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Characters from MADARA:

Sakurou and a not-yet-named Maiko (apprentice to Geisha)
He is a street performer with the tsugaru/thick-neck style of shamisen; she has the traditional karin/thin-neck shamisen appropriate for the geisha schooling.

They live in an alternate version of Edo period Japan. I gave the maiko brown hair and slight curls as this Edo is more "modern" but kept traditional attire here.

I really want to make prints of this for Kawa Kon! *w*

Texture layering is so fun but wrestling around 50+ layers @_@ my old computer would have puked. I kept losing layers too =_=;;

***I just realized that Sakurou is missing an arm DD:
OOPS. Gonna take a break from this but will fix later.....

Textures used:
:icongimei: :icondominiquec: :iconookamikasumi: whew!

Characters/MADARA belong to me
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MagicBunni Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, you are crazy talented!
Apollo4 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
YAY~! The colours worked out really nicely!
K-choKaiden Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I love how vibrant her kimono is! *o*

The story behind them is interesting too, I want to hear more...
longlivestarpeople Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so gorgeous~! :wow: It just so...words can only do so much!
slythgeek Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I'll be at Kawa Kon, and if I saw this (not too expensively), I'd buy it.
Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Very pretty, I love the colors. I especially love the feeling of brightness :love:. Do you have a link to Madara, or is it still in the works? I'd love to see it.

The one thing I noticed for improvement is that both of them don't have correct shamisen posture. When holding the bachi (plectrum), the pinky should be held under the handle instead of gripping it like the other fingers. Sakurou also has his shamisen pointed the wrong way.

On his shamisen, the bottom of the neck pokes through the end of the drum. It's what the neo (the braided chord holding the strings) is attached to. Karin also refers to the type of wood used for shamisen, which is a type of rosewood. The thin-neck type used by geisha is called hosozao. But that's all I noticed as being off, just little things. It's a really beautiful image :).
RandomRemix Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Thank you so much for the critique! *^*
I can't quite correct this image but most definitely keep your points in mind for future works :)
(totally forgot about the pinky position; shows how much I practice my own shamisen, right? ^^; *total n00b* )

Also, thank you for telling me what 'karin' is; I always saw it with the hosozao instruments so I always assumed it was a type or playing style, not a wood. ...must do more research...

Sadly, Madara is currently in progress of being "in-progress" :cry: but it is a project I would like to begin sometime this year. So, hopefully...

I looked in your gallery and saw a photo of you holding shamisen. Are you a shamisen player too? Because I would love to ask some questions if you don't mind =D

Thank you again for your helpful comment!
Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
When Madara comes out of the "in-progress" stage, please drop me a line. It looks like it's going to be very good.

I do play the shamisen, but not as often as I would like. I'll be able to pick up my practice after I finish up college. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them :).
gemsoil Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that looks very difficult to mess with. 50 layers? The most i've ever used is 20, and most were just effect layers.
I like both of the characters. Both very creative.
And the colors truly pop! It caught my eye immediately.
RandomRemix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I doubled lots of layers and mixed the "blend" setting between them (like "color", "overlap", ect) and tweaked opacities to get the effects I was after. Because of this, most of the items had to all be kept on separate layers (ex: hair pieces on the side, back, and loops were all separate and had 2 or three layers each) So the layers just multiplied like rabbits before my very sore eyes XD;
Thanks for the comment and I'm glad you like the outcome =D
gemsoil Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, i wish i knew half of the things you just said. I usually have a horrible tendency of forgetting to make another layer, so i will shade on a base color layer, or a texture will be on a lineart layer, or things will become mixed up. And i can understand having to put a lot more layers than intended just to get the final product to love nice.

You're Welcome. ^^ The outcome is very lovely!
BlitzKriel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
so cool o.o
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