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Bernadette the Brave by AudreyBenjaminsen Bernadette the Brave by AudreyBenjaminsen

I created this short  narrative a couple months ago, but I finally feel ready to share it with you. Despite its length, making this was a laborious process and took me quite some time to put together.

(media: charcoal, graphite and digital)

This story is personal to me, but you can interpret it whatever way you please.

And don't forget to check out my kickstarter project for publishing a concept art/ visual development book! 
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

All help and generosity is appreciated :) (Smile) You all are the best. 


Bernadette the Brave

Bernadette gets lost and scared in a crowd when life is too much. She imagines that the swarms of people around are a forest of trees to cope.

As she walks through the imagined trees, she sees they all have unique faces like the people in the crowd.

Bernadette comes across one in particular with a doorknob. It beacons to her with a golden light. She opens the face and climbs inside.

There she finds a golden world. 

This world is wonderous, as if it was made just for Bernadette. It is a place of serenity, safety curiosity, and beauty. 

However, back in the forest of faces, danger awaits. Another has found his way into Bernadette’s mind. The danger wields an axe and finds the tree with the golden world. 

As he takes his axe to Bernadette’s tree, everything within her world splits, including her body. But from her body comes the source of the golden light. Bernadette holds the power to fight back.

This is your world. You may be small, and It’s okay to be afraid.  But know that when fear is crippling and invades your heart, you hold the ultimate power to fight back and conquer. 

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Given 2015-02-06
In the absence of dialogue, Bernadette the Brave could resonate with its viewers in a multitude of ways. These wispy, perhaps even nostalgic visuals seem to inherently foster and help flourish personal interpretation. But AudreyBenjaminsen illuminates the familiar kind sentiments marked throughout the piece in her own words within the Artist's Comments; which you're bound to find uplifting and insightful. ( Suggested by lovelessdevotions and Featured by cpalamara )
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RawSunlight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work, Audrey
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pedrum Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
awesome
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Mcsteedtv Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Nice
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Inkalill Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
Beautiful! It is a visual poem, thank you for posting it, enjoyed it very much!
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KaylaWells Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing..
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow, what a beautiful comic!!! Love the use of so less colours!
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BrandonLoucksArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing! Congrats on the DD, you really deserve it!!!
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lemonjell0h Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
I can barely find words to describe how utterly beautiful this piece is. What a wonderful concept. Thanks for everything! 
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygosh, this is so beautiful that I can't even-
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LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it!
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JennEDAz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is stunning! I adore the style
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DiamondLegacy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
TouchedThis is absolutely beautiful Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   General Artist
Lovely
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Krinmu Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
NO WHY YOU DO THAT LUMBERJACK!!!!!!:shocked: 
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
This is wonderful!!
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Susan-s-Poker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   Photographer
I don't know what to say. Beautiful.
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dmkozicka Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

This is awesome. Beautifully done. I like it very,very much !

Congratulations on the well deserved DD !

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Pinguicula Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This all is beautifull. The drawings are breathtaking, phantamasgorial and truly georgeous. Thanks for that!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautifully rendered, lovely and intriguing piece. Congrats on the DD!
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robertc009 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
wow, I really like the story
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mea00 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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KURIZKURIZniKALAI Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Captivating and touching  both the artwork and the story.
Thank you so much for sharing . *Free Icon/Emote* Molang (I Love It!) 

Congratz for a well -deserved DD! :heart:
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Congratulations on the DD :clap:
Have a nice day! :swoon: by PunkyB
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JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   General Artist
That's beautiful.
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captivityisevil Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
sweet
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princessanastasia434 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
nice
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D3M0NHUNT3R117 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
:wow:
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o-Oxalis-o Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist
This work is very impresive and... I don't find the words but, the graphic style as the story are both really original and personal. So beautiful work!
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really well done. I am very happy you made this!
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sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
This brings tears to my eyes. I can relate so closely with Bernadette. Thank you, especially for the last line in your artist comments <3
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kopfstoff Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
wonderful, love every panel of it... wvwn without reading your description,
you kinda read the images they way you intended them. :)
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Morbidouce Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing ! Great work and story :) 
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Avoice Featured By Owner May 21, 2014   General Artist
such a beautiful narrative
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BelatedGift Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Oh my
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damienkok Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
The mood and atmosphere, to character design, everything is just so..........yummy~ like dark chocolate :p
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kaav Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Beautiful. I would have liked to see the text as panels on each illustration so that it has better flow. The illustrations and story are charming and exceptional.
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caleb-case Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautifully executed. :thumbsup:
I'm curious if you'd ever make a before page and an after page for this, to sink in further the idea that Bernadette is in a crowd of people that she sees as trees and that the light she's holding is her power to fight back against (in this case) the evil axeman.
This reminds me a lot of Shaun Tan's "The Arrival", one of my all time favorite illustrated stories.
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Kashyurio Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no idea what kind of tools you use to create this look in all your traditional works but the outcomes are absolutely outstanding and a very easy on the eye. This work is beautiful as always and I love the colours , plus I've never come across a style like your's and there's something so captivating about it. Always looking forward for a new work from you :D
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GabyClaire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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syrupMime789 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
So much beauty. You seem like a lovely soul.
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shiroytora Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
!!! Very cool! As allways!) 
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GeminiMachine Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh you're wonderful. This is a beautiful piece of art! I love the concept and the narrative, not to mention your style and execution. I seriously hope that my art is equally as wonderful as yours.
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TheJenjineer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 What a beautiful story. I'm so impressed by how you managed to convey all this without words.
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Tellim-Komachi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like the story very much. And I just love these drawings! They're beautiful!
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Goodbye-to-you Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful integration of traditional and digital media. Heartwarming and inspiring story, and the frames communicate feelings very well.
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tcktck Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I adore these first three frames!
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Roman-Stevens Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Really great work!!!! Lovely colour palette!
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I needed this today. Thank you.
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eniatilys Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
It's a very very nice work. I love it Love 
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