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« on: March 07, 2017, 03:35:50 PM »
In December 2015 I was in therapy, struggling to keep my mind together. Things were bad. I could barely sleep, and I felt like I was close to a breakdown because I realized I was gay and could not handle that. My therapist saw my drawings and suggested that I draw myself as a superhero. Even though I got physically ill when I drew at the time, I agreed to do it when I could.

Over the next 14 months, I did just that. Some days were good. Others were filled with gut wrenching anxiety and tears. Some days I made good progress, and for months on end I didn't even want to look at my work because I hated myself. Bit by bit, I overcame obstacles and the drawing kept taking shape.

Today, it's finally done. Wow.

This drawing of my fursona Tyrell represents a number of firsts for me.
- First time using myself as a reference photo (thanks to my sister for her photography skills!)
- The camouflage coat. Having to draw my own camo pattern by hand.
- First time shading. Not easy, especially the camouflage coat. Did I mention the coat?
- First background
- Extensive color grading

I strongly identify with wolves, so much so that I consider myself a furry. The wolf is my spirit guide. I have always loved them even as a child, even though I did not know why. They are intelligent creatures; deeply emotional. They are loners but simultaneously part of a pack which is greater than any individual member. They are strong. They persevere. Just like me. So it is only fitting that my superhero identity is in the form of a wolf.

One of my favorite Journey songs called "Anything is Possible" has a line that reads "better to reach for something than to never have tried." Today is proof of the wisdom of that statement. I reached and reached until I got what I wanted, and it can never be taken away from me now.

You can knock me down, break my bones, shatter my mind, and leave me for dead, but I will always get up and fight back. My spirit cannot be destroyed. It is finally being unleashed with a mighty howl of triumph.

That is why I have named my work Defiance.

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2017, 02:29:30 AM »
This looks amazing and very pleasing to the eyes :)

I'm really sorry you had to go through all of that though. I support you all the way and I wish the best for you.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2017, 03:17:46 AM »
:silverweed3 This indeed looks to be a wonderfully drawn artwork of yours,  my dear friend. Through all the hard work, challenges and effort, it paid off wonderfully with defience.
*Hugs Tightly* I hope you're doing better. :) We'll be here to support you and once more Wish you the very best.
Good Luck and hope to see more of your artwork in the future. ;)
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 01:08:53 AM »
Well done artwork, especially the facial expression and the way both figure and background fit together. Best wishes with IRL :)
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 05:02:08 AM »
*hugs*

Thank you all very much, my friends. At first I thought it too much  to reveal the reason for the immense personal significance of my drawing for me, especially being a brand new member here, but I am very glad that I did. I'm a very open and emotional person and I often think that if I share my emotions with others, people will laugh at me for it. Old habits from childhood. But days like today are proof that people will welcome me for who I really am and that I don't have to pretend to be anyone else.

I feel very welcome here, and I thank you all for your love and compassion from the bottom of my heart. <3

As for the drawing itself, I'm quite happy with it. I started out with a paper sketch and did a lot of cleanup and enhancements, especially the neck fur. The camo pattern was very difficult as was the shading. The background took a long time and I added a lot of base layers of green and blue to enhance the contrast of the overall image and make him stand out. What was particularly interesting to me was how I could use color and shadow to make the viewer's eyes go where I wanted them, which was the face.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2017, 04:42:46 PM »
You're very much welcome, Singhcr. :) Everybody deserves some love and compassion.
I can't wait to see what other stuff you'll draw in the future.
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 12:02:50 AM »
This is a really amazing drawing, extremely detailed.  You drew the character and his coat very well, and the background is nice too.

I'm really sorry about all your real life problems though :( Hopefully it has improved...
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2017, 02:08:51 AM »
Really awesome drawing! Love the jacked and how the drawn part is combined with a photo.

Really impressive! :) Keep those coming.  :bigwig3
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2017, 06:03:09 PM »
Thanks! I appreciate all the compliments and feedback.

As for IRL things are much improved. Sometimes it is still hard accepting who I am but I have a big circle of friends to rely on when I am not feeling well.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 09:11:37 PM »
Great to hear :)
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2017, 04:59:27 PM »
A wolf!. I hope you do not eat rabbits.
Great fursona. A military wolf.
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2017, 08:47:37 PM »
Thanks! I appreciate it.

I do enjoy tasty treats, but I only eat the evil rabbits. ;)
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2017, 10:29:25 PM »
Ooo, neat. I really like this drawing, but I guess that's because I like military stuff. Nice camo. I sketched something like this in my own art thread.
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2017, 12:58:46 PM »
Quote from: singhcr on Mar 12 2017, 04:47:37 PM
Thanks! I appreciate it.

I do enjoy tasty treats, but I only eat the evil rabbits. ;)
Really?. I only know an evil rabbit, but XD is always sleeping   :hannah4  [CALL]Vesper[/CALL] Muahaha!
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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2017, 02:48:32 PM »
Oh come now. Vesper is a sweetheart!

Strifer: Thanks!
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