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Human Heart by CatnipCantrip Human Heart by CatnipCantrip
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When I was in highschool in Las Vegas, (2001) I was in a studio art class during which I developed my skills by drawing many still lifes and realistic black and white images. Several of these are in my gallery, including a baby shoe and a baseball mit. During that class we were asked to create an image as part of a contest to eventually be used on a poster encouraging organ donation. Being a little shit, I decided to make this image, which was not even sent in for the contest because it is not in the least bit encouraging. I did look at references when planning this image, but for the most part I went with my gut as to how a quintessential human heart looks, effectively combining every human heart I had ever seen into one stark image. After I finished the drawing, I scanned it into photoshop and added color. Upon creating my DA account, I uploaded the majority of my art, including this image. Since then its popularity has exploded in a way that I could not have fathomed. I noticed today that it is the NUMBER ONE image for human heart on google. WOW! Unfortunately the original was sold a few years ago for a mere 10 dollars to a friend named Duran who went to college with me at TESC. A few years ago, someone effectively stole this image (claiming to DA that it was theirs) and it was removed. Oh boy! My most popular image is loose on the internet! Since then I attempted to retrieve the image in order to re-scan it at a high resolution, but when asked for it, Duran informed me that he had given it to a friend who helped him move, and that he doesn't know his name or whereabouts.

Sad. Awful.

I have come to accept that I may never see that image again, and that my ability to prove that this image is in fact mine is not possible. When it was originally removed I took a picture of myself holding it, [link]

Compare it to my other realism work, and believe what you wish.
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milkysonic Featured By Owner 4 days ago
That looks like one of my poops XD
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Treinner Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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jasonstetson Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Artist
may I use this to my album cover ?? :D
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hiSTORYhere Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I LOVE this picture!! My boyfriend is studying to be a Perfusionist! Can I use this image on a shirt I am making as a graduation present?!
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lia-zu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
used here: [link]
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Kimiakav Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
may I use this as a reference? I'll link back to you :D
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CatnipCantrip Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
sure!
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Kimiakav Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
used =P
[link]

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CatnipCantrip Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Great work!
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wolflover1451 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
can i borro this imig for a ani im doing it's not gowing on the web it stay's on my pc proms only my frend will c it and ill tell her where i got it firom
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thunderweeds Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
most beautiful thing i've seen today..
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artimiss1238 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
i used ur pic for this [link] i hope it was ok :)
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Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Someone got it tattooed on their neck here on DA [link] :)

My fav part would have to be the blood. I love the rich dark red/black color.
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moonlightmystery1259 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
wow this is amazing do you mind if i use this as a reference for my own little tattoo design project?
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CatnipCantrip Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Go for it
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moonlightmystery1259 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! I hope i do it proud :p
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insaneokami13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
can i use this as a ref? doing some vent art...
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Iratus-Pekk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
this is so cool =D

I found this in google images when i looked up "human heart" for a picture, I gave you credit for it on deviant art and i posted a link to your site in the artist comments, I hope that's okay, if not i'd understand if you wanted me to take it down
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BLS-SDMF Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Excuse me, would you mind if i used this as a reference? Well, I'm helping my cousin on a project, and I wanted to draw this, with permission of course.

Please respond asap.
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CatnipCantrip Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
sure
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BLS-SDMF Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Ignore that comment. I decided not to use this as a reference. But thank you for reading.
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HaXShoT Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Unless you can provide proof you are the author I doubt anyone will believe you. also here is one picture of it from a Nightmare Productions thing and I doubt they are the author also.

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it is also on Deviant under different claims they are the authors
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CatnipCantrip Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Hi HaXShoT, proof is on the way. I am sick of shit like "nightmare productions" making my image into cheesy crap. BTW, did you see the pictures of me holding the original?
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HaXShoT Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I did not sir. I just know the pic is everywhere and everyone seems to claim it. I don't really care who's it is I was just defending the part where you say it is yours, but so does everyone else. :)
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Ava-Arvest Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Harharharharharharharharhar. Har. I like it!
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ovengloves Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
That's morbid and silly at the same time.
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