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When we was by matabi When we was by matabi
On the rooftop.
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Given 2009-12-16
The suggestor writes, "When we was, at first, seems very simple and straightforward. However, one should notice the shadow within shadow concept (with a fantastic application of contrast, so that the shadows look more real than actual people).". Please enjoy this fabulous watercolour rendering by ~matabi. ( Suggested by MimozaBlooming and Featured by snowmask )
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rcAngel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably the most esoterically beautiful piece I've seen on dA, maybe ever.
It's beautiful both visually and emotionally, and that is not something easy
to capture. 

I'm feeling Anohana all over again...
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NanaBlythe Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely touching.

My imagination and my memories just toke over me while I was looking your painting.
Lately, the passage of time, the people we lost, and how much is left of us after everything, have been some of the things that come to me and go from time to time. It is not a light matter for anyone, however, in the middle of so many mixed emotions, your painting reminded me something easily forgotten, that is how beautiful this also could be.
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Buggdeyboo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!
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AubeLune Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
<3 Wow !
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dasu-kun Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Wow! looks wonderful!
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LadyTau Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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oONightsoulOo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
At first I had no idea what this was about, until I read the comments. This is touching :3
~nightsoul

Pikachu want it 
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Why2be Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
GREAT drawing, GREAT idea, WONDERFULL watercolors... How can it be so bright, so much lighting in it... WÔoW
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Meteorbios Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I cried reading comments below.
I cried. Much.
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Mykolas176 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow amazing i like the idea of it :)
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pahzao Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student General Artist
♥ kawaii
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geo-beck Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thank you for this!
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
I see a group of friends all grown up now...but they lost a friend as a child. She's still there with them, but it's...different. Great piece.
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Gwiazdkax3 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai anime? It's sooo beautiful ♥
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MadHearts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Aww this is so cute I feel really sorry for the Little girl without a shadow.....
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Writer
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voteforpralka Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful watercolour <3 
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SweetStrawberryy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love this. Absolutely beautiful and genius
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Luizpr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
V. Good
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Ipoxitye Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the little girl on the left doesn't have a shadow
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
. . . lmfao
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RookieMangaka Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a awesome piece!
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Artmeans321 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant ! this is just impresive and beautifulClap 
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Saskle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Brilliant painting. :clap:
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Daachgah Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meaningful..
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KarinaBiz Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :P
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
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edge-ravens Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors and the concept... the contrast between the lively colors and the somewhat sad emotion the picture conveys... great work!
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katsu89 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is again very beautiful...

I have a thing for rooftops at sunset...
when I was younger, I'd always be on the rooftop with my friends, just watching the sun set.

I love your concept.
and the colors. 

I like how the younger version of these "adults" look more alive and somehow happier in their shadows.

almost like saying, their current selves are a shadow of what they used to be.

I love the hidden meaning.

I just have to ask, who is the little girl on the side who looks so sad?
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Chibimita Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
And she was alive.
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QuietxBookworm Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
This is so beautiful and the concept is really nostalgic and bittersweet. Your picture is amazing and I actually start to hear the song "When You Were Young' by The Killers as I was looking at it (which is an awesome song).
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artbyamyk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this picture! It's beautiful!
Everyone was young once. I really like how you show that =D
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TheShadowMachinery Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Fantastic. :jawdrop:
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detourhk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
nice color
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NeviNakuta Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this one reminds me of anohana
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HotHeadedPyro Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
sometimes i wish there was a favorite favorite list, ive been on a fav streak today and then i found this and stoped cold...
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Emmysarus Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You have so many fantastic ideas!
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GeekissXanxas Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
This make me cry but it's BEAUTIFUL! :')
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reddev1n Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it, and I'm getting the same story from the picture.
They've all grown up and they are thinking about how they've changed and things, and grown as friends, but there's the girl in the corner who feels like she'd been left behind by them as she's still the same and holding on to the past.
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xadako Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the concept <3<3<3
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anime-chan22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you made an awesome work!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic...My favorite part is the kid standing next to them with no shadow.
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Bayy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Feels like there's some story inside this drawing 83 very nice idea! :3
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oshidie Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Inspiring :D
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ElidhuB Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
This is extremely beautiful and thought-provoking. It made me sad to look at how the people aged...time moves on and we all die. Apart from the little girl, I felt sad for the older people because it seems that time is moving so fast for them...and their child forms seem so happy. Very great work.
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merduetoiles Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This is amazing! I hope I can be this good with watercolour someday <3
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HitomiNoHime Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome atwork,definetly faved!! :D
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