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Remember Me by teiirka Remember Me by teiirka
10 x 14 color pencil primary, Copic markers secondary

Drew this a few months back and forgot to post here.

This was a very experimental mixed media piece.

This started out as a piece exploiting what I think is one of natures most beautiful artworks, the stripes on a tigers back and was just going to be a pinup kinda thing called "Gratuitous Stripes" but it quickly became more than that and I wrote a poem to go with it. The picture evolved to match the poem and the poem the picture. Enjoyed creating both!

This piece will be for sale at the MFF 2013 art show!

I always welcome critique. It is one of my greatest learning tools.

Pretty much my first shot at poetry! Let me know what you think of it. I may make very slight changes eventually. A followup to this poem is in the works. :)


Remember Me


I found him on the beach one eve,

a lost kitten he did seem.

Alone and forlorn he was,

just gazing out to sea.



I passed him by as I'd done the rest,

but this time I looked back.

I saw he was a soldier then,

medal and ribbons on his chest.



I went back to speak with him

to ask of his days of war.

I'll tell over dinner, he said,

if the wine is sweet and lights, dim.



Tours of duty, three he'd seen,

of heroics in battle he spoke,

comrades fallen, brothers all.

On him, nary a mark there'd been.



The light in his eyes then faded some

and a distant look did appear.

As he spoke of his fourth call,

he seemed to sense something to come.



He sat quiet now, his face wan

but finally spoke again.

Then his true self shown through,

the warrior, nay, but the man.



Ocean sunsets he did love,

and the golden leaves of Fall.

These things too do I, as well

as the solitary mournful dove.



Late it was when he walked me home

and thanked me for my time,

then kissed my cheek and turned to leave.

Never had I felt so alone.



So I called out to him

and asked where he was bound.

On the morrow, he said, I again go

to war and the battles din.



Up to him I went and said,

these last hours 'fore you leave,

spend with me, and I took his hand

and led him silently to bed.



The wee hours of morn came swift

and sated, we spoke little of import.

I asked him 'bout the ring he wore.

In reply, he made of it a gift.



I can't take, said I, this thing of gold.

'Twas Fathers and his before, he said,

so just wear it and keep it safe.

Till I return, yours it is to hold.



Sleep came, and I dreamt then

of his warm breath upon my cheek

and words whispered in my ear,

Remember me, echoed time and again.



With a warrior's stealth he moved

and rose to gathered his things.

Then disappeared into dawns first light,

the only man I've truly to loved.



I woke to the call of which we spoke

outside my window a dove did sing.

It seemed to mirror just how I felt.

In sorrow and loss, my heart broke.



I see him still, there in repose.

That memory will never fade.

Nor the thing he left there in his stead.

On his pillow, a single yellow rose.



Perhaps 'twas best he left that way,

as words would have come hard.

for somehow he knew, as did I,

there would be no other day.



The sunsets now, seem not as bright,

and Autumn leaves too pale.

To the mourning dove I still listen,

but all has faded since that night.



To have him back, I'd pay any cost,

for the kitten I had found

had filled a void none else could,

my kitten now forever lost.
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Given 2013-09-18
Remember Me by *teiirka. You can't help but admire the vivacious curves of this tigress, relaxing in bed. ( Featured by KovoWolf )
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ShawnSkunk Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
beautiful pic ^^
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Anxiousfur Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is lovely!
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:iconmurckury:
MuRcKuRy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
inspired by 2kinds?
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:iconteiirka:
teiirka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't know of 2kinds. This was somewhat inspired by Dustmeat's "Tiger Back". Otherwise the original character and poem that it was written for was by me.
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MuRcKuRy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
ahhhh ok. was just curious. reminded me of a recent poster the artist Tom Fischbach dide is all. nice job though. awesome poetry and awesome illustration.
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:iconteiirka:
teiirka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmurckury:
MuRcKuRy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
for sure!
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:icontechdragon:
techdragon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
wow that's a beautiful poem and yet so sad. And the tigress is very beautiful also.
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arcadunato Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
war has no other point that to clear that witch reminds us of what we came from.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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Psychothrone Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013

I'll remember this!

