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The Letter by tuomaskoivurinne The Letter by tuomaskoivurinne
acrylics 2009,
two German soldiers in the Western Front.
It's not that bad in here. Don't worry, mum...

For the June MGWAT in the Great War Forum.
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imperialarmytrooper Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
its like that theyve lost so much of their humanity they dont know what to do when bullets stop flying at them, great job
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mickeyODST Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Very well done!
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
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JuneRevolver Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
looks like they're getting trench foot
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HarlemStride Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Absolutely capturing. The piece itself is incredibly stirring, especially the use of color - the sky in the background could be the coming dawn, it could be the last flares of the star shells, and it doesn't seem like it could matter to those two.

Very accurate, well researched on the uniforms, too.

And the commentary - the sense that there is "nothing to write home about", because how could you possibly describe it, or want your family or your lover to know what's going on around you? So you say it's not that bad. Ugh.

Wonderfully done. Where did you set it? It looks a bit like Flanders.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for more comprehensive feedback! I like it when people actually tell me what they like or dislike in my works. Much more constructive than "OMG! That's awesome!!!" or just "XD".
The setting is not pin pointed beyond "Western Front". Flanders fields is a good guess, but maybe the terrain is not flat enough. In the background I've tried to make something like hills with destroyed trees on them, like those in Verdun or Aisne.
Like I already replied to PavelKirilovich earlier there, I got the idea from All Quiet on the Western Front. While on the convalescence leave, facing his family first time in years Paul Baumer notices how far from the civilian life he has drifted. His sick mother talks about the tales that the returned wounded tell; about the mud, rats, machine guns and gas attacks and Paul downplay them as mere rumours. He didn't want the folks back home to worry so much.
I have somewhat similar atmosphere in my charcoal drawing "Alone".
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HarlemStride Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
You are quite welcome. While your work is awesome, I think with this kind of material calls for a thoughtful response, and so that is what I give.

It strongly reminded me of All Quiet, and I was wondering if that was the inspiration for the piece. I think my comments on "nothing to write home about" are mostly the same as the ones I left on "Alone".

Again, brilliantly done.
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Ulfsark Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work my friend....

it's a dead guy there? haha... "not that bad" :D
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Hyena-De-Peluche Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
THAT bad? T.T
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Kalasinar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work as always
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heretic14 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just Great
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PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
I just read a book on Verdun. It's a common theme in soldier's letters to downplay the danger or problems at the front, even in a battle as intense as the 1916 fighting for Verdun. Another excellent piece. German Infantry kit didn't change much between the wars, I've now noticed.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What was the book? I got the idea from All Quiet on the Western Front, when Paul Baumer on the convalescence leave faces his remaining family first time in years. He notices how far from the civilian life he has stranded. His sick mother talks about the tales that the returned wounded tell; about the mud, rats, machine guns and gas attacks and Paul (as you mentioned) downplay them as mere rumours... Of course, I can understand one didn't want the folks back home to worry so much.
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PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Aye.

The book is VERDUN 1916 by Malcolm Brown (in association with the Imperial War Museum). Tempus Publishing Ltd.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have it in my bookshelf too ;)
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Bladeswift Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Your art always has a way of capturing the dreary depression of the front.
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aijai, kun on hyvällä tavalla ankea tämä. Voisi laittaa sanakirjaan kohdalle "marraskuu".
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4WD Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
...INCOMING!!!
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Komeeta jälkee taas kerran!
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x-Fyris-x Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire these little but important details!
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BenjaminForsell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Kiva nähdä taas sota-aiheisia töitä, tunnelma on tässä kohdallaan!
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