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Growing Up by Nollaig Growing Up by Nollaig
Based off the last scene in Winnie The Pooh's Most Grand Adventure. The moment when Christopher, reflecting on his first day of school, and away from his toys, wonders if Pooh Bear will always be there for him.

I was tempted to put in a second panel where an older Christopher Robin is sitting there by himself, having outgrown Pooh, but I thought that might be pushing it a bit haha. I may do it eventually.

Can I also just point out how much nicer my background and colours are than the original film? Go look at the original film. It has these big brown/purple cloud things and no shadows or highlights. Mine's all colourdyful.
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anba-len-fan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is sad yet beautiful. Big Fool Emoji-07 (Cry) [V2] 
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's exactly what I was going for!
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Harry-Topper Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
The real-life Christopher Robin was badly teased at boarding school and began to hate the books and blame his father for writing about him (a little bit of exploitation, never-the-less).
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, I've read CR's biographies, I know all about him and his detachment from his father's work.
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Harry-Topper Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Yeah, he was badly embarrassed.
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Most emotional part of Winnie the Pooh that it makes you question why growing up should be so important if it all comes down to something like this.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the secret is nobody really wants to grow up, we just don't get a choice in the matter.
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endler Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. All of your Winnie the Pooh works are wonderful.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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yumisuu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so sad and touching. ;n; Never underestimate the feels, because this is enough to make a grown man cry. :iconsobcryplz:(and I'm not a grown man if that's what you're thinking.)
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AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
omg this is gorgeous! so much atmosphere. i love it.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! 
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :3
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PerfectlyDisastrous Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow. This really blew me away. I myself have struggled with the idea of growing up, and leaving behind all those things I used to love so much. To me, you never really do lose those things, if you don't want to. I will always treasure my fondest childhood memories as I grow older. *Shrug* I don't know, it's hard to explain in words, really.

Winnie the Pooh will always hold a special place in my heart. My parents nicknamed me "Pooh Bear" as a child because when I was a baby I apparently made growling noises like a bear, and as a toddler I loved Winnie the Pooh. :)

Thanks for sharing. This is amazing work. Brought a tear to my eye. :heart:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, I'm never going to lose my childhood magic. I'm 25 and I'm seriously struggling with growing up - but I figure as long as I take my adult responsibilities on board, I can be a kid in my free time. Far as I'm concerned, that's the only way to go through life.

Pooh is very special to me too, when I was a child the Hundred Acre Wood was one of the first mental escapes I had in terms of fiction. I've become an avid fan of books over the years because I love escaping into a different world for a while. Same goes even for the tv shows I love. But Pooh was the first, I always wanted so badly to go to this hill on top of the forest.

And thank you, I'm really glad you like it so much :3
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PerfectlyDisastrous Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's exactly how I feel. :) 

I've always loved reading fantasy novels and playing video games because they offer me an escape to a world more exciting than my own. I'm glad I've found someone who feels the same, because it's something I've struggled with a lot, especially over the last few weeks as I just turned 20. As time goes on I find myself desperately clinging to things that remind me of childhood, not wanting to lose that magic that I love so much. Disney's animated movies were my favourite as a child, (Bambi, The Lion King, The Fox and the Hound, Hercules, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, etc) and I still enjoy re-watching them to this day. :) Movies like that hold a certain magic that touches a part of my heart in a way that live action movies just don't. 

Thanks for sharing your story with me. It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. :tighthug:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, video games too! I adore RPGs for the stories, like Shadow Hearts and certain Final Fantasies in particular. Any form of fiction, really. As a child, TLK and Pocahontas were my two favourites alongside Winnie the Pooh, and some other tv show cartoons like My Little Pony. Live action movies don't do as much for me, but tv shows like Merlin (BBC) or Supernatural - I get totally lost in the fantasy of those worlds and the stories of those characters. I think it allows me to vent sadness and anger at sort of, solid manifestations of good and evil and right and wrong etc, in a way that I can't in my own life because in my own life the things that made me sad or angry are just overarching concepts like growing up and having to be responsible and trying not to have panic attacks all the time over feeling like I'm inadequate and incapable etc.

