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''Crime and Punishment'': Murderer's scream by Sasha-Raskolnikova ''Crime and Punishment'': Murderer's scream by Sasha-Raskolnikova

"Crime and Punishment: Murderer's scream"
- 11.08.2012

The 100 Themes Challenge: # 98 - Scream


Another fan art drawing for "Crime and Punishment". Purely symbolic face expression manifests the inner suffering of the man who commited the crime. Raskolnikov, as the person of a very strong personality, decides to murder to check his theory about extraordinary people and to make himself sure of his worth. However, even his courage and intellect turned out to be insufficient to save him from moral isolation and awareness of the criminal's seal.

Enjoy! :)

*** Please read before adding the critique ***

Hello everyone. :) I would like to know your opinion about my work and my drawing style as a whole. One thing I want to ask you for is not to be rude to me as far as it's my fourth attempt to draw a human portrait ever and I'm just a beginner.

Thank you in advance. :) :handshake:

P.S.: All the shading, shapes and proportions are the result of my reference.

*** Inspired by "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and its Soviet screening from 1969. ***

Georgi Taratorkin.


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Well, for a fourth attempt, this is certainly extraordinary. Anatomically, it's very well done, and this is an extremely difficult angle from which to draw the face and head. The expression is powerful; I can really sense his anguish. It's a challenge to capture such emotion, and you've done that well.

I think another poster commented on the benefit of some darker lines and shading, and I agree. Especially around the mouth and eyes, a stronger emphasis on the creases in his face would be effective. Likewise, the tendons in his neck could be more strongly delineated, as this would give the impression of him being tensed up and straining to release his anxiety. Lastly, the ear looks a little off; that very dark crescent shape doesn't seem to tie into the rest of the contours.

The other comment I have is on the general vision of Raskolnikov as screaming in anguish. It seems sort of out-of-character for him. Sure he was tormented, but I think of him as more brooding and sullen. He was frustrated with himself, but throughout much of the book, he seems more confused and erratic than ready to let out a tormented scream. It's not until the end that he really sees the wrong in what he did, but that is actually a sort of peaceful realization.

That's just my interpretation. There's certainly lots of room for discussion. It is truly a wonderful picture.
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ButterflyPigment Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive work! :heart:
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
So well done on this expression! :w00t:
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much. :)
dinosapien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Very inspirational piece, and the quote is beautiful :) I can relate so much.

I think the drawing could use more shading, personally, especially around his neck. Overall, though, the use of expression around the face is really good ^_^
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You see, my original drawing is darker and the shadows are more visible. The scan was far brighter and that's why I had to edit it to make it look properly. So, in my opinion, I did my best in working out the shadows and highlights here. :) And thank you very much for the fave! :hug:
dinosapien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
No problem :)
Funxnxsilly Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gah... this is just what I've been trying to draw all along.

Amzing of course! :la:
But seriously.. :|
Thats exactly it.
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this idea has been for such a long time in my head so I decided to release it at last. I tried to and I think I managed to do it right. :) I'm sooo proud with that portrait! Thank you very-very much. :hug:
IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this a lot. The picture itself is beautifully drawn, and the description poetic. My only complaint is that the placement of the watermark obscures the art slightly.
The emotional struggles are my favorite aspect of "Crime and Punishment," and you truly expressed this specific one wonderfully. Raskolnikov held in so much, perhaps all he needed to do was let it go...
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello. Thank you for your comment. I know and I'll try to get rid of it by changing the settings. :) That's right, Dostoyevsky pictured Raskolnikov as a person who tried to save his pride with all his might but I'm pretty sure that it's what Rodion's soul was like then.
Swallow92 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Zajebisty rys! :wow:
Sasha-Raskolnikova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dziękuję, osobiście jestem z niego dumna, w końcu to dopiero mój czwarty portret w życiu. ;)
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August 13, 2012
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