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Abandoned Velma by ancalinar Abandoned Velma by ancalinar
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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!


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This painting.

THIS BLOODY 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 )
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VampireMeerkat Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks more beautiful than you describe her to be.
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IsaacKuo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand what you were trying to convey, and I see how the picture failed to convey it.

First, the table is set of one. There is no second wine glass. There is no second chair. As such, it looks like Velma is rather satisfied and relaxed just hanging out rather than being stood up for a date.

Second, Velma's body is shown in the most flattering light, both literally and figuratively. She's literally glowing, and the image shows off the curves that guys are generally most attracted to while hiding her abdominal curves. There are also lip and foot fetish things going on. It's all a stark contrast to the Fred picture, which is unflattering.

So, the picture conveys a very different story than the one you had intended. It's the stark contrast between what is depicted and the artist intent which is jarring.
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RealUnimportant Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Love the art, hate the story you concocted.
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almeidap Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome work and well deserved
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
She's not fat, she just wears a huge sweater
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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.
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04jh1911 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
very cute x
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gabivampire Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student
aww poor velma
well at least she have a good book
i hope
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I think her book is great. Probably some sort of forensics-themed one.
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gabivampire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student
:O
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The-Artist-64 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. Poor lonely Velma...so lonesome, yet comfortable. Sounds like my kind of girl.

God I love this painting!
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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.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha! Yes, I saw it too! It was really sweet. :]
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DocSpades Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to have a print of this someday, I'm in love with this painting.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You know, I really have no idea if I'd be breaking any IP laws by offering this as a print. o.o
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B4NG4R4NG Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
she's so cute and fluffy
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There are lots of reasons to like this. It portrays a Velma who is not perfect, but is still interesting. She is doing something I can easily imagine her doing if she were stood up by (Some damn fool who should have been) her date. She's not moaning, but doing something she likes, in reading, while quietly enjoying a glass of (what appears to be) wine. This is an adult Velma, not a teenager or a child, and she's loveable.
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MightyMelleR Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
this is incredibly well done. I love the expressive hands, and the pose is great.
Along with the painterly style, this whole thing is lovely. Excellent work!
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Jerepasaurus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tumblr irritates me for reasons like you mention. People get downright vicious there, and it can get frustrating as all hell.

I am obese and haven't had a date in my life, but I take no offense to this piece. I can see this just being a day of reality. This kind of thing happens. I've even been the girl at the party (more than once) that didn't find the boozy camaraderie very interesting, so I sat in a corner and drew monsters. If a situation doesn't go as I intended, I'm still going to make the most of getting myself out there and enjoying a change of scenery. It happens to everyone. Not just fat people. lolol
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AmethystForge Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
My Tumblr has been rotting ever since I joined it out of curiosity...and then lacked the patience that day to figure out how to navigate its labyrinth. :blush:
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hanabeta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love how realistic this feels, she beautiful as well as very sad and comfortable another reason why it is such amazing picture.
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I wouldn't abandon her :P
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Negare Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I really like this, perfer it to your other two. There's a certain dignity that comes through in Velma, both in her dress, pose and acceptance of her fate.

I always saw Velma ending up running some forgotten second hand book shop or being a librarian in some small out of the way town. Missing her opportunities for further education and career advancement by chasing childhood dreams that didn't pan out.
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Nutmeg44 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I like this! Totally deserves the accolades.
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KichiMiangra Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
How has this been getting so much attention and I haven't seen it till now? oh well.

This art is absolutely beautiful and the narrative actually reminds me a bit of the beginning to the pixar movie 'the incredibles'
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I don't think The Incredibles offended nearly as many people. XD
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kimlasca Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh, the feels :cries:
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:icondefutura:
DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I'm 700th message yeaaah!
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh hey, didn't realise it was you!

Why the name change?
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
2) lol you meant the name change from DA of course, well same thing, "defutura" was a more unique keyword than "endorphined", I found the root a little too common after a while.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hah, that's simple enough. Glad to hear you're doing well. :]

I'm alright myself.
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Good! Glad your survived the lynching mob.. Would you come back around last Christmas to change something? Or did just keep the best out of all this?
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:iconancalinar:
ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Perhaps I should craft my descriptions as carefully as I do my art? I dunno. Ultimately, I think people would've found something to hate no matter what. :]

What about you? Would you have posted it? :b
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Well it was great of you to stand for your point, your interpretation, but the sad part isnt even that most people wouldnt agree or like it, but misunderstood it completely. And how young or stupid were most of them anyway.. Like if everything is meant to entertain them. Anyway look at the silent part, those who looked at it for at least a minute and kept it, also the ones who can only know your empathy towards your characters, and maybe parts of you. I would say stick to your point but dont let any room for misunderstanding haha, if thats even possible. Isn't a controversy an extra interest anyway, if it doesn't eat you alive!
Back in december I wouldn't have posted it IF you tell me now that I shouldn't have! And by the way you didn't tell me, was it a good thing after all?
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Was it a good thing? It was a good lesson. :b

