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Reunion at Ostend Harbour - Homecoming - 1945 by KristinaGehrmann Reunion at Ostend Harbour - Homecoming - 1945 by KristinaGehrmann
Inspired by a popular song from the early 20th century.

Time would come for roll call,
Time for us to part,
Darling I'd caress you
And press you to my heart,
And there 'neath that far-off lantern light,
I'd hold you tight,
We'd kiss good night,
My Lili of the Lamplight,
My own Lili Marleen.

Orders came for sailing,
Somewhere over there
All confined to barracks
was more than I could bear
I knew you were waiting in the street
I heard your feet,
But could not meet,
My Lili of the Lamplight,
my own Lili Marleen.

- T. Connor (1944)

Medium: Photoshop and Wacom tablet
Time taken: estimated between 20 and 40 hours, spread over several days
References: [link]

Time for some truth! When I said this was inspired by "Lili Marleen", I lied. In reality it was inspired by the Tintin fanfiction "Homecoming" which you can find on and on the Tintin kink meme on dreamwidth.
So, yes, there's a Tintin version of this painting - to be precise, a Tintin/Haddock slash version, and you can see it on my fangirl blog: Ruined childhood this way

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sampea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Very cute!
roxi18 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just beautiful! I can't begin to describe how much I love this!
GoddessNemesis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! It has an oil painting feel to it. My, one of your strengths seem to be soft, atmospheric lighting. :D
asemharun Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Really makes puts your mind into the era
Musou-ka Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. <3
hippiewitch27 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Writer
I love the seamed stockings :)
Wewericka Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
So emotional! And beautiful! Great work!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Gorgeous and romantic! :heart:
paintercharlie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Saw this in the new issue of Advanced Photoshop Kristina .. first, congrats .. secondly? .. you really did a beautiful job with this!!! Brava!!!!!!!
FrankAndCarySTOCK Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Amazing work!!!.
tizjezzme Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I absolutely LOVE this!
JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really, really nice.
mirrowdothack Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
one word: AWESOME! ♥
Carreauline Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Als ich den Namen des Schiffes sah dachte ich mir schon "Moment! Das ist aus nem Tintin Comic!" xD
Sehr schöne Szene und tolle Farben! *__*
CandyGroove92 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WorldsToBe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So is Tintin a sailor on the Karaboujan? I see Snowy. Whats the story I must know!!!!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is an alibi for another picture I actually wanted to paint :lol: Check out the link in the description :giggle:
Crazy-Parrot Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Do not think of anything bad to me, but I found this picture: [link]
I do not know where this picture come from. Аnd you, you know something about it?
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I painted this, too ;)
Crazy-Parrot Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Well, you - sly fox! Puzzled me! :giggle:
artin2007 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is a very gooodd setting of that wonderful

Lili Marleen was of course _more_ than "popular"
- it was _the_ romantic ballad for many of those tough years...
- I hope that you have seen & heard the many versions
of it on Youtube! Of course, you must know that Marlene D
sang it for the Allied troups ... it must have been exclusively
for them - I don;t know whether she was allowed to come and
go, after she had the courage to stand up against you-know-who...
Cousture Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Guten Tag Frau Gehrmann,

Bravo on this magnificent painting. I thought you would be interested to know that your beautiful artwork has sparked quite a fascinating conversation on one of my favourite blogs: [link]

Thank you for sharing your masterpieces!!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow. :XD: This is very interesting. I'm flattered people take such close looks at my work and find their own interpretations. :)
Cousture Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
They're unanimous about one thing: they absolutely love it, and so do I! Danke! :-)
Jellyneau Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This amazing work was featured here: [link]
elizile Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so romantic!! And such beautiful details!
SaRaH-SiSi Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very beautiful :heart:
Featured here : [link]
TinorialPeredhil Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I need to come back to this and leave you a proper comment, but can I just say OMG WOW?! So much passion, so much beauty. I want to be this girl some day, and at the same time, I'd rather not (I don't want my man to leave me). But it's so beautiful.
RezwanaDimechKhan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
hehe is that bird poop on his hat! hehe nice work
spring-sky Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooooooooh ...How sweet !! :happycry:
PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of March 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 23 - March 2012 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
bolsterstone Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   General Artist
A young pre-captaincy Haddock maybe? It would explain his love for whishky. :-)
Elluna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is unbelievable. :clap:
jujukittychick Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful piece, all the little details you worked in, the flags and animals luggage, amazing work. and i really liked your tintin version as well, though i honestly haven't read/seen any of it, but i think it was really well done too. :D
CottonCandyCloud Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
wow thats amazing. a really moving image :)
Nina-Lipkin-Art Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic this is so gorgeous!!!!!!!! tear
Qayinn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The birdshit on that dude's hat really does it.
Patxitoillustrator Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In credible!really amazing work :)
kyotaneko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful! the Karaboudjan & Snowy give away the Tintin influence ;) I love it
FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Beautiful! And so cute that Snowy (Milou) was added into this as well as the ship.
CandyGroove92 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That little dog Snowy seems... ^________^
rajasegar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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Ameymoo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved both versions ^^
massivemachine Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
It's interesting how fanart supposedly ruins childhoods... as soon as it's gay.
Ameymoo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too true silly huh?
TurqoiseTortoise Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a kid it was obvious to me that tintin loves haddock and vice versa :) I actually liked it without even understanding homosexuality. Imo it is us adults that try to make everything dirty and "improper" in our minds. Kids aren't stupid not to understand love.
Ameymoo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww. Yeah kids aren't as stupid as people think
SUDOR Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
In my journal... [link]
ashita-uchiwa Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
You keep the T+H on the heart, Archibal's bag, belgium flag, karaboudgan and snowy ♥
Even if they're don't appear in this drawing, I can see Tintin and Haddock X)
And I love your work!
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