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Kolorful Palette: Making hearts [Kill Me, Heal Me]

Well, I actually managed to complete another drama this year so I must have liked it! I can think of plenty to criticize about Kill Me, Heal Me, but ultimately it was a unique experience chock full of enjoyable moments, and I didn’t want those moments to end. Instead of just saying goodbye to our leads we had to say goodbye to an entire host of personalities and it might be those personalities that I’ll miss the most.

Of course I still couldn’t get enough of the main OTP, as evidenced by my drawing choice which is from the brief but adorable scene at the start of Episode 19. There wasn’t anything particularly meaningful or deep about this particular interaction, but I think that’s why I liked it. There were no flashbacks or bittersweet exchanges of shared tragedy. In this moment Do-hyun and Ri-jin were simply happy and unburdened, and of course that’s what I’ve wanted for them all along.

I decided to have a little extra fun with the drawing this week so I chose chalk as my medium. It picks up all the texture on the paper which makes the whole process a little more interesting (and potentially frustrating I suppose) but I always love textured artwork in real life so I figure I should be making an effort to incorporate more of it myself. Of course at the end I was extremely tempted to smear everything around a bit to get rid of the textured canvas showing through, but I resisted the urge since it would have defeated my original goal.

In real life I actually despise using chalk and pastels since it always starts out great and full of promise but goes south quickly when I start inadvertently smudging everything and muddying the details. I also always seem to end up filthier than if I had been finger painting, which would be worth it if I got anything out if it, but I’ve literally never ended up with a piece of artwork I was happy with! Thankfully digital chalk is a lot more forgiving, although I still find it a lot tougher to use than paint. I can’t really go back over an area without muddying the texture or colors, but I think that’s awesome for me personally since it forces me to leave well enough alone (something I have a hard time with).

I also chose to eliminate most of the background since it seemed unnecessary, and because I wanted to enhance the heart shape the two of them are creating with their heads. I reinforced that shape with grey to keep the effect subtle and more subconscious than, “HEY, look at this big heart!” I don’t know if it worked though, and I guess I never will now that I’ve told you all about it. Or maybe I’m crazy and no one else even sees it?

Despite some brief and pretty half-hearted separations, I love that this couple followed the Healer prescription for happiness and stayed strong and supportive throughout the entire drama without any serious love triangles or misunderstandings. Could this mean that the official K-drama formula is finally changing? I think Kill Me, Heal Me really did an excellent job showcasing so many of the ingredients that go into cooking up a great show, and it was only the execution of the recipe that faltered at times.

The first half the drama was certainly the strongest, but the pacing thereafter became a little confusing and abrupt. Instead of intermixed elements we instead got endless flashbacks, or long stints of a single persona, or sometimes just brooding. Then at the end it suddenly felt like a crazy mad dash to wrap up the remaining mystery and fit in every personality one last time within a very small amount of time. Somehow every flashback possible got crammed in there too. Part of the issue was certainly my expectation, since I expected the amalgamation of characters to happen more gradually throughout the drama’s run and I thought the climax of the company politics would be a little more…well, climactic after all the build up and secrecy. Instead Daddy woke up at the exact perfect time after a couple decades in a coma, just so he could wrap everything up all pretty in a bow. Don’t get me wrong; I’d much rather have the focus on Do-hyun and Ri-jin, but I strongly believe that deus ex machina should be reserved for the beginning of a story and avoided at the end.

In the end though, none of those details really mattered since I so loved watching Ji Sung in all his multiple-personalitied glory. Have I mentioned how much I adored Perry Park? I was actually borderline angry that he left so early. Sure, it made sense story-wise, but that dude seriously cracked me up. Despite Ji Sung’s greatness, I think what really made each persona extra-special was their individual interactions with Ri-jin. She had a unique but special relationship with each of them that brought all of them out of their shells, and I really believed that she was sad to see each of them go. I guess that makes sense though, since I was sad too!

Finally, I love the theme that this drama closed on, which is essentially that going through life with someone you care about can make all the difference. I’m lucky enough to be someone who gets to experience that every day, but there really isn’t much in life I value more and it was a joy to see a TV show focus on such a sweet truth.

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whoaah...its so beautiful Fanderay, its been one hell of a wondefull ride too

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Love it!
What I love about these posts is how you explain the medium and why it fits with the image chosen. Each picture is beautiful and each story fascinating.

