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Holding Up by ninetails390 Holding Up by ninetails390
This needed to be drawn.

It's Tree and I, of course, but human-selves. So that's something a little different. I draw critter-selves all the time (rat and lynxfox, moth and magpie), but never people-selves. Which is silly-- people-selves are selves, too. They're real. They're so, so real-- these are the selves we can see and hear and touch, not just on paper but in reality. (At least when distance isn't busy making that difficult. But that's a different issue entirely.)

People-selves are not the end-all be-all of identity, but they're one of so many, many real selves. And they're beautiful. Sometimes I think we forget that our tangible, physical, human selves are beautiful because we're so used to the idealized images we create of what we hope we are or wish we could be.

And I think that's a lot of why this needed to be drawn.

(And the rest I guess speaks for itself? I could talk for hours but I guess it would be redundant.)
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CAPSed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely superb... I think it might be the best piece I've ever seen you do. The colour intensity, the shading, the shapes, the figures... everything about it it just jaw-dropping. Amazing work, Diane. How big is it in real life?
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ninetails390 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Thankyoooou~ <33

It's 9x12" in real life~ about the standard size I've been working at, lately (which, unfortunately, it just a smiiidgeon too big for my scanner, so I always have to be careful not to put anything important close to the edges).
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CAPSed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are quite welcome.

Mmh, a nice size. I imagine colouring with markers at that size would be tough... I am always nervous about colouring more than a tiny bit at a time for fear of streaking. It just makes it more amazing the smoothness of your coverage. :3
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missy-san Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
This looks AMAZING. Did you do it all in markers? Ahhh it's probably one of your best pictures ever in my opinion! <3
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ninetails390 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Thanks! Thanks thanks thanks. <3

It's all in markers-- well, except for the stars and eye-shines. Those are acrylic paint (( really should get some white ink instead of doing this acrylic paint thing-- it'd be much easier). 83
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so-normal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Holding hands means holding up.

This is beautiful. I can see how far you pushed yourself on this. That tree is beautiful. The selves on the tree. Like when we sat on that log in the woods outside your house and noticed beauty. I was restless but everything was so beautiful. And the selves here. So much so much. Look at us - there we are! Those shoes look just like mine, and those colors are ones that I actually own and wear together all the time. And the colors everywhere. The softness of the environment. The way we are. The heavy tree branch. Earth holds us up, selves hold us up - we hold each other up - it's so amazing.

Thank you for making this. <3 It's so beautiful.
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ninetails390 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Hands holding up, nature holding up-- All kinds of safe places. We always hold each other up and that's one of my favorite realities. (Sitting and drawing this was a good mindspace.)

<3
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NeonStardust Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Blur~ Wow! =D The hole thing is very beautiful. I love to how you did the backround.
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ninetails390 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Thankie! *squiggles* I really enjoyed drawing this~
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Avesy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Your tweets don't lie, ohmigosh akjkafjka
The background and shading is wonderful. I love how you did the grass and the sky
and the luna moth
and the swirls of the plant-tree
and Tree and you
ahh I like this ALOT
their is so much of you two here.
What you said about people-selves is great too btw.
My comments are always so messy, yikes.
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