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Lost Things by Kyendo Lost Things by Kyendo
I held off on posting this and telling people about it - I've had enough false starts. But this one is a sure thing.

My first illustration (ever) for a print magazine. The theme was "Lost Things" and we were to write an accompanying small text for it.


It seems to me that Alzheimer’s is like some sort of alternative reality where people easily lose themselves – and are unaware of it. It’s paradoxical: they lose small fragments of who they are (who they once were?) everyday, but in that reality they create within themselves, something that we perceive as missing is, for them, something that was never there.

However, we can at least take some solace from the fact that this reality becomes a cocoon, shielding them from
some harsh aspects of growing old. And, as it becomes increasingly more difficult for them to recognize their daughters and sons and grandchildren, preserving memories is a task that falls on their loved ones. So I’m doing my part, for my grandmother, as delicately as I possibly can.


It's a bit personal, so... yeah.

Oh Comely Magazine - 2nd issue, August 2010. [link]
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MarinaVeselinovic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Loooovee love love!!! :love:
SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love this piece, and how you approached and connected this with Alzheimer's. It's probably one of the most terrifying, emotionally-draining illnesses known to man. You've approached it with an almost innocent, storybook-like illustration, but it (and the title + text) sum it up very well.

I have a Grandfather all the way down in Australia who's been suffering from Alzheimer's for the past 7 years. He's in the "Intermediate" stage of the disease at the moment. We know he's not doing well (he's in respite care now), but we never know when he'll suddenly get worse. And that is the scariest thing. :(

I love all your art, and I particularly like the way you've technically and conceptually handled this one. :3
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional
Thank you so much. This is an old one, but every once in a while people still find their way to it and remind me of it, and it's nice.
marryinchains Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
cool stuff. You can go through so many different styles but your essence is still present in each of them!
Rightfield Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do I sense a bit of Wizard of Oz?
Kyendo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional
Absolutely. That's where the whole concept comes from.
Rightfield Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Just realized what a great piece this is and faved. Not a fan of Oz but love it all the same.

So the Lion's missing his fist fighting courage. Dorothy has RED :XD: shoes and is missing home (nice connection!!). The Whiz is missing himself, or is maybe living a lie so his body isn't 'his' if you know what I mean. The tinman/spaceman wants a soul which is portrayed as a heart. Scarecrow/cowboy is missing his brain and maybe acts rashly as a result.
Always the most tragic pair 'cos if you could combine them (at the end once they have their gifts) you'd have the basic ingredients for a living being.

SC has:
-A brain
-Stuffing/insides (1/2 body)

TM has:
-A heart (soul)
-Metal/skin (1/2 body)

Then you could have an actual trio and their mascot. Somebody make an anime where Tinman and Scarecrow combine. PLEASSSSE?!!

I think that's why we don't see the Prof at the end of the film, 'cos he gives himself away to the "fictional" trio. After all, who says dreams aren't real.
hwilki65 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful. :heart:
There is a lot of meaning in this picture, I can tell, and you did an excellent job of executing it. I love the selective color, and they style that you chose to draw this in.
Great job!!
KirscheTea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   General Artist
This is positively beautiful...... and that you did this for your grandmother is even more so.
I think you've made something to truly honor those afflicted with this, and in a poetic, sensitive way. I might just cry!
Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional
Thank you so much. This is still one of my favourite things I've done to this day.
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