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PT - Mirror by Ai-Bee PT - Mirror by Ai-Bee
We're all crossing paths
For a reason, I know that
Hoping just to share some laughs
avoid the broken glass...

Have I met you in the past?
In a life that I lived last?
You know they go too fast
God knows they go too fast...

Well I don't know the monsters you knew
But I'm trying to forget the ones I met too

Baby you could help me
Baby I'mma help you

You look at me and you see what I see
Because you're looking in the mirror
When you're with me, there's no use in hiding
Because you're looking in the mirror

Baby baby baby, don't look away
Because, maybe maybe maybe-
We're just the same.


Mirror - Kat Dahlia




:iconcuteheartz: Happy 23rd Birthday *Tyshea! :iconcuteheartz:



AKA my best friend in the whole wide world.
Who I happen to be madly in love with hey

This is currently one of my favorite Sam x Sara songs. This is the result of a month's worth of tried and flopped ideas as to a birthday gift, so this ended up being something of an emotional outburst... that actually ended up being perfect. There were more themes I wanted to play with, but I don't think I could stuff anything else in this drawing if I tried. 9//u//9; Not that I mind this... I'm really... really happy with it. I completely went overboard in an effort to show off and make this the best birthday ever. did it work??

Done 95% in SAI, text and a few water/lighting effects/final touches added in Photoshop 7.
Textures used: [link] x [link] x [link] x [link] x [link]


Thank you for the favorites, watches, and comments! :heart: GO WISH HER THE BESTEST BIRTHDAY! :la:
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TimUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is probably my favorite of your sam sara art.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That makes me so happy to hear! :blush: Thank you so much :heart:
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kiara1998 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
hey, this pic is really awesome! 
already in my favos *____*
The splash and light effects are really impressive! O.O
But you also drew the anatomy very well! 
but most of all I like the colors! :heart:

Now I have a question...
May I take this pic as a help?
you know, I can't draw humans in such position and I need something lika a draft....
May I borrow youre awesome pic?
That would be very nice from you :)

DM♪
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm happy you like it!
You're free to use this as a reference if you'd like to try drawing a similar pose, but please do not trace over it :)
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kiara1998 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
No Problem :)
Thank you, No I won't trace over it ^^
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dippythesquid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
SO in love with this song and this pic! It suits it so well! :clap:
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh thank you so much! :excited: :heart:
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dippythesquid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
No problem! Looking at this picture and listening to the song brought on a GIGANTIC well of emotion that both frightened and delighted me. Well done! :)
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poisonraven5 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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poisonraven5 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :)
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KAR-lah Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013

HENEKJNV;FDSKMDF;LKJVDFKLFDLKCDFNVDFKNCSCDSKLC DKCDK IAMTRYINGTOKEEPCALMBUTICAN'TTHISISWAYTOOBEAUTIFULLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :crazy: The Seriously Evil Laugh :LaDrum: Tard OMG Emote Crazy Dancing 

P.S That was me hitting my head against the keyboard.  

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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY ACTUAL GOODNESS I HOPE YOUR HEAD IS OKAY AHHAHAHA :lmao:
GLAD YOU LIKE IT THAT MUCH OMG :heart:
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PastaMaker Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This is just...gorgeous, simply gorgeous. I can't even....words. Mind....words not coming...able to write...AAAAH

I would go on and on, but I doubt I could manage to put my thoughts into words.
The cuts from the glass got me thinking about Sam and Sara...it's been mentioned before that Sam has a lot of emotional issues going on and Sara has her own issues....mayhaps self harming going on? I don't know, they both have them, even though it would seem Sam wouldn't have as many since she's under the glass, and Sara would get more cut up because of it...I don't know, I'm just wondering about that. 'That' being...do the cuts on both of them mean anything?
Uhm....yeah, this is probably confusing. ._.' My thoughts are really hard to put into words.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*omg I had a huge reply for this and then POWEROUTAGE  (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻ *

