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Tom Riddle: Magic is Might. (Young Tom!!) by smallsmiles Tom Riddle: Magic is Might. (Young Tom!!) by smallsmiles
Tom Riddle must have been a charming little boy. In this picture, I imagine him to be....less than 14. Junior High School student age~~~ :aww: And for some reason he's crying. Poor thing.

He has also enchanted his pillow case to have the first generation of the Dark Mark on it. *Imagines the young thing doodling it in his notebooks or on scrap parchments....* which explains why, er, the pictures are simpler and Cute. :heart:



:heart: er, I didn't feel like cropping out the sketchpad of this one. In case you're curious, it's about 4 x 5 inches. :nod: I really ought to draw on a bigger pad, so I can actually get some details on the paper instead of going in and doing bits on the computer....

...but oh well. :XD: The hand is done on the computer, heavily referenced. Everything else is mostly copic marker, with a bit of guache paint thrown in for smooth detail, and then some texture brushes on top in PhotoShop for....everything. :giggle: my usual "mix and match" PhotoShop-Real-Media thing.
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Midnight4568 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
This looks amazing!
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thank you~ I adore young Tom. So much to explore!!
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Kirschu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
awesome! you did a great job on the face. that little devil looks so cute an innocent like an angel :heart:
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
He is rather cute. Glad you liked him!! Thank you for your comments. :hug:
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Kirschu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Oh yes, you're right. He IS cute :heart:
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Inuyatta Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I actually wonder if Tom could cry. He could not love, so can you muster tears if you cannot bring yourself to care enough about anything? I do think the dark mark had all the makings of notebook scribbles from childhood, lol~
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
One of my friends has based a story (or at least Tom's characterization) off that idea-- that Tom can't cry, that is. ^_^ I think both of you could very easily be right. :nod: He's certainly got anger down, though. And suspicion. ^^;

But, eh, I wanted to draw a tear. :XD:

Hehehehe, scribbles from childhood~ :giggle:\\\\\\\\
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Inuyatta Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Sometimes, a tear would have gone a long way to making Voldemort something akin to redeemable, and would have been most fitting while he was still 'Tom Riddle'--but JK decided to make him Evil through and through due to X-reason here. I personally like the idea of Voldie having a chance at being human at some point.
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
(nod, nod) yeaah, it would have been interesting to see him cry in canon. I would have really enjoyed that. :huggle:

What sort of Voldemort / Tom Riddle would you have liked to see? I'd have liked to see a Smart, Sardonic Voldemort / Tom....
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Inuyatta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I would have liked to see Voldemort trying and failing to understand and imitate kindness and compassion--because he can't understand the point of doing something without reaping a gain. I'd like that to be one of many foreshadowing experiences that would lead to his eventual downfall.
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Yes, that would have been much more interesting. Having him at least understand that he's missing something. :nod: but then, I like complex villains. They're soooo interesting. :D
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pinkpainted-devil Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG Itīs beautiful :iconluvluvplz:
hihih btw forgive me if Im being too slow lately for commenting on artworks and messages -.- ahh Im such a mess ^^;
wohaa this is truly pretty , seriously you and your good looking boys *u* hihi youre an expert in doing that, he indeed looks so cute  and innocent even the little skulls looks cute :nod: and I like the fresh colors you used on this one :iconluvluvplz:
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you so much! I'm happy you think he's good looking and the skulls are cute. :D

Don't worry about time span etc-- I'm slow myself...

Yay, the colors are fresh? How delightful. :iconbubblecuteplz:
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Moiscen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Waaaa, Smallsmiles, how beautiful! *0* Little Tom Riddle, he looks really sweet here;; I should get more connected to his character, I really should. I see a whole different, more 'human' side of him in your paintings~ 

This is so random, but I have to praise you on your improvement with anatomy here; it is so well-executed, his pose looks really natural, and his clothes fold the right way;;
And then of course mixed with your unique and amazing coloring style :heart: 

Really wonderful job on his face ;w; I love his eyes, and his lips look so realistic ;asjdkfd you improve so quickly! (And his haaaanddd, hands are so difficult but you painted it so well)
Lovely work as always!
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Moisca-chan~ Hi! Thanks for such a lovely comment. :floating: You are so kind!

Tom, sweet? :iconbubblemadplz: <-- Tom (who thinks he's mean, but looks cute...at least when I draw him...) I like exploring his character, though. :D

Yay, the pose looks natural? I don't know about improvement-- it's probably just this one. 23. Cat

I'm so pleased you like the face and hand. Colors  = fuuuuuun. The lips? Really? huh! I didn't do anything special to them...I just was enjoying coloring, and then I realized I was finished...

