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Looking for Alaska by merrinou Looking for Alaska by merrinou
"So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison's last words were, "It's very beautiful over there."
I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful."


This is me illustrating books I'm not done reading yet. (Why weren't you born in fucking May, Seb?!) Anywayss, happy 20th birthday!! :) I hope you like it and that you will one day forgive me for peeking at both the middle AND the end of the book. (I'm a terrible person)
This thing is some sort of a combination between the first time Miles talked to Alaska on that swing facing the lake (in my head it faces the lake ok?) and the last line of the book. Because I'm psychic and I know you like that line.

(welcome to the crazy world inside my head in which fir trees are blue, leaves are red, reeds are orange, the gravitational field is amazingly distorted and the sky looks like it's about to swallow you.)

Watercolors, wrong brush, wrong paper - everything I need is 40km away and I can't drive
Looking for Alaska – John Green
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Porsheee Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Writer
The last page.. last words of the book.. was so beautiful it sent shivers down my spine. That book was amazing, and so is this painting! 
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merrinou Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Porsheee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Writer
you're welcome... but really... the thoughts it make me think. I take it this is the better place or what's out of the labyrinth?
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merrinou Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, to me getting out of the labyrinth isn't a place, it's an act, as I think Miles said that to get out you need to forgive. So this would be the place Edison mentioned in his last words. But you can see it any way you want. :) (I'm aware a "place" can also be a state of mind, etc. I don't myself take the last line too literally, although it might look this way on my painting) It's been a while since I read the book, I hope I understood your question properly?
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Porsheee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Writer
yes, well yeah. To me it was sorta the feeling of the painting. Like freedom and colors and beauty. And I haven't read it for a year either :p but it was so good.... 
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merrinou Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I see what you mean, I guess by killing herself Alaska did get out of the labyrinth, so in a way this is both Edison's place and out of the labyrinth, you could say they're one and the same. (it's really hard for me to discuss this becaude I don't really agree with any of it so um I'm trying to assume JG's point of view or something)
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Porsheee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Writer
haha lol or like Pudge thought she got out of the labyrinth Straight and fast... 
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booksmusiclaughter Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I. LOVE. THIS.
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merrinou Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Nana-Urasawa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The colors are a hot-cold effect
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merrinou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you? (: Also do you speak french? If yes you can comment in french if you're more comfortable with it, I'm actually from France :)
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Nana-Urasawa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, c'est cool alors ^^
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merrinou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
A-au fait, tu regardes Merlin?? :)
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Nana-Urasawa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Je regardais, mais pas longtemps, pourquoi ?
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merrinou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, mes dessins ont du te spoiler un peu la fin, pardon ^^; Je comprend que t'aies pas continué parce que les 3 premières saisons sont un peu nulles, mais 4 et 5 elles sont trop cools. :D (et aussi la fin elle est trop triste? mais je suis maso donc je vais bien haha)
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Nana-Urasawa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
T'utilise quel logiciel pour dessiner ? ^^
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merrinou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Euh ben ça c'est de l'aquarelle donc le logiciel c'est du papier et un pinceau et de la peinture haha =P Mais pour mes dessins à l'ordi, je jongle entre photoshop et paint tool sai. :) Et toi?
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jesstron21 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
So beautiful. :')
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merrinou Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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AnnieTheNinja Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wrong brush wrong paper beautifull picture
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merrinou Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you :)
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AnnieTheNinja Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a pleasure:)
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anli-chan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
FFF I'm crying.
This is absolutely amazing, you captured the emotion in that line prefectly.
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merrinou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw I am very glad you think so, thank you! :heart:
I wasn't going for something sad but associated with the quote I guess it can't help feeling nostalgic-ish. Ah, well. I'm thrilled you like it! (:
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itmustbethechemistry Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
absolutely stunning!
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merrinou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :heart:
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emilyreads Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous! I love it.
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merrinou Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! (:
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SirSpiffalot Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
OH JOHN GREEN. I read Will Grayson Will Grayson because David Levithan is my favorite author, but I've been told that I should like John Green's other writing. I'll try to look for the book at the library next time!

This picture! I like how the trees are bending in the the sky is swirling. This whole scene is so pretty. :}
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merrinou Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the first time I hear about Will Grayson Will Grayson but I just googled it and it looks pretty interesting! I never read a book written by two different authors, must be fun, I wonder if I could find the book in town. I really enjoyed LFA so I told myself I'd try reading other things John Green wrote, I just haven't gotten the chance yet. But I think LFA is a lot of people's favorite and it's really a great story, it's definitely worth reading! (: And thank you! <33
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SirSpiffalot Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Actually, Will Grayson Will Grayson isn't that good
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Ichigo-is-MINE Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I love water coloring, and I appreciate anyone who tries it, even if it doesn't turn out great. But I love it and appreciate it even more when it does turn out great, quite beautiful, actually!

Looking For Alaska + watercolor = LOVE
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merrinou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ajsklzpln thank you so much! ♥ I sort of really love watercolors, so I'm very glad to hear it turned out great. LFA was amazing, it made me cry a lot, and laugh just as much, which is weird but surprisingly nice to experience. :') Thank you for your sweet comment! :heart:
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KoxHaku Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student
ahanahananah. *A* Okay, c'est bon. Je jalouse tes aquarelles pour toujours D:
Celui là il pète vraiment, c'est dingue j'aime tout! 'A'
La façon dont justement le ciel nous "bouffe" 8D, les couleurs, l'eau
(et un signe rose ♥), les arbres, et parmi tout ça une petite madame <3
C'est vraiment trop joli ;A;

..Ah sinon, jamais entendu parler du livre OTL. Mais illustré comme ça, il doit être bien C:
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merrinou Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Rooh, merci beaucoup :tighthug: J'aimais bien au début mais là ça me fait l'effet d'une peinture d'un gamin de maternelle (oui, encore ça, je sais xD) parce que c'est pas assez dilué sinon ça scanne pas et et et -uh, right, j'arrête de raler. ><
Héhé le signe il est rose parce que je voulais pas le laisser blanc, alors j'ai pris la première couleur qui avait pas l'air trop surnaturelle pour un être vivant. 8)

En français ca s'appelle "Qui es tu Alaska", c'est vraiment joli et marrant et en même temps triste et oui je sais à chaque fois que je te parle d'un truc ben c'est un truc triste JE FAIS PAS EXPRES. Enfin, si jamais tu cherches un livre pour l'été... ;'D :heart:
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KoxHaku Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student
ZY VA TROUVE MOI UN SEUL GAMIN DE MATERNELLE QUI FAIT CA, JE L'ADOPTE! è_é
Je trouve que ça va vraiment bien aux signes d'être rose C: Si, parce que ça
fait ..flammant rose? :dummy:

Le titre m'intrigue déjà. Mais la pendant les grandes vacs, j'ai déjà prévu
mon coté littérature ...je veux lire le Petit Prince!
..Je suis sérieuse. J'ai l'impression d'être la seule personne de la planète
à ne jamais l'avoir lu. Une amie m'a juste raconté l'histoire du mouton dans
la boite, et ça y'est j'étais fan ;A;

ET ARF A PROPOS DE TRUCS TRISTES! Tu as vu l'animé "ANOHANA"? ..tu vois encore
des animes? 8D Non parce que celui là il faut. Ca fait tellement Angel Beats même
si ça n'a rien à voir /Meaningplz?
Et puis c'est (unpeu?) triste alors hein, y'a pas de raison, on pleure ensemble! D: :heart:
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