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The Brothers Karamazov by Theophilia The Brothers Karamazov by Theophilia
March 27th 2008
"The Brothers Karamazov"
"Братья Карамазовы"

So, at long last, I have finished and drawn my picture of the Karamazov Brothers. I was partly motivated to draw it because, firstly, I loved the book, and second because I was disappointed when I saw how little art there was of the Brothers Karamazov on dA.

So, these three characters are from Fyodor Dostoevsky's last novel, "The Brothers Karamazov" (or in Russian: "Братья Карамазовы" I suppose, but then again, I don't know Russian. :XD:)

(From left to right)

Ivan Fyodorvich Karamzov, the atheist

Alexei (Alyosha) Fyodorvich Karamazov, the saint

Dmitri Fyodorvich Karamazov, the passionate sensualist

Dmitri is the oldest at 27, then Ivan at 24, then Alyosha is the youngest at 20. (He's 19 at the beginning but I believe he celebrates a birthday over the course of the novel). Alyosha is my all-time favorite! Actually, throughout all of the books I have read thus far, he's my favorite male charcater! :hug: Dostoevsky has serious talent with character development. I was so sad when the book ended, I loved these charcaters to death!

At first i didn't really like Ivan, because at the beginning of the book he was really arrogant and irritating, but after he told Alyosha his "Grand Inquisiter" story I began to grow fond of him.

Dmitri was okay, but I didn't really like him because he was far too passionate, what I mean was that he was too emotional: when he was angry, he would fly into huge fits of rage and would probably kill anyone around him if he was able. When he's sad, he's suicidal, etc. He's just completely taken over with his emotions, he has absolutely no control over them at all. Rather interesting compared to Ivan's cool, calculating, not-really-emotional-at-all kind of bearing. And Alyosha is the perfect balance between them.

I'll write more about them (with some quotes and descriptions) later once I get a hold of the book, but as for now, I'm going to go to bed, Guten Nacht!
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CerberusSEL Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
That was an excellent book!

This picture is an excellent portrayal of the main characters! Great Work!
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This one is a bit old though. I should probably re-do it sometime. :hmm:
CerberusSEL Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That would be awesome!

I would like to see you do a new one if you ever get the time!
GGordonS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite character is Elder Zosima's brother :)
Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved him too. :D
Zixinus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
I'm trying to convert Project Gutenberg's txt to lit for easier reading and I've chosen this image as a cover.

I hope that is ok. Also, I emphasize that I did so because I feel that it deserves it, its very expressive and well-posed.
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! Wow, I'm really very flattered, thank you!!! :D I wish you luck in your task then. :D

Just as a personal suggestion though, since this picture is rather, well, old (and in my estimation, not very good :hmm:), I did make a more recent Brothers-Karamazov-piece here: [link]

Whether it fits into your intentions for the image cover, I don't know. Perhaps this one (as it has all the brothers in it) is more to your liking. In any case, if you do use my work for the image cover, I'd very much appreciate it if you'd credit me for the image somewhere, and have a link back to my deviantART. :D Thank you, and Deus tecum! :aww:
oreb Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Just browsing your gallery and saw this. Very neat. I loved Brothers K too :ahoy:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:w00t!: Yay for the Brothers Karamazov! :D :highfive:

=spoonybards has some awesome Brothers K pictures, I just foudn them as I was looking around, so you might like them. Here's some: [link]
Lieju Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
I like Dostojevski, and this is definetly one of my favourites of his books.

My favourite is Ivan, his story and the choices he had to face were the most interesting. Alyosa is not nearly as much, I'd probably even prefer Dmitri over him, it's not that I don't like Alyosa, he just isn't as interesting as the other brothers. I didn't use to like Dmitri much, but his actor in the 2007 Russian miniseries sold the character to me.
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