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Is It Real? by shirotsuki Is It Real? by shirotsuki
I drew this to one of my absolute favorite Kanno songs, hence the title. So it's DEPRESSING and WOEFUL and SAD ;A;

The significance of the gears-
Somebody brought this up in a comment, and since pretty much everything in Crow has to do with gears, or more specifically fantasy clockworks that are completely non-functional but cool looking, i'm gonna take some time and DRABBLE about it.

Basically, the theory behind the world of Crow is that everything is just one little piece of something bigger. from cells to people to populations to planets to universes, so on and so on. The final point that everything is expanding out toward is represented by a gigantic clock called Judgement, and within it's works you'll find earth and everything else ever ticking along in some unfathomably HUUUUGE continuous (though not undynamic) pattern. Hence all the gears everywhere, which can be seen/sensed by the crows.

Characters like Rain and Nobel are called crows. Crows are the gears, or were the gears, before they malfunctioned and were dropped from the system. Simply put, they woke up and got thrown away. Normally they just fade away, but sometimes they linger..

And yes I am trying to draw this as a comic X D;. But this month sucks for that.. so... next month i hope i can pounce on it more seriously. It won't be able to go very fast since I'm working all the time, but every little bit counts X D;;

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characters: Rain, Nobel, Florentine (white cat) - Mine <3 :
Tools - sketch, adobe photoshop 7.0, open canvas 4+
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KeiraA333 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   General Artist
AHA! I saw this at AnimedeTour and have wanted to get it ever since! (but dumb enough not to check your older art folders :iconotlplz:).
Is sooooooo gonna gonna get this now :dance:
(extremely happy over here :iconveryexcitedplz:)
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madanime963 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
i love how there's not a defined line down the middle. Its just kinda flows~ I love it!
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narrendor Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful!
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Kittygirl1001 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... *faints from awesomeness*
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bassgeisha Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
wow, fantastic concept and very well executed +FAVE!!!!
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RosettaxDimitri777 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I loved this so much~! I'm happy I bought it at Tokyo in Tulsa >w<
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Kuroneko-No-Kaosu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Oh, this is wonderful <3 I'm so happy and honored I got to see this in person at A-kon. <3
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Ceress13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Simply Beautiful
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kamikaze012 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
I love this <3
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KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Hello :wave:

You've been featured in Faves from my Faves: Volume VI! Please have a peek at the article and :+favlove: it if you like what you see.

:heart:
Lili
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Cheruphim Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Student
Great inspiration, I love Yoko Kanno, and this art perfectly represents that! It's amazing!
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Mr-Imagine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
WOW! I LOVE THIS~!
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xQueen-Sinesthesia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student General Artist
The gears and the rest of this design is just completely brilliant.
I love it. <3
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Nadeky Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Los dibujos pueden ser impresionantes por si mismos, gracias a la mano del artista, y pueden atraer a mucha gente solo por la vista. ¿Pero sabes cual es la diferencia entre los que se recuerdan y los que no, de la cantidad de imagenes que vemos? Aquellos que tras de si tienen un significado, o un pensamiento, porque aun sin saberlo, hay algo mas que nos llama la atencion. Y eso es el pensamiento del artista, que dejo impregnado el dibujo con algo mas que calidad artistica
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darkmagekari Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
This is absolutely amazing. I love the story behind it as well and it's just mesmerizing to look at.
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mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   General Artist
Also,I really love the theory behind this too! 0w0
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mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   General Artist
Oh wow,that's really pretty.And really creepy!
I really like how delicate everything here seems :D almost as if everything is ready to just dissappear somewhere...
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BlitzHaigen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Nice, the highlights and absolute contrast totally call the eye to it from a mile away. Plus, I just love the way it looks. Digipaint?
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ltdalius Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Wooow - this is really nice lookin' piece - with all the gears and two worlds concept - cool! ^____^
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kanekami Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student General Artist
OMG nice!!!
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zoom-from-inside Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   General Artist
it`s some kind of mystery !!!
little complicated !!!
great work ;)
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Lovaxx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
would love to see these characters in a manga, phenominal job :) i am speechless
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TehFLEA Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
woah coolio 8'D
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BuuWho Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a beautiful song, and I think this image captures the emotion in it very well. I love the contrast~
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Slayer-1412 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the way everything fades into and out of existence is very well done! :wow:
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DarknessangelX Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Photographer
Featured in my news article: [link] :heart:
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Celestial-Gold Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the duality of this! The poses and characters contrast, yet mirror one another. Great juxtaposition.
Wonderful work of art!
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Shadow-Fox-9 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
very good art !
in many ways but to say it short...
i love it !^^
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daemonae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
is it real?
i love it!!!

your color its just amazing
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lovely-able-heather Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the contrast between the two sides. :)
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Yankash Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
I really like this piece because of the coloring and use of shapes. Everthing on the right is soft round while the right is very sharp. Although the splitting of a picture has been done before, this is one of the few that stands out as a new take on an old classic, well done. Definite fav.
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Jspx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so eerie, I love it!
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Fessel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
An epitome of surrealism. N1 ^^
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latty-latte54 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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Sojimne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
This is one of my favorite drawing's of yours, i love the contrast of themes and ideas.
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Etna-Boogie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Holy craaaap~! This is awesome! The coloring is top notch, as usual, and the detailing of those gears is just...wow. *_* Also liking the almost monochrome look you went with each side.

Sounds like an interesting story too. :nod:
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AugustinPeter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
I am interast
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policebonsai Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
O_O *stares*

awesome work you got there...
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Timcanpy-chi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Wow, to find someone on here who knows that song ;;A;;

It is a very sad song, and very slow might i add, but this piece works perfectly with it <3
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Veanar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I know you uploaded this like months ago, but I feel the need to comment on this anyway,

the story sounds amazing and really thought out, the drawing is awesome, I love the different backgrounds and how it splits in the middle.
I have to say that I don't know the song though..
:fav+:
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snapuswipe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I love it!
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Sesshofan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thats very cool looking.
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imapuddle Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Just...completely beautiful. And what well thought out and awesome story concept.

I enjoy the cats immensely.

The color pallete of this is also very....ominous? I don't think that's the right word. More like...its a prelude to something.
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Toylands Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC WIN. I LOVE this picture.
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EllaryRose Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You got me singing that song now... T_T I'm gonna be singing it all day now... ^^;;

Great Job! >_<
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Purple-Fearie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008   General Artist
that sounds like a really intiresting story/comic.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the idea and how the two sides parallel eachother.
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Crystal-Master Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
It's amazing...
I love it!
Interesting history...
:D
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Vivian16 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vary amazing!
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