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Promised Sword
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Published: February 19, 2019
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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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Pineapple-Grenade's avatar
Pineapple-Grenade|Student Digital Artist
I really love the way you drew the nudity here. Portrayed elegantly, and without a hint of sexual feel. Very classical vibes.
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Nyanfood|Professional Digital Artist
Ahhhh thank you!!!! I do have a habit of desexualizing every nude I draw xD; I wonder if it’s cause I’m asexual LOL
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Pineapple-Grenade|Student Digital Artist
Idk, there's nothing wrong with desexualizing it though. Sometimes I just prefer to see that instead of straight porn or heavily suggestive stuff
don't need a boner mid day LOL
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SilverSugar|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|Professional 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|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|Professional Digital Artist
How do you feel about art deco?
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your work is just so attention grabbing, i dont know how you do it :D
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Nyanfood|Professional 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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where do you learn such techniques though. your style appears something between 2d and painting 
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Nyanfood|Professional 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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'M STILL LOVING THIS ;v; :heart:
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Nyanfood|Professional Digital Artist
I'M CREEPING ON YOUR FGO THINGS
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usaRemy|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|Professional 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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Very fancy image, Nyan~ <3
Love how you posed Caiyan's body here. :)
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Nyanfood|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Bezzyyyy!!!
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Skunkyfly|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|Professional 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|Hobbyist General Artist
awwwww you're a very welcome and our pleasure :iconchitandasmileplz:
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So beautiful
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Nyanfood|Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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macarious|Professional Digital Artist
damn, really nice composition and unique poses! 10/10
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Nyanfood|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for viewing!
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