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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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Richi-Ray97 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 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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:icononesixteen:
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 May 8, 2012   General Artist
Whoa! Cancer!
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jordantmh May 6, 2012
you continue to amaze me masae
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:icontomric1:
Flipping epic Masae :D totally love it :-)))
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LordCrisis 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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Masae May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youu :D

Reality? Care to elaborate a little bit? I'm intrigued!
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Finchwing May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 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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