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June 3, 2012
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10/90 by LilaeaBluecoat 10/90 by LilaeaBluecoat
Not sure how I feel about this. Like my idea enough, but have mixed feelings about the middle panel. One moment I feel okay with it looking a bit abstract and the next moment I just think I did a lousy job at drawing! I may redo that whole panel some day. This is not that day though. ;)

I will explain what this is about to me all the way at the bottom, so you can easily skip it if you'd rather have your own interpretation. I'd love to hear yours, though!

Requesting your input on something: I have yet to sign this. When I do, I will immediately designate something as being the 'top'. So my question to you: Which view do you like best? The one above or any of these?

Materials and credits:
- Main reference by ^Elandria, additional reference by *Eirian-stock
- Winsor and Newton Extra Smooth Bristol Board A3
- Pencils from 4H through 6B; Staedtler Mars Lumograph and Tombow Mono 100's
- Mechanical pencils 0.3 in H and B
- Various erasers
- Various blending tools


What this is about to me:
Our experiences change us. Every experience can invoke a combination of certain emotions, where one may be stronger than the other, but rarely is it fully black or white.
The loss of a loved one, that dream you've had to give up, that friendship that just disappeared with the passing of the years, etc... All of these things come with grief, but undoubtedly also with some good memories and smiles.
Aside from that though, this also shows to me how experiences like that can permanently change us. If you're not careful, you might end up bitter. The title refers to that quote "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it."
Life is ever-changing (what the water symbolizes), but it's up to you what you take from it and do with that.
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ThePix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! :heart:
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thank you!!
Elandria Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful work! Glad my stock came in useful!! :hug:
CyclopBunny Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
nice concept!
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
I really, really like it! Love the concept, the execution, your description. The quote "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it." is very true and your drawing matches it perfectly.
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Thanks very much Dominika!!! The older I get, the more truth there seems to be to that quote and it's a good one to always remember - there's so much horrible stuff that can happen to a person, but in the end the way you let it influence you is the determining point in how your life is going to be after that. :nod:
Ilojleen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Same here, problems are piling up when you grow older, but only calmness can save you.
You're welcome :iconflyingheartsplz:
KW-Scott Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your lovely artwork has been featured here [link]
LilaeaBluecoat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Thanks very much dear Kevin! :hug:
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