to submit it as an entry for the the "insanity" contest at :icongrimgloomtale: since this group is the only one I really like for the group itself. I think you will hardly find a more inspirational gallery on dA. Most of all I love the sharing of wonderful stories.

So by submitting this drawing to the contest, I wanted to tell people another beautiful tale! It is rather heartbreaking, the way the husband treats his wife, keeps her prison in her house, kills the little bird and throws it at the woman. So I wanted to put the focus of the drawing on that sadness, inflicted by the man's cruelness. You see, insanity is not cool, it's dangerous. This sick man is smothering all the woman's joy in life. :(

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Here is the link to the reference fav.me/d4or2r9 by :iconkahinaspirit: :) Thank you!



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:iconsassy261992:
Sassy261992 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
My professor just showed this in my Medieval Literature class at UOttawa. He sung its praises so I figured I'd let you know :) Stay awesome!
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Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Really? :D Your comment just made my day! With my drawings I try to share such beautiful stories like the Nightingale, give them a face, and I just love the thought my drawing could help doing just that. Thank you very much for letting me know, these things matter so much more to me than just people telling me a drawing is 'beautiful'. :)
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Sassy261992 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Haha no problem! He used it exactly the way you wanted it to be used. Take care! :)
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bairdduvessa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
stunning
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconbairdduvessa:
bairdduvessa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
no worries
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s-viv Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! I like the coloring and the overall design
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
I have never been too fond of the colouring, so that is good to hear, thank you! :)
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s-viv Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me either, but you do it so well. Pencils?
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Pencils indeed, pastel and coloured pencils :) My favourites.
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x-Yuri-chan-x Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :aww:
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x-Yuri-chan-x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconzindy:
Zindy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks fantastic, very beautiful and emotive.
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, Thank you so much! :)
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:iconzindy:
Zindy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very welcome ♥
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured your work here: [link]
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RiseRedMoon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
such a sad story.... :(
And such a beautiful picture too.. :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
It surely is sad :(
And thank you very much!
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:iconmoeenn:
moeenn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Emotional and Perfect
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much!
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:iconmoeenn:
moeenn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Plus those eyes are killing me
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Stay alive :P
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:iconbairdduvessa:
bairdduvessa Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
beautiful
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LunarisLarva Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah Marijke I love this drawing and I love the story- so sad. Beautiful colours. :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) I have been uncertain about the colours all the time during creating this drawing. But I guess in the end they're not as bad as I thought. Oh well =P
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LunarisLarva Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
:)
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Olaf68 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank so much again! ^^
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:iconolaf68:
Olaf68 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
you're welcome :}
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Wonderful composition!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Please do notice the composition is mostly due to the reference :)
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LaMissMoxie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a sad poem. But you are an amazing artist!
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for paying attention to the poem, it deserves it :)
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KahinaSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so enchanting I can't say it enough. =) I would love to have the sames skills as you *-* This is incredible!
I seem like a child looking for sweets when I see such great arts!
:wow: :love:
Can you send me a big version of this? =)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
:) Thank you very much, I am glad you like it!
Sure I can send you a bigger version, just let me know how to send it to you.
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KahinaSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The poem is also beautiful, but sad. =(
Here is my e-mail: razikahina@gmail.com =)
Thank you so much once more! Your art is magical. =)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
email sent! :)
Somehow I've got a thing for sad stories, I don't know why xD
Thank you!
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KahinaSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! =D
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Bohemiart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
:heart: Featured:[link]
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! What a beautiful features, it's a bit scary to see my drawing between those works haha!
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Lidia6277 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's so beautiful :love:
you're very talented :)
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:iconotherra:
Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
^_^ Thank you for your kind words!
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Lidia6277 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! and well it's the truth
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STelari Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's one powerful story. I love how the poor bird looks in this illustration, you've pulled it really well. And the colours don't look bad (:
I'm very glad to hear what you've written about GGT, I'm doing my best at running this group.
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Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I was so scared to draw the bird, I saved it for the very last so I had no choice but to colour it in order to finish the drawing, haha.
You're doing a great job at running GGT, definitely :) It is a very unique group.
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Azalane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is very beautyful! I'll look pretty strange, but, I love the way you drew... the blood and the dead bird. It's strangely well done (I look like a creepy girl right now... :stare:)! She has great cold eyes too.
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Otherra Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Why would you be the creepy girl? Afterall, I am the one who decided to draw a dead bloody bird in the beginning =P I quite like to draw blood, honestly. xD
Thank you!
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keith2c Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome drawing and concept :)
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