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The Ascension of Iweko

"There are always those whom the Heaven have found worthy, creating new dynasties." - The tale of Rokugan VII

In the year 1170, the avatars of the Celestial Heavens, the Voice of the Jade Sun and the Voice of the Obsidian Moon, appeared in the Imperial City and proclaimed that a divine dynasty would be restored to the Emerald Empire.

A second Celestial Tournament was to be held at Seppun Hill, the site of the first tournament of the Kami, more than one thousand years previously. Each of the Great Clans sent delegations to participate, some in hopes of achieving a position in the new dynasty, with others merely wishing to witness such majesty. The competition was fierce, and a great many men and women of honor took the field. Despite that the final winner of the tournament was a Unicorn warrior, the Voices ultimately decided that it was the Dragon Clan whose purity had won the day. The Voices asked the Dragon Champion, Togashi Satsu, to choose one among his servants worthy of receiving the blessings of Heaven, but Satsu instead asked the Voices to choose, as they were the only ones who could.

The Voices chose the daimyo of the Kitsuki family, a virtuous and honorable woman named Kitsuki Iweko. Iweko accepted the blessings of the Celestial Heaven and experienced a moment of omniscience, becoming the Divine Empress Iweko I, the Child of the Heavens.

* Article from L5R main page


This is a special illustration done for the L5R 10,000 card milestone. The card will be featured at the L5R 10K card event held at Gencon Indy 2012. Legend of the Five Rings and Empress Iweko I copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.


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jpritchett99's avatar
Totally awesome!
silverinewolf's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

I don't know where to begin! The lights, the pose, the flow of the hair, the details! Have I mentioned the lights?

Onto the actual critique: the hairs seem a little inconsistent. The kneeling woman's hair is raised slightly, feeling that wind or going with the movement of her kneeling down, but the man's hair stays put. Also, the swords on the hip of the person standing looks uncomfortably placed, especially the one we see with the higher handle, which I'll assume is a wakizashi. The width difference from the top of the handle to the end of the sheath suggests a longer blade, but where the end is compared to the edge of their vest(?). Also, the handle looks more like it's being positioned across his stomach...maybe add a peak of the sheath at that corner of the bottom of the katana and vest?
EzraMauve's avatar
the way the sword is placed doesnt have to make it comfortable, its for easy access when fighting not about how comfortable it is.
Dragier's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Instantly jumped to the top of my favorites. The emotion flows from this piece. Especially with the expressions the subjects are wearing. the use of the light that is bathing and swirling around them gives off an intense rush. The way the hair is being lifted as if a huge force is pulling. Your use of colors where there hands touch like a transfer of energy. All with the back drop of the starry heavens ,as if to show the subject is going so very far away. A very powerful piece.
But I feel as though the "hero/heroine" being pulled away is slightly cliche. Besides that the technique is still great. A huge Impact. very well done.
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It's the will of the heavens!!
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Hi and forgive me if i mistaken and create wrong panic, but PLEASE CHECK THIS EBAY SELLER for maybe using your art illegally:…
kikushi10's avatar
I just want you to know that this illustration guided me through a stroke that almost took my life. I'd stared at this image many times in the past, and cried as it came into my mind when my life almost slipped away. It would be an honor if I could meet you one day and purchase a large print of this in person.

Thank you for creating such a beautiful and priceless work of art. It is one of the things that my mind clung to when it was shutting down.

Ciereine's avatar
Those lights and the emotion in the picture is beautiful. Special Mention.....their clothes! Females in reasonable clothes! I applaud u sir. Your artwork is awesome
geanera's avatar
Very beautiful! Oh the light!!! The light!!!
VolomonArt's avatar
Reminds me of Dragonball Z when the warriors gives their power to Goku.
Aethes's avatar
1 word...masterpiece!
gresnake's avatar
increible! exellent! O.o
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I can't say anything more than → ╠ Great-Amazing-good job ╢
Reazon-sama's avatar
very strong piece. so honourable !
simplysuzu's avatar
It's coming alive!
MrDeadFlowers's avatar
I Love your work beautiful...
miafaye's avatar
this is just beautiful!
Albioza's avatar
can't say anything :O
Best drawing ever
kawai-hime's avatar
this is juste AMAZING O_o
JCWArtist's avatar
So magical. That all I can say.
Aynoe's avatar
*_* So beautiful
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Their faces look unbelievably real! You rock at doing this!
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