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Well, today (December 27) is my 20th birthday :)
And I am no longer a teenager!

I have been going through some extremely difficult times lately, battling with my depression, breakup, etc.

But I have become a better and stronger person. I felt at the time that the pain was too much to handle and I wanted to just disappear, but I dealt with it and have used my past as a learning experience.

Everything happens for a reason.

And for this, I celebrate my 20th birthday as a stronger woman, blooming into adult-hood.


Thank you for being with me through everything! :rose:

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xMisax Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This actually reminds me of a character of a song. The woman was tricked, and fell in love with someone who only used her. In return, she cursed him.

Lafrenze from Sound Horizon. Elysion album, if you're curious.
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PRicanHavoc407 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Wow, truly awesome and very distinguished. You're gona make it in whatever you do.
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Ismeme Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Hm, very pretty. I know I'm a little late to be saying this, but happy birthday.
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Suiish Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh what a nice concept, It can be so easy to sink into depression and it grows and grows and can consume you so easily. Last year, i got so bad that i started to have anxiety and panic attacks and heart palpitations which didnt help, went to cognitive behavior therapy and was on anti anxiety pills which helped a lot. Thankfully a year and a bit later im somewhat back to normal, still get the heart flutters though. :C but it feels good to come out the other side of soething awful!
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SweetyPieCupcake Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love her hair and the wa she is looking like :)
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fluffy-puffy-fifi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ur art is so emotional and just fits me perfectly well :)
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LunaGhost Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Ur Art is so amazing and emotional , simply breathtaking
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ayaj05 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohmygod, that's amazing. This looks so pretty.
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eXtatic-Typhoon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Wow, it's so beautiful! I really love this red! Well done! :3
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atrinh Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I love the composition and sophisticated shading. Happy late tanjyoubi, Alex!
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DoReMiMagical114 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
you draw the girl very nice!
what program due use for most of the paintings you make on the computer?
your art is really inspiring!
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Dawn773 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I really love the way you managed to join the hair with the rose. Your faces have improved to much. Beautiful job!~ :heart:
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aznmushi019 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
this is just gorgeously beautiful :'D
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NanaBakaSONE Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said! You choose how to interpret these obstacles. I'm glad you used all of those expirences to make yourself stronger. Happy late birthday XD! I hope this year will be better for you and make you shine as an artist. C:
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Souruuriin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
this is soo beautiful >u<
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KiralinaAndonuts Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! You are an amazing artist and I love you and your work! keep it up and I'll be praying for you!
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Carmetsys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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you and i share the same birthday~

cheers to you for being so mature about your problems. it's true- everything does happen for a reason. i'm glad you understand that and that despite this tough year, you're only bringing out the best in you~ :heart:

wish you success with everything~

and the picture is just *love*

like bleeding rose, white and crimson, and how the hair swirls into the shape of the petals *u*

and her expression- so serene; beauty in the midst of pain~

:heart::heart::heart: you are amazing~
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RMXStudioJD Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh...Happy Belated B-Day~ :D
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RMXStudioJD Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
dAHSLDHaklhflhfKDJAHDLKSAHDsHDakldhaDHASKHFIuwewihaierhadfTOO MUCH AWESOMNESS*squeeeeee*
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VeiledWings Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so happy to see you are back, and it shows in this piece! Amazing, poetic and beautiful!
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katielynn456 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous! great work, yet again n_n
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BlueRoseLeaf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
All the best to you sweetie!
You have my support in your transition to a stronger woman.
I wish you all the happiness on your birthday and for the days to come. Take care~! :rose:
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Tabitha-De-La-Kitty Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this picture Akira and really good work!
It's such a shame you're having problems in life :( I feel so sorry for you <3 I've been through them myself but don't worry :3 you're going
to be fine! It isn't the end yet and there's still a long ways to go for you! Keep blooming and keep feeling optimistic!
I will favourite this and love it (THe Colours are comforting too!)
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Strollo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great use of red with whith.
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Wonderful
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Frankenstec Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you continue to amaze
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AnimeLover36 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
yes hard times we all go through them. your work is always so amzing keep up th good work. looking forward to your next art lol XD
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Hiromi-Yumi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Happy (Belated) Birthday! Great picture ^.^
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Eonari Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Perhaps a little late but, happy holidays, and most of all, happy birthday! ;) Glad to hear you're doing better, but if I may give a word of advice, (even though you probably know this already) never forget the bad times that you've had.
It may be painful and take you to some pretty dark corners of your mind, but it also allows you to appreciate the joyful times only that much more. If possible, try to dwell on the little things that can make you smile rather than what hurts, because once you get used to (or even cozy in) that dark corner, it only gets that much harder to get out of it.
Personally I usually try making fun of the not-so-funny things that happen to me, for even if it's a train of thought or a witty remark, if it can make someone else smile it's easier to smile yourself knowing you might brighten the day of others.
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TheTarafan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Pretty!
Hope you're OK and Happy Birthday (late -_-) :)
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kondouyumi-tan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is friggin' gorgeous!! I love it! :la:
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puchiko78 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
congratulations
it is sad when painful things happen, but just like you said... you have to learn from it to become stronger and wiser. I think you will achieve great things.
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metalartist2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I'm sorry for your troubles and hope it all goes well. I wish you a happy birthday too. By your work is really good. Especially this one is beautiful.
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VermilionFoxninja Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Good for you! :meow:
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kapanihan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice... blur use...
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wei-en Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Happy belated birthday! You were the artist that really inspired me to start drawing more, and I thank you very much for it.
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bitteryetsweet Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I've been visiting your deviantArt account frequently, and I was even anxious for something new! I've even considered having you on my deviantWATCH! But happy belated birthday! It's good to see you're still in one peace!

So until then, I hope to see more from you soon!
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PencilPaperPassion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday akirakirai! We all love you! Beautiful meaningful piece :D
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Yukamuci Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Happy birthday! (Even though it's little bit late xD)
anyway... Stay strong whatever happens and never ever give up :) I believe everything will be okay :hug:
.. and this picture is amazing! :heart: .. I like all of your pictures very much :aww:
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EmmaVirus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
So glad to see you were able to take everything and spin it into strength. hm.. I wish I had more to say.. Glad you're doing better and everything. Stay strong! and Happy Birthday!!
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sonozakiimion Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
VERY HB! we all have those moments... but them really makes us stronger to face the life that's coming! Keep on going, sweety!
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Feriberri Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May you continue to bloom as an individual long after you've reached your adult life~ :heart:
Thanks so much for continuing to share such beautiful and in-depth art with us and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
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FfiFfi73 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
pretty!
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BeautifulBlack-Soul Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's got such message!
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EnglandKirklandFTW Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Absolutely lovely work as usual. Stay strong, gorgeous.
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CookieChomper3 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I love the hair and roses. :) :rose:
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Saihai Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so beautiful. Her expressions is really.. alive, if you can say it that way :aww:
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ROBOTO001 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is really, really good. It has an element of emotion others seem to lack, and in my opinion, that should be admired. This work in particular is really good.

Also, happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful celebration for reaching this mile-stone. Keep up the good work!
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gracie-is-a-pie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
This is really beautiful, and I'm glad you feel better and stronger now. Happy birthday! :heart:
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MayaxBaby-kun Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AKIRA :DDD have a good one
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