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.::. Moonlit Dreams .::.
By Catiris   |   Watch
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Published: October 3, 2008
© 2008 - 2019 Catiris
The full moon approaches...

This is Yura, the original character of *suiseiusagi.
Yura is somehow connected with the moon, which is the source of inhuman powers to her. The full moon causes her to lose control over them, but the next day she will have no memory of what happened.

I decided to draw Yura mostly on a whim; I was chatting with Suisei here on dA, and, when she showed me Yura's design, I was immediately attracted to it. Some characters just ask to be drawn.

I'm sure it took me over 10 hours, but how long exactly I can't say, I tend to get pretty absorbed.
The uncompressed file is about 50MB, compressed is about 12MB. I pretty much tortured my computer with it, haha! All that diaphanous fabric and glow... 30+ layers.

I hope I've done her justice :heart:
I had a few difficulties deciding on details, I think she has two forms? So forgive me if this is a combination of them.
Also, I forgot that her hair was blue-grey and did the whole thing grey before I remembered. Hope it still looks alright.

Yura is 100% designed by *suiseiusagi and is from her story, Stop the Moon.
Please ask her if there is anything you want to know about Yura!

||Digitally painted from scratch, using the GIMP 2.4--oh, and I started the face in Open Canvas 1.1, but it kept crashing, so pretty much repainted that in GIMP||

Sorry for invasive watermarks, I tried to make them look pretty anyway.
Oh--if you look closely you can barely see her legs through the slight translucence of the skirt. I actually drew them, and they were good D< But I had to cover them up. Just felt like complaining ;D
And I reuploaded a slightly edited version.
OH and yes, the download is available. Go see it in all its humongous glory.
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kejeki's avatar
kejeki|Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love how you've drawn and colored the clothing! It's simply amazing!
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Catiris's avatar
Thank you!
It took a very long while to get the flow and texture of the skirt. I learned a lot about brushes and transparency and layering, as well as drawing fabric wrinkles.
:heart:~
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qapsiel's avatar
it looks amazing!!
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Catiris's avatar
Thank you!!
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PsychoNoble|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Your style has really improved. I'm very impressed. The coloring is top notch, I'm in love with the skin/tones you used. Very good job. :)
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Thank you for your encouraging comment! I'm so glad you can see my improvement. I'm always stretching further, because I think I'm capable of a lot more than I produce, mainly because I slack off or don't spend enough time on pieces.
Lately I've been doing skin tones just by leaving my color picking window up, and choosing many extremely similar colors to layer over and over for the right hue.
Thanks again C:
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Gual-kun|Professional Digital Artist
Another big piece of art 8-)
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A really really big piece of art!! :D
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Gual-kun|Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Isilven|Hobbyist Writer
! !!!!!

That is AMAZING! The amount of detail you've put into this is absolutely stunning.

The grey you did on her hair actually makes it look silvery-blue, which I think looks amazing. This is SO AWESOME!
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Thanks! I'm so glad you think so!! I definitely worked HARD on the detail C;
Haha, that's good P: I was hoping it looked alright, so that's good to hear.
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Okiedokie, now that I can talk more coherently, I love the detail you put into it, that the floating fabric has a texture, that her bracelets and necklace actually look metallic, and I've always loved your style. The composition and pose are lovely and the anklets were a nice touch. The background looks beautiful. :heart:

And I've been showing off this pic to anyone that came within five feet of me. 8D
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The fabric texture was hard to get right >3< I'm glad you like it. Haha, I added the anklets when I couldn't find any pictures of her feet. I felt like the picture would be lacking a layer of realism if the feet were hidden, so I went ahead and gave her anklets. D: I don't know where her shoes went, though. I was going for a mystical feeling, so probably she doesn't need them Px

Hahaha! I noticed, with the journal xD
I'm so glad you like it.
If you want a print version, I think it could print pretty large if it's 100dpi. Right now the full view is 400dpi 8x10 inches, but if you scale the dpi down it's going to become larger without losing much quality. And maybe with a smaller watermark, if you wanted to put it on your wall or something :shrug: Probably big prints are not in your price range D:
Not saying you would want it on your wall (it's hard to imagine my art on your wall), but if you ever do, just give me a note C:
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You couldn't find feet cuz in my designs, her skirts are longer than she is. :XD: So I had yet to see a point in showing her feet-area when there's still just skirt. XDDD The anklets are cute though. Maybe that's what's under the skirts. ;)

...Could you explain the print system to me? I'm kinda at a loss.
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haha, I noticed... but the effect was kind of that the skirt had some sort of wind blowing on it, so I decided to make it going upward. Maybe I was right about the anklets? O:
xD

Oh, and I meant actually a file to save to your PC & then to save to a disk; there is probably a printing shop you can take the disk to, and if you told them the size you wanted they could print it. Of course I would probably resize it to make sure it matched the print size P:
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*EPICSPAZFLAIL*

A;ANGPOARINBA[ERI;ADN LF;JA[ EFIALKNGVAPORNED;CMVN;ARNFAL AERNFREUGY9Q84NAH48P9NADFNDJALNGVAPERGFADNH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :faint:

You did her more justice than I do. :laughing: Ooh, I love you for this!! If you have anyone you'd like me to draw, just let me know. I am beyond 'in your debt' for this. :love:

I just- GAH. I'm speechless. :XD: I luff jhoo. Forevers.
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laugh!
xD I wouldn't say that, but you're welcome!
Haha, I have no idea. I may one day though, so I'll be sure to note that ;D
I'm so glad you love it. Making your day makes mine! C:
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Chano-kun|Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, moon girl
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Hahaha! Profound comment ;D
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Chano-kun|Professional Digital Artist
:D
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AlucardTepes's avatar
She has a hair style like a rabbit ;P
The clothes are amazing :D
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I know!! I almost made the hair more like smooth/circular loops, but looking at Suisei's art, I saw that they were quite angular.
Thanks C:
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KayleyFC|Student Writer
Some of the coloring on this is just absolutely amazing. The texture on the skin and clothes is superb. I also love the pose/hand positions; they make the piece seem altogether more human and real.

Great job! I'm sure *suiseiusagi will love it. She should at least. XD

Also, thanks for the watch! :)
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The hands were one of my favorite parts, thanks c:
I'm curious now, you said "some of the coloring". I probably already know what you mean, but please divulge ;D I love to hear others' impressions.

Haha, I hope so C:

You're welcome. I keep forgetting to hit the "watch this deviant" when I'm initially thanking users for the watch. :,D
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