The Moment Before My Mom Left WIP


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Squirrelsize so sorry about your loss. No matter how much time passes, it never really gets easier. I lost my sister when I was younger and my father a few years ago. They stay with us with the memories we made with them.

    I really like #4.



  • @Chip-Valecek Thanks man, so true. I heard a quote once from a father who lost his daughter fifteen years ago. It really vibes with me. He said, " The pain never leaves because we don't stop grieving, and we don't stop grieving because we never stop loving."



  • Oh man @Squirrelsize big hugs to you because that's literally you're heart all over the page there. I lost my Mom to pancreatic cancer last July and these were hard to look at. I hope I can get to a place where I can do a project like this someday. What a tribute and you are so brave. The thing I keep thinking, the only thing that helps sometimes is that phrase that grief is love unspent. If we didn't love them still so much it would be easier but who would want that?

    Anway! Ugh I'm crying. I like 6 too like an above angle is so lovely. But I love the sunbeam shafts in 4 too. It's like that scene in The Rough Patch by Brian Lies where Evan the fox is turned away from the sun so you see him shadowed but the sun is still there like with it's hand on his back, I just think that's so perfectly grief



  • #2 #5 #8 #9 are my favourites -very close -more focus and good angle for the outpouring of your emotions. So sorry โค It will be a beautiful piece.



  • 5 and 8 are my favorites


  • SVS OG

    This is so heart-breaking. I sincerely hope that your family is going strong. This piece is so powerful. My dad died when I was four due to kidney failure but I was too young to understand the gravity of it all or to even miss him as cold as that sound. I barely knew him enough because of how young I was. I can, however, relate to to passing of my grandma who died when I was 14. She had 2 strokes and was bed-ridden. I was the one in charged of taking care of her because we couldnโ€™t afford to hire extra help. When I was in school one day, my grandma died. I was taking an exam when my mom came and told me my Lola had passed. Until this day, I still feel a guilty for not being by her side that day. I feel really bad thinking she died all alone.


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    I think you'll do a beautiful job capturing the essence of those special moments. It's clear you can communicate it, and by doing so you'll help others feel it too! I'm a big fan of #8. Well done!!



  • #4 is my favorite, however, the piece will be beautiful no matter what you choose.

    Thank you for sharing your story - I'm so sorry for your loss.



  • I'm so sorry for your loss, you're so brave to illustrate that moment and your piece is going to beautiful no matter what. I think I like #4 the best because even though the moment is so sad, there is an element of peace to it โค



  • @Heather-Bouteneff Thanks for the hugs, sending some your way. I love that phrase: Grief is love unspent. Sometimes I feel like my heart is so full of unspent love.

    Thanks for your tips and I love the idea of using the sunbeams shafts. I think I'll probably do some sort of combination of the thumbnails and I think I will be stealing #4's sunbeams. The Rough Patch has some beautiful illustrations. I love the lighting used in it ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Heather-Boyd Thanks girl, yeah, good idea about focus and angle. I feel like that is going to be a big key to really hitting home on expressing the moment.

    Thanks @MichaelaH

    Wow @nyrrylcadiz , my heart goes out to you. My grandmas are very close to me and I can't imagine how hard it will be to let them go. Thats hard.

    Yeah, my family has had a time of it, but I feel like we have all grown closer together.

    Hahaha, yeah @Coreyartus, #8 is getting ranked up. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey @djly, yeah, thanks, #4 is one of my faves too

    @hannahmccaffery Hahaha, You may not think I'm brave when you see me slobbering all over the sketches lol. Anyway, Thanks, Yeah, #4 does have some peace to it. I'll have to be to keep that element when drafting more sketches.



  • So I've done three thumbnails, each with a combination of several of the top voted.

    Let the voting commence.

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  • I am vote for 1.



  • Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing this "Moment before" with us. I like #3 best because you are not in bed with her. I like the intimacy of being in the bed hugging, however, it could read as just the moment before an everyday nap as opposed to the more profound moment that this is. I think having you at the bedside hunched over really sells what is happening in this image. very touching, I look forward to seeing how it progresses.



  • @andersoncarman Thanks man, yeah, that is a good point. I think hunched over by the bedside would make more sense. I will keep that in mind when doing the next draft.


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I am liking 3 the best.


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      I think the others have too much space to the right that would just be empty or distracting from the focal point.


  • I like 1 and 3 the most



  • @Squirrelsize I really like the first one of the second set of thumbnails you did the most. I think this is because I get more of a sense of peace from the scene. I suppose itโ€™s the more reclined pose of the squirrels, they just look more comfortable and together.
    Iโ€™m sure your image will be just beautiful, with your sweet textured graphic style and limited palette.
    I would love to see your finished peace.
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  • @burvantill True, maybe i should zoom in a bit more on the next draft.



  • @peteolczyk Awe, Thanks! In #1 they do look more comfortable, I'll note that for the next sketch ๐Ÿ™‚


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