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in another universe... by comrade-carpet in another universe... by comrade-carpet
...we'll meet again.

I drew this after my cat died, a few weeks back. It was part of a much bigger picture that I haven't had the motivation to finish.

Chino was a feral cat that decided to grace me with her presence. She would only come at dusk and leave at dawn. We used to sit on the front porch together during the summer nights. Despite her feral beginnings, she loved people. She would howl at the door until someone came out. I'd look down at her bowl. It was usually full. She just wanted company. She bit my toes and drooled. She was a tortoiseshell cat with a tail like a raccoon. Towards the end she started losing weight. She wouldn't eat.
On the last day I saw her, she pulled her skinny body over to me and we sat on the porch.
We both knew what was coming.

The last time I saw her she was purring.
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syxx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a heartfelt piece :heart: It seems you had a deep connection with your cat to evoke such feelings in your artwork.
The style is beautiful, so much time and effort has gone into all your cross hatching of those walls and sky.
I love the iconic elements in this too, like there is life after death and it isnt all over once you leave this world.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
Thank you :heart:
I'm glad the message I was trying to portray came through.
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wolvenillusion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful... <3 I'm so sorry for your loss.. and that was a beautiful story about her.

The inking looks wonderful. definitely a fave.
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
what a beautiful story ;__; It would make a good short story, not just a description.
your hatching is impeccable, and,, oh god, i just can't over the story, it's so beautiful...
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
Thank you.
I can't write though. I guess you could just call this a really, really, really short story.
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weezil936 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
:giggle: sure
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abyss-dog Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2005
I'm sorry for your loss, Astro. I know how it hurts to lose a pet. They're more than just animals. They're friends. I love how you did the planets and stars. It really seems to convey the fact that there's a lot more out there, and how small we are in comparison to the universe, The cross-hatching looks great, and I especially like the inking style on the walls.. particularly how you let up on the inking towards the lower parts of the wall, as though light is hitting it.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2005
Thank you, it means a lot to me.
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Kheezero Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
Awesome drawing, the texturing and planets are really good! But such a sad story behind it, sorry about your cat...
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:iconcomrade-carpet:
comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
It's ok, we had a good couple of yearsl. I'll miss her, but I think she's in a better place now.
thank you.
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rahni Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
Awww, she sounded like a sweetheart. I wish my cat would associate me with something other than food]:| I'm sorry she had to depart so soon.

This picture makes me think... It's so wonderful. It would be nice to send your loved ones off into a place like that when their time came.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
Your'e Alive! Yay, I thought your mountain of schoolwork had toppled you.
I associate the universe with afterlife, maybe it's from The Lion King. Though I'd like to think that my spiritual beliefs aren't quite that cheesy. In either case, I only saw her at night, so the space thing worked in my mind.
Thank you.
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rahni Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004
Yeah, barely. I should be able to visit the net -a little- more often though because my grandpa bought me my own computer (yey!) because of my last report card. I got a 3.591 GPA (I haven't been anywhere near there since 6th grade). Problem is, I have to maintain that;p

We all have our interpretations of affairs that we don't fully comprehend. I don't think its cheesy; I think it's beautiful.
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silverjackal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
Mruu... I'm sorry that you lost your kitty.. ;~; But aye, you'll meet again. I really love your use of hatching and shading here.. it's quite incredible. Must have taken you forever... patience for things as this I do not have. o.o Hope you feel betterrr... :heart:
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
Thank you. I'm more at peace with her being gone now.
As for the patience, I have none either. That's why I stopped this.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so very, very touching, Comrade.

Your inkwork is breathtaking, especially the crosshatching on the walls. The scene itself is wonderful as well. You'll see Chino again. I'm glad that doing this piece helped you to heal a bit.

Thank you for sharing this with your dA buddies.

