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Forever with my father by DesShade Forever with my father by DesShade
My last thoughts were of you.....

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My entry for Kilara's epic contest [link]

I was originally going to title this prelude to purgatory' but... considering how hard it is to loose a loved one, I felt that title was far too calloused..

For those of you familiar with the Avians.. I feel that in this moment Nailmus would have to make a devastating decision.

Do you stay with your son, in these final moments until the Amsk corruption seals your soul away.. or do you take your own life in the hopes of joining him in what lies beyond?

Forever with my father.

Forever with my son.
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ChloeGeek Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Artist
omg that so sad but the draw is so very beautiful! Nice job!
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Falfal2000 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
sad but a very GOOD! . I love this pieace.  Soooooo much
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Smam1234 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so great! I Need to get better at dragons. You've inspired me to do them again :P so good for you

Anyways, I love the angle, color tone, and theme.

Favorited, watched, and so on.

oh, also, any advice for a budding dragon artist?
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Smam1234 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I wish i could do art like this. Anyways, favourited, watched, and so on.

Dayum I need to practice more.
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Semper-Memor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I remember seeing this back when Kilara was running the contest, and out of all of the entries, this was (and is) still the one that brings me back every now and again. I'm no expert on Avians, but I know enough to grasp the situation here. Even now I can't look at this artwork and read the last three lines of your artist's comments without getting teary.

Amazing job. <3
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DarkSilro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
....can I ask what happened prior? IT's hard to understand the whole image...
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CajesTheTabby Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
god lord this is one epic dragon O.O
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Dreikaz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This truly is one of the most beautiful and emotional pictures I've ever seen, it makes me totally wordless :heart:
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DesShade Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Thank you so very much~
It was a very hard piece to complete but I'm glad the emotion carried through.
*hugs*
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Die-Kalte-Dusterkeit Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's the ultimate question, isn't it?
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Kieraux Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow. This is very full of emotion. Very, sad, and deep. Poor Cain. Poor Nailmus. :( Great job on this though. Faved!
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Yuroboros Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow. ....that's all i can say. this is a truly emotive piece. You captured every little detail of the sheer essence of sorrowful love. You worked so hard on this piece and it truly came out wonderfully awe inspiring. it takes a good artist to convey and design a piece with emotion, but it takes an GREAT artist to actually move the viewer.
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DesShade Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
Awwww~
Thank you so very much for saying something so genuine and kind..
This piece took alot out of me at the time, as I was in the process of loosing a special friend who was very dear to me.
I think that coupled with my love of these characters is what truly amplified the emotional aspects of this piece.
Again, thank you so very much for such a sincere and kind hearted comment.
I really do appreciate it
:heart:
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Yuroboros Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you're very welcome. :] I know how you feel. i've lost 3 of my closest friends in a car wreck 2 years ago.

well i'm glad this piece came out so well. great job. =]
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DesShade Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
I am so very sorry to hear that..

*hugs*
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Yuroboros Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: thanks =]
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't get a whole lot of chance to comment on entries of this contest (since I had to judge like 200 of them xD) which is a real shame because a lot of them were super fantabulous and really deserved compliments! I want you to know this entry struck me the hardest of them , I dunno how I didn't fav it ;A; and I feel like an ass for that, I hope you can forgive me. but I wanted to thank you for drawing my character for the contest and for thinking up something that is so truly emotionally evoking. thank you very much <3 i still love this.
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DesShade Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Shinerai, Thank you so very much for leaving me such a beautiful comment.
Your work is an avid source of inspiration for me, so it wasn't hard to devote and develop a powerful atmosphere for this piece.
Though It was emotionally exhausting to work on, it was well worth the effort since it remains my favorite piece even today.

Again, thank you so very much for expressing your feelings towards it.
Hearing from you was a driving motivation even from the start, simply because of all the growth you've inspired in my art over the years.
I will never stop striving to improve, and I feel this way simply because you chose to share your art with the world.
So again, thank you.
I am so touched you liked it :heart:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
of course, I am glad to share my art! especially with people who appreciate it like you. <3 I hope you continue to improve too c:
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Florence-Hispers Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
I followed the Avian contest and this was, and continues to be, my favorite entry. When I saw it and read its description, it quite literally made me cry. This is extremely well done, more in how well it conveys the emotion (together with the excellent image description) than its technical execution, though that is good as well. It's difficult not to feel for the subjects.

