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Epitaph by Toonicorn Epitaph by Toonicorn
This piece started out as a bit of doodling, and an idle thought: what if the cracks on an old, decaying wall formed a picture? And then the old saying "If walls could talk" got mixed in, and then a childhood memory of a visit to a zoo badly in need of refurbishment probably added to the mix. Then a cheetah entered the picture, probably because cheetahs are my favorite wild cat. The idea of caging such a swift, fierce creature is pretty horrific. In the end, while I really didn't set out to make a statement with this picture, I guess I kind of did. It was rendered in chalks and pencils on charcoal paper.
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Given 2011-05-09
Suggester says: "Epitaph by ~Toonicorn is just plain extraordinary. It is very well done and colored, the idea is very creative, and it conveys great depths of meaning." ( Suggested by Kodiackk8 and Featured by Mollinda )
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DrawUntoOblivion Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible! I love the execution of your idea; it's really effective. The colors you chose and their intensity are perfect. Thank you for sharing this! Well done on this one! :)
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and thanks everyone!
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DrawUntoOblivion Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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blueJAY2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow! Clever concept and wonderful texture - beautiful work! :D
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Adeshark Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is very unique and creative!
Definitely worth that DD.
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work.
Really dig the concept and you have nailed the execution.
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Cybbes Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
rawr
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Artsouls143 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
awesome
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SigbjornPedersen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love the idea, great work:)
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is just gorgeous. Great concept, beautifully executed. I love how it evolved from a doodle to this. I'm a firm believer in the power of doodling and letting it take you places you didn't expect. Bravo!
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chamirra Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very interesting, great imagination
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DButterfly1969 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
i really like it. great idea.
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chillydragon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Nice! I love your idea.
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bleedingpure Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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LadyKamling Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is simply gorgeous, and quite frankly to the point as well.
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colorWIRED Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Woa! that took me a minute to see!!
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Midgey103 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool.
- Love it. :3
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ashbo101 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
luv
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Lorellyne Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I forgot to fave this one !! :) It's an amazing piece !!! the idea of this piece is really original and wonderfully done ! Congratulation for the DD !!!
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00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful....
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Okha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful picture with an awsome idea. I hate zoos.:(
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bigtgentry Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful picture has been featured here: [link] :D
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siriusbells Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
This concept/picture blew my mind. This rendering... I am speechless. Keep up the good work.
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Na-ka Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very powerful image!
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FrozenFirePhoto Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Wow, this is cool!
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Khima-Inez Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   General Artist
Amazing! Awesome idea and execution!!! Congrats on the DD!
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Katsuya-urusaki Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thats cool!
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Scream-Internally Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
This piece is outstanding. I absolutely love it. :3
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gorgeouszombiegirl Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are such a wonderful artist! It looks beautiful. Wonderful job.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Blow your mind!!! This IS an exceptionally creative piece, and un-intentional though it may have been, it is nonetheless a very sharp statement on animals and the need to care for and respect them. Especially not to cage them.

Congrats on a well-deserved DD!!!
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blindbrownbird Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awe-inspiring. Truly C: Thank you for creating such an awesome "doodle" ;P
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x-Jazzy-B-Real-x Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
"Epitaph" is another word for, "EPIC."
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elcomandante-studio Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very emotive... and somehow nostalgic too! very good!
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Panthershade Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Writer
Beautiful and sad at the same time, I love it! It is beautiful and really cool!
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Achimstyle Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional
It turned out well.
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TheHouseofK Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful! The amount of detail on the wall is great!
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meilong Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Love this! If my college animal education/rights group ever has a charity art auction to help local shelters, I may ask you to donate this, or another piece like it. BTW, are you in Chicago? I see "CHI" on the right side of the cage. Doesn't the Chicago Zoo have a lot of issues? I thought I'd heard that from someone. Never been there myself. Thanks, and keep making beautiful art! :)
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SpacelingArt Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The "CH" is the beginning of the word "Cheeta" on the cage.
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misphred Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrific statement!
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havishanta Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
The title says so much about this picture. "Epitaph..."
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spaghetti-legs96 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
brilliant idea! looks famntastic.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just amazing...
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Kaos-rebirth Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
wonderful idea.. i love it
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CeleryBear Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Just beautiful.
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Berkman Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Epic this one!
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Dobermanlover Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Reminds me of Pride of Baghdad oh,what a great book Pride of Baghdad was and it still is a great read.
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moonbabe1989 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work! I really love the subtle details of the cheetah on the concrete wall outside. Very creative! :D :heart:
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carnelian Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
:thumbsup: Wonderful idea!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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A-chama Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
wow this looks absolutely amazing :3
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Submitted on
April 14, 2011
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Make
Hasselblad/Imacon
Model
Ixpress 528C - Hasselblad H1
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Aperture
F/17.8
ISO Speed
50
Date Taken
Mar 23, 2007, 1:44:00 PM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Windows
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