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Autotomy by shingworks Autotomy by shingworks
Autotomy is the process by which animals sacrifice a part of themselves so that the rest may live. Sometimes the part that is lost grows back, but it will never be the same as it was.
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masterpan Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
If this were on a greeting card, I'd totally buy it.
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MissCaptainAlex Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww <3
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Wimsi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very interesting!
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yokomolotov Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Artist
i LOVE this
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thundergalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Cute drawing. I feel sorry for the little buddy :(
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Hanna12860 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.  You kind find emotion in these little things.
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Neukino Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
that's adorable and sad! q.q
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Bashtal Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Do you have prints available? I would love to buy this one. :o
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taharah Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
this has to be my favorite thing on all of dA
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nasar-ullah-khan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice drawing, with good thought behind it :),
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pocket-o-static Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
/feels
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Lil-el-art Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
How touching and beautiful :heart: 
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KLS-san Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
also something metaphorical, right?
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LilFred Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
ÇAÇ
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MsBiffy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
But sometimes it grows back even bigger and better, too. :)
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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always wondered if that hurts.
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Ttoupin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It hurts the creature for a second, but usually not for a long time, as they have little to no nerves in that body part. Of course, that only applies to creatures with detachable limbs. If a creature lost a body part that was supposed to be attached, then it would be in a lot of pain. Especially if it decided to sacrifice its head.
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
This is really great. Perfect sense of loss, but it doesn't wander into creepy "I'm nothing without youuuu!" territory.
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RuiRafael Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
The very notion of "Simple is Best" is so very well depicted here.
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bezawesome Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's actually pretty disgusting if you think about it-part of the body detaches itself. gross.
It's also super fascinating! I love this :D
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Skitterklat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I really love this. The lizard and the idea, and how the break is bloodless but the schism is really apparent.
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M-Rivera924 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Deep.... real deep.
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this. :)
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CoolPepper Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I used to do this to them when I was younger. I never felt so guilty in my life before...(ノ;Д;)ノ
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SharpAce Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting and effective way to convey this concept! Great work!
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting.
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, so clever.
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AusWaus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Couldn't stop myself.
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ambientdream Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this really makes me smile.
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neilak20 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know if I commented when you first posted this, but it is a very moving piece. You did a fantastic job.
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Bashtal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
This is incredibly relatable and the more I look at it the more I like this piece.
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Makimari Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aawww so sad D:
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hyacinth-kate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wow. Nice. :D I'd like this design on my T-shirt. :heart:
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shingworks Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Don't even joke about that.
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MosaicRole Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
awesome metaphor. Never thought about the comparison...
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Deep.
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Comedic44 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And sometimes, what comes back is even better. :)
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stottt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Raul351 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is poetically beautiful.
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sinsparrow Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Understated and perfect, and I love how the coloring style and detail makes it feel like one of those zoological plates.
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Chexednut Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, I remember when I was younger, encountering my first lizard. I didn't want to get bitten, not knowing the innocent little thing I was about to terrorize wouldn't do anything of the sort, so I picked it up by its tail. Needless to say, I screamed when the tail popped off and lie there twitching back and forth on the ground.
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Forgotenandlost Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
nice work
and love the lizard X)
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kitsuK8 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I use to catch these blue tailed lizards all the time when I lived in Florida. The goal was to try and catch them with their tail intact, but it was rarely achieved.
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Grrgrl2 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting take on this idea. Also, I like the lizard.
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MelZayas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
So sad, but it makes a beautiful piece. And a lot of sense.
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TheBeastOfHearts Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this idea!
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Gollyzilla Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It'll all be okay little lizard, even if it isn't the same. ;o; I know that feel.
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw.... That's really sad. I never really thought someone could take something as simple as a lizard losing it's tail and make it so deep...
But, I suppose sometimes losing "someone" is for the better in the end...?
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I really like how this is stylized and a bit different from your other work. Actually, when you posted this on Tumblr, I didn't realize you drew it... It just shows you have a really nice range of styles. I like the simplicity and the message.
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