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Thousand Burned-Out Yesterdays by Suanin Thousand Burned-Out Yesterdays by Suanin
Harry: Marion... I've been thinking about you so much... are you okay?
Marion: When are you coming home?
Harry: Soon.
Marion: When?
Harry: Soon... you holding out all right?
Marion: Harry... can you come today?
Harry: Yeah... [crying] I'll come... I'll come today. You just wait for me, all right?
Marion: OK, Harry...
Harry: I'm coming back, Marion.
Marion: Yeah.
Harry: Marion?
Marion: Yeah.
Harry: I'm really sorry, Marion...
Marion: I know.

- 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000)


A couple of weeks ago I finally watched Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece 'Requiem for a Dream', and it was without a doubt the most intense and heartbreaking movie I'd ever seen. It had such an emotional and even physical impact on me that I couldn't stop thinking about it for days, so, as a way to channel some of that emotion, I decided to put my feelings and my admiration for the story into a drawing.

This scene, which occurs near the end of the movie, represents the incredibly sad moment at which Harry (Jared Leto) and his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) finally realize they've reached the point of no return, in life as well as in their relationship. They know that, no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to escape from the utterly hopeless and desperate conditions they've created for themselves by making too many wrong choices and mistakes along the way, and during this last phonecall they realize that they have also lost the one good thing they still had - each other.

The title of the drawing was taken from the song 'Was It A Dream' by 30 Seconds To Mars (as some Jared Leto fans may have recognized). I was listening to the track while drawing, and when I heard the phrase 'a thousand burned-out yesterdays' I immediately felt that I had to use it, because, in my opinion, it suits the scene perfectly.

And yes, that is Jared Leto - I know it doesn't look much like him, but I blame that on the terrible quality of the screenshot I used as a reference. :B

This is my entry for =Diamond4girl's Drawn To A Moment Contest.

Pencil on paper
Size: top drawing: 31,5 x 20 cm - bottom drawing: 26,5 x 14,5 cm
Materials: 2B and HB mechanical pencils; 2B and HB Bruynzeel pencils; kneadable eraser; blending stumps in various sizes; and tissues
Time: a few weeks
Music: mostly 30 Seconds To Mars and the soundtracks for 'Requiem for a Dream' (Clint Mansell) and 'Inception' (Hans Zimmer)
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Even though I have never watched Requiem for a Dream, I feel completely overwhelmed by all the feelings portrayed in a Thousand Burned-Out Yesterdays by *Suanin. Not only does it show great penciling skills but it's also full of emotions that reach the viewer, and make them feel the same pain the characters are going through even without being a fan of the movie. Heartbreaking yet incredible. ( Suggested by Mishelangello and Featured by rydi1689 )

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Sopecartoons Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, thoughtful artwork!
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annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing !! :omg:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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annakoutsidou Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're so welcome ! :aww::tighthug:
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robdolbs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
featured!: [link] :love:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! :happybounce: Thank you so much! :huggle:
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robdolbs Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :icontardglompplz:
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RumScum Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
God, I love this picture so much. ;_; It really is so perfect. There's so much work and detail put into this, I thought it was a screen shot from the movie itself.
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :blush:
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goneforgood1122 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
so beautiful. :wow:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blushes:
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Electricynder Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Requiem for a dream ♥♥ nice job ^^
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Suanin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Evecast Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Wow, very impressive! Amazing job.
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savannahwu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing. it looks like a photograph. now i must watch the movie. :heart:
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Suanin Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :rose:
Yes! Go and see the movie! :eager:
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darklife14 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible X___X
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Suanin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :rose:
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cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
A very thought provoking piece and commentary! Quite excellent!
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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PandasRampage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, by chance would you have screen shots of these scenes? I really want to create an art piece using this scene. Please let me know! Please and thanks! :la:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can find them on this website: [link]
Good luck with your drawing! :aww:
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Dariaa30stm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
'requiem for a dream' <3 i love it .. You have a talent. :Adoration:
I very much like Your drawing . :Drooling:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :rose:
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Dariaa30stm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome :hug:

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Jump and Touch the sky ~ Jare Leto
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EndlesSstyle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
the artwork, plus what u wrote plus being a huge fan of darren's work, are reasons why I decided to watch this movie ..

If you like darren and heartbreaking movies I strongly suggest you watch "The fountain" [link] , because above all the brilliance you have the unbelievably magnificent performance of hugh jackman ..
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: What did you think of the movie?
I haven't seen 'The Fountain' yet, but it's been on my watch list for a while!
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EndlesSstyle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
didn't c it yet .. ^^;
I'll watch it the minute I get a chance ..
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Jana-Black Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A friend showed that picture to me. Wow. Excellent choice of scene. One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. Great work!
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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royvdv Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
prachtig!
de telefoondraad in de onderste helft is alsof het er echt hangt :) hallo? :D :p
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Suanin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, dank je wel! :meow:
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AlexMahone Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!
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Suanin Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :rose:
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AlexMahone Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np :)
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fangirlofTH Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Oh my god, this is amazing.
I am in love with this.
Perfection. :thumbsup:
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Suanin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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fangirlofTH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
No problem!
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The-Bunny-Eater Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
My god. I came here thinking it was a picture, this is AWESOME!

... Either that, or I'm just plain stupid. It's healthier for me to think your work is awesome, so there.
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :blush:
And just to ease your mind: it is a drawing. You're not stupid. :B
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Featured in my journal!
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :happybounce:
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XxMondayMorningxX Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous drawing!
Did you screen it or something? I ask because I wanna try to draw these picts too, but I can't screen such sharp picts and I can't find them on the internet.. :)
If you still have the reference photos I would be very grateful! :)
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :rose:
No, I found the screenshots on the internet. Here are the links: the top one and the bottom one. :aww: Good luck with your drawing! Let me know when you've finished it; I'd love to see it! :D
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XxMondayMorningxX Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
Of course! When I'm finished with it I'll let you know.
But I'm afraid it'll take some time :D
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean. It took me quite a lot of time too. :B
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Raz-Veinz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very talented, great job, beautiful art :-)
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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pnutdclown Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, so intense. ;O)
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Suanin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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