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And what should I do in Illyria? by shoomlah And what should I do in Illyria? by shoomlah
Feelings for Twelfth Night having been recently reignited, and seeing how I am still suffering through a decade-long obsession with this play, I needed to get this down on paper after seeing the show again on Broadway... twice.

Excellently done, if God did all.


brownie points to anyone who can interpret this mess of symbolism,

-C

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HylianJean Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Still really love how much .. mass.. this has. Everything is weighted so nicely, and the antlers curve just so. Mmm.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS LADY <3
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesssss! You know, I was just thinking about this picture today, because we're working on Twelfth Night in English class and I love it so much. But to be honest, Olivia and Viola totally should've ended up together. But Shakespeare is always great. This picture makes me really happy. :) Your art style in general is a huge inspiration!
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Sorsaria Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
i read the title and automatically thought twelfth night, but since it's a lesser known shakespear play, i had to click to make sure i was right in your reference. and i was! yay. i love that play. i was introduced to it in middle school and fell in love. saw the helena bonham carter version more times than i can count. this piece is a lovely tribute, and is now nestled in my favorites
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This-Chick-Does-Art Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! Twelfth Night is one of my fav Shakespearean works (Taming of the Shrew & Macbeth are in my circle). I really love this coat of arms *and yes the symbols*!
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ksj7700 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Argh! Twelfth Night?! That's like my favorite shakespeare play! This is awesome! 
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CelidahD Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an irresistable urge to go read the play again just so I can interpret the symbols!
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silksieve Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
This was brilliant, as was Mark Rylance and the entire Broadway cast.
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Oh the palate is so rough.
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skylisketches Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Awesome play is awesome. :D
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eertapupatree Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love it! Coincidence that this should show up in my messages, I just started for rehearsals as Viola. :)
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2138 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I see . . . a mourning veil for Olivia, a wedding ring (obvious), horns for cuckoldry or general being-made-a-fool-of (presumably Malvolio, in that case), and a wreath of laurel or possibly bay leaves (kingship--or a dukedom, in this case). The purple-and-white pansy is associated with humility in literature and here is reminiscent of the Tudor rose, which speaks to reunification of a warring state. 

I'm not sure about the three arrows, though; it could represent Cupid's golden arrow, or possibly the trios of characters that act throughout the play--like Feste, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby. 

Whatever it means, though, I love this. :) "Twelfth Night" is one of my favorite plays ever written, and the multi-layered symbolism here is perfect.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
horns for Orsino being turned into a hart, olive branches for olivia, the pansy is of the Viola family, the arrows for sebastian. :)
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2138 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
. . . well, I got that completely wrong. Still lovely, though. :)
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHH! I just did this play! I was the sea captain, Olivia, and the second officer. (p.s this is awesome!)
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Chara-Nari-Tsuki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I haven't seen/read the play (shame on me and those ignorant youngsters) I think I'll go read some shakespear now and educate meshelf

I have to say, I ADORE this piece. I really have no clue why. I like this crest a lot.
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obsessivebutterflies Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, I love Twelfth Night as well-- I still have some of the Fool's songs memorized... Come away, come away, death~

Haha, lovely!
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ChristmasTheKID Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh! oh! I got this!

that ring at the bottom is a reference to The Lord of the Rings!~

:dummy: I'm positive that is my final answer
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually its a reference to marriage, but not many people (that I know) have actually read or watched Twelfth Night so....
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RainbowOfUniqueness Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
My English class put on a very unique interpretation of this play last year (alien sci-fi mumbo jumbo). I played Viola. It's one of my favourite Shakespearean plays. 
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Cluisanna Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
... my brother is in Elysium! 
Love it :)
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SeerWalker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Though Macbeth will always bee my favourite play by Shakespeare, Twelfth Night will always hold a special place in my heart.
Lovely art!
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YumiSennyo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this play and this art is beautiful! Love all the symbolism!!!
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W0op-W0op Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twelfth Night is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays! I played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in a production once and therefore have a bit of a soft spot for the character. He was so much fun to portray! 

