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Abandoned Velma by ancalinar Abandoned Velma by ancalinar

I got… a DD! Thank you, dA staff, for featuring this - I never expected this and I really appreciate the honour.

Also thank you, everybody who came by to comment - positive or negative, I read through every single one and thought on each. So many swung by to share your feelings and judgments and I'm truly grateful for every single one. :]

If you like my work, I'm available for commissions, just hit me up with a note!

This painting.


This painting gave me so much goddamn grief. I swear. I probably started and re-started the sketch four or five times, not to mention the half-dozen attempts to paint it. It was fighting me every step of the way, and just did not want to be finished.

Okay, now that I'm finished blowing off steam, let me tell you of the idea behind it.

I've seen numerous fanarts of Velma, depicting her as some über curvy and sexy and geeky fantasy material... and for some reason, I wanted to draw the opposite - a tubby Velma, an out of shape Velma, a having-finished-with-the-mystery-squad-letting-herself-go Velma... I mean, that happens, right? People get done with what they think are their glory days and kind of just... exist instead of living.

So here we have Velma that's been stood up on a date. I picture this being her first date with that particular guy, but not the first time she's been abandoned like that.

Instead of distress, I wanted to show her as being used to this sort of thing by now - she's gotten into a habit of bringing a book along with her, even. I would say she never held out much hope for succeeding with the date tonight, but, nevertheless, tried to make herself look nice. She's not grieving much, as her outlook on the whole situation is rather removed and philosophical after so many failures.

I wonder why she keeps trying?

There were actually two other ideas with Velma that I'd tried to paint, but neither one worked out - one was of her, much older, dressed in business clothes, stepping into the closet to retrieve her old 'uniform' and a spy glass, because another mystery calls; the other was of her trying to work out and get back into shape. Anyway, both ended up looking rather terrible, so I just stuck with this guy.

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Given 2013-01-05
Abandoned Velma by ~nebriniel ( Suggested by Agburanar and Featured by alexandrasalas )
almeidap Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
awesome work and well deserved
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
She's not fat, she just wears a huge sweater
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
I think this is very beautiful, sad too but a lot of beauty on the lighting and shadows. I think she look good as a little big, interest taking the story of the gang  a little darker. I could totally picture their happy gang falling through and the loss of all the teen adventure and sprite end up with something more.. jaded. I suppose with out the back story and the title I could just see her as being content Weird the reaction you got off tumblr though... Fat doesn't have mean 'unhappy'  but those who let themselves go in their life almost always end up fat too.
04jh1911 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
very cute x
gabivampire Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student
aww poor velma
well at least she have a good book
i hope
ancalinar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I think her book is great. Probably some sort of forensics-themed one.
gabivampire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student
The-Artist-64 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. Poor lonely lonesome, yet comfortable. Sounds like my kind of girl.

God I love this painting!
Crimson-FireCat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw somebody do a really cute little doodle on tumblr of the guy showing up late because the florist forgot his order.
ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha! Yes, I saw it too! It was really sweet. :]
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