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Knite: True Price by yuumei Knite: True Price by yuumei

This is a page from my work in progress comic Knite ch4. I normally don't post single pages on my main account but I think this one deserves a bit more attention.

In the age of industrialization, the people of China, like the rest of the modern world, wants cheap and quick energy. Right now, most of their energy is from burning coal, and one new coal factory is built per week. The incredible amount of pollution there is almost unbearable. Every time I visit the land of my birth, I can hardly breath. Sometimes I have panic attacks, trying to get away from the suffocating air only to realize you can't escape from something that surrounds you.

The price of cheap energy is more than just low quality air, it can have real consequences on people's health. There's a steady rise in birth defects and still births in relation to the rising pollution. People need to realize everything comes at a cost. Be it Chinese coal or Canadian tar sand oil, you may temporary lower the price of energy and gas and save a few dollars, but the ultimate price you pay in the long term is far higher.

But there is hope. China is also building new wind turbines and solar grids at an incredible rate. The transition to sustainable energy is a must, and not just for China but the entire world. Whether you are choosing between a new fridge, car, policy, or president, remember to look beyond price tag of the dollar, and see what the true cost is in the long run. If a politician promises lower gas and energy prices at the cost of the environment and all future generations, then is't not worth it. Think about it. Is the future of our children so worthless that you would prefer to save a few dollars now and let them suffer later?

For those who are unfamiliar with Knite, you can read the comic here Knite: Chapter 1 by yuumei and this particular page is from ch4 beta which can be found on my other account :iconknites:

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lovely12341234 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student General Artist
I think the baby has a problem....
Thatoneboredperson Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student Artist
Thank you for this. Truly beautiful.
RedHoodedRobin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful yet sad... ;_; <3 Thank you for spreading awareness
HistoryShaker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist
Thank you . . . for enlightening us, and helping us realize how we can help
TheIndianGhost Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful picture with a very powerful message. Well done!
Akai-Baka Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
...a red and black morbid tale...
So effective!
Lily-Nekochan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chisaki Crying Icon  
DragonREM Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful Caption...! :)
KorraLover10 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Some Chinese are illegally fishing in Korea and Japan. Yeah they can pay for shipments but for some reason they want to keep their money so badly that they're breaking laws made between other countries.
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
this is a realy good picture :/
Luccccccccerina Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
The pollution goes over so high... 180 is pretty high for my birth country... But it's average at China... It might also be a deal with the population they have but this is why my parents get really protective of what I eat and drink (Only stuff that's shipped from other countries she says...) But I feel guilty, because they have the money to keep me safe but I don't feel like I deserve it... And black markets in China is big, a lot of illegal stuff... But people depend on illegal things to live, we can't just destroy it. So a solution that might be impossible but as long as we try, it'll make at least one more person's life better.
jeffthekillar Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I swear the last time I went to Beijing train station and walked around the streets to the EXPO I felt like I was breathing in water...
the pollution sucks, it's like you're suffocating but you can't get out...okay well I got used to it
TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it"
                                                               - Henry David Thoreau
ax0l0tl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
wow. What a powerful message. You conveyed it with such terrifying beauty. This illustration really brings emotion to the harsh truth.
Crystyle-Saga Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am not seeing a baby on a ground .n.
TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."

Henry David Thoreau

snugglesmesilly Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
makes me wanna cry, its really heart breaking
Yume-angel-96 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really breaks my heart
Hermione-Cullen-18 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

wow, I had never thought of it that way, I love your Knite comics, they are so well drawn and the story is so well written, that I fell in love with it instantly...

I love your work, and I agree completely with what you are saying too!!

summer52446 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Photographer
wow this is so beautiful. I love the way you draw and the style that it is done with! you are the best :D 
PoppetthePuppet101 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
acsu123 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
It's at times like this when I'm proud of my family. Yes, there are problems in China, but it's amazing how fast their renewable energy is developing. My uncle spends a lot of time traveling to promote windmills, so I'm happy to see people standing up for renewable energy.
neromatherson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm suppose to sleep now cuz' it's 10:06 in the morning....
but I'm stocked up of reading the your meaningful messages
[just sayin']
gerundium Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
i highly appreciate the background info you add to the pieces as you see fit.
VivaL-aGloria Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my god! the fetus!
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:wave: Hello!