Fantastic piece. A favorite of mine for sure.
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DesShade Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Thank you so very much for those very kind comments.
Everyones sincerity over this piece continues to warm my heart and make me smile ^^
Thank you so very much.
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Florence-Hispers Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Thank you for sharing it.
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JayAsylum Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
As of late I've been researching the Avians and have fallen into deep respect for the Species. Out of them all Nailmus is my favorite. I know this is going to sound a tad cheesy but it's true. The details and expresstion - This picture makes me cry - and that's a good thing! Scenes like this are hard to capture and you've done one heck of a job.
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DesShade Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Jay thank you so very much for saying so.
It really means a lot that the sincerity of this piece reached you..
^^ Thank you so very much for the time you took to message me
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JayAsylum Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Your welcome ^^
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13loody13ulletz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Can't even believe how beautiful this is... Well, actually I can cause you are freakin' amazing! *applause*
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DesShade Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Awww... Thank you.
At the time this piece meant the world to me and I think that shone through very nicely.
Your praise truly means alot so thank you again. ^^
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Wolfly74 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
so saaaaaad T.T poor Nailmus and Cain T.T
really good job I love color and your style amazing
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Boo-Tay Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
God, I was looking for this picture and the sadest song came up in my playlist and I just bursted into Tears. This is just a beautiful masterpeice.
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DesShade Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Oh that's so sad!!
I'm sorry to hear that!
*passes out tissues*
What song were you listening to?
:3
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Boo-Tay Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
Keep Holding on - Avril Lavigne
*grabs tissue and thanks DesShade*
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DesShade Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
OH GAW! That is sad!
*sniffles in the corner with NightSkyDragon*
^_^ Thank goodness for tissues~
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Boo-Tay Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Yes, glad you came prepared :glomp:
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ryus-girl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep coming back to look at this because it is so well done and very emotional ; ; hard to keep looking though because Nailmus is my favorite Avian, an because its so sad to see little Cain like that. I also really like your artist comments for this too :heart:
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DesShade Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Thank you..
It was emotionally exhausting working on this piece.
I'm so happy the feelings contained within it shine through.
And Thank you so much for your comment.
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ryus-girl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your very welcome ^^
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tifalockheart86 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
OMG!!!!! I......have no words for the wonders of your art! I love your talent and hope you continue to let you soul shine in it.

Aaron wanted me to tell you that your pic is as professional as anything he's ever seen. He too is amazed you definately should do art for a profession.
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Shegoran Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Awesome, à couper le soufle <3
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Helixel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
was very happy to see you in the runners up <3333
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DesShade Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Thank you so much Helix ^^
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EmbryH Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
OMG. This is an awesome painting, of course. I mean wow. But OMG! NAILMUSSSSSS!! D=

He's my favorite Avian there is, and seeing this broke my heart. *sniffle* I was originally going to paint one of him defending Cain from an Amsk, but it was too complicated for me to work with a deadline. But omg wow. This is just... just... *cries*

It's awesome and sooo sad all at once...
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DesShade Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Thank you Embry.
It actually hurt to drawn Cain's broken form nestled in Nailmus's arms..

Gah... that would be so painful..
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EmbryH Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
I know, right? Geez, this is awesome. You should've at least placed imo. I mean all the winners were great, but geez, this deserved a place in there. Awesome work
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EmbryH Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Oops ^^;; Accidentally put it in the wrong collection. Heh ^^;;;;
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Guardian-Anubis Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
There is a lot of emotion in this piece, it is amazing.
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NightmareReign Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Wonderful work! Great pose and coloring.
You captured so much emotion!
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draconess02 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Wow! Very awesome work and I love how much emotion you were able to convey.
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Majeh-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
i near cried seeing this beautiful peice,well done on catching such a powerful emotion,i wish you all the best in the contest,i think this deserves one of the highest places
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Cory-dee-Mouse Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful work!
You captured so much emotion!
Definitely made me tear up...
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BladeEdgeRave Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
The emotion you put into your work just astounds me. This is just so simple but so powerful in the emotions. I love your work.
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