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Into Dust... by shinga Into Dust... by shinga
Still falling
Breathless and on again
Inside today
Beside me today
Around, broken in two
Till your eyes shed
Into dust
Like two strangers
Turning into dust
Till my hand shook
With the way I fear

I could possibly be fading
Or have something more to gain
I could feel myself growing colder
I could feel myself under your fate
Under your fate"

Mazzy Star - "Into Dust"


I've been wanting to draw something like this for ages. I used to be able to dance... quite well, even. I loved it. And now... well. Now it's hard to even think about dancing, much less be around it. When I see it, when I remember when I used to be able to do that... it breaks my heart and I feel like I'm falling into nothingness.

/emo, maybe :P Still... I don't do much art about disability and, well, I have a lot of feelings about it. Might as well draw.

edit holy crap a DD? I've never had one of those before O.O; *blush* It wasn't easy for me to decide to show this level of vulnerability with this pic but wow. I'm truly touched by this.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-09-10
Into Dust... by *shinga is executed simply yet elegantly, and the sentiment hits you in the gut like a ton of bricks. ( Suggested by KytheraOA and Featured by kozispoon )
natalieford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
One of my favourite songs and this is a perfect image for it.
natalieford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Also Hope Sandoval has an amazing voice…
davidangel54 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is very intreguing i wish to be this talented
bwargle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I found your dA through a friend, and i was just flipping through because your art is amazing, but.... this really touched me.

Thank you for showing this and allowing us to see this vulnerability. I can relate and it made me cry (in a good way). Thank you SO much for posting your art.
ShadowLetheria Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is amazing - it's deep, thoughtful, emotional and really hits home. I understand the feelings behind this as I deal with a dissability as well. to be that beaten down by your on body -having to watch life and what you love pass you by is a pain deeper than any other. You've displayed that emotion sincerely and beautifuly.
ShadowLetheria Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(also sorry about the emoticon - hadn't rilized the mouse sliped and hit the "anger" instead of the "Wow!" emoticon untill affter it had posted ... they really should let us edit these things.)
Tyranecia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really, really love this picture. It conveys so much emotion, and its been brilliantly done, and it's amazing, and... I have no more words.
May I use this as the cover photo for my poem "She Wants to Fly"? Your picture just exemplifies exactly what I was trying to write.
Slivius Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think you caught it perfectly. Well done.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kozispoon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Daily deviation. :la:
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ThePaleRaven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
This is beautiful and it really touched a nerve for me. I was recently diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease, people find it hard to understand why I've pushed some things to the side so I can do the things I wont be able to in a few years time.

It's always hard to show vulnerability to others, I find it's the hardest think i can do because I don't like feeling weak.

I love this picture because it's brave of you to share the emotions, but despite being so simple, it's beautiful and to the point. I love it.
insanelemur Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has so much emotion in it, I can't even find words for it. My heart goes out to you!
KC8coolcat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This peice is truly beautiful. I know how you feel about the dancing, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 5 years ago. It's hard and frustrating, and sometimes you just have to draw your feelings out. This expression in this drawing is amazing.
squirreltheawesome Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
data-bull Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just about one of the most touching, thoughtful and truthful pictures I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing this with the dA community <3
LadyNovaDragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else have what you cannot. yeah... I know that feeling so very well :cry: this is a very lovely picture and portrays the emotion well.
moehawk37 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
this is remarkable. Thank you for sharing such an obvious truth for many people who have acquired a disability in their lives.
Much love to you.
realAniram Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I understand that feeling. I used to be able to love to run, but after getting the swine flu in the summer of '09 my lungs were shot to hell and I went from being a healthy body weight to almost 200 pounds, and my self confidence went way down. For me, though, it's something I can work away. I couldn't imagine not ever being able to run again. :hug:
stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
How sad... Amanda!

Have you ever considered do learn to dance in your wheelchair?

