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We Used To Dream... by simondrawsstuff We Used To Dream... by simondrawsstuff
+ Full title: "We Used To Dream, Now We Worry About Dying"
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Got the idea for this piece while listening to Young Hearts Spark Fire by Japandroids. I felt it fit Nova's character, especially the line I used for the title.

She's looking at old pictures she took as a kid here, and remembering the good old times. Back then, she used to dream, now she's worried about growing old. Back then, nature seemed to flourish, now it seems to die more and more.

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I'm really pleased with the picture, unlike with some previous digital painting experiments, this one finally worked out (or more like, I didn't immediately give up on it). Hope you like it too; critique and comments will be highly appreciated. :)

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Given 2009-08-20
We Used To Dream... by ~omega5ooo is a beautiful piece with a story I think many of us can relate to. ( Suggested by Kuzzy and Featured by savagebinn )
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Shellquake Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Used to, but not anyone.

Now these days, they're no dreams. Just futures, ones planned for us or ones we plan ourselves.
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WinterWiccanKAW Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of this song [link]

Amazing picture by the way - Love it :heart:
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dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
All too true. :(
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BlackNRoses Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very thoughtful. Even when reality hits our door everyday, that's no reason for stopping dreaming. What future can we have if we haven't done anything yet? Life's always uncertain.

Being "realistic" isn't always the best path. It tends to lead to pessimism faster than it seems. Though it's always going to be a conflict, I'd rather dream and fall to death knowing I felt happiness reaching for them, rather than sinking myself in constant regret for doing nothing and making money.

There's no end in making a job just to maintain your social life and standing, and it's not sane.
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finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
breaks my heart...
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UITUCA Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
You have been featured on my page! :aww:
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missake2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Writer
Added you to my favourites! I simply love your work !!!
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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krystalstorm Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
I almost cried when I saw this. Amazing!
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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krystalstorm Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Your welcome!
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caramelkarma Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
i stand behind the message.
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vintagefishbones Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Two-in-one-art! :eager:
I really like this, since it says so many things, it's like you made a word that described everything you see in that drawing. Also greatly detailed.
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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crazylilme Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
finally somebody knows about japandroids
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SimbaGirl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOA YOU GOT A DD!!!! I just now saw it in my messages and was like WHOA WHAT A GREAT PIC and then I saw the banner. :dance: Congrats!! This really is one of your best yet, I definitely agree!! It speaks so loud, even without a description. And man I love the colors! Well done. :#1:
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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Arther Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
This is great! Don't know what to say more!
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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veroniqu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
:love:
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Engelmacher Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Very nice artwork and even better message.
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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SilverRoseJoker Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful drawing, and that sentiment is painfully true. =) No one should think about dying xD
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! And yet, we all do it... :p
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susieloves Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
This is lovely
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
thank you!
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High-on-Sharpie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
will you respond to my comment?
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
No, no I won't.

Oh... wait.
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High-on-Sharpie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:D
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lelouch9-28 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i REALLY like this:heart: i am not to old, so the full message of this piece isn't fully set into me yet, but i really like and appretiate the pieces that make us look back at what we've done and how we should've or can fix it. i find myself in a struggle alott with nature and the citys. i love the look of modern meltdown, or the plants taking over what once was theirs(like moss on a building or rain marks on the concrete). i find it conforting to find that at least in some ways nature is trying to take back its own. for that, it really makes me love this piece. the drawing is exceptionally good also and helps further depict the deep message. everyone for the most part can connect to this piece. that is what i love the most. its true sincerity and fatal message that are shown so light-heartedley.:boing:
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Wow. :heart:

I really appreciate you taking the time to give such a wonderful and in-depth comment. Thank you! :hug:
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lelouch9-28 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome:boing: it REALLY deserved it! your piece just hit me hard and gave me a verry true and strong message that you depicted quite brilliantly. it was well deserved. keep up the amazing works!
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
:blushes: I shall!
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lelouch9-28 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yay!
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WAR-TOY Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
This truely brings you down to earth.
makes you ponder in your soul.
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
:)
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AlatDragon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
so true and so sad, this picture has a great messeage on it
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks! : )
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danielitolikable Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
awesome!
*u*
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks, man! :)
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Ixbran Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Absoposotivly heart touching!

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so beautiful yet also so sad ..

a well desirvd DD due to the message behind it
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you! Beauty can always be increased by a bit of tragedy, if you ask me. Light wouldn't be as interesting if there weren't any shadows!
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
this is so true. good job
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Sitraxis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful piece.
It's so fun to dream when you're young. :D

Congrats on the DD! :#1: It has been well-deserved :meow:
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Hey, dreaming is still fun even if you're old! ;p

Thanks a bunch! :D
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Sitraxis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. :D
You're very welcome.
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ArtOfAnimals Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Most deviants usually draw about just only their feelings, but you've also included a good meaning into this piece :)
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simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
I tried! Thanks! :D
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ThomasBerryman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
One of my favourites i have seen on here.
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