In the end, it gave me some exposure - and that's rarely a bad thing. And I do want more exposure. :]
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Hey! Oh that's ok, even normal I guess! oh I just get bored, "Lounge" is how you pronounce my name "Lange" in french. But the notion is too idle, cool and relaxed to fit me well, was comforting my procrastination too. "De Futura" is a crazy, trippy trans jazz song from the 70's I never can stop once started >> www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzyOi5...
I hope you're still doing well :) "add media"?..what's this First animated gif :bearhug: 1up icon Silv Lick .3. Oh woa that's a novelty :lmao: See you! Sonic
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chemicalembers1997 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally love this piece. There's seems to be incredible thought put into it. I think its funny how some people are saying that your explanation was harsh or hurtful when you said "Tubby Velma" and "letting-herself-go." I get that your trying to do the unhappy scenarios for the mystery squad and this is frankly perfect for Velma. Velma was always the smart resourceful one who could handle herself outside of the adventures but she was always surrounded by her friends. In this depiction she's without her friends, judging by her clothes she's probably well to do financial and has a nice place and a objectively decent life but her downfall would be loneliness. I don't see her as a tubby woman who got stood up, I see her as a lonely woman who exists in her glory days with her best friends.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for the comment! I'm happy to know you understood the idea behind the piece and enjoyed the little story. :]

Out of curiosity, did this get featured again somewhere? Nobody's commented on this piece for months, then all of a sudden, there's a flurry of activity again.
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
It took off again on tumblr.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh, tumblr. XD

Thanks!
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BleedingSilverBird Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
This painting is great, I love how it sort of glows. I think you've depicted Velma beautifully.
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an-odd-ducky Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is gorgeous, and you know what? I like your interpretation. People are treating you like you're personally attacking fat women, and that's not even the point of this picture. I take no offense to this whatsoever, because I understand that being in that place, getting to that point where you're just existing, is easier than most people think it is. You aren't condoning it or reveling in Velma's sad existence; you're just acknowledging it. I actually see this picture as a tragic and strangely peaceful look at that (which, I think, reflects what you were going for in the painting - when a person becomes so conditioned to sadness that it becomes normal and almost comforting). You didn't try to sugercoat life; instead, you're willing to show a struggle that many people face daily, and which certainly could have happened to Velma. It isn't even about the fact that she's overweight - it's about the fact that she's given up on life, that she isn't /trying/ anymore. You as an artist have no obligation to portray a character in her best-case scenario. I think this is the most moving interpretation of Velma I've ever seen, and a damn beautiful picture.
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ancalinar Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
My general guideline is not to reply to Velma comments anymore, because it's usually just a downright bad idea. I want to break the rule in this case - and really thank you for looking deeper. Most people just come here to tell me what a horrible person I am. Well, I'm sure you saw it yourself. XD

Anyway, thank you.
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poolwater Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
So I just saw your 'Fred' art pop up in my notifications. As I was checking it out, I looked at this artwork as well. And, to be honest, I am extremely upset. I looked at this artwork and saw nothing of shame or sadness or disgust in the art. Only a lovely woman, reading with a glass of wine. Alright, fine. But then I get to your author notes: "a tubby Velma, an out of shape Velma, a having-finished-with-the-mystery-squad-letting-herself-go Velma" "exist instead of living". I am honestly shocked and appalled by this statement. You state you wanted a depressing end- tubby, letting herself go. (I wont argue with out of shape, as the general public would agree with that statement.) Well, I am offended. Most of the women I know look like this. I look like this, hell some days I wish I looked this good. She looks sexy as all get out. For you to claim that this is her most depressing end- alone and- GOD FORBID- fat, is extremely off putting. That no longer living equates chubby and alone with a book. Well. Quite honestly I am disappointed and I do not know if I can follow you anymore.
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satterm Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree, I saw this painting and I saw a classy lady helping herself to a glass of wine :( And yet...
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catacutan95 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Somehow this painting does great justice for Velma. There are so many good stories that can be made from this that it's crazy. I'm even getting inspired from this, it's so good.
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KPeters626 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
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MacCarrickLuv Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks comfortable and I enjoy the fact that you don't need to be with someone to be at peace and I get this vibe with her. Like " It's not biggy, life go's on."
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MissBibliophile Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Love the art, dislike the attitude. As a real life chubby Velma, the book is always present, no matter if it's standing in line, waiting for a date, waiting for an appointment. If things go well, great. If no one shows, well then it turns into a date with myself, and I deserve to be dressed up, having a glass of wine, enjoying my own company. So I'm really sorry you view every smart fat girl with a book as being a negative thing.
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KahlanAmnell123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
I defintely agree with your comment! Thanks for sharing your views. At first I bid to disagree but after "I wonder why she keeps trying?" made me angry. Why shouldn't she keep trying? I mean seriously? Just because she is fat, that doesn't mean she cannot get dates. I always thought that personality counted most to people, but accordng to the artist I was obviously wrong :(
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