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Dia de los Muertos by ALRadeck Dia de los Muertos by ALRadeck
Commission for houshou on FA of his death-squirrel dressed/ painted up in some Dia de los muertos-tastic facepaint.

My spanish teacher in 7th grade first introduced us to this holiday, which if you're unaware what it is, it's a day of honoring your deceased friends and family with food and celebration of their lives. I love the idea of it, much more then the solemn, depressing stretches of mourning in relation to one event, celebrating the lives they lead is a beautiful way to remember someone. The thing I remembered most is that you make food for the decease relative, and when it goes stale, that means the ghost ate it. I thought that was pretty badass as a kid.

I guess there's a little bit of context to this since I found out about an hour ago that my uncle died. (nothing sudden, and nothing unexpected, twas a long while of suffering, and considering he had downs syndrome, he lived a hell of a long life) But yes. It's a fantastic holiday, and I wish the general populace celebrated it. It's on Nov. 1st and 2nd.
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DarkOzzy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
I Love This Pic!!!!
Shaku-the-Vendialor Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Faved. Because squirrel.
ShadowGathering Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to add you as a friend, not because I like your style of work. Thou I do so don't worry :), but because of your comment to this piece.
fielyveraz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
muy buen dibujo, me es muy familiar, el toque mexicano tiene sentido, la muerte mas que nada es bella y sagrada ,very good i like
narutard277 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
she looks like she's from redwall abbey.
darkim39421 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I love your art
WolfDawn207 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The details put into this. It's amazing.
Azuris Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's some impressive detail! :O
EqualToYou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Inspires fairy tales and memories of old storybooks.
Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
wow thats beautiful
Kimchiitazztic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one of my most favorite holidays^^ Makes me proud to be part mexican^^ i love the face paint it's really elegant compared to what people actually paint but it very very beautiful ^^ You expressed this drawing very well^^
happyblueimp Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome! When I found out about the holiday I was thrilled. I keep on telling everyone "If I die young you better celebrate! I don't want y'all to be depressed and moping!" I still celebrate my grandfather's birthday even though he passed away five years ago. I find that celebrating his birthday is more therapeutic for me and it's a great way to remember all the fun I've had with him.

While I'm sorry for your loss, I'm glad that you don't have to see him suffering anymore. Go all out when celebrating his life! Best wishes to you and your family.
Toa-Lagara Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really great. I like the stripes on her mouth : )
kaimele555 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. Very nice (:
ShyAngel-Nodoka Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Its actually on November 1st (for infants and children) and 2nd (for everyone else) :D
Atlasfield Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Day of the Dead, is a mexican tradition, and it has variants depending of the territory-state, for example in Michoacan, in the Patzcuaro´s lake, the people put around the lake and in small plataforms floating on the water candles, it makes a cool effect, something magic (and more because in the center of the lake, there is a small island, and on it a town called Janitzio, so imagine how looks the lake and the small island only with candles illuminating in the night, and in some parts, the people make "roads" of their houses to the graveyard using a nice flower called "cempasuchil", only in november grow up and is very used for this tradition for decorate the tombs, graveyards and altars in churches and those things:)
nora038 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is freakin awesome.
questionablekitty Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW wonderful colors and textures! especially the fur, it looks so curly and soft, but the way you did the make up looks absolutely phenomenal and really kind of bad ass!
Lorac1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
beautiful the details, color and the story in the pic.........
Deadly-X-Nightshade Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this!
Maystina Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this kind of art, this is amazing.
I'm sorry about your uncle..
Nuke-annihilation2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artist
Do indeed agree about everybody should celebrate this holiday. Learned about it in Spanish as well. Like you said, its a positive way to celebrate a person's life rather than mourn over the negatives.
Really enjoyed watching this being worked on, Was a ton of fun. And that fur ;n; Love how you do the fur. The reflections and colors all contrast nicely. Also like the face paints, came out good and fitting. Just yeah, great job. :3

And sorry about your uncle. At least its better knowing he isn't suffering right?
artofmarius Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was watching your livestream!!! incredible... Someday i'll have skills like yours!!! :D
Pixelsnaxs Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
sorry to hear about your uncle.
i love that holiday!
i wish i celebrated it more often tho!
awesome art! O,O
its a squirrel!!!!! >,> must haz!
wookieinmashoo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Sorry about your loss. Knowing ahead of time does seem to make things a bit easier.

I stopped by for a bit to see you working on this. I really like the fur texture, but I think my favorite part is the scarf (is that a scarf) and how the light hits it on the left. The filtered light through the ear is also a nice touch.
Arcanum2012 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artist
This looks awsome.
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