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Japanese motif by arventur Japanese motif by arventur
I wanted to paint a beautiful Japanese girl in oriental surroundings.
I used photo reference for the building. I looked through the lots of pictures of geisha, but then I decided against painting a traditional geisha, they are too tidy and unnatural, while I wanted my girl to look emotional and passionate.
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Japanese motif by ~arventur is gorgeous. Absolutely amazing character design and flawless colors, a genuine beauty all around! ( Suggested by liajedi and Featured by cosmosue )
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cool1097 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016
Unbelievable!  Breathtaking!  Awe-inspiringly beautiful!
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amod58 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
very beautiful ! Thank's for the pleasure..
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Danny-Ink Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Absolutely beautiful work!
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Debinoresu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this was made a long time ago, but I just have to comment on how racist it is so anybody who stumbles upon it in the future will not consider this an accurate and acceptable depiction of Japanese women and Asian culture.

"I looked through the lots of pictures of geisha, but then I decided against painting a traditional geisha, they are too tidy and unnatural, while I wanted my girl to look emotional and passionate."

"too tidy and unnatural" That's an incredibly offensive thing to say about geishas. Way to shit all over a part of Japanese culture in four words- not like geishas are the only part of Japanese culture worth mentioning or the biggest part of it, of course. It's just one of the most common to be falsely depicted and fetishized. This woman in this painting could not be considered a geisha, nor an "untraditional geisha" as you seem to assume you designed her to be.

Also, the "absolutely amazing character design" comment in the DD description. Ah, yes, the wonderful racist depiction of a fetishized Japanese stereotype. By depicting Asian girls as you have here you are only influencing the spread of stereotypes, the awful fetishization of Asian women, and misinterpretations of Asian culture. 

The anatomy is also very bad.

Some people will argue that I cannot say what is racist and what isn't as I am a white person, which I suppose could be a proper argument, not like the people arguing those things are ones to say what is and isn't racist either, and in response to that argument I kindly direct people to this blog: thisisnotjapan.tumblr.com/ that has plenty of resources for people confused about why certain things are racist and if certain things are racist, run by actual Asians who have experienced racism first hand. It even has a link on what you do when you're called out and how to apologize about your wrongdoings! 

Please read the FAQ and check the resources and other asked questions before inconveniencing the mods with questions they've already answered a million times, however, and PLEASE try to better yourself and your view and treatment of Asians through this. There are many other blogs and websites similar to that one as well, and I'd recommend you take a look at those too, because if you could even consider this a moderately acceptable interpretation of a "Geisha" and not racist in the slightest, then you probably think false and racist things about other races, as well.

To the artist of this piece, I'd advise you to research cultures much further (without horribly distorting the actual culture because you "didn't think it was beautiful enough") before drawing anything pertaining to that race and culture. Perhaps, in the years that have passed, you have since improved on your depiction of other cultures in artworks, but many people do not even make an effort to change their behavior because they never acknowledge that it's wrong in the first place. If that is the case, please heed this advice and make your best effort in the future to not make a racist depiction of another race and their culture ever again.
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ScAlice Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOW!
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Yukkichan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Absolutly stunning!!! O_O :wow:
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautifful image ! Beauty, charmed and grace ! Good job ![link]
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Sarahamy1 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
ニース!1つのクールなアーティストです!
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xicara-de-chuva Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
グーグルトランスレートを使いちゃったの?
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CharlesWS Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Truly beautiful work! :love:
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MedievalDame Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist
woooow
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MLE2011 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
love it!!
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Jenni666 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
speachless..
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timmyboy360 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Beautiful, great job.
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LostOddity Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Oh. My. God! So amazing!
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duppik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
just amazing work...
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AoiWaffle0608 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a Japanese, I feel something strange........ I mean too oriental.. ?
but it is really good painting! nice!
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xicara-de-chuva Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I think that's because using the word oriental to describe asian is racist
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AoiWaffle0608 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am not racist. My English is not good, I couldn't find correct word to describe my opinion. Orient means East right? I didn't think the word was racial.
What I wanted to say is this art was a typical stereotype image of Japan.
If I made you mad sorry for that. :(
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xicara-de-chuva Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
No I don't think you're racist, I think the artist is though. 
orientalを検索したほうがいいかもしれませんね:www.deviantart.com/?q=oriental
人種差別的なステレオタイプがありますよ。西洋ではorientalとはセクシーとか従順とかエキゾチックなアジア人の事ですよ。
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AoiWaffle0608 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for kind reply in japanese!
From now I will pay attention for using such a word. :)
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xicara-de-chuva Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem, 気をつけてね!

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Lunabei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't be sorry for speaking up against something that makes you uncomfortable! Although, I think xicara-de-chuva may have been trying to say that the artist is racist for using 'oriental', not you.
Anyway, I agree with you, this art feels very fetishy and stereotypical :/
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AoiWaffle0608 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the kind words and also faving!
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sarahd90 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
most amazing painting ive seen on here!!
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blackcobra93 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
awesome!
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SoloCrimson Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda looks like Brenda Song XD
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XxsasorixX101 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Absolutely Breathtaking
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damant15 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Photographer
WOW. Thats all I can say.
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BrandyWoods Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very beautiful!
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samanthaartwork Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
amazing big time
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LillyFreakster Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Did you reallt PAINT this? by hand ? [link]
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Madda-Archive Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe so many people see it as beautiful when in fact it's anatomically doomed. Just look at the neck, the chin, the short left arm and breast... It doesn't look at all beautiful, it looks grotesque, with those flaws she looks like a 'take off head' doll... :/ I'm talking bout anatom. The rest is fine, i guess...
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Kawaiikitty8891 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
wow *.* Cool :D
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MegColl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I...can't breath...it took my breath so fast,that I don't even know,when exactly that happened.She's wonderful...no,wonderful is not right word, I'm lying.Gosh,I dream I could make a picture that is partly like that...I adore the textures on her dress and the comb on her hair.Simply amazing! :+favlove:
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FantasyAngel2231 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
OH MY..................... [SPEACHLESS]
AMAZING
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1pencilTHIEF Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
blimey O.O
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mwaziez Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
If beauty is what you wanted to achieve... you got it....
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LDFine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Where did you learn to paint such amazing details for the skin, fabric, the depth of the eyes and the hand details? You are sooooo talented and I can see the dedication and love you have for your art! My son and daughter both have art on the site, but I was here looking for Japanese art and came across this gorgeous picture which is my favorite out of your gallery. Best wishes! Linda
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Jun13th Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
that's a beauty!~
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Angie-AgnieszkaB Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured :giggle: -> [link]
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Korgeneral Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Excellent;
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StarOnTheSky Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
A-W-E-S-O-M-E O.O
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Ribbonheart Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous! :la:
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StaceyMB Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
So Beautiful
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Golden-Rey Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
This is beautiful
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demeter-olympe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
How beautiful...
She's gorgeous !
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Monkie-Leigh Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student General Artist
OMG! Dat is beautiful!! I love it! :D
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Libby-C-A Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Photographer
utterly breathtaking,
amazing.

it's unnaturally good. :)
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weknow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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