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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.

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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.


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

Oh Comely Magazine - 2nd issue, August 2010. [link]
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:iconmarinaveselinovic:
MarinaVeselinovic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Loooovee love love!!! :love:
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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
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:iconkyendo:
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.
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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!
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Rightfield Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do I sense a bit of Wizard of Oz?
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional
Absolutely. That's where the whole concept comes from.
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:iconrightfield:
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.
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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!!
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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!
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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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:iconkirschetea:
KirscheTea Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   General Artist
Of course - again, you really made some powerful work. <3
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Dariian-r00 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
texture in the background!!! i thought the first person in the right had stick legs
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional
Yes, he's supposed to be the Scarecrow, hence the stick legs. :)
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Yoshermon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
My grandmother has Alzheimer's. It's a bit heartbreaking when my dad and I visit her and she asks my grandpa who we are, but she got it when I was very young so I can't really remember much back before she had it anyway.

That text that goes with this takes my breath away and sends my mind reeling with thoughts. I like to think about memories, and who a person is with or without them. You have shown me a perspective about the disease I had never thought about before, and for that I thank you.
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional
Yes, even after all this time I'm still not quite sure what I was trying to tell with this. I just thought of it and I love the Wizard of Oz, and the whole thing struck me as something that could be... worth sharing? I don't know. I'm very glad this struck a chord with you.
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Yoshermon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
It's just one of those things that presents an idea but no clear answer or point behind it. It makes me think of questions like, "If you find something you didn't know you had lost, was it ever lost to begin with?" and, "Do memories make up who we are? If we lost our memories, how would we know what our personality is?". Even the very concept of something being "lost" is interesting food-for-thought for me, and this gave an interesting piece of insight on how a person perceives Alzheimer as they experience it.
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Misstambourine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Different aspects and beautiful!

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robjoeball1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
That lion is sick!
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional
Ahah, thanks! I quite like him.
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spshlfx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel ya. Wow this is so touching!
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional
Thank you.
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MissDarling23 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student General Artist
This is a really beautiful piece, I love the Oz tribute. :heart:
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional
Thanks.
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K-MaleenVisla Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
The symbolism is truly touching. Congrats on creating such a great and meaningful publicized illustration. :+fav:
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional
Thank you. :)
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leisoleil Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
That's a beautiful illustration, there is something very captivating and haunting about it. and the accompanying text is very touching.. It was very smart too, to use the story of Wizard of Oz to the theme of 'lost things'. :)
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional
Thank you so much. Haunting is definitely one of the things I was going for.
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:iconkasla:
Kasla Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This idea is really wonderful! I love the idea of the Wizard of Oz to express the concept of "parallel universe" and of "lost things". It's genius!
I have a question: I know that the lion was searching for his courage... I don't remember the whole story (I read the book a lot of years ago), but why do you have highlighted his arms, if he was searching for his courage? Just a wonder!
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Kyendo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional
Thank you so much! Well, the way I see it, we need courage to have initiative, take action and do stuff, hence the hands. Or, in this case, paws.
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Kasla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I see! In the practical way, do something in concrete terms and not only at words, needs courage, it's true. I agree with you! Thank you to have explained me your idea! :heart:
And you're welcome, too! :hug:
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tofunkious Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is AMAZING. *tears*
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional
Thanks. :D
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ElCosmonauta Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
great illustration. i like how you used the red scribble to signal what they were missing, and how it applied to the person with Alzheimer's (your grandmother?). very inspiring. good luck with everything.
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional
Yes, it's supposed to represent my Grandmother. I'm really glad you got the scribbles, too. :) Thank you!
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Shonk-ness Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Love it, congrats again on the publications. You totally deserve it. :)
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional
Thank you. *u*
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mrgid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
This is really something. It definitely reads as something a little closer to home, but I think that's part of the impact of it. Nicely done.
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional
I sure hope so. :) Thank you.
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Drewstwitr Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student General Artist
The image is interesting and really pretty, the small text was like a punch in the heart, best wishes :)
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional
Thanks.
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lybrus Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
ficou tão fixe este =)
por tudo: pelos desenhos e pela história por detrás
vai dar uma bela magazine
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional
Espero que sim! Obrigado.
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po-stit Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Não sabia que tinhas feito algo para uma revista, parece que está no início mas de qualquer maneira é awesome =) Parabéns. Pelas duas coisas. Adorei a forma como puseste o rapazinho e a menina a agarrar a "avó", tá mesmo querido. O vermelho destaca bastante e está brlhante. Só tenho duas coisas a acrescentar, a calça do rapaz mete-me impressão e a boca do leão é esquisita o que acaba por distrair um pouco. (tinha de ser o estraga f****)
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional
Em princípio vão-me enviar uma cópia em breve. :) Bem, quanto ao leão eu queria que tivesse uma cara um bocado estranha, quase humana... Até gosto do resultado. Quanto às calças - sim, suckam. =p
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po-stit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Como te disse o leão não tá mal, está esquisito, mas não quer dizer que esteja mal. Agora as calças tão =p De resto adorei mesmo. Tens que me oferecer uma print. =p
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wegs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I actually didn't catch on to the Wizard of Oz theme until I read someone's comment about it (I...am slow sometimes. I have no other excuse.) but once I understood it, with the title and your description, my mouth hung open a little in awe. Really deep, moving concept, and very beautifully executed.
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional
I wasn't very sure about the execution (it was pretty rushed), but... Yeah, the concept. I had the idea and I had to do it. Thanks.
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, god, the explanation coupled with the picture near about made me cry at work here.
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:iconkyendo:
Kyendo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional
The fact that I managed to touch someone makes me feel that much more accomplished. Thank you.
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BlessaKim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
ROFL, I LOOOOVE how Oz is just completely red.
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