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Donatello+April 'Ashes of His Memories by JasmineAlexandra Donatello+April 'Ashes of His Memories by JasmineAlexandra
I was listening to Ellie Goulding's "Holding On" & as I saw the video I kept imagining Donatello holding unto April... So I sketched it & then sketched it on Manga Studio... I don't know why really, but I love drawing tragic love. So I did it for Donnie & April...

He is in shocked as he rocks her body gently... His logical mind receding to the depths of his grief. He is strong... He whispers, "It's not fair... not you..."

His stares off into his memories with wide eyes... caressing her hair & tightening his hold to her.... remembering her last moment looking into his eyes... His tears pour forth, asking her in a hoarse whisper, "Forgive me, April." Then the memories replay again in his mind.... He whispers, "It's not fair... not you..."

I do not own the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or any of the characters. I am just an insignificant insect that is just a fan. All characters belong to 2012 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.
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You show an ashy coloring to put depth in the emotion your setting into. It puts the mood into the display and shows how much how you thought this through. I can also see that from the work you down to show the lifelessness of April and the shocked and sad expression from Donnie that you really brought out the tragedy of it all. I give this, as cheesy as it sounds, two thumbs up. I have to say though, the background confuses me. I know what the symbol is, it's just why choose that sort of background for this tragic sort? I hope this helps to better your art work in the upcoming future.
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Well, first of all I wanted to say that I have nothing against the plot of this picture, poses and expressions are all done well, especially Don's rised shoulders add to tention of his figure.
But I think there can be some tips that can help you to create even better feel in the future. For example...
Because of the same thickness of lines and low brightness of colors (which works for the mood, I know) it's hard on fist glance to tell these two figures apart. April's tights and boots are almost the same color as Don's binds on his arms and legs. I think if you would, for example, make April's lines a bit thinner and her whole body in a bit lighter colors, she would stand out more and maybe even have some kind of "already gone" or "otherworldly" look for her.
Another thing - lighting is very important in painting (you know that, it shows in your other works and comics). Here we have a real intense emotion and situation playing before us. You could use some trick like "spotlight from above" lighting to create a lonely and isolated in his own mind feel.
All in all, my opinion is, this work have good points in it's own right, but you can do better.
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rocky2006potpie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
The-Silver-snowball Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Love love love the tragic and the emotions in this piece, Now if you'like excuse me ....*sits and cries n a corner*
Genevieve-Snake Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think I'm going to cry....
FirebirdScratches Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Oof. That look on his face. Rough, man. 

Well done!
Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] 
DonnieAndMikey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This picture is It inspired me to make a fanfic called The fall of April O'Neil.
ShellshockerTMNT117 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love drawingg Tragic in general:3
HorrorSquirrelGirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Writer
This is amazing art!!! I love it....... SO SAD
mariXsesshy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sadCry run 

your ur an amazing artist :3
dragonfrost04 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artist
Oh, my God! T-T

I found this picture while listening to 'Shattered' by Trading Yesterday. I'm serious, tears came down my eyes.
kirawong Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so deeeeeeeppppp the feeelllssssss
Nj-virus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
My Brain:H-Bomb Hiccup 
BlackBoardDevil Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Great Scene. Love it thoug.
sainwtmnt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great job!! The expressions are amazing!
tmntgirl123765 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I was listening to monster by paramore. it matches
wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
intense. fantastic work!
tmntgirl123765 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
what happened??? I hate you shredder!!!
BenRG Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
The beginning of the pathway into the Dark.
AlphaTrion007 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I wanna say what happened to April... But I'm afraid of what the answer might be...

So what happened to April?
Zenet2527 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I had to think a short story based off this pic. The darkness fading the scene, his mind not being able to take it all in... I'f you give me permission, I'll write it here and FanFiction... Pleeease?....
JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
wow... if it inspires you , go right ahead. I love it when people drop stories of what my picture inspires them.... it's like gummy bears to my feels. I love them... everyone loves gummy bears!
Zenet2527 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
La la la la Thank you! I basically get ideas with everything. EEEVERYTHIIIING! ANd my head is running out of space to store all my ideas. I gotta upload them to the computer or my brain will explode... TOO SMART 
JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
then blast into space rocket gurl! WOOOO!
Zenet2527 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Yaaay! I'm sooo happy you replied me, since you're like an iiidoool... I really love your art, I actually watched it before I got this account! 
JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
wow.... I am so flattered.... aaaawe, thank you!
Zenet2527 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
U're welcome, and I tell you, you have many watchers without accounts that love your art...
JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
aaaawe... poor Donnie.
BProductinz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
if that happened....

me: *cries softly* knife) someone kill me...
Blank8598 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why did you do this!? It's amazing, but my heart hurts now! 
Alvinybrittanylove Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Whyyyyy!!!!!!!! :(
DonaTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Artist


Poor Donnie, poor April

TMNT2012fan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Nice pic sad thought. It just spiked another story in me. What if there was an alternative version to the story I just made. May I use the photo?
winged-wolf-tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Gah...your making me cry....:'(
Great job on this though...good detail and I like the coloring as well as how youv darkened the pic it gives it more of a reflected innerturmoil vibe kind of like a dark over shadowing painfilled ambience.....if that makes any kind of sense ........but still:'(
sawyersmith100 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont know how to tell you this,but I see this as an end of…
DonatelloFangirl033 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
this is soooo sad ;A;
SMDKFan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
This reminds me of a sonic fancomic i saw here...
JaySketchin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is... *starts to cry*
*sees you* 
What, no, this is emotion juice, not tears... SHUDDUP, THIS IS SAD!!
TmnGirl Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Curlytop13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I seriously love this. :iconwhutplz:
lpsgurl2444 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
rachael: NUUUU *starts singing when your gone*
Frankeeb19 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
What happen to April? It's a really great pic
Netbug009 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Writer
His expression is heartbreaking. D':
Ninja-FormersJunkie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
levelgreat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
i just lisened 2 the PERfeecTT for this seen!
JasmineAlexandra Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you sooo much! I thought of how the song would play in the background as Donnie is rocking her softly in his arms... as the scene slowly fades to black.....
Mituna-ruler-of-bees Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
what da faiuggg!!!!!
i sorry donniw gimme a hug
donnie:go away mikey
ok watever :<
PsychicNomad Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Oh noooo poor April and Donnie too!!

This is really well done, and sad Great work!
Sesshomarusama3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Oh my god this is so tragic...poor Donnie...poor April...

This is really good, just very sad...
HeavensAngelGoddess Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Wow just... wow.... If this happened on the t.v (maybe not cause everyone thinks cartoons/animation is for kids psst) then it would be just like this... intense. Man Donnie looks like he just died inside. He always crushed on April, but seeing her dead like this made him realize his real love for her, and felt the first real loss he ever felt. And it hurt... hard... it will take him a while to get over this...

But anyways... amazing art...
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