Firstly Mike, sorry it took me so so long to get around to it. I've decided I'm going to comment on your work when I'm in the right mood for commenting, so I can give it my all.
I think you know I love this piece. Yet I just can't seem to find the words to tell you exactly why I do. I think it's just the general feeling that I get when I look at this. Just that want to do exactly what the character in this piece is doing I can connect strongly with. It's the one that you get when you feel that everything is falling apart, and all you can do is sit - by yourself - and contemplate, think, release.
I guess something else I get out of this is the fact that everything else is black. Again that feeling when everything has crashed and burned, that everything is black, that you are alone, is what I'm feeling. Maybe this connection is why I love it. How you wish that darkness would just swallow you up...
Mike, this is truly a wonderful piece. So simplistic, yet the feelings I get out of this are so so profound. I mean, this one really does strike a chord inside me, again because I feel I can relate in some way. I love the single colour use here, the way you've done the shading, and how brilliant the character looks. Just. Love. It.
As you well know by now, I love this piece. I really hope this comment and the consequent favourite can in some way do justice for just what I get out of this piece. Keep doing what you do Mike, I just can't get enough.
your words did it justice, friend. you always know how to make a guy smile. thanks so much for the great comment, man. makes me feel great inside knowing you can connect with it so well (but obviously that anyone should have to connect with this is depressing)