And no worries, likewise - I feel very childish around some of my peers, who are often a bit older again and successful, married, happy, active individuals with hobbies and money and mortgages and cars and I'm sitting here at 25 with no desire to have any of those things except financial security and a simple, quiet life where I can muck about like a 12 year old lol! So it's always nice to meet people who feel the same way :3
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PerfectlyDisastrous Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm... it's interesting how exactly you describe the things that I'm going through. The feelings of panic, inadequacy, incapability, and the escape into fantasy worlds. Perhaps this is a more common thing than I had once thought. Well, I feel a bit more normal now. :)
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sailorlovesong Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happycry: so cute!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :3
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SonicClone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Great work.. aww :) THIS WAS AND IS ALWAYS WILL BE THE BEST POOH BEAR FILM EVER CREATED..... And yet, THEY just put it straight on video and not in the THEATRES... :(
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed 100%. They decided it was too dark to put in cinemas, as far as I know.
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SonicClone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
It would've gotton a PG rating is so. And too dark? Well it was scary, but... Oh right... Hunchback was released BEFORE it, and probably had controversy all over. But I still ... wish... The same goes for films like ''Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins''... and ''Bambi II'' only came out in Europe :(
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was pretty dark for a Winnie the Pooh film - the imagery was scary but it was also quite mature and sad in its themes of growing up and growing apart. It's quite possible those themes would be lost on teeny little viewers, but I know I get very upset watching this film because of those themes.

It also makes me sad to know that the real Christopher Robin did outgrow his toys, and happily donated them to a museum when he had no more use for them, not understanding why people couldn't believe he could seperate from them so easily - but the reality is to him they were just toys like any other, and to his mind, all adults outgrow their toys. I find that very sad - I still love my cuddly toys, and don't think I'll ever outgrow them.
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wolfin22 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i still have some of my first toys... i never want to part with them. when i was a kid i never had friend. my old toys where and still are my best friends.
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SonicClone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
:( ... I feel down inside....   I also am too attached to let things go.
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CausticFlower Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very touching.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CausticFlower Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, Nollaig. ^_^
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man! I was never a pooh fan myself, but jeez, the whole concept of Christopher Robin growing up... would Pooh + company cease to exist, because they're all part of his imagination? Or would it be like Toy Story, where they remain behind in a state of abandonment? Either way, it's depressing! Reminds me of how much I loved my toys, and anthropomorphized them when I was a kid, and how I don't really care about them at all now. I mean, I had this one Simba pillow thing that I used to take everywhere, I used to talk to it, and cry on it when I was sad... I don't even know where it is now O.o
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Shadowlord123456 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
He'll never outgrow pooh. And we shall all know, for as long as we care to remember, that even as winter turns to spring, somewhere in that enchanted place a boy and his bear will always be playing.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew it after watching the film, which does deal with the idea of growing up and seperation, but also after reading Christopher Robin Milne's first biography, and reaading about his views on his chilhood, as well as him talking about outgrowing Pooh. This picture is more just meant to reflect the reality that we all, like the actual Christopher Robin, grow up, and outgrow our childhood things.
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Shadowlord123456 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Well as a wise man once wrote "if ever there came a tomorrow when we cannot be together, keep me in your heart I'll be there forever!"
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AuthorDC Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
LOVE this movie!

Fantastic picture, excellent job.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Zevimaru Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He out grew pooh!? D: Please draw it, I need to see this!!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the character of Christopher Robin didn't, no, but the actual Christopher Robin did, yes.
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Zevimaru Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist


o.o Ooh, .. Wow.. :( I didn't know that. (Honestly didnt, I was little when i knew about pooh)
Is there a movie on it, or like what? D:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, Christopher Milne wrote two biographies, but he quite famously dissociated himself from his father's books and as a young adult resented his father's use of his name and toys in those stories because he got mocked for being Christopher Robin. His explanation of growing up amounts to the fact that those toys, much as he loved them as a child, are only toys, they're not famous characters, and like all children outgrow their toys (and it's true, we do, I did) he outgrew his.
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JessiRenee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
:iconohmyglobplz: you just brought my childhood back to me..... just now.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha good, I'm glad it had that effect on you! I'm quite happy with this piece, so it's great to hear people responding well to it.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Aw cute and touching work
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SilverWolf915 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so sweet~ :meow:
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why have I never heard of this movie? o.o
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know but if you're a fan of Winnie the Pooh and can handle Rather Dark Films I suggest you go watch it immediately because it is AWESOME. :D
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Raygreens Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
wait I'm thinking of a different movie.
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Raygreens Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I wouldn't call it dark at all, the ending was just kind of, well, sad. The movie itself was a year in the lives of Pooh and his friends, and so the movie ending on Christpher and Pooh reflecting on the uncertainty of the future.
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frk-stender Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
So heart touching <3
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WolfAP Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
TT_TT Your aim got ME right in the childhood. Always cried at that scene too. :XD:
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