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Happy Families are all Alike by yuumei Happy Families are all Alike by yuumei



Edit: apparently many people don't get the quote from the book. It's not about happy families being bad (who even thinks that?) it's about how hard it is to be a happy family because everyone in the family must be good to be a happy family, but unhappy families are easy because it only takes one bad family member to become unhappy (like an alcoholic dad or a narcissistic mom, etc). This is actually a general concept applied to many aspects of life and society.

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Been doing a lot of Photoshop practices lately but it's always nice to paint in SAI again. I really enjoy switching between styles :)

The quote on the shirt says "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." It's from the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

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Gurdim Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2018
maybe there aren't happy families :)
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Rudeus-TF Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
it's true that a happy family takes allot of work, and maybe even luck to.
in the past I was almost salty/ jealous towards happy families, but I have to look
forward. I will fight for my Happy Familly and I know it will take allot of work from my part.




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blackr4in Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018
Anna Karenina principle

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Kar…
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tokyostorms Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
this is so cool. the glowing eyes are an awesome touch. i also really want the shirt. 
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MSketchesM Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
rofl these edgy emo comments, cant even enjoy a simple art piece? lul, get a life and just admire the artwork
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K12E Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
Happy families are alike is similar to unhappy families are alike, no? 
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LITATO Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
That quote is very fitting.
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StarDragon77 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
Ah yes, the quote from Anna Karenina:  "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."  And pretty much the whole book expands on the how and the why of that statement. 
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MeanChocolate Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the book Anna Karenina? Awesome drawing ^^
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
Wonderful
They are boring
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BlackVinyl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like unhappy families are unhappy for the same reason(s): someone is causing harm that creates dysfunction and that's most likely the parents. I feel the same about happy families because they love, support, encourage and nurture each other. It doesn't stop them from running into some conflict, but the fact that they are willing to work on issues is very important. The TV show Shameless vs. the TV show Blue Bloods. 
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Luna4s Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The girl seems very stressed and the entire atmosphere of the drawing is very dark and oppressive. 
It doesn't seem like she's in a happy family right now...
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Myrsky-Celeste Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This girl looks like she is silenced on a daily basis in order for her parents to keep up a "happy family" image. Even when she has issues in her school life, her social life, her dreams and aspirations, or even the changes her body is going through, her parents probably shut down the topics she doesn't yet know how to cope with, and they can't have in their "perfect" little family image. In order for them to cope, it's easier to shut it down and pretend it doesn't exist. 
"They all pretend" is what I get from this. 
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kaazmiz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
So, I'v read the description, but considering the combination of title and tone of the painting, for me its looks like a complete reversal.
The hands covering her mouth so she doesn't speak out, or the choice of color for her hair, that could allude to stress induced graying.
Like if the girl is forcing herself to think shes happy in an otherwise dysfunctional family, that "acts" towards everyone with smiles. And that its her that not normal, or ungrateful.
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BurningArtist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel the same.
The visuals and body language make it hard to interpret it in another way.
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EJtheDemonKid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
This one can really eat away one's mind
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RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
Interesting ^^
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
happy families...there are 2 types of them

the happy family that  all members share the same interest in everything thats why they are compatible, thats why they are at ease ergo happy

then there is the happy family where the minority are so different from the majority of the family members but they have to keep their difference hidden so the family can live together in harmony ergo happy
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yanmeiko Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
like the contrasts
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
 narcissistic moms are more destructive than alcoholic dads.. 
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EJtheDemonKid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
I agree with you, because being narcissistic is a personality that can eventually cause bad influences, while being alcoholic is a choice of life, and people know the good and bad behind alcohol.
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Darost Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
Being alcoholic is a choice of life? That's quite ignorant. You wouldn't say that to a depressed person, now would you? Alcoholism is a very serious issue that will definitely affect children living in the same household, probably way worse than a narcissistic family member would.
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BurningArtist Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
But is being an alcoholic really a choice and if it is, is it worse to chose a life style that harms your family instead of a personality trait you can do nothing about?

