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Self-portrait by nine9nine9 Self-portrait by nine9nine9
(Had to pull this one down and reload it due to a technical issue -- sorry.)

I created this a number of years ago when I was consumed with loneliness, despair, and depression -- much like now, lol; actually not like now at all.

I have been through the throes of depression and I have news for anyone who thinks it will never end; it does and it will; have faith in your doctor, the drugs, your therapist and the support of your family and friends; if at all possible try to eat healthy and (this was key for me) exercise your ass off.

There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel; and beyond the light is a return to normalcy.

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October 3, 2012

Oh my! I just woke up to this wonderful surprise of getting a DD! This is by far my most personal piece, done in a time of great despair. It was great therapy for me to create this. I didn't realize it at the time but doing this artwork was part of my recovery from depression -- such is the power of art; ultimately it helped me to get better. Thanks so much Rottenragamuffin and ^thelasth0pe!

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All stock, photos, textures, etc. are purchased or are my own.
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Self-portrait by =nine9nine9

deviantART Related / deviantID ( Suggested by RottenRagamuffin and Featured by bradleysays )
:iconxantipa2-2d3dphotom:
Xantipa2-2D3DPhotoM Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Absolutely superb :clap:
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconflying-glove:
Flying-Glove Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Great work, I love how naturally it all seems to fit together.
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconflying-glove:
Flying-Glove Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!
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:iconfurorart:
FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Just wanted to let you know that your excellent artwork has been featured in our group`s journal [link]

:iconpearls-of-dreams: TEAM
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for including my work in your beautiful collection! I feel very honored!
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:iconfurorart:
FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Our pleasure :heart:
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:iconlucarossimartini:
LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Congratulations on the DD! :)
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpaulyduck:
PaulyDuck Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
the piece is great. Your words made me love it :)
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So kind of you -- thanks so much!
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:icon13maoriisles:
13MaoriIsles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Some of our best work comes from these places.
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I guess that is the silver lining! Thanks!
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:icongukardi:
gukardi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
I don't believe in taking drugs, as I've been through depression and had suicidal thoughts as well. Never had to take them.

But I really appreciate this piece. It's amazing :heart:
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are very lucky. No one chooses to get on depression medicine; the illness makes it necessary in order to cope. I hope you never have to experience the black hole that depression is. Thanks for your kind words about my work!
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:icongukardi:
gukardi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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:iconvmkastner:
vmkastner Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is awsome!!!
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconvmkastner:
vmkastner Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
np
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:iconwhy-did-kenji-die:
Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
dont have faith in the drugs, ive seen it from personal experience. lol, this is awesome congrats on the DD
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yea, but when someone is in the throes of depression, maybe contemplating suicide, drugs can be a lifeline, at least temporarily until they come up with other ways to cope.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
i guess this could be true, I just know theyre highly addictive and its very tough to get off them, and in some cases they increase and worsen suicidal thoughts. i would not recommend anyone taking that chance
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconbaronessa115:
baronessa115 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Espressivo e toccante il tuo autoritratto come le tue parole spero che tu dopo aver ritrovato la luce possa averla per tanto tempo ancora , complimenti
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
:onfire: ... excellent!
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
It's been a pleasure Joe, you're most welcome :salute:
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:iconcanankk:
Canankk Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
It has been in my favorites for a long time. Congrats my dear friend, your art deserves the best :clap: :clap:
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you dear friend!
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:iconfunxnxsilly:
Funxnxsilly Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dummy:
Glad you're feeling better,
gives a little hope to me!
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it is something a lot of artistic people go through. You will get better!
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:iconjennifermulkerrin:
JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
very unique
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbookworm-always14:
bookworm-always14 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Congrats to all of your triumphs, including getting The DD! =D
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconbookworm-always14:
bookworm-always14 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yep!
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:iconanaphenix:
anaPhenix Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Bravo!
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfurorart:
FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD!
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfurorart:
FurorArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
very welcome!!
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:iconpassion-aesthete:
passion-aesthete Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so good and interesting ! congrats for the DD by the way :D
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
This is an incredible piece of art. Poignant, meaningful and beautifully visualised. :clap: Congratulations on your DD! :hug:
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:iconnine9nine9:
nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for nominating my work -- so kind of you!
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
It was very much my pleasure. Your piece exemplifies what real art is all about. :hug:
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