'O, had I but followed the arts!'
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Child-of-Eire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
'Tis ingrained, sir, 'twill endure wind and weather!

One of my three favorites by the bard. Thanks for posting this, it's just lovely. Into the favorites you go.

Also, this might not be the place, but one of my bro-friends loves your videogame work (I'm tabletop only, bad with controllers), so on his behalf, I'll say thank you for that as well.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
aw, thanks to the both of you! and thanks, and ever thanks. :)
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Child-of-Eire Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sebastian is probably one of my least favorite characters in that play. The boy has some serious growing up to do...but then, so does Olivia, I guess. Orsino needs to remember that, unlike the other nobles except Toby, he actually is an adult. I love Maria and Feste, they're such feisty-pantses.
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Annqueru Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
This is brilliant :D
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geekerjoy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Your art is simply amazing and I must have ittttt @__@ This is one of my absolute favorite plays. I wish I could buy this, frame it and hang it on my wall <3 The entire artwork is beautiful, especially knowing what it all represents.
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dpc3wateraddict Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
YELLOW STOCKINGS!!!!
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Bubba-Smith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Oh my goodness! I was looking at the title for the longest time, then it hit me!
I took a Shakespeare at my high school last year, and it was wonderful! We read this, and watched the movie. It's simply fabulous.
Though, you gotta sort of feel bad for Malvolio.
Anyway, this is wonderful! I love the colors, and especially the veil up top! Wonderful!
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thisiamdenied Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Twelfth Night is my favorites Shakespeare play! I love this!
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Chexednut Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is nothing wrong with this play. It's one of my favorites. You're not alone!
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SuperAwesomeDia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you see the production with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry? I saw that earlier this month; it was absolutely wonderful! I am so very much in love with this story, and now also in love with this piece of art!
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I did!  I saw it ten years ago, actually, and never thought I'd see it again- aaaaaand then it came back, and I saw it twice last week. :)
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sunsoar777 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I had thought, from the title, that this might associated with the Kushiel's Legacy books; a pity that it is not and an even bigger pity that I unaware that Illyria exists outside of that particular setting.
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Hfoursaur Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Love this! I studied Twelfth night extensively in a high school English class and it's held a special place in my heart ever since. :) Seeing a more 'abstract'/symbolic interpretation is a real treat...I love the color palette especially.

Please tell me you plan on offering prints of this at some point?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hopefully, yes!
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Hfoursaur Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Hurrah! :D
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fey1228 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Have you ever seen the movie She's The Man? It's literally Twelfth Night but with a soccer and high school (college?) theme. The characters have the same names and everything.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have indeed! :)
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tellersdance Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The crown thing can also be interpreted that the feminine is hidden by a veil of grief, only the masculine crown is showing. And as Viola, the main character, is the woman in question, the crown is topmost, even if hidden.
The ring, a notorious symbol for promises and marriage, hangs on the crux, or central point of the olive branches which symbol Olivia. It's big and prominent so it's central, not just a footnote, despite being the lowest symbol.
You know, I really like and hate heraldry. Seriously, a crane with a rock in it's talons. *sigh*
Fabulous work on this.
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Schweetie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I love Twelfth Night. I want to have a daughter just to name her Olivia. X3
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Allyatharii Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I got no clue ;v; but I love the colours
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FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
so lovely! the crown under the veil looks great.
this makes me want to watch a version of it again, it's been a while!
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
omg Claire this is my very favourite play ever ever
The crowns for Orsino and Olivia, I presume? With the veil for Olivia, in mourning. Violet=Viola, pierced three times for the love triangle? Or perhaps for the fact that Orsino wants her, Olivia wants her, and Sebastian wants to find her...
Ah my gosh please talk about the rest of it <3 <3 It's absolutely beautiful.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
the arrows are for Sebastian, actually! the antlers are for Orsino being turned in to a hart, olive branches for Olivia, and the double bordure is usually used for twins. :)
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
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