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mea culpa by tigrin mea culpa by 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.


micron + Tria marker
everything © myself. :O
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TopSpinbby Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Mea culpa is also a song by enigma. this is amazing.
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tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I know, that's where I got the title from. :)
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TopSpinbby Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
:)
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Nanaki-E Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow
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kiusa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  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 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2006
You're talent is just amazing..........I especially like this piece......^^ I could stare at this for hours......
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Dragga Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006
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 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2006
:wow: amazing!!!
love it!^^
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Mouse-Mouse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2006
Striking, intriguing and beautifully crisp and clean. Awesome! :+favlove:

Huggles,
Mouse-Mouse
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Mudlark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
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 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freaking amazing. o-o;; <33
Reminds me slightly of a relationship between two of my characters.
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secretbear Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005   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 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005   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 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2005  Professional Filmographer
You just gotta love the power of black and white.
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ContrastedShadow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005  Student
The picture of silence and the bar lines on him are amazing.
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susamikat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
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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Droemar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
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 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005  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 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
ops, hope you can read my bad englich :S
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OS9 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
ops, hope you can read my bad englich :S
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OS9 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
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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SKit-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
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 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2005
Very meaninful..yet some how it makes very sad D: Very neat.
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NightFire998 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2005
wow i love this...vampiress scares me lol. you did a great job on this. fave. :+fav:
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eitherwise Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005
The style here is incredible--stark and so expressive. The lettering is fantastic, and I feel like I see something new every time I look at it. I love your pen and ink work!
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malta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Holy MOO that's so cool o.o I cant stop staring at it...there's so much to look at. It's absolutely amazing. *worships*
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JW-and-Champmatteu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
This is amazing. The way you drew that one with the words is wonderful. Wow.. just, wow. :worship:
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Ashkevron Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just... :wow: This is beautiful, Tigrin. Truly wonderful. It absolutely rocks. It would make a killer poster.
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Crow-Sensei Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
lovely piece of insanity.
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Kaisentlaia Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
Simply wonderful. :clap:
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eromreven Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
That is absolutely amazing. No joke. :clap: And definite :+favlove:!
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GlitterGuts Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
It's so amazingly powerful. I love it. It was well worth the time spent i'd say.

I remember the story youy wrote. It was amazingly powerful too..auuugh i envy you SO much XD

What i really like is the high contrats between black and white, the words, the way the pictures just melt together and the use of expression and pose.

Definite :+fav:
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GlitterGuts Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
It's so amazingly powerful. I love it. It was well worth the time spent i'd say.

I remember the story youy wrote. It was amazingly powerful too..auuugh i envy you SO much XD Definite :+fav:
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Illium Featured By Owner May 17, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Holy crud, this is awesome! You did a perfect job illustrating your story. The words, shapes, black and white just blend together beautifully. "mea cupla" was a well written piece, too.
<3 <3 <3
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rubberducky87 Featured By Owner May 16, 2005
OMG!! ITs so awsome!!! the more i keep looking at it the more i see. its so awsome!! i wish i could draw stuff like that, all jumbled together all cool like!!! anyways...great work!!!
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Tussii Featured By Owner May 15, 2005
LOVe lOVE LOve LOVE LOVE *droooooools*

I so adore this.. this is just wonderfull!!!! =D ^-^
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DazeWolf Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
How awesome! What a creative idea. Very cool
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P-i-e Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Wonderfuly drawn :) Man, i havent herd anyone say that -points to your title- Mea Culpa... My fault :) Im taking Latin right now xD But this is wonderful ^^
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micala Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Oh wow, awe-sum.
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boomage Featured By Owner May 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap that's kinda awesome. <3
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vervex Featured By Owner May 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
It's very interesting. I like how the font was set so it looked like an important part of the drawing... Very good !
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 14, 2005  Professional Filmographer
It's not a font, I drew all that text.. :3 thanks!
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vervex Featured By Owner May 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, I didn't use the good term then ^^
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b15cl4vr3t Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
oh man, this is, in a word, spectacular O.O
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jackal-god Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
:jawdrop: Wow, this must have taken you forever . That's alot of black to colour. I love that story and this is a great illustration of it. I love Jigsaw's body at the top and the Vampiress (I'm assuming) drawn in words. Getting that right must have been quite a headache. I also like the "This is a game wanna play?" line.

Completley random question here, but I've been wondering- What do Silence's eyes look like? Or does he never open them?
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 14, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Yup, that's Vampiress.. X3

He has eyes... he's blind so they're kind of foggy, but his irises are a really light blue. I draw him without eyes more as a stylization... it's hard to explain, but for some reason I see a lack of eyes indicating something like a lack of soul (since eyes supposedly are the window to the soul), sort of like the ultimate form of brokenness... *shrug* Vampiress has a lack of eyes for sort of the same reason.
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Reich Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Yeeeayyyeeee XD
TEH HAWT.
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coyotehybrid Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
This must be the most interesting and wonderful piece of work I've seen for a while. I look and see tiny things that link together to make the ultimate picture. I love the wording, the placement of the characters, and the way it blends well together in one flowing work. ^-^ Awsome chica! I hope you catch up on your sleep.
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simbachu Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
This is totally awesome, esp. mr/ms furrecat made out of words.
:heart:
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