I'm so happy you like it! And please don't worry about it, I really love it when our pieces get the gears turning, even if ya ramble! :excited:
In context of the picture, sara's got more cuts because she broke through the glass (she should probably have more realistically but we'll overlook that ahh) whereas sam, in that case, was "trapped" under the glass/water. But there are some allusions to the story here too, like the idea that breaking down walls/barriers isn't always an easy feat, and it's painful and sometimes you need force/courage and not fear getting hurt to do it. 
I will say that the glass isn't quite as direct as cutting, but there are a handful of cuts in this piece that happen in story for various reasons, though. :eager:

And that's the gist of it! :dance:

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PastaMaker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Oooh, okay, I get it!
Some cuts in the picture happen in the story? ...that's....GENIUS.
I mean, that shows how far in depth you and :icontyshea: have gone in and written for this story...I'm just flipping out because of how freaking COOL that is and i can't ajfgfsadghssfhash The symbolization is incredible, I'm honestly in awe and i just can't FJKAGHFJKGHKEDGAJK
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Terrali Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
this is awesome
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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Terrali Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
you are welcome :)
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discworldfan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's really amazing - I love the shattered glass mixing with the water (though I imagine doing that wouuld be really painful)
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, it's probably more painful than what I illustrated with just a few scratches, never-mind the salt water... :lmao: But thank you so much!
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Goosebumps. Goosebumps everywhere. WOW.
Holymotherofduck. This is beautiful. The shattering glass mixed with the waves is just... it meshes together so well and adds so many more layers of meaning to the picture and this is just, WOW.
This hurts my heart a little with just how, well, emotional it is really.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhhh fdsjh thank you!! I'm glad it turned out well/mixed right in the end, I was partially worried I overwhelmed it with stuff at first... :faint: Thank you!
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Noooooooo, it actually comes across the other way. A simple really nice piece until you look at the details and the amount of work you put into and the ideas and symbolism. You managed to fit so much stuff into it without making the viewer go WOW SO MUCH CLUTTER.
It's blended perfectly.
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GonXKillua Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
just need a couple hundred more and their bodies will start looking like mine :P
but in all serious though, this is very impactful and I really like how you managed that perspective <3
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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ThePunkPanda Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that... glass... in the water?
If I were to be in that situation... Just, just, blood. Everywhere.

But it's an intense effect in the picture. I love it.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yesss! The water is slightly also supposed to represent glass, as per the song title :dance:
Wouldn't it be terrible though? I feel like it'd be a little worse than I drew it (more blood, ahah) but yeah, I'm glad I didn't leave it out entirely ;P

Thank you so much!
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Poprock-On Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY WORD I DON'T USE ON THE INTERNET, THIS IS AWESOME! Woah. Just, woah. It's just so intense. The whole breaking through a mirror thing is awesome, and the angle is perfect! I'm a fan.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bwahahahaha! :giggle: Wow, thank you very very much! I'm so happy you like it! :hug: :heart:
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JapanYoshi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit, this is beautiful, but the Tumblr-esque quote makes me rage... I have the world's most mixed feeling inside me AAAAAURGH
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, umm! It's not a "tumblr-esque phrase" for the heck of it... xD;; It's a lyric to the song this was inspired by. [link]
Though I guess tumblrspiration quotes use lyrics sometimes too. Sorry, but it's one of their couple songs so it was important to include! :shrug:
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FairyRound121 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and elegant.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: T-thank you so much! :heart:
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AHHH! I love love LOVE the shattered glass effect on the surface of the water!!!!! It's just AMAZING...
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bwahhh thank you so much! :excited: I'm so proud of it! :heart: :heart:
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You totally should be! Like, HOW YOU DO DAT?
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Traumkratzer Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I see you, under the mirror glass, breath going away... This feeling, this fire is lit until turning a blinding blue, mind and heart shout, "dive forward!" And so I jump, I completely forget myself, flying in closer to this hard surface.... A silent scream coming into my mouth, my will in new heights, taking up force, all my power... Head in I smash, fragments in the water, the turquoise blue, bruises stinging like salt in an open wound, but the pain does not reach me, my mind is water, my heart guides me... stretching my arms, grabbing you and giving all what I have to you. My treasure, we're the daoist halfs who found together, and if you're in need, I'll be there.
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TheFlamingZebra Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAHHHHH

