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Published: December 10, 2014
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This is dedicated to my grandma, who I fondly call "nanay" which actually means mom in Tagalog. She's the cutest nanay I could ask for! She's more of a diva than my mom, always there for our family (in all the ways you could think of), likes dressing up even when there's no occasion, and treats us like we're her children. She always manages to cheer me up when I'm feeling down. I feel really, really close to her as I would always stay at her house when I don't have anything to do at ours. As she used to look after us when we were young, almost as if she was really our mom, I always felt that it was my responsibility to look after her too as she grew older.

My nanay is the strongest person I know (of course, along with my parents, haha!) as she battled cancer this year. There were many times where we almost lost hope but she's now cancer-free! And as her birthday is coming up, I wanted to dedicate this work to her.

She used to be able to sew or knit things and clothes so I drew two hands knitting while two Diamond Finches help. Finches symbolize "bright times ahead", joy, happiness and health which are what I really want for my grandmother. The tree in the middle symbolizes strength and recovery from illness. The foliage springing out from the cloth symbolizes life and perseverance.

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+Wacom Intuos
+Paintool SAI
+Photoshop CS5


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This is the first time I drew something like this digitally, haha! It was really fun to do this and a bit frustrating as heck cause I have no idea how to draw a tree that isn't up close. ;u;

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athenapallas87Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, with wonderful symbolism. Just a great concept!
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
Aww thank you so much! c:
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SamuraiSxHobbyist Artist
wow this is beautiful and nice! and your feelings of this gift are beeing recognized well through this picture ~congrats on semi-finals :3
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Charlene-ArtHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! Congrats on being a semi-finalist!
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eirol87Hobbyist General Artist
very meaningful and gorgeous artwork!
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Awesome work :D
Really beautiful! :love:
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AkiaWalkerProfessional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful.
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Caito-xHobbyist General Artist
this absolutely stunning!!
i really love  backgrounds they're so breath-taking, the colors and everything just molds together to create a perfect masterpiece!!
im sorry...idk what else to say...im at loss for words.. the fave button is broken now... XD
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
omg wow, thank you so much! That means a lot to me! <3
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you're welcome :heart:
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Weuaoa Owo... I love it. It's amazing.
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! c:
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laticatStudent Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. Not just your painting job (which is stunning), but the very touching way that you dedicated it to your grandmother. I hope she achieves all of the things you symbolized in this painting <3
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
D'awwwwwwwwww, thank you so much Lati! c:
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you're very welcome!! :iconbrohugplz:
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KusureaHobbyist General Artist
This is really touching and beautiful, from the overall composition of the hands, birds, and string framing the image, to the tiny details--I do really adore the way you paint leaves and grass--it's so ethereal and peaceful. The tree also looks great--the texture on the trunk and everything!
I'm sure she will love this!
Seeing this reminds me of my own grandmother who passed away quite recently, and it brings back a lot of fond memories! > w < thank you asdjfoi don'tknowifIcanconveymyselfproperly
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
oh wow, you flatter me too much! You're too kind! ;u;
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Uhm can I just say wow
This is really, really stunning, I can't even describe it right now.
You did a very, very, superb job on this. 
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
omg thank you!
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Light138WingStudent General Artist
Beautiful!
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
D'aw thank you so much! ;u;
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Light138WingStudent General Artist
You're welcome so much ^^
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ReaperClampProfessional Digital Artist
She's going to adore this. My gosh this is beautiful! It makes me cry tears of happiness from all the symbolism (your grandma is so amazing!). For your first time attempting this, you did spectacular! 
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tanawStudent Traditional Artist
HHhahhhsahfoash
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Senpai
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