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Sketches for my Sweetheart by Cataclysm-X Sketches for my Sweetheart by Cataclysm-X
If you have read any of my descriptions more closely, you might have noticed I'm a great admirer of Jeff Buckley, a musician who passed away far before his time. There's no doubt you have heard his music before, with Hallelujah and Grace being 2 of his better known songs.

On May 29th, 1997, Jeff Buckley died at age of 30 near the Mississippi River, where his body was found dead 6 days after he was reported missing. A drowning accident took away his young life.

Even 13 years after his death Jeff is still considered to be one of the greatest musicians of all time. To this very day he inspires known and unknown artists all over the world and influences musicians like Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Matthew Bellamy (Muse).

Yes, he inspired me too, in many ways. So when I bought this little old-looking sketchbook, I wanted to dedicate the very first pages to the extraordinary and beautiful person he was.

The lyrics on the left page are from his song "Lover, You Should've Come Over" because that's my favourite song of his next to "Grace". In both of these songs Jeff foretold his own death without even knowing it, which is both eerie and eccentric at the same time.

You will always be an inspiration to many and forever be in our hearts. Even though I've never met you, I still miss you Jeff.
Rest in Peace.

Drawn on 2 A5 pages with 0.5mm B mechanical pencil.


"My Sweetheart the Drunk" was the working title that Jeff Buckley was using while writing and recording the album. Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk is a collection of polished studio tracks and four-track demos recorded by Jeff Buckley.
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theaser9 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh God this is beautiful.
MickeyMousMnstr Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He died two days after I was born :c
Touchloveinc Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artist
He is one of my favorite artists..beautiful work.
Shynar-the-Direwolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too many die to young.
cuti13 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
wow this is totally awesome!! :clap:
ChantalGalvan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wowww...I definitely have to add this to my faves!!! :hug:
Arconith Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is the writing done in your own personal writing style?
Or did you base it off a font or something of the like?
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
that's one of my handwritings yeah :)
I have like 4 types different of handwriting. Must be the diversity of techniques that I use for drawing all the time :confused: :)
MiloI Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, i like how you drawn the paper (with text) on top of the actual paper.
laapdance Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This can't be any better. I love it.
Bruno-Sensei Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Jeff... I love his music <3~~
CinematicOrchestra Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so lovely:love:
riek92 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow! that's a diary! :D
celticabria Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
prem14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh...damn...I just read the part where he just died...sorry...
prem14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He can buck me up anytime ;)
Jupiter-Moonchild Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Dream brother was my favourite.
My best friend Paul looks exactly like him.
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
can I meet that friend of yours, Paul? :laughing: :flirty:

Dream Brother is an amazing song. As all of Jeff's songs are :)
Jupiter-Moonchild Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I have some photos of him on my facebook.
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I just looked it up. My God, I thought you could have exaggerated a bit but you're right; he really does look like Jeff! :faint:
Jupiter-Moonchild Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
hehehe we give him stick for it.
He plays guitar and sounds as well.
samanthacargill Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Mmm... I :heart: Jeff
dreamyana Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
wow. your works and descriptions are great.
Alleycatsgarden Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
[link] I too am a huge fan of Jeff Buckley. He come to NZ and played in my home town for one concert - on my Birthday! And I couldn't make it - I thought, never mind, he's got a lot more music ahead of him, I will see him next time he comes down-under....
I'm just sharing because you tribute is grand.
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhh man, that's really sad. I'm sorry you missed your chance to actually see him live. :( No-one could have predicted Jeff's death, so there's no way you could blame yourself for missing a gig of his.

I hate it when people ask me things about his death being a so called suicide. When you listen to his music, you can really hear he celebrated the divinity of life. :) So pure.

I just left a comment on your drawing. It's incredibly beautiful! Fantastic work you got there.
Alleycatsgarden Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks - It's good to share appreciation of the artist Jeff Bucklay. You keep itup too
mistdarklight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
holy cow! amazing!!!
ZombieePanda Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so amazing
Jeff Buckley is one of my musical heros. :heart:
on a note in the video for Hallelujah at the end you actaully hear one of the techs from the studio actually say "wow". XD
an amazing drawing of an amazing Inspirational man by an Inspirational person <3 :+favlove:
JimField Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
His voice is fantastic, it would make angel's hearts melt :aww: His dad was a gret singer too.
2753Productions Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful job Nicolien :huggle:
imortalchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
This is brilliant. I am a huge Buckley fan. I adore his song "Everybody here wants you." It's my all time favorite song. Props to this. :love:
LunaNueva01 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
He was a great singer. :cry: I remember crying the first time I heard "Hallelujah".

:heart: you, Jeff Buckley!

Great drawing! :tighthug:
hellsheep Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He was one of the Greatest. I really really love his music.
Krucifyd Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Beautiful work, as usual! May I just say that it is SO refreshing to see all of the words spelled correctly...I proofread everything. I'm such a grammar nerd. LOL
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yay thank you! My spelling isn't always correct(ly? :XD: j/k) and I often confuse BrE with AmE. Gotta work on that.
Thank you :heart:
DrakeSavaan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
i was only 4 when he died...
his songs are so good tho
you do great justice with this piece awesome job
Fel182 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
I can't even imagine how long it would take me to do something this detailed! I I feel so privileged to watch your artistic abilities never seizing to amaze me each week. :)

Truely inspiring work!
FabAngelx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
This managed to give me goosebumps in a very good way...
Awesome work. R.I.P Jeff :heart:
EvilCloud020 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
You have the most beautiful handwriting I've ever seen
FraggleDragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Very sweet, incredibly brilliant pages of a book I am sure will be filled with brilliance. Nice :D
RubyF95 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Amazing drawing... :wow: :love:
SnappingSausage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! ;o
Mello-McQueen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
guh. jeff buckley is so amazing. i love him to tears. seriously, every time i hear his music i just want to cry.

lover, you should have come over is my all time favorite song of his, not to mention one of my favorite songs period.

definitely fave-ing this, because you are amazing and talented, and it's so great that you can do these things and that you'd tribute another amazing and talented person.

much love to you, and of course, love to jeff. rest in peace. <3
wesleyrs83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
My favorite Jeff Buckley song, well done!
DEVIL-LIVED Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
there i am, left speachless again.... bravo!!!! this is amazing... love the color you pick... it's not just black and white, it has like an "old look" to it... :clap:
Goonlalagoon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Great work
J-Jammer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I do love Hallelujah...fantastic song. Great work you have here.
Angelstorm-82 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thatīs is an awesome tribute :wow:. I love this simple style :clap:.
naturalshocks Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U has a Moleskine? :eager: :excited:

Yay for sketchbooks! :highfive: I want to marry mine. :psychotic:

This is really beautiful! The three images work so well together and the lyrics are a nice touch. :) :clap: Well done, you! :heart: :love:

Lieska Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Writer
<3 Jeff Buckley sooo fierce. I have his name tattooed on the absinthe bottle on my arm >.> absinthe because my tattooist was clueless as to how a bottle of lilac wine would make a good tattoo =/ oh well.
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