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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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www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYPSw3… << big thanks to Jan Haak
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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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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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
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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
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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Poolday Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  New member 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  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! :D
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llHanniball Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015  New member
What time period is this set around? early 1900s? just curious =). Very nice art btw.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really should be in the early 1800's, but it looks more like late 1800's.
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tangled1879 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
This is beautiful! I kind of feel this way, I play songs that remind me of people who I've loved, people who have died. Its a very beautiful piece for such a concept. Well done!
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Petrauskas Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Wow, very great atmosphere, very solid work without any effects or "cool" things around. Just masterpiece!
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ZoiWOOCHEN Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Stunning!
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Sarac112 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Brilliant piece! :)
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Crossroads44 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
This reminds me of 'The Enchanted World' book series I use to read as a kid. Your illustration doesn't just look like the telling of a ghost story; it looks like folklore.
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Lucemferens Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome
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YIssy-chan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist
This is one of the most beautiful, meaningful artworks I've seen in a long time. It spoke to me in a way that art often times has a hard time doing. Haha, the thoughts and feelings I'm having looking at this are extremely hard for me to articulate, but I love it. I love it so much. It near brought tears to my eyes. The expression of the man at the piano is astounding. It's a little melancholy, but even though he's surrounded by the dead, there is no fear there at all. It seems so typical for him. And the fact that a little dead girl is giving him the book is even more meaningful. Gosh, I wish I could put all of my thoughts into words! Anyway, this is AMAZING and I love it. Thank you so much for this astounding piece of work :)
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WhisperAVIA Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Breathtaking.
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orchiida-cy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
i see a really successful movie here!! 0.o... i'm going to come up with a script and characters!! (if successful i'll get back to you)
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baonguyen93 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
The photo and the title would make an interesting story. Love it !!!
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Lonsterr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This is really amazing- there is definitely a story behind this. I love how haunting it is and yet he seems so calm, as if he experiences this all the time. Really beautiful work! 
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MrNobody9999 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
I like it!
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masedon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
This is wonderful! Excellent work in concept and in your skill! 
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ExileAsian Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hauntingly beautiful
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Yukicupcakei Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this.
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grapeshotmemory Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
This is beautiful, in a tragic sort of way.
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SimplySerg Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Wow badass work!!
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Akiman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great Work! instantly made me remember some room from assasination of jesse james movie. Dunno why :D
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gee that's weird... no idea how that happened <_< >_> The Assasination of Jesse James is one of my favorite movies
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Akiman Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Are you really from Turkey?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope
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