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Pick Me Apart by Kanjimaru67 Pick Me Apart by Kanjimaru67
This is something from my Moleskine sketchbook.

For whatever reason, I've always identified with sparrows. They may seem rather common, but there's something remarkable about them---to me at least. They're brave, often to the point of stupidity, taking on much bigger birds and protecting their nests to the death. So in this, I am the sparrow and the grackle ripping out heartstrings on the left is, well, somebody else.

Materials: Tea, colored pencils, pen, white ink, red felt, red thread.
(And yes, I did literally sew the heart into the page ;).)

Sorry that this is a little blurry. I think my scanner is on its way out...

EDIT: Oh my gosh! A thousand favorites in under 24 hours? Thank you so much for your attention and comments!
EDIT: Featured on Facebook 5/26/13
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:iconcharliechandler:
CharlieChandler Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Thank you very much!
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DrawToLearn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the album cover for "Transatlanticism"
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
A lot of people have been saying that, actually. However, I hadn't heard of Death Cab for Cutie until after I made this! :) Well, I guess there's only so much originality left in the world. 
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StealthHawke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I, too, saw this on Facebook. It's very moving! Thank you.
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words.
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FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it !
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you, dear. I'm happy to hear that.
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MalouCR Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work :D
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you most kindly!
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:iconthreeleaves:
ThreeLeaves Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful ! I think this was a great idea to add real red thread. Nice work :D :heart:
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I'm really pleased you like it. Thank you! :)
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:iconthreeleaves:
ThreeLeaves Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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:iconodilicious:
Odilicious Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and moving!
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pleasure!:)
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Ra-Ra-s-tear Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I love this! But may I ask why is the other a crow and what does it mean when your heart is picked apart?
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I chose a crow/grackle because it is a type of bird that is just as common as a sparrow, but is considered to be far more beautiful and intelligent. I wanted that to parallel how some people think that they are inherently better than others, despite the fact that we are all human and carry the same value.

As for the heart, I really was just going for the idea of having it slowly torn out, piece by piece, though the crow/grackle is looking away and doesn't fully realize it.
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Ra-Ra-s-tear Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist
I see. Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it, as well as your art (:
and may I say that we are subjected to similar fate.
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thegoddamnbatman1047 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been playing Hatoful Boyfriend recently, so this really hits home.

Really nice.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Haha, I understand exactly what you mean. :) Thank you so much!
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
So, the string in the other bird's beak... was that threaded or colored? I can't quite tell! The details seem great to me! (I'm not a bird expert, so take that as you will.) I actually saw this on facebook and just HAD to see your description of your work! AWESOME!
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you so much for stopping by to check it out! :) I actually used real thread and felt, which I sewed and glued onto the page.
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LadyKnightPounce83 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Ah! It looks so awesome! That made the picture so much more creative to be done that way. :)
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emajw83 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
absolutely beautiful
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thanks so much!
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Neurotecca Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I came across this piece through DeviantArt's Facebook page, and it was justly showcased on it. It's a really nice piece of work, and I don't always click into the work, even if I do share it on Facebook, but I had to check if there'd been sewing involved, and knowing there had been made it that much more powerful to me.

This will sound cheesy, but you can tell that there is a symbolic element to the piece that is personal, which you established in your description. You can really feel that.

Other than that it's very well done. Not perfect, but nothing in this world is. It's gotten a lot of well deserved attention and praise, keep working hard, you did a great job :)
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. :blush: That is high praise indeed.
I'm really happy it connected so deeply with you!
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animelover10 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Simply beautiful. Concept and all. :heart: Keep up the amazing job.
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you, dear!
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animelover10 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
:heart:
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dreamingofsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student
Wow, I really relate to this. Beautiful work.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Thank you!
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Fawa1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous.
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you!
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
You have been featured at #AlteredMixedCollages
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you! :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Really gorgeous work! I love thow you drew the birds and the red thread idea is brilliant! :heart:
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:iconkanjimaru67:
Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you so much!
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TheJoanaPADJ Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Beautiful!
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconthejoanapadj:
TheJoanaPADJ Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
You're welcome! ^^
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Julia13art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Looks like the death cab for cutie album cover
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks!
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CCPhilip Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
This is beautiful.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thread and needle intersect
pulling slender webs that effect
the very way i think and dream
and then you chose to flit away
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Wow, that's really beautiful. I love it!
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome...thank you for posting the image that inspired it *grin*
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