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comic - self reflection by chirart comic - self reflection by chirart
My eight-year-old self was so awesome.



EDIT: holy mother of--a DD? I'm floored. Wow. This was done 100% for my own cathartic release, it's amazingly touching to me that so many people could sympathize so much.

Thank you all!
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Given 2009-08-30
The suggester says: "I kind of started to skim through this comic at first, but quickly realized that I needed to slow down and savor it. Every artist knows good and well how to best be self deprecating. comic - self reflection by *chira-chira is a pretty solid kick in the butt as a reminder that yes, we ARE awesome, no ifs, ands, or buts. I find it kind of difficult to say anything about the comic, because it says so much on by itself." ( Suggested by Arborish and Featured by Majnouna )
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redrae Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Picked up a real pencil to draw on real paper instead of fill out forms at work for the first time in months. Thank you so much. <3

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greenteaceremony Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I'm coming back to this every time I need the encouragement :)
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forever1000 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg the feels...thank you so much for this
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RayScott Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god! That is beautiful. Thank you for this.
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LadyBrot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Digital Artist
This is so touching and TRUE!! I love it!!
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LightningIdle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just found your art (love it, btw,) but this comic... man. This. I get it, I really do. And I love it. :) Great job.
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Blackwolf008 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsawbplz: The feels! This was so sweet!
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lesliesketch Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
GAH. This literally tears me up everytime I read it.
I read it whenever I feel down.
Thank you. <3
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Chaoticcross Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, you have inspired me to become a better artist thank you XD.
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Sahtori-Kamaya Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Worth a Million.

We all should get in touch with our inner child...
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Mao-Trustless Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I see myself in this comic, too.
I always think that my art is not good enough and I alway keep improving and I think my younger-self would tell me the same things like your younger-self.
A really touching picture and I think all artists should look at this.
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7GreenRobin7 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is adorable^^
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Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
I find this applies to more than art for me. This is fantastic stuff. ^_^
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littlecurvy Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Wow how... Wow yeah kids are pretty amazing arent they they dont do stuff theyre great at it but because they can and they have fun. This is an amazing little comic i love it, thank you for the reminder that 8 year old us would react to the us now :)
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MalimarTheMage Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I needed this :( I always think my art sucks, but I have really improved a lot over the years.
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samiamdeda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I miss the days where I was so niave... But then my dad ruined it by telling me that one day the sun will explode and wipe out Earth >:( I was only 6 years old too...
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CaptainPOZOL Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely story, great concept, just perfect, i miss my younger me :'(
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PreciousMiseries Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm sure i've wrote something to this before but, anyhow, I always find something about myself I dislike or hate and no one can cheer me up. there are lots of days I feel like i'm crappy specially at drawing but then the little kid me tells me i'm awesome and show's me my old artwork to show i've come along way from the littleness i used to be inside and out. so smile your better then you think you are in fact your damn right awesome! ;__; i always cry when i read this even if i'm not sad it's always moving specially when it's something your passionate about. art is my life so to stop doing it would be to not do anything with my life and little me shows me i can do so much more so keep going. thank you deeply from the heart for this work. it makes me wanna go on. <3
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Imginarygirl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Gawd, the tears, they blind me Q-Q
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Rice-Lily Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional
at times like this, I wish I could have my little 8 year old self to cheer me on.
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Shirory Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
hmm, I was a very different person then...
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VanillaMoonlight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Now, I have read this a long time ago and I lost it. This is by far one of my favorite pieces on this site. I realized I'm a sap like the older because it brought tears to my eyes and taught me a valuable lesson. Thank you.
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3st3b4nTby Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it n.n
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Silverilix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very awesome.... we all need that back don't we?
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Dream52893 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
i really needed this, thanks for drawing it!
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MarrilMcBlazen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Y_____Y
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Black-Platinum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Wow, I'm glad I found this. Really needed that. :)
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FruitBat2011 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
After reading this, I think my eight-year-old self needs to sit me down and have a talk with me, too. I like this.
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Obsesive Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Very sweet :)
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peacemakerwarfreak Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Whenever I feel down and depreciate/criticize myself; I read this and this really encourage me :D thanks!
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rhinegade Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully portrayed. *-*
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lemonsnapples Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I cried. ;;A;;
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
u were such a cutee when u were 8.... stil now u r such a cut.... i mean hottie!!!! XXXDDDDDDD :iconfriendplz:
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
this is CLASSIC! WIN! EPIC! ALL THE THINGS THAT ALL ARTISTS THINK OF! GREAT JOB I BOW TO U!! :iconclapplz:
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AndroidSkeleton Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011   General Artist
Love it
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Kikikirikiki Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Ha ha I'm embarrassed to admit I started tearing up at this. This is a great strip.
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VellaArt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   Digital Artist
I fought to keep this mentality.
I'll let you know where it gets me. ; )
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RedPanda234 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
...this is so beautiful. It's a big dream of mine, go back to the way I was when I was a kid, when I could do ANYTHING. If I was to meet myself at 8 years old, I'd start crying so hard... This moved me, deeply.
Thank you.
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angelicpoet09 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is so cute! and i REALLY love your art! it makes me wish i could draw better *sniff sniff* T^T
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kaoz87 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
this is so cute love it!!!!!!
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raintalker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
T__T .... Everything seems so easy while being a child...one truly must keep something from this innocence to be able to live on with a spark in the eye. Very sweet short!
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Bally-Vhern Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did I already comment on this ?

Ah nevermind.


* cry *
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fliff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This almost made me cry, but it reminded me of how far I've come in life.
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House-of-Bones Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think every artists can relate to this. We just have to keep going no matter what anyone says. Wonderfully told ^^
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TamsTheGenkiQueen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It's nice to be reminded that you don't have the cynical about your own art all the time. Thank you <3 :)
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PodelOnge Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
even though it was just a few years ago that I was eight years old, I miss being that free.
Really great job, it's fantastic!
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eliyani Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Well, I shed a tear. And yes, your eight year old self was right. As most eight year old selves are. :')
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kineko Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Okay I.. I may have shed a tears or two at reading this one. I think I need to find my inner child back now. She was so hopeful for the future and I NEED that.
Thank you.
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MamaCockroach Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It' always nice to keep in touch with your inner child, who knows what things he/she might tell you :3
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Gilbert-aka-Gil Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Not only does your art look like it's made for Disney but what you write should be too! This comic you made is just so sweet and emotional it should be in their movies XD I love it!
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