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Those Who Play for Ghosts by TheMichaelMacRae Those Who Play for Ghosts by TheMichaelMacRae
There are pieces written for the ones forgotten. They linger unmoving while their shriveled hearts long for the dulcet tunes of a living, breathing soul.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-04-21
Those Who Play for Ghosts by ricochet188 tells a hauntingly beautiful story. The details, composition, and muted tones make this a truly impressive work of art. ( Suggested by Kida-neechan and Featured by diphylla )
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Trithwood Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Gosh i hate going to great great great great Grama Rose's house. She always makes me play hymns.
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Unbreakable99 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
This is one of my all time favorites
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EnigmaticPragmatism Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
This is such an awesome yet dark picture.  Kudos man for making such a unique piece of work that serves as both eye candy and makes you wonder what's going on.  
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jailyn-the-vampire Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
*sniffle* This is beautiful...
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student General Artist
He reminds me of Cole Sprouse kinda 
XD
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:iconkittinpaws:
Kittinpaws Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not getting any sleep tonight am I
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional
Stunning!
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ks-claw Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really love the atmosphere in this. It would make a really great ghost story.
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saadniazi Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
love ittt
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BloodyDuckie Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like the lady who's hanging over him is whispering "Thank you for doing this. After we died the family just hasn't been able to relax." Idk why but it makes me laugh.
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RabbitsStardust Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great Work. I love your style. 
+fav +fav +fav 
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JoKin2000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So haunting, and in so many good ways that implies!
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pixl-potato Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
The title sounds like a movie, with a fitting image to go with it.
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desmond3602 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Somebody gotta make a movie about this. Old school drama horror. With classy actors and stuff. Victorian times baby💙🔪
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xxXDracoMalphasXxx Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh, he looks like Draco <3 <3 <3
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PathOfMyOwn Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing idea!!
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Aaron-the-automaton Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Wow, this is nightmare inducing. Beautiful artwork, gorgeous, but very creepy nonetheless. 
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JuicyBrain Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
nice! this makes me remember a movie in which the same thing happens.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What movie?
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JuicyBrain Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
Kwaidan, there's a part on which a blind musician is taken by a ghost to a cemetery, where he is made to play for a court of spirits that died on a famous battle. Actually it´s based on a Lafcadio Hearn story.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
holy hell!
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demothreen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
very good!
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Davidolvera Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
5 spooky 6 me
+1 Like
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piojote Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow, so scary and fantastic :)
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JBAnderson-watt Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
OMG this is so peeeerrfect it made me shiver.Amazing
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Shizu-ciaan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thats breath taking ;-;
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! This is deserving of a Daily Deviation if I've ever seen one. It's painted so well and very eerie, while deep enough to tell a story.
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lord125 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful!
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TaylerOlivasArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Sweet!
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DarkStorm-7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing to add, it's amazing
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FlamingOracle780 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful it's hard to describe. I had to favourite it! It reminds me of a quiet tranquility. There are no fearsome aspects to these ghosts, they are just happy to be in the presence of the living once more. However, it is also sad as they seemed to have been isolated for so long; which is why it is so good that the boy will play for them.     
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Jazzglenn421 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Ive showed this to some of my friends and they called me crazy. Just by the scene alone with dead corpses had them depicted this hugely misinterpreted scene as obscure and even demonic. Have they possess my eyes they would've seen it in a different light. The boy is playing in honor of those who has passed away, his face does not depict hopelessness or fear, but obligation and respect. They may be dead, but they were people once, too! People who share smiles, happiness, joy... and love... just like you and everyone else...

I started to explain it to them that instead of rotting corpses, imagine that they were translucent ghosts, and you were that boy playing in respect to those ghosts who also happens to be your grandparents, relatives and a dear friend that passed away. Boy did that changed their mind for the better :)
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Amacey Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't agree more . Finding people who find beauty in dark art is very difficult most people are just too sensitive *cough*pussies*cough* . I see it as very beautiful i see those ghosts as if they were alive as well
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Poolday Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loved this. Amazing work of art!
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LKJSlain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
this is the most amazing thing that I've seen in a while on here. 
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Glitterwater Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow amazing picture!!!
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bryansuami Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
coooll!
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RedusTheRiotAct Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015   Digital Artist
Ghost: PLAY BABY GOT BACK
Pianist: No
Ghost: DO EET
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Fibonard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece explains how I feel playing my violin. Any ways I love this piece. Good work!
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TheDarkScripturer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
GENIOUS! ABSOLUTELY GENIOUS!
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*genius* (this is one of those words that I spell wrong everysingle time
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m4r1o148 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I misread this as "Those Who Play For Glory." Only a few will get that joke though. :\
Great work, I like the lighting on the piano.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get it...
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m4r1o148 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, sorry. This seems like a pretty serious piece of art. There's a game called Super Smash Bros, and in the most recent game, there's a mode called "For Glory." It's not necessarily related to the art, but I legitimately misread the title as "Those Who Play For Glory."
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was big into Melee, and the first game... havent' had a wii or a U to play the news ones though :(
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m4r1o148 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just recommend skipping Brawl if you plan on playing them again :\
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jointsupermodel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
such stuning art piece... wow...
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Lofthanna Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! :D
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llHanniball Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015
What time period is this set around? early 1900s? just curious =). Very nice art btw.
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