The glass, the toes, the water works, the HANDS THE LIGHTING AND BUBBLES. Bee this is so beautiful. I love the colors and I love MOVEMENT and the ACTION and the EMOTION and the the the the SYMBOLISM I JUST LOVE IT ALL. I a so happy you're proud of it because you honestly should be. This is just wonderful and should be loved as such.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BWAHHH CAIT BWAHHH GONNA FAINT YOUU BLRALGHDGVB :faint:
I AM REALLY PROUD OF IT I CAN'T HELP IT I'VE NEVER BEEN THIS AMBITIOUS SO THIS MEANS A LOT TO ME DESPITE MY LAZINESS LATELY :iconcraiplz:

THANK YOU ARGHHH
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Alona-Dono Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I really like your art, specially this awesome painting! The colors, the meaning, the atmosphere is stunning! May I ask you where are Sam and Sara from (this is my first time in your gallery)? They seem like an amazing couple with a very deep and emotional relationship. LOVE IT.
Thanks for the great art and keep up the good work!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hello! Haha, welcome to my gallery! :love: I'm really happy you enjoy this piece! These two are from my and my girlfriend's collaborated comic, Picture This. It's about four lesbian couples varying within the gender spectrum :) At the moment we're working on SamSara. You can find all of our artwork here: #PT-PictureThis or check out our Picture This progress tumblog!
Thank you so much for the interest! :excited:
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Knuczema-the-Echidna Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so beautiful. the color and effect are wonderful!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blush: :heart:
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Awww
What a great gift! Its beautiful!
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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FunSmilies Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Your Welcome =D
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kidflashsgirl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I'm sorry, but I have to say that this is my favourite piece of SS. By far. This is simply gorgeous.
It just incorporates all the SS elements- like the sunset colours of Sam and the green blue sea of Sara, how Sara is tackling and reaching for Sam, not caring about the glass between them, and how Sam just holds her. It's like she's finally letting her in. UGH GOD THE EMOTIONS BEE.
Also, I just noticed the blood on Sara's hands. And then on Sam's legs. I think that is the most powerful to me, to be honest, because those cuts I think kinda symbolize problems or obstacles both of them must face to finally get to each other. The blood on her hands, the cuts and hardship and depression, they both have to get through it and accept each other.

God, I love this too much. What a perfect present. Beautiful, Bee.
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Ai-Bee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, why are you apologizing for something like that! It lights up my life to know you love this one THAT much! ;__; ahh gonna get all sappy here
I'm sooo. I just. need a moment. *composes self*
I'm so happy you notice so much of the little nuances I stuffed in here! I really wanted to bring their motifs of air/water crashing together. It's a little out of order, admittedly, since I haven't done her antag picture, but based on Sammy's.. you can guess what Sara's will be like. The glass is so significant, too, in so many ways.
I actually added the blood on them and the glass as a last minute epiphany, oh my god... because you're exactly right- crashing through that barrier is no clean transition. It's rough and imperfect and hurts a little.
Thank you sooooo much AUGH HUGS FOR YOU /);____;/)
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kidflashsgirl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
I think because this piece is something that I- well, not only myself but im sure many others- can relate to. Like we all have those little things that we keep hidden inside our hearts, and I like to think of mine as being locked away in a glass jar in an iron safe- it's easy to crack if you trust someone enough to give them the combination. I guess because of that, I connected with and loved this piece all the more.
Kudos to you, Bee, for connecting with your audience. I think that's a sign of not only a brilliant artist, but also a masterful storyteller.
I can't wait for the next installment.
<3 hugs back :)
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