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The Fool by MarkWilkinson The Fool by MarkWilkinson
Private commission. My brief for this was to try and imagine a different cover for Marillion's first album 'Script For A Jester's Tear' using the same 'Fool'.

He sits in despair trying to write that perfect love song...the key and the feather symbolise a journey...one that has clues to a life in the other rooms...the boy...the violin...and as for the dog...a tamed carnivore stands midway between animal and human, savagery and civilisation, nature and culture.

Supernatural dog guardians are a characteristic symbol of a journey...in this case the classic journey of The Fool!


Prints available soon.
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Given 2007-10-20
The Fool by *MarkWilkinson. One of my all time favourite pieces of art, which I am featuring as part of Traditional Art Day. Jam packed full of beautiful details, symbolism and god like technique -- breathtaking! ( Featured by fourteenthstar )
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prince789 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
nice
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jason95j Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
the lighting hnnnggggg
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TheDukeofRock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
amazing!
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TheSummerSprite Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Epic
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teggy7 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Fantastic !!!!!! love it
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nogrox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
The early, the Fish years of Marillion mean a great deal to me. With this interpretation for the cover of Script for a Jester's Tear you have actually made a better one, in my humble opinion... Thank you! 
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seawarriormurchada Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Love it i really do. Booted me in the gut.made me weep,the light, the,sadness,the hope.A continuence of the journey.
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Nebrinn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your works with The Jester.  This is one more of your great ones in the series.
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TheEternityClinic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so perfect in every way. I absolutely love your composition, and its actually somewhat similar to a dream that I had years ago in terms of subject and lighting. I've never been able to replicate it.
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NatalieLizzie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014   General Artist
Hi! Hi! 

Your work has been featured here: natalielizzie.deviantart.com/j…

Thanks for making art!! 

Airborne #1 I love deviantART! +fav Love Airborne 
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DantesParadisio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What does the chameleon symbolize?
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pilsen85 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Perfect!
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ninasouzacastro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful picture, I loved it.

I hope you do not mind, but I used it as part of a post on my blog. Put your credits, of course.
It's a personal blog, of particular texts.

In any case, if you do not like, I withdraw, just tell me and I do this imediatament.

Thank you

=)
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gingerchew Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Interesting.. i need to study this more
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Martsartworks Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Mark,

I think this is a piece that comes close to what I would call 'a classical painting'. To me it brings Caravaggio in mind.

Good luck with everything,

Marten Blom.
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ninasouzacastro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I thought exactly that! This is really dramatic as baroque. Congratulations!
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prpleuthanasia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
wonderful!
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BonnieElizabeth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I love that album and it's cover... This is impressing, such a fine piece of art - you gotta love this! :love: Thanks for sharing this awesome treasure with us :3
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FreeSoulAry Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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ZebraMindCandy Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shiz you painted this? At first I thought it was a photo O_o
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JadedQueen22 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Writer
It's beautiful. With a sort of sad feeling to it. It makes me want to cry a little bit. You could have a party in an English class with all the symbolism to be found withing this one piece. I love it, and I wish that I could have the skill and inspiration to create something that even compares to the beauty of this.
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Frau-Schwarz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful adaption :)
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DeefaultLine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
what else can i say? I like it.
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Red-hair-actress Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for inspiration^^
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iheart645 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, I was the Fool in a production of King Lear and it just finished, so I'm feeling just like this poor guy. Wonderful work.
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diosenzanome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012   General Artist
really amazing
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Mararda Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's weekly feature [link] :iconsoulcollectors: :hug:
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Lindirs-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really quite beautiful.
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M1DNAA Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
:) (all I can say)
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sox08 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
fools are always alone..................
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Leonnards Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're just one of the greats. Top 5. Didn't even know you're here... I was caught ungarded, with nothing wise to say...
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Lightfighter1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Nice job
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davelbro Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I've always loved this piece. Have for years man
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ningnomaningnong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
wow...LOVE the lighting! Wish there were more like this~ <3
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Sarkytob Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, its just perfect.
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MayRC Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :wow:
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xMalachix Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!!! it really made me think love the blueish tent it kind of made me feel sad but nevertheless amazing art
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hauteville Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Writer
Really interesting re-think of the original. Has a similar level of impact but seems to be darker somewhat.

Really good.
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T-k-a-i Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating.
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Pizzabian Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I love your pieces. Your use of colors and symbols is amazing.
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WretchedSmile Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
DAMN , this is just perfect !
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kendraendia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm not kidding when I say this is the most beautiful picture I've seen in my whole life. In some crazy way I take it very personally! It found it kinda my soul landscape if that can be said. Pure perfection.

I could stare this ages, and still find something new and amazing all the time. You're very, very, very talented.
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Karura83 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love it!
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Holy-Snail Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Brilliant.
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HellBelleBarbarelle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Love everything about this, really.
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Nilsey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Really great work!
Combined with the comment it reminds me of the song "cliche" by Fish
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yerbouti Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Wow! Amazing!:)
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BleedingHearts37 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
This is gorgeous! Marillion's influence really shows through this, but i definitely think your version is better than the original *faves*
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albatrash Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Fools always have nice apartments.
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