artist's comments, mh 

I've worked on this piece for the better part of three years, with three different variations I went through before I landed a shot with this one, when at last I did finally feel confident enough to execute on it properly.

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artist's comments, mh 

It is a "vent" piece in a kind of morbid pun way.

I have had bad anxiety and depression for as long as I could remember, and for a while in my life - around when I started ideation of this piece - I was my only support group.

I remember a lot of the time the only "advice" for dealing with my MIs was the usual dismissive hokum. "Just smile" "Think positive" "Cheer up, don't cry"

"Just breathe, Kav"

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artist's comments, mh 

Of course, this is not to say that a willingness to tackle your MIs is pointless or that you should hope that someone will magically come to fix you.

But there were a lot of times I felt really hopeless and alone - the moment you realise things have gone very south and your mind breaks apart, with any premonitions of getting by shattering like glass.

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artist's comments, mh 

A lot of times when it felt like you were sucker punched and that breathing was taking effort.

I would say it was like drowning, but at least you can learn to swim.

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artist's comments, mh 

Getting this out of my system was good though, and I'm grateful for being in a much better place today than I was three years ago. And I'm glad that something positive came of that time, in the form of a painting I could share with you all.

Thank you.

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If you would like to see those older iterations and some sketches for this and other pieces, check my portfolio on ArtStation
kavaeric.artstation.com/projec

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If you'd like to support me you can buy this as a print on RedBubble, or for something more direct, I do have a Patreon ❤

RB rdbl.co/2lKcyzZ
PT patreon.com/kav

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furry art, asphyxiation 

@Kavaeric Certainly a dramatic result in space.

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