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The Bear--A grizzly story by str4yk1tt3n The Bear--A grizzly story by str4yk1tt3n
Giant Project of DOOM...finished.

So, if you've been watching me for a while or are familiar with my gallery, this may seem familiar to you...a couple years ago I illustrated a really horribly tragic and cynical poem I had written that is a metaphor for how people misuse things and then destroy them when that misuse results in someone getting hurt, even though there are people out there who want to cherish those things.
So, you can see it that way. Or you can just believe that I am a misanthrope that wants to manipulate people's emotions and then crush them. Either may be valid.

Anyway, I made this poem into a children's book for my Concept Development class final when I was just a few quarters in at The Art Institute, and lemme tell you...it was a JOB OF WORK. You can see it here: [link]

Well, since that time, my illustration skills have progressed somewhat, and my boyfriend kept suggesting that, for my graduation portfolio, I should have a completed project...not just a collection of random things, but a project that showed that not only am I creative, I also can create something cohesive, from beginning to end...and re-doing the book was often his number 1 suggestion. Of course, with this I will also be showing that I have a messed up brain, but whatevs.

I'm graduating this quarter, and so I finally gave in. And in about 5 weeks, along with working on other projects (and with the wonderful advice and input of my ex-illustration teacher, Mr. Mark Bender), re-illustrated this whole...damn...thing.
I have barely left my couch.
I never want to draw rolling hills or fur again. Or at least for like...a week.

But...it is done. I even have a cover and a dedication page and all that junk. And will be printing about 50 of these to give out to potential employers.

I hope you enjoy it.

Also, I am including a mild warning. I think you will understand why.

(tumblr: [link])


Oh my gosh! A DD! Thank you, everyone!
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Given 2011-05-25
Remarkably well written with amazing artwork and excellent placement and style of texts, The Bear--A grizzly story by *str4yk1tt3n is indeed a grizzly story, and a memorable one at that. ( Suggested by TheAstro and Featured by kangel )
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DerpWerp Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
aye good greif! dats horrid!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thank you!  :D
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attack193 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh dear lord! =O

At first I was horrified.... But then I found it hilarious XD
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hurray! That's pretty much the reaction I most hope for. Although it's really funny when someone has one of the print/book copies and they get to the last page and get perplexed and try to turn pages where there aren't any, sure there must be more.
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attack193 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Oh, I'm glad that was the reaction you were hoping for, because for a minute there I thought I was a terrible person XD
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Oh, you totally are, but you're in good company. ;)
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attack193 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
LOL!!!

Alright, I guess that's fair XD
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lordgunslinger Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
sad, but great!...
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Thank you so much!
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AlijDragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i love it but it makes me want to cry,
For the animal lover i am, i dont want things to die.....
it was really cute,but sad since the guy decided to shoot...
:sadangel: :'(
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I'm glad you enjoyed it, and sorry it made you sad.
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AlijDragon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yeah, its just that i really love animals and know alot
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Atroquine Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcryforeverplz:

I FOOLISHLY THOUGHT THAT WOULD END HAPPILY.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
HAHAHA!
Sorry...not meaning to laugh at your pain. That is just...the reaction for which I strive.
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Purple-Bells Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
That last image was what really made me cry.....
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Yay? I'm glad it effected you strongly, but am sad I made you sad. Don't cry!
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Riricantdraw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Poor bear! Lived a sad and loveless life. D:
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:iconstr4yk1tt3n:
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
He really really did.
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Kanjimaru67 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
This is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. You have great potential for writing children's books. Plus, your rhyming is pretty awesome as well.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Thank you so much!
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GDWeed Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww ur right is beter this is now my number 1 book do u mind if i do a version of this for school?
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I'm glad you like it! And yeah...that's fine, so long as you credit me.
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GDWeed Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i will dont worry
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Dark-Pangolin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's so sad ;_;
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violentkaos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just died a little inside.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Hurray!
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great poem!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thank you so much.
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callmeLexi Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love how you how you drew the bear nice work
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Thank you so much!
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callmeLexi Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
no problem I actually think that you draw a awesome bear!
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BelleMeansBeautiful Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
You're incredibly talented. The message in this piece is so strong - it's not often that I cry from stories or artworks, but this one I did. The innocence of the art and the rhyming words just hits home even more the message.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Thank you so much.
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awkwardpineapple Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
I cried.
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singrequiem Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww
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Fomanji Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconiloveyouplz: Please marry me.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Okay, though I don't think it will be currently recognized by law in most states. ^_^
I'm glad you liked it.
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Fomanji Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved it! That ending was really messed up, unexpected, and perfect.
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snowstorm224 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Its sad but amusing i like it.
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The-Emu14 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
omg poor bear D:
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MastaGnome Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
so so cool!!!!!!
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lanyu Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This nearly made me cry. T__T Excellent work indeed.
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Do-You-Remember-Me Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's slightly sad, but reading your comments, I understand the meaning behind this :)
I love both the illustrations and the story - you're quite talented!! :D
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clotwortorange Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could buy a copy from you.
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
If you would really like to, you may.
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clotwortorange Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? :D How much are you charging?
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Due to the need for the pages to be hand-assembled, 'cause of full-page spreads, $20 + S&H.
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Bruce8331 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Wow....that was an unexpected end, but I loved the poetry and the art nonetheless. :D
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Keonihatake Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
sad....
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CatMD Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow, this is real art and real poetry~
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