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Promised Sword by Nyanfood Promised Sword by Nyanfood
I stayed up late again :'D

I don't actually have any relevant text for this illustration this time since I'm still fleshing out story things but I suppose I should at least introduce Caiyan and Xueqing~

Caiyan is a celestial maiden who was born of a barn swallow's egg after it was blessed -- she classifies as a divine beast called huoniao (firebird). Her specialty is music, especially the guqin. Despite her humble species, she possess a high grade of fire. She ran away from the divine realms once to pursue a master swordsman after becoming moved by his swordsmanship. She studied with him for six years in the mortal realms and would have studied longer, but a cursed sword forced her to end the life of the swordsman by her own hands.

Xueqing ( Darkavey's OC ) is a smith who was born with heavenly eyes, able to see more than others and understand what he sees. Due to crossing paths with one of the Dragon Kings and showing how to repair their trident, Xueqing was given the Dragon King's blessing in the form of scales on his arms, which allowed him to become strong enough to take over his father's work and become a craftsman. He accidentally created the cursed blade Azure Spring as a result of being unable to control both of his blessings at the same time.

As for how they ended up working together here... I'll share that story maybe another time~
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SilverSugar Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it's a weird thing to comment on, but I really love how you drew Caiyan's legs here? Feels very classical painting to me, in all of the best ways.
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Not weird at all

Most of my work is heavily influenced by Renaissance art
If you go through my gallery and look at the full pieces, there's a lot of pieces with strong Renaissance undertones and references
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SilverSugar Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yay! It's certainly a fresh take on it that I quite enjoy~! Most appealing. Sadly, I was never fond of most older art styles and even now I struggled to find things outside of modern cartoons or anime to enjoy. That said, I have recently fallen for Mucha, and artnouveau in general, which admittedly is quite recent as well, but it's at least opened my eyes to being able to appreciate a wider range than I did previously. Paintings in general were always tricky for me to enjoy as I grew up in an area known for a famous painter (and one that my brother liked to shit on, until recently as well--so that shaped a lot) and always kinda got, frankly, bored with hearing people talk about it? Same with Gold Rush era history for it being local. I think it just has a lot to do with feeling like those sort of things were pushed onto me rather than finding them on my own and being able to appreciate them naturally.

And this got rambly and kinda off-topic quickly, sorry about that haha!
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner 20 hours ago   Digital Artist
How do you feel about art deco?
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SilverSugar Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Mm, from what I'm aware it's usually an architectural pattern? Did a quick search and found some that I liked, but I'm not sure if I've got the right thing haha. I did enjoy what I saw though, but I'm a pattern nut at this point. Interesting textures and all haha.
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019
your work is just so attention grabbing, i dont know how you do it :D
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you!

I think I tend to draw with the intention of interacting with the audience and wanting to pull feelings and reactions out of them, so that sort of desire gets expressed naturally . w.;;;
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
where do you learn such techniques though. your style appears something between 2d and painting 
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Digital Artist
oh, that's mostly by looking at other people's art and imagining what they would need to do in order to reach their finished product, and usually by imagining it, I can come with some ideas to reverse engineer their results

btw painting is usually considered 2D XD;;;
unless if you're painting straight on 3D models
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Darkavey Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'M STILL LOVING THIS ;v; :heart:
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2019   Digital Artist
I'M CREEPING ON YOUR FGO THINGS
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usaRemy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always love your digital paintings so much! They all look like they could be found in a classical art museum!  (*ノ▽ノ)
The colour, composition, and lighting, and everything is awe-inspiring! And I love the backstory for these characters too! It gives the piece even more depth!~
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you!
I have a lot of classical and renaissance influences ahahah ^^; cause I was a bookworm as a kid LOL
Thank you for liking the backstory ; v;
I'm working on their actual story very slowly right now! Letting it sit while I revise all the plotholes and fill them LOL
It's been really encouraging to hear their story receive so much positive response
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bezzalair Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019
Very fancy image, Nyan~ <3
Love how you posed Caiyan's body here. :)
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Thanks Bezzyyyy!!!
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
sfghdsfgdgfjhsdfhg WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP forgive us but....just.... how.. many post of 'em that we already missed in twitter... :iconcannotevenplz:

GHGFHSDFGHDSFHDG THIS IS A TRULY BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECEEEEEEE!! ALONG WITH THE DETAIL AND FLOW MOVEMENT OF THE CHARACTER DFGGFFDHGJFDHGJHDF :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz: :iconmoeblushplz:
//and goosshh love their story T_____________________________T :heart::heart:
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
I haven't posted much of them on twitter! So it's fine XD
I've been working on a project for them so nothing new of them's been posted XD;
Thank you two for always viewing!

XD I have to work hard and study your compositions! They've gotten so good recently I have to catch up soon ; v;
You good kids <3
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwww you're a very welcome and our pleasure :iconchitandasmileplz:
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HWLana Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019
So beautiful
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
thank you
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macarious Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
damn, really nice composition and unique poses! 10/10
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you for viewing!
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chacrawarrior Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
This remind me when My first girlfrind met my family.
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Did she show up wearing not enough clothes?
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chacrawarrior Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
No, she came all yandere and told them, "YOUR SON SAW ANOTHER GIRL, I NEED TO PUNISH HIM"
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Welp.

That's the end of that convo XD!!!!
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darknegi12 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019
this is pretty cool
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wilnet1tractor Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019
She don't want to share 
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
LOL you're not wrong XD though her selfish attitude isn't toward this sword but toward the cursed sword, Azure Spring. She gets upset if anyone else tries to draw it, even though her own limit for it is usually under 2 minutes.
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019
looks nice
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Seojinni Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a beautifully painted composition! I'm enamored with the pose and story..Awesome work, keep it up :0
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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Gentle-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes!! Both the story and picture are unique; I feel so inspired from reading that. Looked through some of your other art as well...you've earned yourself a watcher, to say the least!
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you for viewing!

I actually don't feel that the story is terribly unique XD; but I think what will make it or break it is how I intend to execute on the pre-existing tropes and also how I subvert the expectations of those tropes when needed. It's a long road ; v;
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Serendiipitii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Thoroughly enjoy their back stories, and I love the composition here ~
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Digital Artist
Thanks, Seren!
I'm still working out their actual story but
it's getting there... :'D kinda
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Iceliarea Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to see you doing art and writing! It's so beautiful <3! ! *hugs*
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you ; v; I think I'm finally back to my content-obsessive self after a 2 year break
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Sarah-Trickler Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019  Professional Photographer
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH <3 Ahhhhh! The story is very captivating as well. <3 
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you!

I'm in the process of revising their story ; v;
I wrote about 50k words between December and January but I need to rewrite 80% of it
But I'm fairly invested in their story now XD
I don't often have any uh-- "ships" I guess?
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Sarah-Trickler Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019  Professional Photographer
I SHIP IT.
That's amazing, you've done an amazing job, and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled to see more. <3
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Nyanfood Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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