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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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christinted Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
wow ... not creepy at all ._.
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:iconlthela:
LtHela Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  New Deviant
Awesome! I can't stop looking at it, everything is so beautiful!
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Phill-Art Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
The lighting on his face is rendered so well, did you use reference or was it from your mind?
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:iconopstrawhat:
OPStrawhat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"There is also beauty in darkness".
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:iconshellyuk1990:
shellyuk1990 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has a certain appeal to me.
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:iconretrosmind:
Retrosmind Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice one!
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is so kind. I cannot look through his eyes but sure he gets something amazing! It's not about how they look like and he really gets power!
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CallMehMantis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You took my sould man... 
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:iconrockstar5025:
rockstar5025 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Fascinating.
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:iconunicornomics:
unicornomics Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2015   General Artist
I see the ghost on his shoulders as being his mother for some reason. Edit: I didn't realize this was part of a series
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:iconlaslo22:
Laslo22 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pic
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TerrelTravium Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015   Artisan Crafter
a simple gift
so he played for the empty ones
bereft
the long dark silent alone
he too someday would be them
for the earth must be fed
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PhilColinT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a student filmmaker from Boston. I love this image and the ideas that can stem from it and I was wondering if I could cite it as inspiration for a new film I am producing? Thanks so much!
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ya mon
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PhilColinT Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks mon
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JesseCookeDesign Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
I found this on an article on Ucreative.com
Instantly decided I want a print! I love the piece itself but even more the meaning behind it.
I'd like to buy a print but when bought through here the sides of the piece get cut off to fit DeviantArt's dimensions. Do you have another way to purchase the print without the sides being cut off?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconcopertus:
Copertus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
So strong. 
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:iconladyyurine:
LadyYurine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Lovely 
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:iconkaustavsen:
kaustavsen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
awesome... 
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:iconlopez697:
lopez697 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
is very amazing
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:iconshady-bush:
Shady-Bush Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this this so beautiful i just cant ;-;
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:iconchironsoldier:
chironsoldier Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Grimnoir fanart?
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:iconinvaderlex2:
InvaderLex2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
creepy, yet heart warming.
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:iconthe-exiled-muse:
the-exiled-muse Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Hauntingly beautiful, and so is the song.
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:iconfalcondreimontag:
FalconDreiMontag Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Very nice!
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:iconglitterwater:
Glitterwater Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing
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ObeseTh3-s3cr3t Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student Photographer
This is the best digital art i see in my 3 years in deviantart
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Words cannot describe how much the popularity of this picture blew my goddmanned mind after I finished it and put it up. I legit thought it was terrible. hah
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AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
so is this the boy from the first Pic of the series grown up? why is he doing things in favour of the bad and ruthless ones? he will not be harmed by the ghosts?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! Any picture I do of a dude with blonde hair will probably be the same character. Everything that he does with regards to them he does for his own profit. I think he's terrified of them deep down, but you know the saying, the closer you are to danger, the further you are from harm.
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AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Wow...interesting thought xD then again I wonder what he will gain through such reckless acts ;)

But I like the way you paint, a unique style I guess^^
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:iconlordtrasero:
lordtrasero Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
My god, almost cry.
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trixodsey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Student Writer
THIS IS AMAZING!!
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kp2063 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn this is cool
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aedan122 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
o man cool
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:icontrithwood:
Trithwood Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
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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:iconprenncooder:
PrennCooder Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
He reminds me of Cole Sprouse kinda 
XD
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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 Digital Artist
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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:iconjokin2000:
JoKin2000 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So haunting, and in so many good ways that implies!
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:iconpixl-potato:
pixl-potato Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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