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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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AppleSara Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
Good drawing ! The book is excellent ! I like Alyosha ^^
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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!
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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:
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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!
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GGordonS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
My favorite character is Elder Zosima's brother :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved him too. :D
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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.
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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:
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oreb Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Just browsing your gallery and saw this. Very neat. I loved Brothers K too :ahoy:
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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]
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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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Theophilia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I saw a part of that miniseries too! The guy who played Dmitri was amazing!
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Lieju Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Yeah, he was good. And the guy who plays Ivan. I don't like the actor who plays Aljosa much, but mainly because he hasn't had any good parts yet(I've seen the 3 first episodes). I need to see some more scenes, especially him with the kids, to decide if he is good.
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proustianrecall Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
I love you.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heehee, THANK YOU!!! :D :aww:
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proustianrecall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
You're welcome!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ ^
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proustianrecall Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
^.^ ^.^ ^.^ ^.^
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crazedninjachick Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
Wow, I'm so glad to see some art of this book, It's one of my favorites! Dostoevsky is one of my literary gods.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dostoevsky is amazing, he's definetly one of my favorite authors! And I love his characters! He makes them so real, I feel like I know them! :D
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Absolutely amazing! You are spot-on about each of their looks and personalities. I love this!

(And like you, Alyosha is my favorite too)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! That's a high compliment. :aww: Especially since I wasn't exactly sure on the historical accuarcies of their clothing and hair styles. Probably not, but I don't know where to find those so I just figured they'd be wearing just the same kind of clothing as others in Europe at the time. :D Oohh, woah, that was long winded. :XD:
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I think I remember Dostoevsky saying somewhere during the book that Dmitry and Ivan dressed in the Western style, like the rest of Europe. Alyosha, of course, was always in the cassock until closer to the end of the book, so you're very accurate! :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I don't think he said it in the book at all, but from the pictures of Russian clothing styles I found it was rather similar to what they wore in other parts in Europe. It was rather difficult, and I think they look a little too aristocratic, but eh, I don't know.
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Are you sure? I remember in the beginning, in the elder Zosima's cell, Dostoevsky said that Dmitry arrived late & dressed in the (Western) European fashion. Oh well..heh.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't remember for sure or anything, it's been two years or so since I've read it. And I couldn't exacty look through the whoel book to see if they had mentioned some kind of clothing style.
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Oh. I just finished it about a month ago, heh.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. :D That book is definety one of the best I've ever read, but I have to re-read bits and parts to remind myself how awesome it is. :D
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Bzibzianka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
I love this book!!! And I'm head over heels in love with Alosha :blowkiss:, but each one of the three men is appealing in some way. And your picture is very nice - I adore Mitya's hat :boogie:
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Hehe, I know what you mean. I'm completely in love with Alyosha; he's just so innocent and adorable! :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: I loved Aloyosha too. He's awesome. And he's so cute too, I just want to give him a big sisterly hug! :hug: :glomp:

Heheh, thanksies. :XD:
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pseudometry Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009   Writer
Wonderful likenesses!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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pseudometry Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Writer
My pleasure [=
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! I love Russian literatuure! :hug:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D Yeah, I'm really starting to get into to it. I want to read Crime and Punishment soon, but I don't know when that'll happen. I'm reading Paradise Lost right now.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you read the Idiot? That was THE BEST Russian work I have read. Besides Lolita, which doesn't really count as Russian though...(Nabokov is my FAVORITE author!)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No I haven't! That's another one I want to read as well though! :D Besides, the title just rocks. :D "What are you reading?" "The Idiot." :XD:
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Oh, you must take charcoalfeather's advice and read "The Idiot"!
The novel's main character Prince Myshkin is almost just like Alyosha! You'll like him too :)
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was going to this summer but then I never got around to it. XD: I'm reading the Divine Comedy, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the Alexiad, Crown of the World and a few other. :XD: I'll try and get to it eventually though.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I KNOW. That's why I read it in the first place, cuz the title is soo funny.

Oh, did you read War and Peace? I wanted to, but it's so fricking long...and lol I don't find Tolstoy's writing style that engaging...but it's better than Tolkien xD
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tried to on several occasions. Once in 7th grade, once in 8th grade, but then I just stopped. It was SOOOOOOO boring. The only thing interesting that happened in the part I read was that Pierre went to some party with some random dudes who did crazy stunts. It was very dull.

What a shame! I LOVE TOLKIEN!!! He's my favorite writer. :D Ever. Why don't you like his books? Do you mean The Silmarillion?

Peter Kreeft is a close second though. Dostoevsky rocks my socks too. :w00t!:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Tolkien is a great author because he is creative and I love how he describes the dwarfs and elves and everything, but I don't think his writing style is very engaging. I mean, he kind of sounds like an old man reading from a Bible; he's just saying what happens but he doesn't give much regard to the character's personalities or emotions (which I think are the most important elements in the story). Well, he's still great, just not my type of book.

LOL. The only thinkg I like in War and Peace was the romance scene with Natasha (who was 13 at the time) and Boris all because it was really weird and sort of sweet. But seriously, all in all, it was quite boring.

and I love love Thomas Mann ;D
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young-lachenal23 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
That's why Dostoevsky's my favorite. His writing style is by far the most engaging I've ever read :)
I was going to read Tolstoy, but after flipping through the pages and seeing how his style was a bit dull, I decided not to, haha.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see what you mean, I like a lot of charcater development too, but I didn't really have a problem with Tolkien's writing that way. :D

I guess I didn't get that far. :XD:

I think I've heard of him, but nothing comes to mind...
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pierrotlunaire89 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Oh this is great! My favorite book, my favorite character! I love Alyosha so so much! brothers Karamazov need more love!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes I love this book too. It is definetly one of my all-time favorites. I've been trying to get all my friends to read it. :D

Thabks for the :+fav:! God Bless! :hug:
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mijojo Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Wow, thanks for making such a cool piece dedicated to one of the most well written books in Russian lit. ^^ I really didn't expect to find anything when I typed in "Karamazov" in the search. XD;

Great job! It was obvious who each character was right away.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Actually, that was one of the reasons why I wanted to draw them, because I could not find any pictures ANYWHERE! Also because I simply had to after reading the book. I think the lack of pictures is very frustrating. It needs to have a fanbase. :XD: It's such a great book too. Thanks for the :+fav:! Deus tecum! :hug:
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mijojo Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
I know, it does need more fans, if for the Grand Inquisitor alone. You don't see that many books anymore that have really thoughtful spiritual commentaries, you know? Dostoyevsky's other works are good too.

And no prob, it was worth the fave. ^^
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