Best wishes,

SyallaArts Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
That is sheer awesomeness :D Captured it perfectly :)
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
You truly deserved to get this featured. :hug:
A-Markov Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
hey! look at you, gettin' featured and stuff. For good reason too. This is a very powerful piece, well executed.
Elusha-Rush Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep getting the chills over and over again. This is very powerful.
kozispoon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
So glad the community has not only appreciated this deviation, but understood/empathized on so many levels with it. This is definitely one of the pieces in your gallery that's a standout on some very intimate levels. :)
Snyper-mara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I can understand where you are coming from...where as I am not confined to a wheelchair (yet) I have an illness that makes me so tired I can barely make it through 6 hours a day just staying awake, not counting any activity. I can't do anything anymore.
SpiegelEngel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
... All I can say
OctopusaLaMode Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Though I am not disabled in that sense I am disabled and hate to think of things I used to do on a daily basis. It does feel like your just fading away. My heart goes out to you. Your not alone hon
Twisted-Otaku Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
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Sturmjager Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
You've captured the emotions perfectly here.

Oh, and congrats on the DD!
Nati-true88 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I admire your willingness to express what such a heart-wrenching feeling must be like. Wow, I felt it. Your art is amazing!!
Ktz25xXxhazel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow.... this is truly touching, Shinga, and the art is gorgeous. Very powerful, its almost impossible not to see this and read this and not feel a portion of your pain.
DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
endo24 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Thank you for sharing!!!! You are very brave!
mangasockattack Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work, it shows off a very vulnerable, soft side. It works very nicely, great job and congrats on the DD!
Refugeewolf Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I Just wanted to tell you how much this piece speaks to me. My grandmother spent most of her life in a wheelchair with MS an I think this really shows how she felt. This is really beatiful
ArynChris Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
More importantly, congrats on the DD. As may be pretty damn obvious at this point, I think it deserves it, and so do you.
ArynChris Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
"Oh my god. That was a fast turn-around for a DD suggestion. Holy cripes! Also, SWEET!"
^my reaction to seeing the thumbnail at the bottom of my other pages.

"Oh, lol. Chosen by someone other than who I noted, suggested by someone other than me. Pretty sweet that I'm not the only one who thought it was worth a DD, though."
^my reaction to seeing the pretty new caption.

Dorsaispirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this shows that real art is that which communicates with the heart. Abstract designs have no way of conveying emotion the way something simple like this can. Absolutely beautiful.

I think you should offer this as a print here. There are several people here that appear to be able to relate to this image directly or through loved ones. Perhaps you can help them with this.

I love your comic and am glad that you are drawing again. I really hope to see more work like this from you. I am always a fan of any work that people put their heart into for the world to see.

And to quote Galaxy Quest just to lighten the mood: "Never give up! Never surrender!"
thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Firstly, HUGE hugs ~ just because.
Secondly, this piece is so moving and inspiring.
It is clever and thought-provoking.
It is emotional, heart-breaking to read you can no longer dance.
But don't let the physical facts stops your mind and heart from doing what your body once could; inside of us, nothing can stop our happiness.
(or something like that ~ the piece is amazing!)
UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow. Very impressive. I'd say a job well done for expressing yourself like this. Very poignant.
Hiland-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well deserved DD. It does take courage to post something as deep and personal as this. I am sure there are others in the community who can relate... I certainly can empathize with what you picture here... beautiful lines. Thank you for this thought provoking piece.
kolson98 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This so sad. Beautifully drawn and a very powerful message.
suyuku-san Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Writer
this really speaks a lot to me, I've had to watch my brothers go through many leg operations in there lifetimes and it always made me sad when they have to be confined in a wheelchair for what felt like forever, then having to listen to the ridicule of people who thought it was funny of what was happening to them. but this is just amazing I love it so much, and this made me feel so much better after a crappy day. thank you.
KiyoshiAka Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i've always love that song
ChibiblazeX3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
do you know if your disability is permanent?
Don't give up hope, there are major biological breakthroughs being made this very minute, many of which are working to heal paralyzation, or replace limbs that don't function..
TsubasaNoKimura Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I once drew a picture that reminds me of this. It was of a woman kissing a man that was turning to porcelain and crumbling away.

The picture is very nice, good job
2artgirl3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so lovely, the message behind it and the drawing itself. Very nice work :)
PandaProduction Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see a victorious girl being awesome and happy.
BradFacon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad =/
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