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Troubled by EmptyShadow Troubled by EmptyShadow
We all suffer emotional wounds or bounds, wishing nothing but to rest in peace. But it is often difficult to accept and/or express them, for we don't know how to heal. Sometimes being protective of one's broken self is expressed through traits we hate seeing in others, such as being agitative, condescending, biased, and/or selfish. It is not because we are ill minded beings, but because we feel troubled, unable to find inner peace. This understanding is not to justify our and other people's wrongdoing, but to help find solutions and to bring our own peace. The world is seen dark, but I do not think the world is a dark place; It is only dark if that is how we see and understand it. The world is full of misunderstood tragedies.

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Creative title. I couldn't come up with anything more impactful - simple and concise I suppose.

I wanted to try to a new coloring method to give it texture (kind of uneven, graggly look). So for this one, I did not go with my usual routine in shading. This seems more aesthetically pleasing to me, and I am happy with how the results came out. This method unfortunately put serious limit to other details I usually put, but for the most part I am happy. I am especially pleased with how this method stylizes blood effect.

His hands look kind of funny but I couldn't fix it any more. I'm probably going to laugh at it when I come back to see it few months or years later.

School starts tomorrow.
Photoshop CS4, worked on it for 2 days.

Kai & Artwork *EmptyShadow (me)
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:iconsoobirdy:
SOObirdy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Happy early cristmas..Heart (:
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Cute-budgie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
너 같은 쓰레기는 슬프다고 할 자격도 없어.
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:iconjakrocker17:
jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I know what you mean by emotional wounds. My heart bears more scars than some could know.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I hope for some of them, time has allowed to heal :hug: 
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:iconjakrocker17:
jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Some of them have, But at this current moment in time, some people have really hurt me. What's worse is that they've hurt my fiance to hurt me.
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RaptorRaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
oh, I really love this<3
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Kitsune8625 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Troubled indeed.... Poor thing.
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GirlyRainbowVampire Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...the top part reminds me of a serious conversation I had with my father the other day...this picture like totally helps out my situation. This is so freakin awesome :clap: Also, I love the blood effect, it's totally epic. :heart:
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Hope things are going well for you. Thanks for viewing 
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GirlyRainbowVampire Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes they are. Thank you :)
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Ryuu-the-dragon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I like it! I like it alot! C:
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AwkwardPillow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i adore gore pictures, i cannot draw gore myself and i really envy people who can and you're probably one of the best ive seen xD

The blood and bruises are very well drawn and i really love the shading~
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Thank you ! *thumbs up*
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ZombiDJ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no matter how messed up he looks he's still damn sexy
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
lmao you are funny 
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ZombiDJ Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this was an old post haha
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Yes it was, couldn't help replying to it ehe
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ZombiDJ Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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kyri01 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
That's deep, vary few of the troubled barley make it out of that chain.

This came out great with the shading, I particularly like the hair
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BlOoDyKiLleR Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly what I believe as well. We are all misunderstood.
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axalendra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
featured [link] ~:heart:
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:iconcyanzack:
CyanZack Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that's something awesome :3
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CalorieFox Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I was never really one to read descriptions but yours, I read every time.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
hehe thanks for taking the time to read the texts..
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Kapra90 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
*hugs Kai*

I can definitely relate to the message in this, but I think over this year I have healed from the toils I faced last year.

Also, whenever I hear "inner peace" I immediately think of Kung Fu Panda. XP Yes I am a big nerd XD

I like the texture you used, I think it's very appropriate for this piece. :) keep experimenting!
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GoldenPichu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing! I love your art!
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:iconraxma:
Raxma Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is great and the way you described it is... so very accurate and I know exactly how that feels.
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ghoslyshuriken Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
so beat up he a spring *making tiking noses with mouth* tsk tsk tsk XP
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SincerelyBlue Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
... You have no idea how much this picture and your words in the 'artist comment' mean to me right now...

I have been having a very difficult time lately with an old memory that has been forced to the surface and it's been affecting how I act around my friends. The pain is not as deep as it once was, but I am struggling not to push away the people I care about with my behavior just because someone from my past has shown his face.

I've loved your art since the moment I saw it, even though I don't often comment because I feel awkward in doing so. Please keep drawing.
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Angelwarrior01 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist
kai is my mommy :D
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UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...
You've seriously inspired me :c
-goes to draw things-
Lovely image-- I think this coloring/shading style worked out rather nicely.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
What did it inspire you to draw?
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UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing yet-- but I'm inspired to draw something similar.
It wont look nearly as good-- but I could note it to you when I finish it? <:3
And it's really the theme of this piece that inspired me.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
sure thing : D
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:iconbloomins:
Bloomins Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
It's so simple, but it's so beautiful and fragile. Excellent job!
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
thank you!
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GodivaGoddess33 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I appreciate the way you expressed the concept, that the filthy bandages around him are unwinding and thus unable to stop the emotional bleeding, which you defined as being protective of one's broken self by acting out in hateful ways. And although you dislike the way his hands turned out, I think they are great for showing a certain limpness from emotional exhaustion. Also their position makes a loose cage around the heart on his shirt, perhaps representative of a broken person's poor attempts to guard their hearts by putting up walls.
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SoraWarrior13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
This is amazing! :la:

I agree of having internal/emotional wounds, I have some, my friends have some and my OC's DEFINITLY have lots.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
We all have some ):
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IncubusZenith Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Wow, that's just.... Beautiful <3 Really awesome colouring, you did amazing! The blood looks fantastic~
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
thank you ^^
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SpookyDoom2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice job empty.
hack is a somewhat troubled guy as well..I mean just look at his past.
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:iconniobesnuppa:
Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Very thought-provoking image and desription.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
thanks for viewing
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CrazziiKunoichii Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Wow amazing as always!
I like how you've done it, his hands are really nice I like them. XD
The title simple but leaves and impact, your description really tells us what troubled means in a sense. Whenever you do drawing like this and write descriptions as such, I look at the world with a different eye. It's really a lot of impact!
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lalchimi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work !
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Zefiro0 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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liverdo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I always to appreciate your works. When i randomly found that work and i saw your name on it, it feld good :D

Btw i couldnt understand about school.Did u mean a reallife collage or sth or DA tuts, livestreams ? :)
That question might be funny for u :D
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