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COM - Ame no Uzume - Darkness (1/3) by PagodaComics COM - Ame no Uzume - Darkness (1/3) by PagodaComics
Commission for Christopher LaHaise

Ame no Uzume is the Japanese Goddess of Dawn, Mirth and Revelry.
She is a cunning one who lured out the sulking Amaterasu (Goddes of the
Sun) from her cave by performing a stripping dance so the light returned
to the world once more.
More about her: Shinto Encyclopedia


COM - Ame no Uzume - Dawn (2/3) by PagodaComics COM - Ame no Uzume - Sun-up (3/3) by PagodaComics
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student-yuuto Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
omg the cloth, hair, fan, background!! love this
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww thank you so much! :)
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Yasuki-Konno Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013

Omyword... I just... :faint:

 

This particular piece harmonizes the best of "both" your styles (The serious, detailed art-style outside ShoDai against the Asian-based flowing style as seen in ShoDai) to create an amazing display of physical beauty & the dance of forms, not to mention a nice depiction of a scene from Asian mythology. Everything here is pure spellbinding, be that the sensuous yet respectively tasteful dance, the weighted yet elegant movement of kimono & its intertangling cloud motifs within folds & layers. But the best part is esp. in Ame-no-Uzume's healthy curves. I'm a big fan of wholesome body physiques so seeing your art-style work that perfectly is nothing short of Stellar. :star::heart::star:

 

Another impressive aspect here is your traditional Copic Colourwork, now just as solid & deep as your digital counterpart (i.e. ). The various shades of deep blue gives a calm feeling contrasting yet still supplementary of the vibrant goddess. Natural lighting under moonlight is perfect in giving a soft yet luminous sheen to skin-tone, which I always found much more arresting than highlights from direct "day"light. :star:

 

Maybe I'm sounding biased here, but you totally outdid yourself here with this specific piece, as it contains everything to like within a concrete art quality. I can only imagine your ShoDai OCs in this form of "art-style". Gaaaaaahhhhhhh Just splendid~ :iconoldschoolownedplz:

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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy it. =)
Haha, yeah, I usually like thinner shapes but here I felt she should be feminine and "healthy curvy" as you say. :D
Well it's not Copic markers but Zig Twins. I don't know how much it would work with copic, I heard it's not waterbased. I'm glad you think it's as good as my traditional, I'm always all nervous whenever I start a new watercolour picture, i's sooo easy to mess and and looks impossible to fix. The markers do att to the lively colours, without them it was horrible grey and lifeless I have to say. Well lighting is still my weak point, but I'm glad you got the feeling of "moonlight". I still have LOTS to learn and practice of it.

Hmmm, doing a shodai pict in a semi-realistic style with traditional media... sounds good, should try it sometime! :lol:
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Yasuki-Konno Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013

Really... I used to like slender forms but my appreciation for healthier tendencies started after high school. Also then I had re-appreciation of Classical sculpture which helped me hone my art way more than I expected. Anyways such a delight seeing curves within Asian style~ :heart:

I can never do watercolour or marker but from what I slightly understand(?), those are tricky to re-work or fix so it's mostly defined at first stroke. And lighting is hard to draw traditionally but still seeing the effort in your art as least as a soft surface highlight make it all the more worth it no matter how inaccurate.

I think you should divide to do some ShoDai pics in its main style & some in realist-nuanced styles such as this. It would make for rich interpretations under various lenses of the same universe & characters. :star:

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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
it looks like her kimono is about to fall off her 
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Yepp, that's correct. It's a stripping dance performance after all. :)
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
It's a Japanese myth with this goddess and Amaterasu, Uzume is really smart and tricky. You should look it up if you weren't familiar with the story, it's a fun one. ^^
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
What is the name of the story:?
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