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The Struggle from Within by DustinEvans The Struggle from Within by DustinEvans
I saw this contest pop up, and I HAD to enter. I loved the film, and I really liked the idea behind the contest. Here is an explanation of my concept:

I chose to draw Kubo in a familiar setting from the movie, but I added my own twist on the tentacle monster reaching up out of the sea to drag Kubo down. You see, I feel a lot of struggle comes from within for us creative types. That struggle can come in many forms: depression, anxiety, fear of failure, lack of confidence, etc...but when we are creating, we are in our element. Nothing else matters, and we can do ANYTHING we set our minds too. This scene is meant to portray that. Kubo is in his element, using his creative magic to not only destroy the monster attacking him, but he is using the monster in his creativity. He is taking control of that which is trying to drag him down and using it to elevate himself. Hope that makes sense and  that you all enjoy my work. Remember, we can do anything, we just have to keep from working against ourselves to achieve our goals :)

-Dustin Evans
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ILoveJapan2A Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
I Love this a lot. Gorgeous 
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
Thank you so much for the kind words, and I'm glad you enjoy it :D
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fuwwyfootpaws111 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
GORGEOUS pic and VERY lovely meaning to it Dusty :D :heart: . Amazing job you did on this :D :hug: .
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
Thank you so much, Mikhael :D I really wanted to capture the emotion behind the pic and meaning. I'm so glad you like how it turned out! This one really meant a lot to me, and it was very therapeutic to draw!
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prite Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2016
It's really lovely!  I think you did a great job. I love the textures you used on top of the piece - I always think things like that bring warmth and depth to a piece.

I wish you a lot of luck - you have talent! :D
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Thank you so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it, and I'm glad you enjoyed my take on Kubo. Yes, with the texture, i wanted something to help create some depth and set the paper/monster apart from the rest of the scene as well. Thanks again for taking the time to check out my work and have a great day :D
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LeDinoLord Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful!  I love the way you did the paper and the water o:  Great job!
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
LeDinoLord Thanks so much! I'm glad you like what I came up with :) I really wanted the water to be reminiscent of the old school Japanese style waves.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazingly beautiful!!
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Thanks so much, MoonyMina ! Glad you enjoy it :D
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twilirito94 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Really loved this movie! It's good to see some lovely art for it :)
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
twilirito94 I loved the movie too :) That's why I couldn't pass up this opportunity. Art inspiring art!
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twilirito94 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
I can't wait to get it on DvD when it comes out! I was very lucky that my boyfriend took me to see it XD

Good luck in the contest btw!
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
twilirito94 We can't wait to get it on DVD as well. I was lucky too, my wife took me to see it ;) We both enjoy this style of animation.

Thanks so much! Fingers crossed :D
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Professional Writer
Still need to see this movie, but I hear it is awesome!:D
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
NRGComics Thank you! Glad you dig it :D Definitely, the movie will leave you feeling inspired.
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Writer
You're welcome! I'll check it out! :highfive:
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Kordyne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
That's a clever twist, very inspiring :)
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DustinEvans Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Kordyne Thanks so much! I really dug down into my thoughts and feelings on this one that I know others struggle with too. If I can inspire just one person (but hopefully many more) it was mission accomplished :D
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