"When I was a child, I played outside with friends, bruised my knees, made up adventurous fantasies and played hide and seek. I ate what my mom made and McD was a treat. I would think twice before I said "no" to my parents. Life wasn't hard, it was great and I survived.
But as time went on, everything changed. My parents took me to courses and the best school in town, expecting me to get straight A's. My 'friends' introduce me to the joy of adulthood--smoking, drinking, drunk-racing on the street, chasing after girls.
Then one day I realized, I am neither the perfect son, nor the cool kid. I am the little child who wants a simple happiness of freedom. But the child's neck is now strangled by people's expectations, leaving him vurnerable, powerless. When the child dies, I am not sure if I can recognize myself anymore."
Just a speedpaint. I uploaded the original/not cropped picture on my FB and Tumblr. Pfffft yeah yeah so many anatomical errors but hey, I'm learning. O3O
I may print this as a personal bookmark, so I'll be tempted to go back at my book to 'help' my crying bishie~
Also, since some people asked, yes, you're free to print this for personal use. :>
I feel like his expression could be sadder or desperate because I feel like that would emphasize the emotions of the quote in the artists comments. You could do this by either making his eyes more shiny, or straighten his eyebrows or put them in a slightly upward arch...I can't explain what I mean.XDD I really like this though, so keep it up. XD
Nah, his flat, almost-bored expression is what I intent to make. Tama is desensitized... erm, systematically-desensitized by his adulthood that he's losing the ability to feel anything, not even anger, sadness, and moreover, happiness. Like written above, he's almost losing himself - the child - so I figured his face would look blank, like an empty shell... I think... pretty much like mine.