I am still scratching my head over the all blue one.
It really was only blues in that picture, even though I swore I saw other colors.

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thank you Fanderay!!!
I have no words to say for this show :)
This is my perfectly imperfect drama :)
I'll have a break watching dramas for some time.
I need to rebuild myself after all the rollercoaster ride that I've been through and from the withdrawal symptoms from this drama. Hopefully, we'll see them again in a next project together and I don't care how long I would wait.

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"perfectly imperfect drama"- i love it..

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That is so good
Thanks for choosing this picture
It look so cute and happy
That moment and hug was so sweet

The dad is something funny in me
I for sure knew he is the deux et machine
But when wathing that scene,
my heart scream good riddance
Now you see what you did to this kids
Now face the anger that you created
No one forgive you! You see that
Now get choked!

I feel like bad person

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Its beautiful

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Its beautiful.

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One of my favourite moments in episodes 19. Glad u chose to recapture it. ❤

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Thank you Fanderay! I like your choice of chalk for this. It conveys the softness of the scene. And no, this drama wasn't perfect, but few are. I enjoyed it immensely anyway.

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Another beautiful drawing, Fanderay! Thank you again for sharing your artistic talents with us Beanies, for explaining how you create your works of art, and for sharing your insights on the dramas, too. Like just about everyone else who watched & enjoyed this drama, I was really touched at each parting of the personalities. I loved Perry's send-off especially. Honestly though, I LOVED the ending when HJE and Ji-Sung thanked the viewers for watching, and especially when Ji-Sung spoke in all of his personalities! That was the cutest thing! So fun - I replayed that several times. I always liked his work as an actor, and even moreso after this, but I picture him being a really fun and loving dad. KMHM is definitely one of my faves - it's been a great ride!

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I meant AND I picture him being a really fun and loving dad.

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love this!

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That had to be my favourite moment with this OTP. So, so adorable!

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Nice picture, thank you !
I didn't see the heart, but i feel that's not a problem, the interaction between them shows.

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thank you, and chalk can make anyone give up , glad you didn´t. know when to stop, that´s all there is.

I have similar feelings about the drama: it was never flawless, but it contains this charm you find in a perfect NON-perfect fairy tale. you just go with it.

actually, the scene you chose, I saw BTS and they did it some 20 times probably and Ji Sung actually asked the director if he is using his last chances to torture them before the end. The twisting hug looked easy, but in fact HJE was being flipped up the stairs and she could have easily landed on her nose. and the way they looked at each other was as much a relief from the director finally being satisfied with the take as it was the characters´ expression of affection.

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oh, and Perry is my favorite too, a gonzo anarchist who can still choose to be decent if he wants to. a free person not bound by obligation, tradition, and lets emotions pass through him, but does not let them drag him around.
in the words of another free spirit Jack...oh, sorry, CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow: the only rules that matter in life are these. what a man CAN do or what a man CAN´T do. so, Perry is like that. and when he leaves, it is not because he HAS TO. it is because he chooses to. it is his freedom. to come or to go.

Gonzo Power!!!

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Beautiful!

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Oh thank you for this pretty drawing, I think you have perfectly captured the moment ^^

And... I'm soooooo happy to meet another perry park fan. ♡♡♡
I was afraid at the beginning because secretary Ahn presented him as a bombs maker and I thought it would be another tiring trouble maker just as segi was introduced.
... but then rainbows shown aaaand with his part hair, his no manners, his jolleodo accent, his strong but awkward fashion sense and his unlimited love for alcohol I was totally swooned XD.
I would have loved to see a art of him, but in front yona or segi he is so unpopular, its quite sad ^^ He was like a father figure in the pack of personality Do Hyun has. ^^

Anyway, Thank You Again, Keep On drawing, I love it !!!

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I just have to say I'm so glad you're a Perry Park fan, too! I always knew we were going to have a good time whenever he appeared--he was my fave among the crazies.

Lovely illustration! Thanks so much!

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love your illustration! I also love this scene as it simply show their happiness of each other presence

About the revolutionary type of relationship in Kdrama, have you watched heart2heart? because the OTP in there is making me jealous of how open and supportive they can be, they are the strongest one I must say

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