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[II] THE CONTEMPLATION by menuli [II] THE CONTEMPLATION by menuli
'' The fawn would never be the same, for all the gifts the birch tree gave. She hears a whisper of her new name. Mana. The gift of something sacred. And now her eyes see far and bright. She feels the wisdom of the pines, hears the birdsong, understands the words. Never feels cold – a gift of new fur. But how come her heart aches like nothing before? The gift of the search for purpose, that’s the one… And with this thought, comes a visitor. A charming crane that seems unchanged, but for the touch of white that adorns his forehead. In his eyes there’s some silent hurricane and a new, but familiar pain. 
''I’ve found you'', he exclaims, ''though I’m older, we were born on the same day''. Mana realises then, she wasn’t the only one to taste the birch’s breath. While she was led by curiosity, the crane admits, for him it was an accident. ''And still, I am your brother now, I see you long for purpose, and I too feel the loneliness that comes with all our mother gave us.''  And something quivers deep inside, the words 'your brother' leave a mark. Since Mana woke her inner grace, she’s wandered far, left all behind. Now she looks upon the crane, with hopeful eyes, her mind ablaze - ''so what about this aching soul?'' ''Follow me, and you will know.''

this is chapter [II] of Mana's story -
her most meaningful encounter.

i have three little 'chapters' written about Mana and now I'm making illustrations to go with them,
lookout for the third chapter soon ! it will have a summary explaining the concept further.

[I] THE BEGINNING
[II] THE CONTEMPLATION


Mana / concept / design / story © menuli 
please do not copy, redistribute or use without permission.

05.08.17 !! what a pleasant surprise to wake up and find out this recieved a DD !
thank you so so so much everyone for the kind compliments and support ! 
how cool for this to be my first DD ?? ~ a work extremely close to my own heart < 333
 
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[II] THE CONTEMPLATION by menuli ( Suggested by GeorgeXVII and Featured by LenamoArt )
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Lunarlueur Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD YES THIS GOT A DD??!? i've kept this in my inbox for ages because i was just so hopelessly in love with the lilac, gold and red palette plus the textures and how stark they were yet not overbearing. i adore this style, while of course i love your softer works too, i mean tbh what am i even saying i just want to see more of your work forever and always. :love:
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menuli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
YES, IDK HOW ?? what a surprise lmao

omg the way you describe it makes my heart melt though
strangely enough all my more spontaneous 'from the heart' artworks seem to be received much better than the more polished and planned ones,
guess that's the best possible situation to be in aha , esp since i don't get to draw much lately !

i must get back to it soon though ahh, i find i'm always so much happier when i'm drawing a lottt,
your encouragement is also like a frickin cherry on top :love:
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TakingLiberty Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
Stunning work. Visually serene and striking at the same time! 
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
what a wonderful compliment.. ''visually serene and striking'' i love that : ) thank you so so much !
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Congrats, nice work
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you so much ! 
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfeature-it-monday: has selected your artwork for Feature of the Week! :heart:

Congratulations! :clap:
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
awh thanks a lot : ))
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:iconwalkingindreamlight:
WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beauty is transcendent - you're welcome :)
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you very much !! 
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:iconbluefiregrl:
Bluefiregrl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!!
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank youu < 3
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:iconseuyan:
Seuyan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe what I see, Menuli you made it ♥v♥!
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
yess, me either !! thank you dear , as always, ahah :love:
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boxcarr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg congrats, love!!
I'm absolutely blown away by this one holy cow - I somehow missed this earlier, so I'm extra glad I got a chance to see this beauty <3
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
awhh thank you , sweetie !! < 33
awh i'm so happy you like it :heart: !!!
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD menuli :clap:
you've created a great artwork , I like very much the texture and details, beautiful combination of colors as well . Keep up the good work !
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
ahhh thank you ! thank you so much for suggesting my work !!!, it means so much :heart: 
i's so so glad you like it :love: and i'm very happy for this to be my first DD, a very personal and inspired piece of work :')
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on DD!
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you very much !! < 3
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:iconfaliessdragon:
faliessDragon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist
Wonderful colours, texture and story!*____*
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow thank you, i'm happy you enjoyed it ! < 3
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:iconrhiaan:
Rhiaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
This is so beautiful. Your writing is equally gorgeous, it's so poetic and flowing. Love love loveee :heart:
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
omg rhiiii thank you so so much :heart:
it means a lot that you enjoy it !! :love: 
i actually had to change some words so it didn't rhyme too much ahaha, i have a tendency to overdo it : D
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Rhiaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
You're welcome!!
I do the same hahah, I love your style of writing :heart:
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crazzycat5 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.My.Gosh

I honestly... I always say such corny things when I comment...but seriously there is no other artist in my notifications like you. Each piece is a refreshing...breath of air. I just wow. You should sell this as a print! 
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menuli Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow, thank you so so much ,that's really kind, and not corny at all < 3
it means a lot, thank you dear !! and ahh not a bad idea ahah :love:
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imke14 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student Filmographer
Nice texture! :heart:
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
awh thanks :heart: !
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:iconwesternspurs:
WesternSpurs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student Artist
it just keeps getting better + better , like wine
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
wow, what a compliment ; D thank you so much !!
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AfterSebas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist
Beautiful ❤️
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you ! :heart:
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JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
thanks so much : )
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britt2020 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
Beautiful
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
ahh thanks < 3
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britt2020 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
You are welcome
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
This really lovely.
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you kindly :' ))
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist
Love the textures of the feather and all the little details here and there... great work!
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:iconmenuli:
menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
ahh wow thank you, that means a lot !!
i am quite happy with the texture too ! : )
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Pencil-Fairytale Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist
You're very welcome! (:
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TheChotta Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful :o 
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menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you paula !! that means so much from you :love:
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TheChotta Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw you're welcome! :la: (what are you talking about your art is always so gorgeous!!)
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pIanted Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Student General Artist
this is so incredible good gosh
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menuli Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
thank you ahh how sweet < 3
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