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Sadako Sasaki by MarkRaats Sadako Sasaki by MarkRaats
My modest contribution to a collection of art being done as a tribute to Sadako Sasaki

Sadako was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The explsion blew her out of the window and as a result of the explosion and radiation, she was diagnosed with leukemia in 1955 and given a year to live.

Sadako's friend - Chizuko Hamamoto - came to the hospital to visit her, and cut a gold piece of paper into a square to fold it into a paper crane, in reference to the ancient Japanese story that promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. The story goes that Sadako fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her.

Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils and white paint on Acid free paper - 16.5 x 11.5 inches.
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moccadsgn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
It seems you have put part of your (or Sadako's) soul on it because every time I see this pic it give me goosebumps!
Great piece for a powerful story… I hope it never happens again.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you very much Mocca - your words are incredibly kind

Here's hoping we can find peace together… :)
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OmiRush89 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I remeber reading her biography when I was a kid and this story still follows me
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Thank you vey much Alexander
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ReiLoly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the saddest story I've ever read
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Yes, it is a very sad story isn't it Rebecca!

Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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ReiLoly Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! This is awesome
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DimRasha Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
wow, so beautiful..
truly an emotional piece..
really congrats !
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you very much!

It was great to be able to do something different and its good to hear you think it works!
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DimRasha Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
My pleasure :) it works perfectly, it's so emotional...
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oscarfvega Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wonderful image. Powerful story.
Thanks for your work.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much Oscar - I'm glad you like it.
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MoonlitPredator Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thats very touching, a good piece indeed.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much Adam mate...
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PETE-EDWARD Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Love it! guess i'm going to study the style.. :B
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Many thanks Pete --

I hope it's of some use to you Mate...
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manycomics Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you Laura!
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KatherineJoyce Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes growing up, I still have it. I enjoy the design element of the cranes in this picture.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks Katie, its an astonishingly moving story...
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carnival Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous use of simple traditioanl media~ :'> the red pencil-lining adds a neat edge~
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much. I'm delighted you like it!
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Aside from your unassailable style and impeccable drawing acuities, the paper cranes are a powerful metaphor
in this tender depiction of a young woman coming to a peaceful acceptance of her own mortality. It gives one
pause to consider the ever continuing challenge of life imitating art, and if only it would. Beautiful work, really.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Cheers my friend. It WAS wonderful doing something outside of the norm and especially because its such a poignant story.

Your thoughtful comments are as always, deeply appreciated and I'm thrilled you like the scribble sir!
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MarkManley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful - both the art and the story.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you Mark --

Kind of you to take the time to comment!
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MarkManley Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome- I find your work truly inspiring.
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CarstenOdenthal Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much Carsten!

I appreciate the words of encouragement…..
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Adel5 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A touching story and a beautiful piece of art. Thanks.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
My pleasure Alessandro and warmest thanks for taking the trouble to comment….
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saber359 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Very cool.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much Edwin!
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ForkTheMighty Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous :D and very moving
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you very much Isabel Ann..

I appreciate your support..
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mrk9sp Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
My daughter was in a school play and she and her classmates made close to 1,000 cranes as well for it. She will be enthralled with your rendition. It is stunning.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks Mike.. I hope she enjoyed the sketch!
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quin-ones Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Beautiful work.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much Joe - kind of you to say...
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KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah I remember reading this book. it was emotional when I first read it in 4th grade
the colors and the background are lovely :iconloveloveplz:
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you Kai, I'm glad you like it. I guess it will always remain an emotional read!
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KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome mate :)
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CassandraJames Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks very much my Aussie friend Cassandra!
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CassandraJames Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! :hug:
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darkgex Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that story! I read a few books about this, and it brings me to tears every time I read about it.

This picture is lovely, and I love how the background is all paper cranes. It's beautiful :)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment Josie!
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NaniThePractical Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read the book when I was in 4th grade, and 4 years later, I still want to burst into tears when I think of Sadako's story.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Its an incredible story.. Many thanks for taking the time to write….
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NaniThePractical Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :)
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