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Miyabi by aruarian-dancer Miyabi by aruarian-dancer
"Miyabi - Kaguya Hime in Moonlight" -- The 5th in my series based on the ancient Japanese tale of "Taketori Monogatari".

This is a gift to :iconzaradei: for winning the Best of Show in the RED Contest 2009. My apologies for taking three weeks to get your prize gift done. ^^ I hope you like it.

Miyabi is a Japanese word that means "grace, elegance, and refinement" in old-fashioned opulence. I thought it fits this image well, and I certainly was not going to title my piece "Kaguya Hime #5".

Over 10 hours total in Corel Painter, using Intuos 3 tablet (I know it would go faster if I just put in texture that I find somewhere, but where's the fun in that?). The Japanese floral textile design pattern in the foreground took the longest. Full view highly recommended to view all the details in textiles since this image does not shrink well at all.

©Aruarian Dancer

And if there's anyone masochistic enough to want to attempt coloring your own, here's the line art.

それにしても、日本語でコメント入れるのは久しぶりですが、やっぱり、こういう時は、英語って全然物足りない感じですよね。 
Miyabiって書くのと、雅 じゃ まったく雰囲気が違います。 
もちろん この絵のタイトルとしては、漢字の『雅』に決まってますが、そう書くと読めない人が多過ぎますし、いちいち説明するのもなんだか面倒な気がしますし・・・という訳で、英語のMiyabiとなりましたが、私自身としては 気に入ってません。
日本人の方が見たら、英語のタイトルでも「なんだかオシャレ」みたいに思われるかもしれませんが、個人的にはやっぱり漢字のタイトルの方がしっくりきます。
それにしても、私ってどうしてこう着物の模様を手で描くのが好きなんでしょうね~。
ひょっとして、昔こういう仕事でもしてたんでしょうか?
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:iconfishofglass:
fishofglass Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
fantastic!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much.  ^_^
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LacrimaeNivis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
so beautiful picture Heart

what colours do you use? It is not air brush, isn't it?

only have shared drawings with pencils/crayons... once made aquarells (with crayons that can become aquarell when the paper is covered with watered paint brush), once made some with oil colours... not very happy with them Grr.  In a hospital made two with acrylic colours (landscapes, which i gave to my mom as present, and begged her to take a photo [they are too big for a scanner], but she has forgotten it :(  ) About air brush, never tried it, also never tried computer programs to colour pictures
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
This was painted free-hand in a digital program called Corel Painter, using a large 9 x 12 inches digital drawing tablet called Wacom Intuos 3.  Colors are applied in multiple layers, using mostly "soft charcoal" tool.
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I love it
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconkarolinamixiao:
KarolinaMixiao Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
This kinda reminds me of Glass Mask, one of my fav animeee!! ^^
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
^^
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:iconpurplepunchi:
purplepunchi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student General Artist
did you make the patterns here alone? D: they're awesome and i love the details :D
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes, I did and thank you. I love doing this kind of stuff. ^^
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:icondruellablackrosier:
DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoooaaa~! Absolutely beautiful~!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you for giving some :heart: to this piece. ^^
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DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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:iconste193:
Ste193 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
beuatiful :love:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :flirty:
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:iconste193:
Ste193 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
your welcome :)
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:iconblasianonna:
blasianonna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! And not that it's important, but I have a friend whose's cousin's name is Miyabi :)
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Hey, it's a great name. ^^
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AnzennaArtz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
O_O :faint: now that really is amazing. :wow: i take one of my many hats off to you. i have a collection. 8D
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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:iconflametwirler:
FlameTwirler Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
This is absolutely lovely!
:ahoy:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much.
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Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
I absolutely love all those reds. And the white outline on her makes it seem even more ghostly. I don't even know where to start with the designs. I'm in awe. Especially how everything looks like real fabric. To be honest, I think it might be my favorite of yours to date. There are so many though lol But something about this one just grabs me.

Also apologies again for the late comment orz
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! :love:

I'm glad you think this might be your favorite of mine. ^^ I did try some new ideas/approaches and played with more line drawing layers than ever before to kind of "push" for something different from my usual stuff. To be honest, at one point, I was kind of worried if I was going to be able to pull all the elements together... lol
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Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
You're welcome! :glomp:

It's definitely different from your usual stuff. All the little nuances like, and I'm not even sure it was intentional, but the bamboo that passes her sleeve.. it's almost as if it starts to disappear or like you can see through her to the other side like maybe she's not completely solid. I dunno. LOL But I like it.
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
:glomp: I loooove your attention to detail!!! It's always such a pleasure to read what you get out of some of my monster doodles. Yep, I ran the "eraser" over the bamboo randomly to have the transparent look over her.

All in all, I wanted this one to be kind of whimsical and surreal, ghostly and mysterious...

What's really cool is the negative image version of this picture. I may have to post it sometime just because it's sooo pretty. :XD:
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Catssyclaws Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
^_^;; I guess I just like looking for little things that can change the whole perspeptive in the way I look at something or in what I get out of something. And your stuff tends to have all sorts of little things like that! XD

I think your objectives come across quite nicely. I can definitely see all of those in the picture, especically that ghostly! :D

Oooo I bet that does look cool! lol I agree you should post it!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, I almost forgot about the negative image of this picture!!! Will do. :XD:
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asoulkat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Wow, that looks so intricate! Great job on all of it, it turned out really nicely XD~:heart:.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^ I'm just glad I was able to stick with it. :XD:
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Bluebella7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I love how you painted her! The way that you framed her with the light from the moon makes her look...hmmm, how do I put it? Transparent, but solid! Fantastic work as always!^_^
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you for this comment. ^^
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Bluebella7 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Sure thing!
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Loveless2010A Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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liralenli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Oh my. SIX different textile patterns and the flowers and all the moonlight on the bamboo. You've really done an amazing job with this one. She's just gorgeous as well! Wow.

Beautiful. I'm sure the winner is very proud to have this as her own... goodness.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^ I was working with three layers of line art, so it was a little confusing at times. ^_^;
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:iconliralenli:
liralenli Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Wow. That could become quite confusing!!
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:iconrin8:
Rin8 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
This is really amazing O: I love all the patterns :love:
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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Rin8 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
:hug:
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:iconzaradei:
zaradei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Thank you so much, this picture is so amazing!!! the lineart is lovely and so graceful, and the colors are delicate and the details are so gorgeous..!!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it. ^^ I went away from the usual anime-style of lines and tried a little more of a story book illustration approach with the figure.
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zaradei Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I absolutely love it!! yu are right, this picture has a very mature,professional style, you are an amazing artist!!!
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LittleNezumi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Beautiful! Once again the amount of detail is astounding. I love those flowers done in a Japanese style; they're just gorgeous.
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She certainly is very graceful and refined! Certainly worth the wait to see.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^ It's always a joy to draw a picture of Kaguya Hime. Thanks for always checking them out.
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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icytemptress99 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this one, the colors are so vibrant!!!
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