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Dogwood: Ch3 p11-13

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Dogwood Blossoms,
Chapter 3: E-hon, pages 11-13

A fold-out ukiyo-e styled triptych of an epic battle between magical Japanese cats and dogs.

This is the most characters I have ever drawn in one composition. Complex.

Wherein I reveal the depths of my geekdom. This chapter of Dogwood Blossoms is in the style of--and in imitation of--Japanese e-hon illustrated novels from the 1700-1800's.

E-hon ("picture book") were woodblock printed and widely read and collected in Japan. Epic novel series (like Kyokutei Bakin's 106 volume Hakkenden) were illustrated and serialized this way. Most of the popular ukiyo-e ("floating world-pictures") art prints that are so expensive and collectible right now, were originally printed in e-hon book compliations.
These books are GORGEOUS. (And I want one. Or several. If I was to be a snooty collector of old expensive things, it would be of these books. I'm going to have to save up. :)

Here are a few e-hon examples:

Cool ukiyo-e sites:
[link] (massive Japanese archive from the Tokyo Metropolitan Library)

Stats: Book layout photomanipulated from actual e-hon book scans and paper scans, most patterns drawn by myself, a few taken from Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the 1800's. Wood grain texture by ~Enchantedgal-Stock.

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Acknowledgments and Disclaimer: Inuyasha-tachi belong to Takahashi Rumiko and everyone she has sold them to. This is a mostly nonprofit fan work that I’m putting too much work into because I'm a pathetic period-accuracy purist. All historical inaccuracies are the fault of myself--some deliberate, the rest out of ignorance. There is only so much time a girl can put into research for a fan project.
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russialover4's avatar
when the next page?
melanippos's avatar
Any chance you are online and can throw me a few tips on how to get those lovely graduations you do in the background? I am currently playing with illustrator on a digital woodblock print of the heron maiden and am inspired by your work.
purplerebecca's avatar
Aw, thanks!

I used photoshop, but illustrator does do gradiants (they drive me nuts, but they are doable), and I threw a nice texture on on top of everything. :)

If you put an overall background shape behind the rest of your figures, and then played with its gradiant colors, you should be able to get the same effect.

Then you can make it a vexal and put the texture on in photoshop, or there are purists who vectorize their textures and use them in illustrator. Makes your file sizes huge, though.

Good luck! ^_^
melanippos's avatar
I've got images of woodgrain and another of old yellow paper which I've reduced the opacity on which has helped give the underlying tones to work over.
It's just getting the right sort of colours with the gradients to suit woodgrain and I've yet to investigate getting that slightly mottled look that some of the colour layers have.
I'm a complete geek in that I already have one woodblock print and, one day, when I have money [HAH!] I intend to have a collection (ie more than three).

I'm playing entirely in illustrator as a self challenge. I'll give you a hoy when it's done if you like ^_^
LovelyLadyGray's avatar
Fabulous job on it as usual. Inuhana is my favorite in this 3-pic layout. Please keep it up!D
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LovelyLadyGray's avatar
It's a great pleasure! ^_^
Cheesegoddess's avatar
THe colors!! THE colors!!
LittleFoxglove's avatar
:wow: I'm . . . speechless.

This is not fanart, this is art in and of itself! It's magnificent. :boing: I can't tell you how happy you've made me, not only as a fan of Sesshomaru and Rin but as a fan of Japanese art, history, and culture. I can only imagine what a joy it was for you to work on. Because as far as I can see, you were enjoying every moment.

Bravo, sweetheart. :clap:
purplerebecca's avatar
Thank you! ^_^

When I wasn't tearing out my hair, I really enjoyed it. :) It was the coloring....coloring kills me every time. I end up agonizing over every color choice. -_-;;
hedgehog-in-snow's avatar
I love your Dogwood stuff; I adore and covet your talent in storytelling as well as artistic abilities. It's sad that you (from my point of view) don't get enough credit for the great things you produce, while people with considerably less talent are showered a ridiculous amount of praise.

I hope you stick with this project, despite the lack of response; it's beautiful!
purplerebecca's avatar
Oh, thank you. ^___^
I do hope to keep it up. It's a lot of work, but it's a story I totally want to tell.
XDemonicFireX's avatar
close up is even better. my favourite is hiken and tsukiko
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roseredautumn's avatar
WOOOOOO! I'm so glad to see this again.
Hana-Maehata's avatar
Once again, lovely! I think Tsukiko and Inuhana are my favorites. x3
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Thanks! Glad you like them! ^_^
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