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CheeseCakePhantom Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true. Also, a very sensitive subject.
psychofoxpickle Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i know you probably get a million comments like this and mine probably won't get read, but i just want to say this.. i've been looking through your gallery for the past two hours.. i'd always seen your stuff but never bothered really looking at it all and

it's all so beautiful, and your beliefs and views on things are just so powerful... i love that you can show them through your art and honestly with every picture i've only been crying more and more just because of how touching they are.. it's a shame how blind the world can be to these things and i really do believe that through your art you've either been making or can truely make a difference in this world..
Skywing364 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
This is really good!! But whats that thing she's looking at? It looks like a baby or something...
Airborne-Penguins Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's the thing. It IS a baby.
Skywing364 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Kutori Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I am in Beijing, and I feel really lucky when I can see a blue sky between all that grey clouds...
Emeoo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Artist
So much meaning in so little time. so much more to do but such a long way already come. Yuumei, i can't begen to tell you how amazing you are.
metaknightmare1234 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very rare to find an author or artist who can inspire and hint and suggest so many emotions and deep meaning into his or her work. I've just found an amazing person who is both of them and accomplishes so much more than what is mentioned above.
angelandbuffy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture, it's amazing, and it makes me have so many emotions. That's what I love about your work, yuumei, they always make me have such strong emotions when I see the paintings you create.
missspellsalot Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i really don't like her. she choked her own son! and she's crazy. totally crazy.
HungerGamesFan10 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sen isn't her son, actually. Sen's real mother left because of all the population blocking the stars. She was just acting crazy because she didn't want to believe the fact that her own child had died. I just feel sorry for her...
missspellsalot Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, that is true. i guess now that i think about it, i feel bad for her too.
HungerGamesFan10 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist first i felt the same way as you did, but i started to realize the sad truth. :( (Why does Knite have to be so sad?)
missspellsalot Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i know right?!!! i want it to be finished! i wanna know how it ends! i hope it's happy.
HungerGamesFan10 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too!
missspellsalot Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
angelandbuffy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, *technically* Sen isn't really her son...she was acting crazy because her baby died...I don't hate her that much...
Another-Person-13-8 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
The world we live in. *Sigh*
Shisho2k Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece and description comment.

I can't imagine what that must be like. I know though that a lot of people are just assumed to suffer from illness and sooner deaths, even from smog around big cities in the US. As you say, you're just there breathing it in.

The saddest things about that tar sands is that they're destroying some amazing forests to build the facilities, and this oil going to Texas through this pipeline will likely leak oil into the aquifers that supply nearly 1/3rd of American's middle region with water. Also all the oil these companies (most international) take from this countries land, it goes onto a global market first. Meaning most of the oil they take from America doesn't even come back to America. So the irony is we don't even get cheaper energy. We just get robbed of natural resources from foreign companies that pay our politicians to get elected. They spill oil even, and destroy many lives in the process.

I don't think as a collective people are this dumb or willing if they know and understand what's a stake. It's really an issue of things being taken and controlled by a minority of a minority of people. All for their pathological greed. They invest what they can to preserve their industries, and by what follows, their economic power.

We can do cleaner and better energy if we invest in it. The proof of concept has been around for a century or more. It just needs attention we've given many other things. Like how computers started as a cluster of switches and wires. Same thing. But they use it's undeveloped concepts to create propaganda about how it's infeasible. >_<

Right now it's the rich and the corrupt that hold the purse strings, and a lot of people are still in the dark about their real agendas and what politics actually is (deception).
Stinnaen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't get why people are so selfish. I admit it, I'm no saint myself, but at least I care and try to do what I can to not personally be too much of a strain on the enviroment, but SO many people can't even do that?! It's just something that I will never understand. I love this piece, and I love the meaning. Even though I just discovered your channel today and therefore don't know what Knife is about, It speaks to me :)
riamisu Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BeyondColour Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just.. well, really good. But also really terrible.
Very well done. Kudos to you. ^.^

How do you do your art? Digital, sketch?
Just curious..
KAO-1stFN Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KAO-1stFN Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats fetus.........
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