We Save Ourselves is my raw emotions going absolutely overboard. I drew this about two months ago in a single day. (I'm feeling much better now!) It was a day I had three emotional breakdowns for many compounding reasons. Looking back on it, it is probably a plea to myself to not give up. That and I just needed a hug. We all feel crappy sometimes, it is only natural. What can I say? The actual line art/drawing was done in a rush and the proportions aren't quite right and Keita's leg looks wrong... I've been working on coloring this for the past month. I think I'm finally done. It feels like a huge burden has been lifted off my head. Compositionally I'm rather proud of it. I wanted to make the figures making body contact as much as possible. Head to chin, arm to shoulder, arm around body, legs to legs... tail to tail. The tails wound up making a heart shape... I didn't intend for that to happen. There IS a heart shaped spot on Maran's tail. Those of you that have seen Keita pictures before may notice the stuffed snow leopard is gone. Right now it is being replaced by the real thing. The message of the image is all about believing that someone somewhere loves you and cares about you. They may not always be there for you but they still love you. It can be a lover, a friend or maybe even someone you've never met. Believe in them, hang in there for them and don't give up. I don't quite know where the words that popped into my mind came from but I integrated them into the picture. We are not alone in our hurt. We can save each other We can save ourselves But only if we let each other. Slay my bad poetry skills.