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Roads Untraveled - In Memory Of Akira7

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"Recently you guys told me that sometimes good things happen to good people. Well, I kept thinking about this and came to the conclusion that good things happen to me every day, in fact every single time that I'm writing with you. Thanks for being there for me." - Akira7 February 9 2018

This picture is dedicated to the memory of my good friend Akira7 who passed away on March 26 2018. He was 26 years old.
As I had written in the journal I posted about his passing, I wanted to draw something to honor his memory. Thanks to other close friends of him, I was able to get insight into an idea, he had developed.

He was a fan of the Tomb Raider games and admired the natural beauty of the Ik Kil cenote located at Yucatán, Mexico. In the description of his idea, he had detailed what kind of clothes and details his character would have and I did my best to try and do it justice. I think he would have liked this picture.

Working on this has been equally soothing and devastating for me. One the one hand, it gave me something positive to focus on. I could create something in memory of him that would inspire positivity and a warm feeling. On the other hand, due to being so used to communicate with commissioners and friends I draw pictures for, the harsh reality hit me more than once. Whenever a part of the picture was finished, I had the urge to share it with him and talk about it - only to realize that he wasn't there anymore. It made me stop work on the picture for two days and draw something else, just so I could regain the strength to continue.

In the end, I am very happy with the final picture. I looked at photographs of the cenote to get an idea for the look of it and added ruins amidst the water, just like Akira7 had described. Looking at it now, it makes me feel as if he is there right now - exploring unknown caves and temples, going on a long adventure. And when he returns, he would have so much to tell us.

I plan to put this picture as the center piece of my panel in this years Eurofurence art show. People will be able to bid on it and I will donate the entire amount to this years convention charity - The Lemurs of Madagascar. That way, not only will a part of Akira be at Eurofurence, but also the picture will help to do some good. And I'm sure he would have liked that.

Thank you all who have been so very supportive over the last few weeks. You've really helped me come to terms with the whole situation. And I thank all of the friends of Akira7, who have shown him love and care. He will be sorely missed.

Thank you.

"Recently one of my patients asked me "What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value the most?" I answered his question with just one word "Friendship"."  - Akira7 March 9 2018

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Published: 10 months, 1 week ago
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10 months, 1 week ago
I didn't know him and it would be insincere for me to say that I care... but this picture is beautiful regardless and I am sure he would have liked it, for whatever that's worth to you.
10 months, 1 week ago
Thank you. I appreciate your sincerity. I fully understand that not everyone "cares" when a person unbeknownst to them dies and it would be wrong to demand that. So thank you for your kind words.
10 months, 1 week ago
This is an amazing tribute to see done in someone's memory. It inspires me to do more with the time I have left. Beautiful work, Night. I hope this gets the high praise it deserves at the Eurofurence.  ^-,-^
10 months, 1 week ago
Thank you for your kind words. :3
10 months, 1 week ago
Aww... awesome draw... 100% <3
10 months, 1 week ago
So beautiful and sad
10 months, 1 week ago
Das Bild ist wunderschön geworden, ich bin mir sicher dass es ihm gefallen hätte.
Mein herzliches Beileid für deinen Verlust.
10 months, 1 week ago
Ich danke dir.
10 months, 1 week ago
Even though I rarely know any of the people who have passed on when someone posts about it, I do feel some regret at a life cut short (at least if they're relatively young).  This is a wonderful piece of art, that I think will keep him alive in some way, as well as help lemur lives as well.  *bows head*
10 months, 1 week ago
Thank you for your kind words. I truly appreciate them.
10 months, 1 week ago
sorry to hear about your friend.  the pic is very good.
10 months ago
This is a great picture, I didn't know him but I bet he'd love it!
10 months ago
Allow me to express my deepest and most sincere of sympathies for the loss of your friend.  I don't know him, although I seem to recall seeing the name Akira7 somewhere, but, the loss of anyone of his age is the loss of potential.  May he rest in peace knowing that he had at least one good friend in you.
10 months ago
Thank you very much. This really means a lot to me.
10 months ago
You're welcome.  I've been lucky in my life.  To my knowledge, I haven't lost any of my friends.  I've lost several acquaintances but no friends.  I've lost numerous family members but, at my age (63), that's to be expected.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
He was completely blessed to have a true and knoble friend in you. <3 It's a beautiful drawing.
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