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"Even in my earliest memories my mother was always cold and remote, like a beautiful distant star, always beyond my reach. I think I was born knowing I must not touch her, but it was a long time before I understood the reason for her revulsion and hatred."
~Erik, Susan Kay's Phantom

A portrait of Madeleine, the Phantom of the Opera's mother. I find it very interesting that despite their rather hellish relationship, he kept her portrait (along with his father's) on his mantle until he died. Just goes to show you that everyone needs a mommy. :)
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MangaLover592 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
She needs to be punched
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WildConcertoWorld Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Wonderful! Could you eventually do Charles? 
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is the first time I've seen someone draw Madeleine by herself. And you did an amazing job with her! To be honest, though, seeing her in person...I know she's supposed to be beautiful in the book, but that haughtiness she innately possessed coupled with the stress from first losing Charles and then having Erik...I can't say she looks all that beautiful anymore. Having the wrong attitude makes even the prettiest person ugly, I guess.
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mythgirl68 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, don't forget, that she did love him. She admits that a bit too late, but she did love him.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She did...that's what's so sad! She realizes that she loves him too late, and it's so tragic for both of them. Ugh,that book.
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CoralBR Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Beautiful and dignified. Looking at her, you could never tell how hateful she is within. At least in my eyes.
I know we must be compassionate to her as well, but I find it so damned hard. She just...angers me.
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Elphabalover316 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
My name is Madeline. I like to think this is me. And that she was not his mother, but his lover. And they eventually married and grew old together. Well....Older :P ^_^
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The-Webcam-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Beautiful picture, but I find it shocking that the woman has the same general facial structure as a former teacher of mine.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Ha, that's weird!
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depplosion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This is where Erik and Christine are perfect for each other:

He has mommy issues and she has daddy issues! XD

Very pretty. Erik's poor, unhappy mother. I wouldn't have known how to raise him, either, but I would have at least shown him a HINT of love! Jeez!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Ha, I never thought of that! You're right!

I know...she was so conflicted. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been, but she still should have shown the strength to love him despite what he was.
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depplosion Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, she wins worst mom ever award >_>.
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scaragh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
This is perfect!

I was FINALLY able to see the show a few weeks ago, which reminded me how much I love all thing Phantom-y, which reminded me that I needed to read "Phantom" again, so I just bought the book and am in the process of reading about dear, horrible/sad Madeleine.

She is a truly tragic character, and you capture her so dang well. :D
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
THank you so much!

It's just such a sad story. Everything about his life is just sad, but I love it to pieces! That sounds terrible, but I do. :lol:
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okapirose Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done :D :heart:
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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morleigh13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
I like how she has a similar bone structure and over all apperance as your drawings of Christine, but not a creepy exact replica way.

How do you make the coloring look so old?
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! I was sort of going for that vague resemblance. It would put Erik in an odd place, knowing that she's just as elegant as his mother was, but different in other ways.

I'm a cheater: there's a filter on this photo program that I have that ages a picture, and will do the same with drawings. :lol: I just love Victorian portraits. People don't really look like that anymore...
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Nikya2t Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Student Photographer
I love it :D ! It's beautifull :D
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Nikya2t Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student Photographer
Haha you're welcome :D !
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student General Artist
a woman of fear and grief... awesome job. I like how her dress reminds me of a widow... well, she IS a widow. :lol:
you're so good at drawing portraits like this.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Portraits are my favorite thing to draw. Perhaps I'm just boring, but I just love those stoic Victorian photos!
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the-mask-u-wear Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
wow, you did a great job on her, you made her eyes look as cold as she sounds, I love it!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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cardowl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008   Writer
Nice work!
I really couldn’t stand her in Phantom. Actually, I just didn’t like that book, but she really made me angry. LOL Very good drawing, though.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
She was just a sad, angry sort of woman. A prime candidate for Oprah, I think. ;)

Thanks so much!
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Musique-Art Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
You really communicated her personality very well with this piece. She looks so pretty, haughty, and everything a mother raising the future Phantom should be! This must be a picture of her pre-pregnant, other-wise she'd look a lot more stressed out and angry.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Yes, I wanted to show her regal sort of appearance pre-Erik. :) She brought it on herself though, that cranky lady.
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Koumori-chan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is beautiful... a reall "distant star". Felicitation!!!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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RoxikLE Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Oh my goth!
Really, is Madeleine!
I remenber in her face when Erik was 5 years...
Great job!
You know that i love all your art!
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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LividianofAstyr Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautiful! I love it! I love your references to Kay's amazing book also! (which I am blessed to own a copy of FINALLY)! Your detail is really fantastic and I love how it fits the description you gave underneath.

I went a little the other way from that story and said it was his mother died and that his father raised him :P..
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It's one of my favorite novels...I've read it so many times, but it never gets old.

I often wonder how different Erik would have been if his father had raised him...
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Cameron-Chase91 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
I'm reading that book right now!! It's fantastic so far and she is just the perfect image of Madeleine, exactly how i pictured her to look Good job! An instant Fave for me :)
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I just love that book...

Thank you so much!
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RedBasilisk Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
I love how you've managed to get her pretty, yet still looking distant and cold. Wonderful :D At the end of the day, I bet Erik would have turned out alot differently had he had a mother in kindness, rather than just one of blood relation.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I agree. Childhood can really mold you into the person that you will one day become.
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floortjeee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist
you did well on the "cold and distant, beautiful" job :D
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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AniP Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
beautiful! love her expression, it says so much about her character
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
...your Phantom of the Opera artwork should be collected in a oversize coffee table book. I think it is some of the finest art I have seen on DA. .....
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you so much! What a lovely thing to say. :)
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Wow, she has the bitchy expression I always Imagined her having. . .. Great job.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Yer Welcome mate. :)
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MadameGracey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
wow! amazing.
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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