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mea culpa
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Published: May 14, 2005
© 2005 - 2019 tigrin
heh...

so this is my third, partially my fourth year as a member of my high school's creative writing publication, the Mandala. Every year we sift through student submissions, pick out the best ones, then get students to illustrate them. the submissions are anonymous when we decide what's going in. somehow my short story "mea culpa" got in, and I had the task of illustrating it. I got two pages that were just the story - I drew barbed wire around it - then a two page spread of just blank pages. this is the first year we've done full page art, especially a two page spread. so I was just a little intimidated. ;)

This took me hours, needless to say, and I lost much sleep, but this is a photo of the final product. I was aiming for something that would pretty much sum up the story, so you could look at this illustration and pretty much figure out the story. the left half is the first section of the story, pretty much - when Vampiress and Silence are kittens - and the right side is the aftermath. you might recognize one of the images in here. I think that "Time to die, little brother" sketch inspired that scene of the story, so of course I wanted to put it in somehow.

yep... hopefully when we get the originals back, I can get a better scan of this, but until then... just this photo.


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TopSpinbby's avatar
Mea culpa is also a song by enigma. this is amazing.
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tigrin|Professional Filmographer
Yes, I know, that's where I got the title from. :)
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Nanaki-E's avatar
Facinating prose and backstory for this piece; every time I look at it, there's some new detail to catch my attention.
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Kimmy-Quevil|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow
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kiusa|Student Traditional Artist
This is just amazing and I love every little detail on it. I used to do pictures like this too, I don't actually know why I stopped since they're cool :C
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DrugPuppey's avatar
You're talent is just amazing..........I especially like this piece......^^ I could stare at this for hours......
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Dragga's avatar
I think it's great that Mea Culpa was picked, and I love the illustrations. I seem to be drawn towards Silence as a favorite, but I guess that's pretty common, huh? And I also love Vampiress for yet another unknown reason. Maybe it's just that I like things that are somewhat morbid. Either way, this is an excellent work of art.
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sheltie123's avatar
:wow: amazing!!!
love it!^^
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Mouse-Mouse's avatar
Striking, intriguing and beautifully crisp and clean. Awesome! :+favlove:

Huggles,
Mouse-Mouse
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Mudlark's avatar
I'm wondering. Why dose Vampiress hate her little brother? Did there mother die? I feel bad for Silence, I like him the most.
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dionneong|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freaking amazing. o-o;; <33
Reminds me slightly of a relationship between two of my characters.
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secretbear| Interface Designer
:+fav: everything goes together so smoothly...black flows into white...:wow:
...and i just read the story! whoa...sad. love it tho.
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Velasa| Traditional Artist
Ooh. Ooh. I love lines, and I love ink, and this is just... gorgeous. The lettering is beautifully effective, it really takes the forms and conveys something strinink to the viewer. Even though the left is so dark and the right is so light it remains ballanced anyway- you look between both pages equally. I don't know zip about these people but I want to.
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FablePaint|Professional Filmographer
You just gotta love the power of black and white.
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ContrastedShadow's avatar
The picture of silence and the bar lines on him are amazing.
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susamikat's avatar
Hmm...That's very interesting...o__O I love the erratic movement of the words, it has a sort of chaotic flow that is organized but suggests disortion. It's fabulous and the words themselves are rather striking. And your art is so unique! It's fabulous, really...Oh, and the creative writing organization strikes my curiosity. Could you tell me a bit more about it? My school, unfortunately, does not have a creative writing class, but we do have a creative writing CLUB and it sounds like an idea that could spur up more curiosity in the subject so that we could convince our arrogant principle to stop cutting the class year after year.
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Wow, I went to your site and read the story. YOu are an awesome writer! *envy* Really superb. Does Tigrin have his own story or novel in the works?
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tigrin|Professional Filmographer
Tigrin has a story, but it's a lot more elaborate... dunno when I'm going to get around to writing it. :X
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OS9's avatar
ops, hope you can read my bad englich :S
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OS9's avatar
ops, hope you can read my bad englich :S
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OS9's avatar
Are you going to do a story?
if you are going to do one, please let me know! :D

´cus i love your art and your story about tigrin, sielenc, vampyress, and so on.:D :HUGE:
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That's great, it's very moving... quite enticing too, I want to read the story now that I'v seen this ^^
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Dimotahrie's avatar
Very meaninful..yet some how it makes very sad D: Very neat.
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