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Do full view please, there's some important detail in it! :)

Oh, and Print available as well! :D

I have had the idea for this image nearly as long as I have had the character of the "Cute Reaper". I only just now got it down on paper though (not really paper, but, you know...). Hopefully the back story is clear... if I did my job well, it is. ^^; Its supposed to be poignant.

*feels slightly ridiculous when ever he uses the word "poignant"*

Side Note:

Wow, this is the first full sized, fully rendered, and full color image I have submitted in over a YEAR!!! WTF!?

Photoshop CS2, Wacom
Cute Reaper (c) Usagisama
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Given 2008-02-16
I sat for a long time, trying to think of the words to sum up Grim Work by *Usagisama. But in the end, you just need to experience it for yourself. ( Suggested by wraith11 and Featured by azarath )
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MusicAndArtIsMyLife Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
so the 2 kids died from a car accident and they are now walking with the Grim Reaper? Nice art
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The-Conquerors Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
At first it just looked cutesy and I was thinking of a Billy and Mandy theme where tey are still alive with the reaper. Then I looked at the background. .... Da feels man. My brain has just exploded. ~ C
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godzephose Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
(dosent get point of picture) clicks and enlarges image. "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh now i get it." that is very sad.
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k0ritsi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
O.O Hoooly crap I just realized the girl and boy are dead. Adorable picture, but I didn't notice the car wreck and bodies until just now. 

I see what you did there. Good one.
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tinyangel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I like that the bunny gets to go with them, despite it likely being his fault any of them have to go. If only bunnies would be more careful on roads! :tears:

Anyways, incredible work! You did a great job! :aww:
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blackstarlight17 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Who says the bunny caused the accident, could've been a pet, but either way, it is a shame for young lives to be cut so short.

Hopefully the parents are able to move on if they learn in some manner that their kids are safe in the afterlife :worry:
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thehouseofthedead4 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
It is sad, but awesome at the same time.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
That is a fine line I try very hard to walk ;) Thank you friend :)
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monkay0153 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
This is absolutely phenomenal. I love it, oh my word.
I think my heart just exploded.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Awe! Thank you thank you! :glomp: I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
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GoatCakes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Poor kids, died. :c
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Tis quite sad :O Life is but too fleeting yes?
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xmenwasneveranoption Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
:') so adorable. My reaper though,he's a pretty heartless,arrogant,selfish man. But it is vice versa with his daughter she is a gentle and kind reaper but really hyper. This one,however(yours) is too cute.
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topspin13 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
really amazing! i like the gentle feel that the reaper gives off. sad what happened to the kids though.
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Florrosada12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its sad but beautiful at the same time. And the message is infinitely clear.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you :glomp:
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marluxiaoblivion13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I love your reaper. I gives me the idea of different reapers for different situations.
I agree with others. This does have a bitter sweet taste.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Thank you :)
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marluxiaoblivion13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
P.S.
I like to look at this while listening to this
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go to 1:03
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dooftan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
That's a very nice character. Is the rabbit dead too ?
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Thank you :) And indeed, the rabbit was sadly the cause of the accident, and another casualty of it
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dooftan Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Oh nooo poor little rabbit ! Yeah, that's sad for the family too, but who'll explain what happened to its own family ?

By the way, I've read you published an art book even if you are very busy. Bravo ! Are you planning to do something with the cute reaper ? She's a very calm and poetic character and i'd love to see more about her.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I hope to one day do more comics about the cute reaper, so far all I have is the little two page short up on my DA. So I do for sure plan on doing more, its just a mater of the when will I have the time? :XD:
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dooftan Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
You can do it, I trust you ! Haha ! Seriously, i hope you'll find the time to do it.
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bittersweet dude, bittersweet
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:iconleichenengel:
Leichenengel Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Death comes for everyone and I guess for two children this version of the Reaper is far more bearable as that scary skeletton with the frock. Plus your little Reaper girl strongly reminds me of "Dead like me" - If you don't already know that serie than go and watch it I'm sure you will like it :D
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I am familiar with that series, but sadly haven't actually much of it, one of these days I will! :D Its in my netflex que after all :XD:
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Leichenengel Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You will love it - even though the main char isn'T all THAT cute and actually rather sullen/crabby - I don'T know if that is suitable for your Char :D :D :D
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danceingox Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
seriously, this hurts TT_TT
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CreaLaillia Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like your reaper. she is really beautiful :heart:
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Thank you :hug:
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rioIu Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire how you can make this work appear deceptively simple. There's a great contrast between the cute reaper and children's happy faces and the crying ones in the background for their dead/dying loved ones. If the kids were in the crash then this is some kind of bittersweet - but more bitter than anything else. <3
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I'm glad you liked it, thanks for your kind words :)
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rioIu Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! <3
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Chely-Sparkle Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
So sad but at the same time...kinda cute
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InspiredSoul21 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Artist
Speakless! :D
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Copycatbear202 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Like the way you draw it it :)
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:iconnebben86:
Nebben86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Haunting, yet beautiful. Great job.
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ryanmk2486 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Beautiful, sad story. Nice work.
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SomeOne97 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Good job! :D I love it :)
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zelldragon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Beautiful, it definitely deserves being a daily deviation. :+fav:
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Emofreak3 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing.
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Blake290383 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well detailed, rendered and colored! Excellent work!
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ProperVictorian Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Artist
I love it!!!!!
The whole picture tells a story!!
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XxRockinPrincessxX Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you took something so dark and so sad, and turned it into a bright happy picture. I honestly have a hard time taking in that people go to a better place, this just makes it even easier. Wonderful job.
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Green-Glowstickz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Oh wow, this is a beautiful concept. It actually took me a while to figure it out, and it took even longer to notice the car crash in the background. Great touch there - subtle, yet powerful.

Haha, my teacher uses 'poignant' all the time. Except when she writes it it looks like 'pungnent'. This, good sir, is not pungnent at all. xD
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RickFTW Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
is just awesome
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translucentblood Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Artist
At first I didn't see the dead people on the side of the road, so it makes more sense now :)
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
So sad yet so beautiful!
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13lovemillion Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the most awesome drawing I have seen in a VERY long time! I wish I could favorite this a thousand times. You truly have a gift.
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