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
Omyword... I just...
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.
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.
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~
Haha, yeah, I usually like thinner shapes but here I felt she should be feminine and "healthy curvy" as you say.
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!
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~
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.
To tell you the truth the colours looked horible until I started to add copics too. And not just to the obvious parts where you see the strokes. In fact the whole picture has a layer of copic colours on it: I mixed copic ink with water on a differentpiece paper and painted over the sky, the bg and the kimono to make the colours more vivid and saturated. And it finally started to look how I wanted it to be. Actually I almost gave up on it but that is why I dared to experiment with it - it just couldn't turn any worse then it was. XD;
So YEY, glad you think the result is good then. ^^