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I can't save you by RealNation I can't save you by RealNation


I met you and you gave me life
But now I feel so blind
You used me as an anchor place
And yet, I did not mind

We gave each other everything
I have nothing left to give
You became my everything
I was your reason to live 

You just want some solid ground
To plant your roots, To heal
But I am far from solid now 
To me, it's all surreal

I can't believe we had a fight
I can't believe your gone
I can't believe you depend on me
This all just feels wrong

But I can't be your anchor
I can't give you life
I am broken just like you
What if we both can't stop the knife?

They say that you are crazy
Hell, I'm crazy too
But I can't keep us both afloat
And I can't save you

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apples-ishness Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting concept! The pose itself could use a little refining, however the basic idea is there and is quite effective.

Overall I'd suggest working on creating more drama in the drawing by adding little details. For example, adding more folding to the clothes (in particular the skirt) and more wavy lines to the hair. Consider that if the character is falling, anything that is hanging loose will rise up and wave vigorously. Here are some tutorials that might give you inspiration:
Fabric Tutorial ,  Clothing Tutorial (Notes) ,  Quick Lace/ruffles tutorial 

You could also add more impact by intensifying lighting and shading. Highlights and shadows will make the painting more dramatic and therefore better express the message behind the painting. It will also make the painting more interesting and more memorable to the viewer. There are many tutorials to take inspiration from for this, so I'll list a few good ones below to start with:
Light and shadow (  Video Tutorial ) by yuchenghong    Giant Shading Tutorial by TamberElla    Hair Coloring Tutorial by LauraHollingsworth    SKIN  Tutorial (step by step) by ryky    Shading Tutorial by GalooGameLady

Hope this was helpful! Keep on improving :)

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RealNation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, thank you! The references you included are super helpful- hopefully I can get better!
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MonicaValero Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student
Hi :happybounce: from ProjectComment! 
The composition is nice, and I like the pose a lot. I think there is a bit too many "air in the drawing", i think maybe the same character in a little less space would fit perfectly!
The hair color is just adorable and a little more polish to the texture could look nice. The same happens with the linework in the background. We all know gettint straight lines takes lots of practice and im sure you will be able to accomplish that! I think it would imrpove the background and the sensation of the character to be falling. Plus those little lines in their legs and arms confuse me and dont know if they belong to the background or not. Sorry if my English is not very good! I wish I can help :)
I hope you keep improving as it is still very nicely drawn!
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RealNation Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feedback! About your concern with the arms and legs, the lines are actually scars from self harm. I recently went through a breakup and this is a portrait of my ex-girlfriend, so this is very rough because of the state of mind I was in for the sketch process. I will keep your pointers in mind!
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MonicaValero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student
Aw I understand! :hug: :hug: You'll go through it, it's hard at first days but it will get better! Stay with family and friends! Best wishes! :hug: 
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RealNation Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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