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Oboro, Forest Of Lost Spirits


My 50th Deviation!

Sorry for being absent for so long! Quantitative Economics sucks hard. Really HARD.


This piece portrays Oboro, a forest that every spirit must go through before reaching afterlife. During the crossing, one must fight against the materialization of the emotions, sins and feelings he carried inside his soul at the moment of his death. The path is a cleasing ritual one must endure before being accepted in heaven. Depending on one's actions and feelings throughout life, the path becomes harder and harder, with more wraiths to fight and more burdens and sins to cleanse himself of. If one fails to cleanse his soul, the weight of these unsolved burdens will carry him to hell.

This specific work portrays the path of a deceased samurai. He has to battle against Fury (Kyouran 狂乱), Fear (Kyoufu 恐怖) , Pain (Kutsuu 苦痛), Anguish (Nayami 悩み), Sorrow( Hiai 悲哀) and Hatred (Zouo 憎悪) in order to reach heaven. His path is permeated by tones of the colors red and orange, representing the violent nature of his past life.

(Please correct me if the kanji are wrong! I dunno shit about japanese haha)

so, this one is kind of an experiment. Anime/Manga is not reaaally my thing, my style or focus, but I admit it has some very interesting concepts. Actually I like some anime/manga, part of my childhood was made of Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Cowboy Bebop, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing and Evangelion, and boy, how I loved these! Even if you don't like anime or simply don't care about it, give these ones a chance, you might find something inspiring ;P

It was inspired by Spirited Away, Rurouni Kenshin, the Angels from Evangelion, Deadhand from Ocarina Of Time, Yu Yu Hakusho, a LOOOT of japanese mythology (yea I researched a lot to make this piece), Samurai Jack, Screaming Mantis from MGS4, the ritualist spirits from Guild Wars and a lot of other stuff haha

really hope you like it!
comments favs critiques, everything is appreciated!
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Wow, I'm almost at a loss of words here! First of all, I'd like to admire the very calm colours contrasting with the vibrant, alerting reds. The background looks more tranquil when you get down to it, and the big eye catcher would be the red structures tilting at odd angles and providing the sense of alarm. Also what catches me is the use of patterns all around the picture, such beautiful shapes and swirls but also very nicely placed. When I focus on the figures looming over the man I see the real dreadful creatures they appear to be, so ominous and threatening. Really nice portrayal of the Oboro forest and a more ancient Japan.
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Oh wow. I love, love, LOVE the symbols on the spirits and the way you drew them with such sharp edges. The dark orange and shadows really bring this piece out even more. Amazing work. :D
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Muito lindo!! *-*
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I absolutely love the colors in this one, and the flaming sword is a nice touch. again, amazing work!
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great work!!!!!!!!!
Chihire's avatar
what an amazing work :clap:
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You have been feature form my forum thread! You can show it off here:
I hope to see you again!
I have just one word to describe this... Awesome.
Arthuria99's avatar
Holy shi-.....this is truly amazing, fantastic job sire =)
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The emotion and atmosphere is outstanding!
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this piece floored me. Amazing, Love it. :clap:
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Wow, this is awesome. I love the colours.
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I'm at a loss for words. :wow: This is amazing.
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TheSkyWolves's avatar
This is very well done! Definitely reminds me of a surrealist's take on Japanese lore and art. I love this!
WillWorks's avatar
This is a very good Photomanipulation. Everything is consist making it look professional. :)
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Wow this is amazing. Love the colors!!
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cool and scary
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Very cool work! :D
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This is Fantastic! I'm speechless.
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o.0..its too awesome..
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