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The Nature of Friendship by MoonsongWolf The Nature of Friendship by MoonsongWolf
There are many ways, I think, to interpret this. What you feel it represents is, ultimately, more important and more personal to you than what I intended.

Medium: Pencil, red wine, watercolour, and a pink crystal for the knife pommel

Artwork is © *MoonsongWolf
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bad-squirrell Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015   Photographer
Simple and beautiful.

"Friendship is a utopia. Our best friends always backstab us."
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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bad-squirrell Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
:D (Big Grin) 
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BudCharles Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
This is a view I don't think anyone else in the comments has taken yet (and I know it wasn't the intention), but it could be that  the rats/mice are in a warzone, the one on the left was stabbed by an enemy (whom the right one presumably killed) and the one on the right is pulling out the sword that was left in it and telling it it'll be okay. (Yes, I've been reading too much Redwall.)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I like that interpretation! It's both dark and hopeful at the same time (just like the closest friendships can sometimes be). :)
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BudCharles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Awww thankies X3
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Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I too have been (re)reading a LOT of Redwall here lately, and my mind went the same direction lol
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BudCharles Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
xD
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This totally represents the fine line of friendship sometimes...you've done a wonderful job depicting it! :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thank you! :)
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :3
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mouseland Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Oh, i feel bad, when i see mice get hurt. But there i see no murder, but sorrow and feeling that there was no other ways. May be It's terrible and i don't know what i would choose in fact. But may be friend must have powers to kill his friend when it's better, when there's no other way to escape the greater pain. When they both understand and agree.
It's pathetic words, i know. I wish life will be not so cruel and friends would not have to hurt each other.

However I like this picture.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I love hearing different interpretations. I like that you had a lot of different emotions about this piece, and I agree with your words very much. :)
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mouseland Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
:)
I'm glad to read your reply.
Some of your works I use as wallpapers on my computer. I think it's not against your ideas.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Oh, I don't mind at all if you use them for wallpapers! I am, in fact, honoured that you like them that much. :heart:
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SSJgokuVSshinymewtwo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
btw the animation you used for your profile pic goes great with the song 'who we are' by Red... just saying! ;)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Ha ha, thanks! I always like finding new songs that it "synchs" up with well. :D So far, though, my favourite has been Evacuate the Dance Floor by Cascada. It's just a funny fit!
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SSJgokuVSshinymewtwo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh? thats cool ill try it! =)
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BiviBi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I can just imagine this being in a cartoon style movie...
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deathstar899188 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, what I notice is that the mouse on the left has a look on its face like relief, rest, calmness, and in a way, it says, "Thank you". The mouse on the right looks like it was hesitant to stab the mouse on the left, but it did it because I think the left mouse asked it to. The knife is probably being pulled out at that moment (because of the paw position and the blood further up on the knife) but the mouse on the right still probably was the one who stabbed the left mouse. The paws on each other also (to me) show reassurance, that a true friend is there when you need them, and that they're always there to catch you when you fall, and would do something for the better, as it appears the left mouse's intention was to be stabbed.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I think that you captured my original intentions perfectly! :hug:
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DoomnGloomArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way I see it, the dagger is being removed. Friends can help us get through a lot, and although the healing of past experiences will hurt at first (as the wound will bleed when the dagger is removed), it is necessary for healing. Friends can help us resolve things that we sometimes don't even realize are a problem.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Very true! A good friend can make all the difference in the world. :)
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cognition3 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now i'm even more confused about what a friend is, maybe one day i will understand the meaning of friendship.
This has wonderful imagery though.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I'm not sure that there are universal constants to friendship. It's sort of like... weather, I guess. It changes over time, mutates into other things, and feels different to different people. :)
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XyndnyAlpha Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"If I wasn't your friend, i would have stabbed you in the back, this is for your own good..."
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I think that's pretty much the gist of it! :)
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XyndnyAlpha Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:party:
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crisisastar15 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know you've drawn this a while ago, And I sure do hope you don't consider this as spam :( ,but what is YOUR view point on this drawing C: .What do you believe the meaning is? I mean, Everyone else seems to have a view point on it and I'm just be the curious little me a normally am c: :la:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Don't worry, I don't consider it spam! I'm more than happy to talk about most of my artwork (the ones that I don't want feedback on have the comments disabled, so no problems there). :D My original intention was that sometimes a friend has to do tough things to help another friend. It could be literal as portrayed, or figurative. But either way, I didn't really see this as a negative image as I was working on it. It has really been interesting seeing all of the different interpretations, though!
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crisisastar15 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! I see what you mean ^^ It is so deep. I lOOOVE it :la: and I also relly appriciatete the reply :aww:
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PurpleSnakeBomber67 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love how you drew the albino mice
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Thanks! :)
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AzureTiger17 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
inspiring this is (I don't even understand why it is) nonetheless I think I could make a story from this gr8 work Moon :)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it! :)
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Saakilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think that the left mouse wanted to be killed. And the right mouse must be so courageous to do it, espeacially for a friend... In my mind, they're almost brothers.
That's how I interpret this.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Ha ha, that was almost exactly the scenario that I originally envisioned for this. But it has definitely been fun seeing all of the different interpretations! :)

(Sorry for the horribly late reply, by the way. Between work and moving houses, I haven't been online much lately)
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Saakilla Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Don't worry, I'm happy for almost reaching your original idea. :)
I also loved the fact of seeing people intepreting it in a lot of different ways. Congrats to you! xD
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Peachypup Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YOu are right when you say there are many ways to interpret this.
I see a lot of comments about the right rat, klilling or stabbing the left one. But perhaps he is pulling the knife out? or perhaps it is waht the left rat wants.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
It has actually been as interesting to see the different interpretations as it was to draw this one! Although your last interpretation is sort of what I originally had in mind. :)
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Peachypup Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I agree! It's cool to see what everyone else thinks =)
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dunes600 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they don't look like friends to me??? :/
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Moonshine15 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, great idea to use wine as a couring-color-thing
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thanks! I got the idea from seeing other people using coffee and tea as a stain. I thought that I might try wine, and now it is one of my favourite mediums. :)
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shotachii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its kinda cool how you use red wine for this x3 I think this kinda reminds me of how Itachi from Naruto had to kill his best friend to obtain the Mangekyou sharingan. This picture makes me feel somewhat sad :(
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Atokirna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's perfect!!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Thank you! :)
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Raven-Bones Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the mouse with the knife in it has an expression that says 'thank you' and it looks relieved. the mouse holding the knife's expression either says 'im sorry' or 'are u okay' so i interpret it as being a friend helping another through tough times. the mouse holding the knife looks like he (or she) is pulling it out of the other mouses's chest. so it seems to me like the stabbed mouse has something holding it back or something thats difficult and needs help, hence the other one 'pulling' that problem out of its life.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I love that interpretation! :) It sounds like you probably have some valued and treasured friendships in your life.
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Raven-Bones Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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