:peace: :heart:

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LEgGOdt1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Amazing and when I saw the lone yellow Rose I knew that this piece had something to do with a Soldier who'd gone to war and his lover was back home waiting for him to return to her. And I got all that from just looking at your art and this was before I read your poem and that's when I noticed that she was wearing his ring. 
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AncientEchidna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool art and poem! =D
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:icontwostepjoey:
twostepjoey Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
i dont think its sexy,(no beasto), but i really like this drawing!!! :)
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FrozenRealm Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Yeah sister!
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sparky40sw Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Makes me think of the Kzinti, from Larry Niven's ringworld and Man-Kzin war series.
thanks for sharing
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Carlodgn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome
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:iconvaalandil:
Vaalandil Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
rly nice! ^^
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:iconkuro-shikoku:
Kuro-Shikoku Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done and realistic ! <3
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mistersingh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Excellent work.:clap:
Congrats for the DD:)
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:iconhhylst:
HHylst Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mixed media, pencil + poetry. A nice work ! 
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Exllcemt work
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Nezumi12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
beautiful art, beautiful poem. i could almost see the male carrying a sword and shield as this sounds very much like something from Rome, Troy, etc.

I will be watching for more.
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Phaedronica Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is gorgeous! :love:
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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've gone too far with this one.
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I like this style, great composition! Congratulations!
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Wolfdrums19 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't agree more with :icondogfoodcookie:
The tigeress is attractive yes, but felt the whole poem and meaning, and detail of the piece was completely disreguarded and viewed just in a sexual aspect.
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Wolfdrums19 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(at least with how the description was left, I'm sure all that was taken into consideration but still should have not been left out leaving the DD sounding vauge)
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Biggoronz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is such a beautiful piece made even more so by the lovely poem<3 i actually teared at that last part ;u;
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:iconsauti-alamisi:
Sauti-Alamisi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful anthro tiger! Love the realism! Congrats on the DD! :hug:
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:iconmyartlanguage:
myartlanguage Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love the richness of the drawing!!! And great job integrating the two romance and longing Love Heart 
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Dustmeat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Is me!
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:iconteiirka:
teiirka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, maybe, I would love to draw you. Maybe an art trade sometime? :)
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Dustmeat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, when I am caught up on deadlines...a few months from now?
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Redemmo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Beautiful piece and poem. I have a critique about the hair, though: it seems weird and out of place on a tiger's body. I think it distracts from the great lines of her body.
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teiirka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. I debate long and hard anytime I put human hair on an anthro. To me it isn't natural. (Anthros are natural?) But in this case, I went with the hair for fear that the piece would be to plain....and it is popular. :)

and thanks!
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Redemmo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I don't look at anthro pieces often, so I don't really know what's normal for hair on anthros, but the way the hair's drawn, it kind of looks like a mohawk - one strip of long hair down the middle of the scalp. Maybe if some of the hair went over her foreground shoulder, it would look more natural?

I hope this is a more useful critique; I mulled it over a bit and decided that it was the mullet-look that struck me the most. I don't know how much changing the lay of the hair would help, though; I don't draw much myself. I'm sure there's more helpful advice and examples on DA.

I wish you the best as you continue!
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AceOfClubs Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what brand of colored pencils do you use?
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:iconteiirka:
teiirka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Polychromos on Stonehenge paper! Oh,yeah! :)
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xx69erForLifexx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job :)
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Fishbely Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very well written. The picture is great too!
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DkarnDezolus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I cried :'( 

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. I love this so much! 
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:iconteiirka:
teiirka Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I cried when I wrote the darned thing and I still cry when I read it. :)

I have another related poem about 80% along. ;)
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DkarnDezolus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are SO welcome :) I look forward to reading it, I'll watch you. ^^ 
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Writer
My heart aches. My head throbs. You are a wonderful poet and a breathtaking artist.
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Redfurry9 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!:happybounce: 
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rosuto-kia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sees pic of a tiger on a bed. OOH PRETTY COLORS
Reads poem in the description. My feels </3
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FAInsanity Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my feels.
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DanaRashidi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work <3
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