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Desperate Struggle by Masae Desperate Struggle by Masae
This drawing's size is 5'x4'. Yes, feet. I wanted to die when it was assigned.

This was my semester-long project for my art class. The topic we had to draw about was cancer, so I took a little bit of a dark approach on it.. He's reaching toward the light (or hope of surviving), and is getting stronger/more healthy the closer he gets to it. But his illness is dragging him down and trying to hold him back, and will claim his body if he stops to rest even for an instant. Whether he's successfully pulling himself out of his situation and regenerating, or sinking down to join the others... Is up to you. ;) (Totally not a cop-out explanation!)

My original idea was much, MUCH simpler, but everyone at my class kept tossing in different ideas that I just had to include.. Such as the faces, and the skeletal hand/muscles. It was like, every time I went to class it got a little bit creepier.

Time spent on this: 50+ hours over the course of 2 1/2 months.

Done entirely with pastels.
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:iconrichi-ray97:
Richi-Ray97 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw "Desperate Struggle", I was thinking of No More Heroes. But this is pretty good though.
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patchikhulit04 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is sooo cool masae-chan! im giving you a high five and a cookie for your achievements!!! :DDD
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onesixteen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Holy moly, this is much different than your usual artwork... I like this new style and approach! :) Great interpretation of cancer.
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Izzie-Kikue Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   General Artist
Whoa! Cancer!
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:iconjordantmh:
jordantmh Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
you continue to amaze me masae
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TomRic1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Flipping epic Masae :D totally love it :-)))
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LordCrisis Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really impressive and I honestly think it represents reality... Vewy vewy nice Masae-chan :D
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youu :D

Reality? Care to elaborate a little bit? I'm intrigued!
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Finchwing Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Woahh my god! 5'x4'?! That's crazy! 8O But it's so amazing! It's so beautifully detailed... I love this! So amazing <3
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Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha.. I thought the teacher was crazy too when she first assigned it. But thank you so much, I'm glad you like it!
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Finchwing Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Oh my goodness xD I think I would have gone crazy too!
No problem! It's brilliant <3
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Amaya-hime Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Wow! o.o Masae, you're a genius. I really get the horrible, desperate feeling that cancer gives both you and those around you. Personally, I hope he pulls himself out of the situation :3 But yeah, my point is: You have done a fantastic job! *claps for Masae* ^^
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Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha.. Thank you so much! Honestly, my original intention for the picture was for him to be successful and pull himself out. So you got your wish. ;) I'm glad you liked it!
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NeoVade Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazingly creepy
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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NeoVade Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure
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Sferath Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't say anything else than that it's really epic. Both the art as the concept behind it, it all just... fits. owo
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :) I'm glad you think so!
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Sferath Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~!
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Donlvir Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Scary :3
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mission accomplished! :3
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DarkX1122 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Pffffffffft.

It's the finer ironies like this that I live for. Goes from cutesy female, playing Nintendo games, drawing Pokemon... and then THIS. I. Live. For. Things. Like. This. XDDDD

While the symbolism vague without an explanation, you drew it exceedingly well. You did a phenomenal job with the shading and everything else is great. It's nice to see the toss up pictures from you. Keep up the great work and I hope you got a high grade for this!
-DarkX
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Masae Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, thank you so much. XD I guess it does seem a little out of character for me to draw things like this.. Oh well. I got an A for this piece, so I'm definitely happy with that. :)
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DarkX1122 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
:iconsuperw00tplz:
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MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.... This is definitely dark. But It's very nicely drawn and coloured.
I like it! ^^
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it. :)
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MidnightDestiny04 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^^
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Alondite345 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I think it's more like he's trying to give you a high five since you are such an awesome artist/LP'er.
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scariest. High five. Ever.
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Alondite345 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
hahaha *gives high five*
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caterpillartomoko Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Great work and nice concept!
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Catydoll409 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This freaking creeps me out, but I love it at the same time! OwO
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thank you so much!
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:iconsonicworldadventure7:
This looks nice Masae! I like it!
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Dimi3Infinity Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
to me,it kinda looks like it was from FMA:Brotherhood
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't watched that yet! I want to, though. :)
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so well done, and being that I have had an extremely close encounter more than once with loved ones that had cancer, and my mom that died of cancer, this is a perfect depiction of what happens, and wow, this really has a powerful impact. You captured the struggle so perfectly. Love it.
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear.. :( I'm sorry about your mom.. but I'm glad you like this piece. I was worried that the meaning would be a little lost, but your comment's a high compliment. Thank you so much.
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VeeSwan Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome and thank you too. You really did a great job with the project, the meaning came out really well.
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letsplayfan200 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Artist
Looks kinda of what I would have imagined my friends head looks like inside...
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:iconmasae:
Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.. That's a little scary. :<
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letsplayfan200 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Artist
...yup
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heroiclps Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I love it but i am going to have nightmares now Masae.
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, sorry! XD Thank you so much!
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heroiclps Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
It's creepy but a good kind of creepy like Majora's Mask.
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Anime-Gamer-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap, Masae. This so cool, it's scary. Like, literally. I mean, IT LOOKS CREEPY, but it's the good creepy! Hopefully it made sense. Haha.
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Masae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, definitely makes sense. Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it!
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Anime-Gamer-Girl Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hooray for making sense! :dummy:

No problem, Masae! You shouldn't really be surprised that you're getting compliments like these since your artwork is really amazing. :D
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