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October 3, 2013
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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
PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww thank you so much! :)
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:

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:
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:

Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
it looks like her kimono is about to fall off her 
PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Yepp, that's correct. It's a stripping dance performance after all. :)
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
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. ^^
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
What is the name of the story:?
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