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"I have come to see you, spirit of evil and lord of the shadows,' the man replied with a hostile glare at Woland.
'Well, tax-gatherer, if you've come to see me, why don't you wish me well?'
'Because I have no wish to see you well,' said the man impudently.
'Then I am afraid you will have to reconcile yourself to my good health,' retorted Woland... 'As soon as you appeared on this roof you made yourself ridiculous. It was your tone of voice. You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now: where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow?... Shadows are also cast by trees and living things. Do you want to strip the whole globe by removing every tree and every creature to satisfy your fantasy of a bare world? You're stupid."


I felt like drawing Woland, Behemoth and Hella from Mikhail Bulgakov's 'The Master and Margarita' :heart:

I hope you like it :meow:

quote and characters (c) Mikhail Bulgakov
art (c) *akreon
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:iconpiastra97:
Piastra97 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I adore this book and Bulgakov's writing in general. Nice illustration ;)
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:iconblakkish:
Blakkish Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep!

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:iconceilingfen:
CeilingFen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very well done, now I've heard of this book, but I haven't been able to find it...oh, and KITTY!!!
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:iconlallumry:
Lallumry Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
That's just wow! gorgeous!!! The great art for a great book!
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:iconseonaidhproudhon:
SeonaidhProudhon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Wonderful illustration of a memorable scene from my favourite book. Arresting image and smart use of colour.
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:iconbahus-fox:
Bahus-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
вау) Bulgakov is so awesome
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:iconwunderkammerama:
wunderkammerama Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
this is one of my favorite pieces on all of deviantart. not that i have seen them all, obviously, but it's a serious standout.
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:iconwunderkammerama:
wunderkammerama Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
i read the book because of this picture.
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:iconaishavin:
Aishavin Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Love the book, love your painting!
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:iconxxxnoodlexxx:
XxXnoodleXxX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Writer
Oh my, this is truly magical. You've gone beyond the structure of the characters, you've captured their essence! Personality is writhing off the page. Well done :pat:
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:iconbluesbrothers:
bluesbrothers Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful graphic. Your Woland is really awesome!
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:iconanthy1990:
anthy1990 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Super. Najlepsze przedstawienie Wolanda jakie widziałam :) Dobra robota.
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:iconxenelith:
Xenelith Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
mm. gotta say i like your version better than the movie/drama's
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:iconslkestrel:
SLKestrel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student
I gotta say, I love that guy's expression endlessly.
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:iconshaggy-grim:
Shaggy-grim Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's truly amazing *____* Your Woland is so... unusual. Great art-piece.
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:iconvasilisa-uzhasnaja:
Vasilisa-Uzhasnaja Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew what this was the second I saw the thumbnail!! I'm currently reading this book :love: Freaking perfect.
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:iconyunamira:
yunamira Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
THE MORE MASTER & MARGARITA FANART THERE IS IN THE WORLD, THE BETTER! :D Splendid work!
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:iconryurules:
Ryurules Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Ginger o__o
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:iconmynameisfaerie:
mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, awesome illustration! i think i'll read the book now, it sounds interesting! :D
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:icon7eule7:
7Eule7 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite book ever) Thanks for great illustration.
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:iconnoxkey:
NoxKey Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I am defenitly right with you!
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:iconeverlastinggg:
everlastinggg Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Dude, this is so fantastically exactly the same way I thought the characters were I didn't even had to read to know it was 'The Master and Margarita'! Its absurdly beautiful, I loved it! Great job, dude!
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:iconbluelarch:
BlueLarch Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Voland is pretty cool looking*________*
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:iconpandemonial:
Pandemonial Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Note to self: Read book.
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:iconsapphire-essence:
Sapphire-Essence Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the grin. :3
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:icondesert-daemon:
Desert-Daemon Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
OMG! This is amazing! You got the spirit and the details!!! Noncomparable!!! Best Bulgakov's fanart I have ever seen!!! Thank you so much! :+favlove::+favlove::+favlove: :love: :+favlove::+favlove::+favlove:
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:iconchaadaev:
Chaadaev Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Begemot looks wery regular, in a book he described as twise bigger then a normal cat.
But whole art is awesome!
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:iconladyfiszi:
LadyFiszi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome illustration. Actually, it was one of my favorit books. ^^
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:iconcharonspass:
Charonspass Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Oh my ! Such an amazing piece of art inspired by such an amazing novel ! I'm just drooling before this over and over again :iconiwantitplz:
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:iconcarryphoenix:
CarryPhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, yeah, yeah, a walking stick with poodle's head on it... "Faust".
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:iconkirakora:
kirakora Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.! really good job.!

the expressions of characters, colours, shadows and bars are just awesome.! this is the masterpiece.! ;)
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:iconlivega:
LiVega Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this book! And this artwork too (:
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:iconmidnightstorm45044:
midnightstorm45044 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING. I love the lava effet OvO
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:iconmiria696:
Miria696 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I would talk to them XD Amazing picture by the way <333
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:iconemikonori:
EmikoNori Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spełniłeś moje marzenia. :iconlubplz:
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pe4enj-treski Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
ой!!этот чувак мне дэвида боуи напоминает)))это же воланд*яжепраильнопоняла*???**язнаюэтоглупыйвопрос^^""**
мне нравсится ваша работа)))
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:iconwarwickscomicart:
WarwicksComicArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very atmospheric indeed.
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:iconmiyakai:
miyakai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I love the vibrancy of the orange against the sepia, and the man's grin.
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:iconstrict31:
Strict31 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Based on this painting, I decided to pick the novel up from Amazon.
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:iconraptorrevenge:
raptorrevenge Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
All of their expressions are wonderful. Although I must say, you REALLY nailed it with Behemoth... his body language is great.
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:iconpixiepeace:
pixiepeace Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
cool
that is damn good
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CheshireFrown Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thats a great piece. I love the expressions and the floor is creepy fantastic. Do you happen to know which translation that excerpt of the novel is from? I'd love to read it and I really like the flow of that bit.
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:iconforgeress:
forgeress Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Bulgakov fan!

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:iconstoffe930:
stoffe930 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, the title reminded me of a song by DIO: "don't talk to strangers"

Nice work!!:D
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:iconpretorius78:
pretorius78 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
My favorite book. A story of compassion and the eternal persuit of happiness.
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RoyalFlowerGarden Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Artist
i love this .. but ihave to say it... fire crotch!!!! haha
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:iconnickcnord:
NickCNord Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
In fact evil and good are irelavent. Your work is profound. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.
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:iconmelanth0:
melanth0 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
ugh, this is just amazing. I am stunned. So much atmosphere, and the smudgy, slick painted look suits it so well. I love the girl's hair and breasts, the wallpaper, the man's wicked eyes, the composition, everything. I think I need to read that book now.
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TD-Vice Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Master and Margarita! I love you forever for illustrating this, it's one of my most favorite books of all time, and you totally do Woland and Gella (heh and Begemoth too) justice) One of the best piece of art inspired by this book I've ever seen - and I especially love how the bleak upper tones melt into that firey pool at the bottom.
Very nice technique combining expressionism and illustration. Lovely done.
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ThinkingAboutIt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Writer
I love your description. And the floor in this piece is crazy good as is the cat. The woman kind if looks strange in this picture, but it's not because she's nude or anything. The shading just seems oddly detailed compared to the almost uniform black of the man's sweater.

Very beautiful nonetheless. Kudos!
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