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.: When September Ends :. by kristymariethomas .: When September Ends :. by kristymariethomas
For some reason I've been singing "Wake Me Up When September Ends" while I've been drawing this picture of Millie. I think it's because she is the epitome of innocence, and little children grow up way too fast. Then it hit me, I could enter this into Cataclysm-X's contest for songs - I had something else in mind, but I think I like this better! :) Contest info: [link]

I'm really proud of this drawing. The ref pic has such a special quality and I really feel like I've been able to translate that into this drawing. Whew! My hands are tired from all that dark dark shading. A couple of years ago I would have never thought I could make a drawing so dark, but I've learned what patience and layers of different leads can do. :)

Ref pic by the talented Claire Bradshaw : [link]

I can still remember the first time I heard this song...It was late summer/early autumn in New England - we had just moved there *again* and we were in our hotel room (6 people in a hotel for THREE MONTHS) and that song came on and I immediately fell in love with it. I can't describe the feeling I get when I hear this song...it's about newness, adventure, but also about memories, some of them which fade with time despite our best intentions. I still feel as young and innocent as Milly sometimes, and yet, here I am, with four kids, and life is just speeding by... Sometimes I just want new adventures, and sometimes I just want to be young again, with no health problems and even so, want life to slow down, so I can experience these moments I will never be able to get back....

This image just captures it for me.
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"Wake Me Up When September Ends"

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends

like my fathers come to pass
seven years has gone so fast
wake me up when september ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when september ends

summer has come and passed
the innocent can never last
wake me up when september ends

ring out the bells again
like we did when spring began
wake me up when september ends

here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

as my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
wake me up when september ends

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when september ends

like my father's come to pass
twenty years has gone so fast
wake me up when september ends
wake me up when september ends
wake me up when september ends

- Green Day
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:iconjo07jo07:
jo07jo07 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
wow! sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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fedoraStorm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Is this a charcoal drawing?
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:iconkristymariethomas:
kristymariethomas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Graphite. :)
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:iconfedorastorm:
fedoraStorm Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
cool.
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VIKINKG Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT AN AWESOME DRAWING!!.
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Lellman Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Your art is being stolen and resold by "Shawnamarie Weatherford". [link]
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darkdeviantone Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
again this is amazing
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tr1st3r Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I coulda sworn that was a photograph.
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Ahmedaik Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesooooooooooom ,,,,and the song is such an inspiration !@! :D
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smaragdfrog Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Wow this is amazing! Perfect details! Love it!
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dreamarian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi, I've featured your work in my journal!

:iconnavyrose1plz::iconnavyrose2plz::bulletblue::bulletblue: [link] :bulletblue::bulletblue::iconnavyrose5plz::iconnavyrose6plz:
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day :hug:
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anaPhenix Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Featured ! [link]
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:iconnadiasportfolio:
NadiasPortfolio Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
This is amazing. Love your choice of photo to draw... you did very well! The detail is fantastic. :highfive:
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:iconevapolly:
EvaPolly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Truly beautiful!
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:iconjona-soul:
Jona-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible!
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siboulette90 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student
great!!! wonderful!!
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TheSignmaker Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Beautiful work! I just loved to stroll through your gallery...your work is very inspirational... :hug: thanks!
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LadyDracule Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful drawing!
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Toddimus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a drawing?! Wow, I thought it was a BW photograph. Amazing.
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IoaSan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Photographer
your beauty work was featured here: [link] :heart:
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Cofficremebrulee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Songs that remind me of how fast time flies always make me so sad. This pretty much captures that feeling perfectly. Wonderful!
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:iconlillela:
Lillela Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Pretty much speechless. Yeah.
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:iconjacques-noir:
Jacques-Noir Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Just soooo amazing, the eyes are superb.

Instant :+fav:
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jess-anime Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
this has left me speechless
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MidnightKuro13 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE IT!!! its breath-taking,beautiful,ah-mazing, pretty, and...er...i cant think of any other adjectives so 3 words..i mean letters
W-O-W
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Jacklin980 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh I love this song x-x ♥ An your work are so AWESOME! Such talent...
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007up Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Artistic Art piece
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kaffepanna Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh, i get a lovely sally mann vibe from this! <3
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:iconcarhot:
carhot Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
That's lovely! It's really pretty. ^^
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:iconvashra:
Vashra Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I honestly believe that I don't even *see* the world in the kind of detail you must in order to be able to draw like that.

Fantastic work.
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livyer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
:iconbonklers: I did feature your work here [link]
It's a news article of Drawings & Paintings.
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yellowicous Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work! <3
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d0ubled0tdee Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009   Photographer
wow... great...
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:iconwitchiart:
WitchiArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, your art is stolen there [link]
I report it.
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sana-sa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
great work.awsome
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sydneysls Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Wonderful job! I really love this. =]
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vickyvicks0 Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
WOW~!!!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   General Artist
beautiful work :)
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Siy-T Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
superb!
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daysleeper81 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
gorgeous!!! :thumbsup:
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:icongianlucacasula:
GianlucaCasula Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
those drawings are so amazing....
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GeminilyCapricorn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Very good. The hair could be softer though.
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lookingtotheeast Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I am stunned. That is beyond fantastic! You are talented beyond great! Thank you for letting the rest of us enjoy your gift.
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SephStephens Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
This is a striking image and the dark shading gives her expression so much life. I love it.
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AidaBabayeva Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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Sweet-Gwendoline Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Amazing work!
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suniika Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
wow ! excellent
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firelights Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Beautiful =)
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Ra-Pha-El Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Very funny^^ Amazing work^^
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