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Old Man Darkness
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By andrea-koupal   |   Watch
Published: February 13, 2005
© 2005 - 2019 andrea-koupal
"My grandmother once told me a story that her grandmother told to her...
Of how, as a small child, she became lost in the Other World through an accident:
The land of youkai and spirits, the place where humans are forbidden to go."

"Fortunately she came into the care of the chieftan of the 'jinbu',
creatures who travelled the Human World by night rooting out evil things.
So it was that Ojii-Kurai, or 'Old Man Darkness'
and his clan returned her to the Human World."

"She died knowing no one would believe her, but she was certain it was not a dream.
She was never again afraid of darkness."
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Watercolor and colored pencil, 11x14 inches.
Image size
811x1043px 503.05 KB
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StemmyBotanistHobbyist General Artist
Awesome colored pencil work! The colors are extremely well blended. <: I have featured this here!
elg832's avatar
Very impressive, and the little story really gives the art a sense of depth, very cool
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KyotoGalStudent Photographer
This is probably one of the most epic pictures that I've ever seen.
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I love everything about this :heart:
rumblebee25's avatar
His expression is so warm, they look like grandfather and grandchild. The soft rich colors and her joy are so charming. You're ancestor was very fortune to meet him. ^^
KuroYoru's avatar
This was beautifully drawn and even though I favorite this long ago I forgot to comment on it. Nicely done
Khryseoi's avatar
what a lovely old man...<3
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HafapeaProfessional Digital Artist
I believe her :). Awesome picture :).
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patrecherHobbyist General Artist
this is truly a beautiful piece, i mean, it's just inspiring.
Siziphe's avatar
This is simply gorgeous man ! I love the expression of kindness on his expression, and i love the black white high-contrast concept, that is somewhat rare to find among youkai stilization . .
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BlackethouseHobbyist Artisan Crafter
This really reminds me of a dream I had once.
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GaleHollowsStudent Traditional Artist
I like it a lot, the drawing and coloring are really good, and I like the story too, good to see that not all youkai are evil

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you only die once, might as well do it with style
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LweelingHobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the story behind this picture...it's so nice!
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LweelingHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I really like your artwork about mythology I must say ^^ (but I'm not against the others, or something like that! )
lenmutt's avatar
This is a beautiful work of art! The colors, the detail, and even the tale that goes with it, I simply love it. Excellent work!
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ACWN-DesignsHobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely picture and story. :)
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R4s3tsuHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome! I like japanese mythology :D
andrea-koupal's avatar
XD Thank you, though to be fair, I made up the mythology of this myself.
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almaticaniHobbyist
Absolutely beautiful... the meaning makes it eeven more beautiful.
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