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Benten Sama by doughnut-hole Benten Sama by doughnut-hole
This is a poster i painted for a class project. It is about the Japanese Goddess, Benten. The words are actually english and i used fonts i designed myself to give it the japanese look. it is just a simple description of Benten but now i wished i wrote a poem for benten instead. Anyway, it is a huge painting and it took me many many scans.
And before anyone points out that her face is really white, I have to say that it is just my impression of the phase when Benten is morphing herself into a dragon to mate with the white snakes.
if you read from top to bottom, it reads, "Benten the Japanese Goddess of love, music and water is the patroness of geishas, dancers and musicians. For her people's safety, she turned herself into a dragon and mated with the white snakes." see if you can read it.
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Given 2004-05-17
Benten Sama by *doughnut-hole is a wonderful piece of traditional art. Great technique and theme come together for a very pleasing viewing experience, especially for fans of Japanese culture. ( Featured by dinyctis )
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benten92 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect, perfect!!
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cream-bunny156 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
wow thats amazing, i loved how it came out :clap:
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TheLastHetaira Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Writer
Wow...This looks like something right off a scroll! Awesome work! *Faved!*
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HatefulError Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Ah, this is so old, but... very lovely painting! I love the composition ^^
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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
:) thank you very much
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Gods-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This pic is so freaking amazing, I'm at a lose for words. Freaking fantastic work on this truly remarkable pic.
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NikkiWardArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Just letting you know that if this were a print, I would be buying it :)

Lovely!
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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
:) Thank you, but too bad I never set up a print account ^^
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lapsaplow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
ns work!!
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Turkish-Romeo-BoY Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2004
it deserves the :+fav:
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superlativa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004   Writer
i completely read it-the lines running from top to bottom-i think the trick is to relax your eyes and not try to hard. best thing is that i have recently, in the last yr. or so, learned hiragana (japanese writing/characters) and at first glance, the english characters looked very similar to hiragana. excellent job! sushi 4 your hard work- :sushi: tee hee!
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AnakMoon Featured By Owner May 25, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
how large is it exactly? and i must say nice fusion of the seperate scans
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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
thanx for the comment. the painting is about 30 inches in height
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Kagemochidzuki Featured By Owner May 23, 2004
It really is beautiful, and celestia is a favorite theme of mine. The devine sacrifice represented is displayed in the solemn, deternimed face of Benten, and it is done with such grace. It really is a very good piece of art.
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MajinSamurai Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
it's GREAT *_* I LOVE it *_____*
by Samu
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spookydarling Featured By Owner May 18, 2004
For more of a Japanese look, it should have read right-to-left. That screwed me up a little. Beautifully painted though.
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Kiokuffiib11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
I agree with you here. I would have enjoyed it more if it were right to left, down from top to bottom.

I however found the font next to impossible to read.
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Kiokuffiib11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
I'm sorry for critiquing this like I did.

I love the art work, I just have trouble reading the font.
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DaNoodleBox Featured By Owner May 18, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome.
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queencarrion Featured By Owner May 18, 2004
Wow...this is beautiful. It's probably all been said before, but it's really an eye-catcher. :D
~z
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kdw Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Photographer
Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous. Totally in awe. :+fav:
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redarmyak47 Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Writer
DUDE ITS AWSOME
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mizuai Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
it's really hard to read but it's cool how you made it that way and the paintings looks very ancient, i luv the moon
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zillah-solis Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
This is great! I love you pointing out the words in English as I was vainly looking for some form of a Japanese alphabet - hiragana mayhap. Then I looked closer and did actually see the wording and felt like an idiot. ^^; Simply wonderful job!!! That dragon is just stunning! :heart:
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murderingdoll Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
oh my god! ..that's just... too awesome.. :worship:

:+fav:
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Trance-Hotaru Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Writer
Ah, well done! You capture the culture nicely, and the pose of all three figures is great. Interesting text... it looks slightly Japanese at first glance. It was very well done. aa... utsukushii Benten!!! The color is beautiful... amazing job all around. :clap:
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deathndesires Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
O_O I can actually read the text... COOL! *is content with new finding*
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archthames Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude! That just plain rocks, man!
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lil-akina Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
omg!!!! i must fav this!!!
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tmpst24myst Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Student Writer
You did well with this for your class. I hope your grade was high.
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Alkatraz Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
great work, excelent detail and effort
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engreko Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
I love this, I think i will look more into this Benten now. Benten herself looks great...The orange characters on the side are cool, they really stand out along with the moon, which i must say is a nice looking moon(nice texturing)^_~
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yajido Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   General Artist
don't really looks like a goddess.. she's more to a very very pretty ghost.... here.. catch this fav :+favlove:
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Artgar2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Interface Designer
That font is awsome, and the painting works well the text.......ROCK ON...... :neon: :yoda:
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pokie-boo Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
hhaha i made up fonts too ^_^;;;and people say it looks jap O_O;; but it doesnt..i dont think..and i have to say, yours looks better...mine are just chicken scratches...so that i can write stuff so that only i can read it! HAHAH...love this...looks really cool...and what a lovely image in my mind of snakes mating now..-_-;;;
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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
o no, every font has their own personal little emotion that fits a certain situation. yours may look like chicken scrathes japanese style for a reason. ^^ dont throw it away
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tarasque Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
Words cannot begin to describe how beautiful this is. Every aspect of this picture is just incredible.
I aspire to one day be able to create real art like this :) Fantastic work.
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DenNami Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Student Digital Artist
Ahnn loves your pretty! woman kind of looks like ahnn does now! scaly one is pretty too and pretty pretty squigglies!
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clev Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
Wow! Very amazing. The style its painted in is very amazing, etchy but it works out nicely. I can't explain enough of how much I like the font idea. It works for us who can't read japanese yet still has a great design to match this painting. Also very nice drawing with the dragon, snake and benten. They looks really nice. Amazing work.
:+fav:
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bej Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
Personally, I've found watercolor to be a difficult medium to control but you seem to excel at it. I especially like the tiny detail of the scales on the snake, the dragon and the skintone of Benten.

I do like, indeed
BeJ :)
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ElementalDemon Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
its wonderful. I love it. :clap:
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Phroggz Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent! Impressive, I must say! I love the writing... is there any way you could make it available for other people? I have been looking for a japanese-like font forever, and none seems up to level. Yours, however... wow.

The painting is awesome! I am now about to look at your gallery.

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Phroggz Featured By Owner May 26, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe, not to worry... i've been busy as well... but if you do go about finishing it, or need some help, here's someone who will want to know :D

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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
thankx for the comment ^^ but erm, as for the font. i havent had the time to properly create it in phontographer yet @@
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hikatu-chan Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
this caught my eye. and i love it, like a taste of home really, i miss japan. i thank you for this, you indirectly did me a favor
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hikatu-chan Featured By Owner May 22, 2004
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doughnut-hole Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
i am so glad it brought a piece of your home to you. sweet dreams tonight
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rurounitriv Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow... I was trying to figure out what it said (I don't know much kana, but I do know some) and then it clicked - it was english! Really convincing font there, it's obvious that you put a lot of work into this. And the figures are really well done as well, it shows a lot of talent. Educational and beautiful! :D
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demo-mode Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
I like. I also like how I your font is so convincing, that I kept attempting to read as Kana instead of english characters. I think I like that font, too. I didn't think I would. +fav?
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kitarakata Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
Wow, this is wonderful.
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