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Esther Earl by AudreyBenjaminsen Esther Earl by AudreyBenjaminsen
Esther Earl was a spunky, energetic, creative individual who's life was unfortunately cut short two years ago due to metastasized papillary thyroid cancer. She would have been 18 the other day. She loved to read and was a big Harry Potter fan. Esther became an online presence where she developed numerous close friendships, uploaded quirky videos, and began a burgeoning involvement in social justice issues. In every way she lived out the values of her namesake, the biblical Queen Esther, who was beautiful and full of grace like a "Star". In 16 years she packed a lot of living and loving into her life. Even though I never got the opportunity to meet her in person, Esther's life and death strike home with me. Her story brings me to a place where I can contemplate my mortality and realize my place in a bitter picture. She was a normal nerdy girl, a sister, a daughter, a fangirl...  there is something truly beautiful about just that. Esther was a normal girl, but her existence matters. She reminds us of two things: that everyone is ephemeral... so love while you can, and everyone matters so make sure they know you love them :). The “This Star Won't Go out Foundation” tswgo.org/ was created to honor her memory by financially assisting families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. If you are interested in donating or just want to know more details about Esther's story, their site would be the place to go. :)
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Jeromy12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
The greatest thing about this piece is that you have given Esther the years she lost. In this image I feel that she looks the age she should be today. Perfection!  :')
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leanne-reynolds Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, did you ever try to send this to This Star Won't Go Out's publishers? To be the cover? It's so gorgeous!
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AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! No I didn't, but I know Esther's family, so they have a framed print in their house :) <3
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leanne-reynolds Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that's so lovely :)!
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LittleMoonbeam Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful tribute. RIP Esther Earl.
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HeyZeus7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
DFTBA
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countbluhdy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Rest in Piece, Esther!
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shipain Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love the smile
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mangastyle1234 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I am now very proud of my name
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daxusx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
wow!!
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axalendra Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
featured: [link] ~:heart:
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:iconmuffla:
muffla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
beautiful!
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artgyrl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You've been featured: [link].
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UndesignatedTeen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Happy belated Esther day! DFTBA.
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kawaiisanosuke Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She was an amazing person. DFTBA.
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teh-jinxie-girlie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
D': I never realized you were a Nerdfighter! It's beautiful.
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MusicOnTheLine Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
You did not forget to be awesome, my friend!:pat:
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ponychops Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful.
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MoonyMarauder7 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
This Star Won't Go Out. In my pants. I'm so sorry for saying that. Please kill me, for I am a horrible human.
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WallDaisy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you, that's hilarious.
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esemese Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional
I wish I knew her, but still this is a beautiful homage to her.
Cheers to you!
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Stringthing87 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
I am truly inspired by this girl's story, she lived her life to the full, the sort of thing more of us should try to do.

The portrait is good but the story behind it makes the art extra special. Thank you for sharing.
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gingerbreadcat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Such a gorgeous portrait. :'0 I'm sure she would have been delighted to have seen it.
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RachelOaktree Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
This is fantastic, Audrey. An awesome tribute.
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luludraws Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you are wonderful!
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FirstFall Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
this is wonder full
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:iconorlax:
orlax Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
gorgeus tribute, wonderfull work as always and now i wish i would meet her too when she was alive :)
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MoonyMarauder7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
So, uhh..... just wanted to say that your profile picture made my century.
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orlax Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
jajaja i am glad it did :)
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t-bit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a gorgeous tribute :heart:
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JamFisher Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student
I actually almost cried when I saw this on tumblr... Because oh my god... Well, you probably know why.
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CentrIfficus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Such a wonderful portrait of a wonderful person.
Long live Esther day. :heart:
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enginemonkey Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
A beautiful portrait for a beautiful person. There's a real sparkle in her eye.
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PullItApart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
<333 Recognized her right away, beautiful artwork. I love Esther day. Hey LunaLouise, I love you!
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:iconaudreybenjaminsen:
AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love you too <3
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Shiiwolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Touching story. Brilliant artwork too.
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skigurl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I just finished The Fault in Our Stars, which was dedicated to Esther, so seeing this today really made me smile. It's such a beautiful tribute. :aww:
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AudreyBenjaminsen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I loved that book
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AnAverageArtist Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student
I love this. SO PRETTY
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starryminds Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very touching story, and mostly relatable. The drawing is so sweet!
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frandom16 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
This is beautiful.
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Rovien Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
That's sweet. Keep at it Luna!
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