:+fav:
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
Thank you for the fav.
Much as I like this picture, and as much as it helped me, crosshatching hurts my hand.
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lord-nougat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
That is so magnificent! You have a knack for conveying poignancy both with words and with images. :hug:
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
thank you. :hug:
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DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004
Such painful tenderness that you share with us. I personally am truly touched that you are opening yourself up regarding this deeply personal experience. Goddess bless to your cat, and blessing to you in your time of grief. It can be hard losing someone so close *hugs*
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you.
I don't normally post my more personal art, but I think this helped me put her to rest.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you.
I don't normally post my more personal art, but I think this helped me put her to rest.
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3na Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004  Student
Amazing texture. Suits it so well.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
:D thank you.
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IrkenProdigy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2004   Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous and heartbreaking all in one... it brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you so much. I'm glad it had such an impact.
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Enpu2 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
Awr.... So cute and sad...
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
thank you, and thank you for the fav.
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01zap Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
This is Beautiful Astro. Such meaning < 3

I love youre ink work.
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:iconcomrade-carpet:
comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you. :)
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Cerzz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
Aww such a sad story. The picture is so emotion filled.. *sniff* its gorgeous
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:iconcomrade-carpet:
comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
Thank you.
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erin-wyse Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
Have you ever read The Rainbow Bridge?

This is a gorgeous picture. I love the texture. And the whole symbolism and such.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
I had read it, quite a while ago. Thank you for sending it to me again. I've always loved it.
Thank you.
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666mel666 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
I'm Sorry about your cat buddy ='3 > I know how you feel, my dad killed my cat(and my dog btw) , so you can imagine. At least yours had a peaceful death.

But this piece of work is really beautiful. It makes me wanna cry little kitty tears. Your cross hatching technique is awesome, and it looks really neat. The walls are amazingly done. You can tell where the light hits and everything, its really awesome. I really admire you for creating such a piece, because you have so much patience. I wish I had that right now ='3 ...Thats why I can't get any GOOD artwork out...

I can't wait to see more of your new stuff =)

*strums on her base* DON'T WORREH. BE HAPPEH =3....=B
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
What kind of bastard would kill your pets? I am angry for you.
Thank you, but I really have no patience either. This was originally going to be bigger, but I got sick of the walls.
shaddup, you have good artwork.
*dances*
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666mel666 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004
lol a crazy one thats my dad...
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NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
That is a lovely, moving tribute to what was clearly a beloved friend.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you.
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KatrakanCharizard Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
merf...it's so cool and all and..have lot of..meaningful-ness....if that's word...if not.. I invent it...and I won't say anything..I just feel I'll pollute this piece X3 :moo:
Very deep
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Aww, It's ok. :hug: thank you.
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un-satisfied Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
...we'll meet again.

Time in between was will be just a dream. Beautiful, this brought tears to my eyes.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you. :)
Is that from a song? It sounds vaguely familiar.
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un-satisfied Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
aye "Dolphins Cry" by Live.
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spark-chick Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
I completely understand that. I recently lost my own cat over the summer... I'm 19, she was 20... my parents had literally had Lilly before they had me... I'd never been without here, even at college, because my parents would call me, and I could hear Lilly meowing in the background... A couple of weeks after I had gotten home for the summer, she had- what we assume- was a stroke. The vet came out to our house to put her to sleep, because she hated the car and hated the vet's office, and we didn't want her last minutes to be so unhappy. I say with her until she was unconscious, then I went to my room, because I couldn't stay to watch.

It's hard. I understand. This is a beautiful peice of work, and I hope that it helped you feel better.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
I'm sorry about your cat. I remember the cat my parents had before me died when I was 8. It's always difficult to lose a pet like that, because you've never known life without her.
Thank you. To some degree, I think it did help me let go.
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ktp Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
so cute, i really like the planets and the walls and the cat! awesome
im sorry your cat died... :(
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
It's ok, I guess. She was really sick.
and thank you.
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cosmospixelkitty Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004
That's such a pretty picture, but such a sad story. You should write a tribute to her, I'm sure it would be beautiful.
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comrade-carpet Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Thank you. :) but I cannot write. :(
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