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Slight Regrets by MeliHitchcock Slight Regrets by MeliHitchcock
Piece that is getting me out of a small art funk. I always hate it when I hit that brick wall in terms of art projects and fan art is always a nice thing to fall back on. Only really have to think of what situations I want the characters to be in rather than worry about building everything from the ground up.

Anyway, yeap, the Man in Black again. :D

After a brief encounter, the brothers part ways, the MIB leaving his brother on the beach so he can go back into isolation on the island again. I didn't want to emphasize any sort of anger this time around, but rather a sense of sadness regarding the decision the MIB made against his sibling. There's a part of me that believes that while killing Jacob would have left him feeling liberated and free, he'd still be upset that he had to kill his own brother to do it. Considering the fact he knifed "mom", Jacob was the last relative he had. And he wanted Jacob to leave the island with him when he begged Jakey-boy to go with him when the villagers finally made their exodus.

I got the impression the two still had some measure of a brotherly bond, hence they could still be civil to each other when they weren't trying to one up each other. Just after a certain point in time, the resentment that the MIB harbored canceled out any feelings he once had for his bro. So consider this early in the time line. :la:
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:iconiqnos:
iqnos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
This is brillant. Jacob's twin look is so real. I have always felt a huge sadness in this character, behind angst & fury, and your artwork exactly means it.
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Erozja Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Hi! :aww: You have been FEATURED in my journal... INTERESTING – part 76 :iconcatsinloveplz:
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constanthearts Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Absolutely amazing.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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Madderzz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
awww... i love Welliver's face. Great job, there!!:))
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice work. Love the composition, and the level of detail. Whoooooooo.
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lookatallthekitties Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Wow! You did a wonderful job! It makes me feel so sad for MIB. :(
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
It's beautiful! I love the contrasts between the dark clouds and purple lighting and the sunny, colourful beach part. :aww: Beautiful Melissa!
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING work. <3
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Waaaalt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
awesome job!! fantastic use of color. :)
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job with the dark areas. It's so hard to achieve color in the dark. We all know the dark has color but rendering it in whatever your medium is always difficult.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I decided not to push the shadows completely to black and held onto more color this time. Playing around with some new techniques has been fun too. XD I had to recreate all my brushes during my last piece and not all of them were replicated accurately. Some of them might be nice alts though.
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AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I am truly impressed at the "blacks with blacks" as my old adviser would have said. I think that's the hardest part of making a dark piece. I just finished a traditional painting that nearly drove me batty with all the darkly shaded areas. I had to go to Elena for help. Creating brushes as well would have been too much.
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McGregify-the-world Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
YESYESYEYSEYSYESSS
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:la:
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, very moody! I'm really digging the details in the vegetation and ground. :)
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
All hail the texture libraries! :la:
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:worship:
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tinchen90 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
amazing!!!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^.^
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greedofan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully done. MiB is my favourite character :)
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One of mine too! If anything my most sympathized for character.
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solemnlyswear22 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Photographer
wow this is awessommeee! great colours
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconinecendium:
inecendium Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
wow i wish i could be ther
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. I wanna give the poor guy a hug. :<
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:iconinecendium:
inecendium Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist
i whanna sit near they second guy beside the sea
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neofeliss Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
zomfg. I flipped a shit when I saw this - IT IS THAT AMAZING.
GORGEOUS.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:la: Haha didn't realize my work could flip shits! :D *is proud*
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice job! Love the mood of the piece and the lighting. Kudos!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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LordXwee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
This is truly amazing. First they look so much like the characters. There's so much emotion in MiB's face and Jacob's just chillin'. The background's beautiful, along with the smoke. The colors are great. I love it.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Maybe I should put up the detail of Jacob too considering that he's kinda watching his bro out of the corner of his eye. Silent regarding as well as the regretting. =p
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LordXwee Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
I would love to see that. :)
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sasupake1412 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
i like it! i always felt bad for the man in blac...
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! I wish in some way his character could have reached a better resolution in the end. :(
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MistakenDragon815 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Fantastic lighting and colours!! Love the way MiB transfroms/hides in the smoke monster <3
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehe Thanks!
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The-Vodun Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
The art is awesome. I like the contrast between light and dark between Jacob and MIB. And the smoke coming out from behind the MIB is very cool.

I also really like the idea behind this. I don't think that many people believe that the MIB had feelings for anyone. I also think that he did harbor some regret for killing Jacob (and even that he had some feelings towards Claire).
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think by the time the LOSTies got to the island, he was pretty much emotionally dead to anyone but himself. His relationship with Claire, I thought, was one of just convenience. Those who he deemed an ally he took care of. There was an interesting deleted scene on the DVD collection with Flocke and Claire on the beach and Claire told him she was tired of hurting and killing people. He was pretty cold to her and basically told her that if she wasn't any good to him, he would just find someone else to help him. It was really sad but it shed a little more light on the MIB's mind state at that point in time.

Don't get me wrong though, I think he still had a lot of emotional fighting going on inside over the long years. He had to come to terms with some things (mommy for instance), but I think his anger and bitterness towards Jacob just blinded him from ever reconciling what happened to him. Not that I blame him. If I were to spend 2000 years as a soul, stuck on some island with no one but my tormentor to talk with, I'd be pretty pissed too. =p
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mynameisjade Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
Wow, this is absolutely stunning. Even if I just saw his face only, I could tell that it was MIB...amazing likeness. :D
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Mr. Welliver is a bit of a toughy to draw. :B
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JRSly Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the kind of LOST fan art I really love, something that augments and adds to the existing story. Even if ever so slightly. Giving us some new imagery and ideas to have and think about. And it's certainly nice when it's executed with such magnificent technical skill.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I hear you. I love seeing new interesting ideas that creatives come up with in terms of fan art and not just copies of photos from promos and stuff. There's been some really good renditions of stills though, I think I've faved a few myself. But I think it's more fun to come up with new scenes and play with characters more! :)
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marinlabyrinth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Even without considering that this is Lost fanart, this is really excellent digital painting.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^.^
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Doreikage Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student Artist
Jacob and the MIB are two of my favorite characters, so I love to see more art of them. This is one of the best that I've seen! The expression on MIB's face is great, a mixture of so many emotions, rather than anger. And I love how Jacob is just kind of in the background, distant, as he is so often on the show.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I've still got more planned. XD I get to check this one off my list now and plan out when to do the next. I guess after I get burnt out of the fantasy stuff again. hehe
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Doreikage Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Student Artist
Yay, I can't wait to see what you do next!
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