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EJtheDemonKid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
A choice of life is just meaning that you choose to live that way while disregarding the result of it. And since you mention about being an alcoholic is less severe than being a narcicist, you are rather contadicting yourself though...
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BurningArtist Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just asking the question: If this is really a choice than is CHOSING to be an alcoholic, thus PURPOSEFULLY putting your family through hardships, is that worse than having a personality trait and you might not even be aware of? I'm asking, which is worse? The evil you chose or the evil you are?
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SashaBrausPotatoGirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Well, alcoholism is a choice so you can get therapy and stop drinking. Narcissism, on the other hand, isn't something you can really treat and get rid of.
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BurningArtist Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So which do you think is worse? The evil you chose or the evil you are?
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BlackVinyl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is heavy. You don't think people are made into sociopaths with narcissistic traits and that can be changed? The narcissistic mother is something I have dealt with all my life, but I don't think my mother chose to be that way. Her mother was a horrible piece of shit to her and I feel like my mother saw that as how mothers should be and just learned that toxicity. 
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BurningArtist Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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Wyervan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I would definitely disagree that alcoholism is a choice. Being addicted to a substance isn't something anyone chooses and the effects of addiction are devastating to the user and those around them. Addiction means that the substance controls you and you no longer control yourself. Rehabilitation is difficult when alcohol is so widely available/societally accepted and your body has come to depend on it. Withdraw can be extremely painful for a user and can in rare cases result in death. Addiction is a form of sickness and nobody chooses to be sick.
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SashaBrausPotatoGirl Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I know that addiction itself isn't a choice, but it's usually a conscious decision to begin putting that substance in your body and it then develops into a crutch the more you use it. No one means to get addicted but it happens due to the choice of using it. Addiction is a sickness but it's one that can be cured, it won't be easy but it can be fixed. But there is no treatment for narcissism.
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MaxErikson Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
I don't really believe that all happy families are alike. A happy family can be happy in their own way, just as an unhappy family can be unhappy in their own way.
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EJtheDemonKid Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
To add on to it, I think it also relates to how people define "happiness". 
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spinning-clover Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018   General Artist
Love this picture and great quote!
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YukiAnne-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Even if they are happy, they still have problems so maybe they aren't completely happy? Well it is true that my family isn't completely happy so I understand this xD But I also know people whose families look happy but they still have problems and stuff... I wonder if someone can be completely happy that must be awesome... :D

Also pretty cool work like always! I love your artwork :3 I like how you put meaning into every piece you draw *-*

Also know that feel with changing drawing programs... My first program was SAI too... Now I am using Manga studio 5 and yeah it is nice... But sometimes I just go back to SAI and enjoy it even when there aren't that nice brushes and stuff :D
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tociart Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I love your art so muuuuchh~ :heart:
I'm sorry if this has been asked so much, are you still using SAI v1 or have you switched to SAI v2?
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10thAngelArt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice art!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
nice one
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sweetdreamz12 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Interesting
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YawTawTheSixth Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
THIS IS BLACKFACE
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UKnowTheGuy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This gives me chills, but in a good way! Well done!
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FanofManyWorks Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
Those eyes are simply captivating!
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Tracy4angel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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SashaARD Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
for the first few seconds i thought its a real person!!
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Crap-zapper Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Amazing! :D
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asari13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice art
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BlackLenk Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
I might be weird but I don't get the importance of a family. These are random people you just happened to live with. In some cases they are people who fulfill their family role duties succesfully in some other they don't. In rare cases some family members are like friends and you can tell them stuff, share ideas, etc. But still you can find many different people who could be your friends anywhere. The hard thing is searching for that special kind of person. Freind or lover, whoever. That would be able to share with you what regular friends don't.
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kaazmiz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
You are not weird, you are just like me and more than half of the world. The media forces on us this image of importance of blood ties etc, but always omits the important things that make it worth such devotion.
Without it they are nothing more than pesky landlords who you lease a room from, and later on this weirdo school era friend that calls after a bazylion years.
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Mangascribbler Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018
They’re not random people though. For me, my brother has been my best friend since he was born. We fought, cried, laughed, lived our whole lives together until we separated as adults. There is not another “friend” I’ve known that long, no lover who has experienced all my experiences. 
It might be chance, who your family is, but they aren’t random. I’ve lived with random people, and it’s not even a little bit the same. 
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