You are such a darling. Thank you for your support!
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erfdog10 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this looks amazing!!! but then again, everything you draw is :) 
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
:heart: awwww, thank you~ :heart: I'm glad you think so. :nod: I enjoy drawing~!!
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erfdog10 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
OMG I LIKE DRAWING TOO   O.O well, you're very welcome :)
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
:giggle: So glad you enjoy it as well! Request - Wolf Lalala
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Silverwing26 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do so like your style. The expression is so soft and wonderful. Also, I love the pillow and the idea behind it. 
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
:heart: yep, I like soft expressions and colors too. *nod*

...the pillow was randomness, but I'm glad it turned out. :nod: I like to imagine unexpected sides of characters. :D

Thank you for your lovely comment~
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Silverwing26 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure. :)
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xminidrakenx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Absolutely stunning! I really love how you paint lips, they really are perfect, so realistic! And they carry so much emotion. And the hair in this picture is so well made. I love how innocent he looks, and the Dark Mark on the pillowcase is such a cute detail. I can really see how he would do this at the orphanage, perhaps, dressing up in his school uniform, doodling and writing stuff down to remind himself magic is real, and that his life at Hogwarts hasn't been a wishful dream. I think that could draw up tears from him too, although he is a very cold boy ^_^ You did a great job with the hand, but I also think his clothing, the way they crease and fall over his lying form, is also really well done. I want to hug him now... xD I'll hug you instead *huggle* 
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Hello my dear~~ :D I need to make you an icon. or you could crop one out of that drawing I made you before? ^_^?

Lips. :nod: So sensuous, and so subtle texture. :nod: The hair probably gave me the most trouble. I changed his hair style at least 3 times, trying to make it Tom-ish. :giggle:

^_____________^ Dark Mark pillowcase is fun. :nod: and ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I like your idea here-- I think that'd make quite a lovely short fic. :nod:

The hand........gah. Now that it's morning, I think it might be too dark. Hmm.

Oh, glad the shirt trunk works for you. :nod: I think the arm sleeve is....odd. I'll be more careful of it later, I think. Thank you for the compliment on the clothes though-- they are challenging, but the texture is fun.

Super long reply. Sorry~~~ ^^!  I will be commenting on your stories on Tuesday. :D Look forward to more rambling. ^_^!
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xminidrakenx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Hello love ^_^ I haven't even reflected on my icon on this site, but yeah, perhaps I should get one? Hmm, good idea, which part of the painting shoud I pick though? Harry's, Mort's or Tom's face? Hmm decisions decisons xD 

Perhaps that's why you're called smallsmiles here, because of your skillful, sensuous lips ;) Oh really? The hair came out really nice. It looks so soft! *_* I want to touch it xD (not creepy at all...) 

Oh, yeah, you can take it as a challenge if you'd like ^_^ I think you could write something really beautiful from it, knowing your amazing, poetic writing style. 

Hmm, no I don't think the hand looks too dark. I find it realistic that part of his body should be cast in shadow, while his face is lit up. It looks natural. *nod nod* 

Yeah, I can understand painting clothing is very challenging, especially when the character isn't standing on two legs but are in a more complex position. You did it really well, I think. 

You know I love your long replies <3 Oh, yey! I'll look forward to it, absolutely!  
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Good decision-- Tom and Harry together! :D I love seeing your new icon; it makes me feel quite involved in your dA life. :giggle: even if I'm only so-so involved.

Hehehehe, skillful, sensuous lips!  I will have to tell ppl that when they ask why it's my  name. ^_^V

Clothing~ is indeed challenging, but oh-so-fun. :D

I've started a Harry and Tom portrait. This one is HUUUGE, and will probably take a while, but I've been working on it forever, so I hope to be finished around Halloween. 12 days left, huh?

Note to self: reply to your lovely drabble next week~~~ *SOOO far behind on everything*
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xminidrakenx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Haha, yeah, I thought they ought to be together ^_^ Yey, well as you pretty much are the only one I interact with on this site you are very involved in my dA life, I'd say ^_^ *hug* 

Oh yeah, brag about it! It's an awesome skill to have

Oh really? I want to see it! I'll look forward to Halloween even more now. Yey! :D 
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
They should be together, definitely. :nod: And I love talking to you~~

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It's up! The Halloween / Ghost pic. :nod: :hug:
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Atlantihero-Kyoxei Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Really nice work - his face looks great! AND DAT HAND O_O
Yes 'A charming little boy' *imagines Tom cursing Gryffindors* kehehe. Love Tom Riddle XD
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smallsmiles Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Yay, his face is ok?? ^_^ *happy*

My twin helped with the hand. I am actually just making things up, going brush crazy. :XD: and looking at pictures of hands, hoping I'm not copying the left hand when I'm drawing the right.... *is easily confused*

Ahahahaha, YES. Tom would certainly be hexing, cursing, jinxing, and Charming a lot of Gryffindors. ^_^ hehehehe.
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