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Gone by c-t-elder Gone by c-t-elder
Sometimes, you took it upon yourself to protect another life. You guide it on it's path, nurture it, take care of it.

And then suddenly, fate rips this little life out of your grasp. You are granted one last glance as it clings to you for dear life, hoping you'll protect it like you did before. One last look to see the terror in it's eyes. And then it slips right between your fingers, like it never were more than dust.

It doesn't matter how strong you are, or at least think you are, it doesn't matter how much you wish otherwise.

It's gone. And a ghost of a memory is all that remains.
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AkariHotaruSendo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful and moving... really like it
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MatthiasRat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Very, very moving work here. I love the definition in the paws and claws especially. They look to me exactly what an anthro paw would look like for real. The ghostly ferret friend is amazing, and yes, I deeply touching. I know what it is like to say goodbye to one so very much loved for many years.

Dominus tecum
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Paws (and hands, for that matter) are a favorite medium of mine. Hands can convey such delicate, subtle emotions you simply cannot get through by face alone. While faces tell the basic story, it's the hands (and overall body language) that gives you an insight about what is someone really about. And since I'm weak at faces, I tend to compensate in hands and paws.
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MatthiasRat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I understand what you mean about hands/paws being able to communicate strong emotions in a way that the face cannot. I, when writing, try to emphasize both the expression on their faces as well as where their hands are and what they are doing (I also love using tails for that too because most of my work involves furs/scalies).

I would not have said that you are weak at faces. I have found them very strong and well-defined and they are also a feature of your work I love. But I can say that your attention to paws especially has really paid off as it shows. I so wish more artists gave them the consideration and detail that you do!

Dominus tecum
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so sad... :(
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Unfortunately, that's life. Critters come and go.
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Soldier-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so very sad and emotional. The emotions are so powerful in this I could almost cry. :cry:
Beautiful work Changer. :) I can't think of anything else to say.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. I can't really be the judge of that anymore since I don't feel a thing when looking at it. But I'm glad you like it :)
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Soldier-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You should feel proud of it. :) You captured the mood and emotion beautifully.

Why do you not feel anything about it anymore? Is it because you've accepted the death of your beloved ferret long ago or are you just not satisfied with it anymore?
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I have no idea. I just don't feel anything since I finished that thing.
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AV524 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
I haven't seen a piece of Artwork that I loved so much like this one in a while. Very nice work!
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Even though I seem to be the only one who sees it as a plain canvas.
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hunte-x Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
beautifull work there!!
you soooo awesome!!!!
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Heh. I still have miles to go :)
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NiGhT-sTaLkEr13 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore the hands on this. The stance of them actually creates more emotion than the eyes and face. Beautiful. :)
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm very happy you like it :)
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ROGUE333 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Beautiful artwork friend... I'm sorry to hear that a member of your family has passed.. I lost a baby turtle once... I actually found his body in his tank.... I cried hysterically for the rest of the month... But I remember Charlie with all the love I fed him right until the end... I remember all the good times I had with him... That helps me forget that he isn't with me anymore... I still love him to death... So it is best to remember your ferret as he/she was when you were having the best times with him/her... That'll ease the pain some... x3

-ROGUE
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I've lost several other ferrets before him. But Larten was a different case. His end came out of the blank. And it was somehow different. I just carried him to the vet because there seemed to be something wrong that morning, but I never made it. When I reached their doorstep, it was over. He died right in my hands and I was powerless to do anything about it. Seeing the panic in his eyes was different, feeling him cling to me was different. That's why I took it more to the heart than the others.
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ROGUE333 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Hmmm.. I'm sorry... At least whatever was hurting Larten will not hurt him anymore... He is at peace...

-ROGUE
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TheKarelia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Impressive. I love the lightning-effect :)
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. My art - counselor didn't, though xD
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rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Oh mate, there's so much raw emotion in this it brings tears to my eyes. It's simply incredible. The expression is just moving, gentleness in the powerful paws...

I'm so sorry.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Strange. I don't feel a thing anymore while looking at it. And I seem to be the only one.

Thank you :)
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Kirsch-vanderWit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
zuuu tady mel nekdo fretecku?? chudinkaaa..
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Tady má někdo čtyři fretečky :)
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Kirsch-vanderWit Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow az tak ?:D me staci jedna na tejden na hldiani a zacinam mit vrasky:D obdiv :DDDD
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oni jsou zlatíčka :D Zrovna dneska jsem na ně psal na osobních stránkách článek :D
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LykosReign Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I love the wolf's face...

It's a really beautiful piece, and I'm sorry about your ferret. ;~; R.I.P
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for both your kind words and your sympathies. :)
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LykosReign Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
:hug:
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Iagal Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Fantastic colors and composition. It's a really interesting work.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm kinda satisfied with the result... even though I'd be even more satisfied if I remembered how I did it.
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Iagal Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
No problem!
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originalceenote Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Beautiful, beautiful work. I love the narrative and the piece itself, the expression on the wolf's face is poignant. I lost a cat last year, barely a juvenile, about seven months old. It broke my heart, she was as weird as I am and used to climb on top of my head when I was at my computer typing away and purr. This is going into my faves.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. It's always like that when you loose someone dear.
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah... so... sad T_T
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well, that's just life :)
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess... ^^
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Joecrackon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Thats how I felt when I put my cat down. I chose to stay. I was the one who held her down as they put the needle in her leg. I was looking into her eyes when she passed away.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yes. I'm sorry for your loss. Somehow, I was "lucky" enough I didn't have to see them die up to this very moment.
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StrayCreations Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very moving, Changer. I feel your pain... I've lost many guinea pigs throughout the years. However, the experience of raising them, giving them life, and the time you do have is worth it. :heart:
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yes, definitely. But Larten was different than my other ferrets. I had to raise him separately from others, because they kept attacking him. He grew particularly close to me. That's why I created this as a memory.
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Kigerwolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
:cry: sorry to hear about your loss.
this work is both beautiful and deeply touching.
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well, that's just life in all it's cruelty and beauty. One thing falls, another grows.

Thank you, however, for your kind words :)
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Kigerwolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
your welcome ^^
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Ayior Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
wow. your art takes my breath again and again o_O
ITS SO EPIC
im soo exited what my pic will look^^
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Your pic did look quite well, before it got lost forever, thanks to the lovely imbecile over at Czech Computer Repairs Dept. who erased all my data. I'll start it over this September, together with the others. -.-
One good thing though - I caught a lesson or two since then, so it might end up a bit better.
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Ayior Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
hehe...
well your art is already awesome!
can it be bettr?
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c-t-elder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I hope it can. And I also hope I keep getting better, one work after another.
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