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Kirin by Risachantag Kirin by Risachantag
This one's a combination of wanting to paint lesser known fantasy creatures and finding a lovely set of watercolour brushes. Kirin (or Xirin) are mythical hooved creatures, often with horns and scales, from East Asian cultures (Wikipedia link). When I was living in Japan, I remember being surprised to find that the Japanese name for giraffe came from the same source ...so I snuck in a little giraffe print to my design.

The lovely watercolour brushes are from gumroad.com/kyletwebster

Brush pen, Wacom Intuos tablet, Photoshop CS6
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RP1337 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so glorious. I realy love all the great colors you used. I am so going to check out your other pieces too ^^
annnnddd one more thing *chases down the Watch button with a viking war axe*
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dalekdude11 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
nice
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AquariusDragon2006 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
 Beautiful picture. Gives me inspiration about my next OC character
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Goldenfox123 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
I could never draw this good. Great job!
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ceIine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has a lot of names, to be honest ! This is v lovely,,
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Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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Shinryuu-Uroborus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe this is a wonderful depiction of the creature, and I like how you incorporated flames, panorama, effects and ripples of suitable style. It really helps immersion.
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aakh1815 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bought this and three other prints from your table last year. Really looking forward to seeing your art again this weekend :D
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Meztli72 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! ^^
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:iconrathika:
Rathika Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
It's gorgeous!
I wish I could say something more useful, but... no, not really. It's gorgeous. I like looking at it.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Love 
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:iconsnowscales-icefire:
SnowScales-IceFire Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
It's beautiful :3
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:iconaluveyon:
Aluveyon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
This is very beautiful.  It reminds me of an episode of Korra.  You are a very hard-working artist and it shows.
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bluenightwolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gorgeous :heart:
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CaughtinMyHead Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful (^__^)/ the colors are captivating! You rock :D
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MandoJetii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Very majestic.

There are so many English spellings for Kirin, from Xirin to Qilin to Ch'ilin to Tyilin. I like Chi'lin because it looks like you're chillin' XD
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RawrzImmaMonsta Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwwhh yeaaaahh! This looks drop dead awesome~ :heart:

I've been having a recent obsession with Kirin's especially in a game I like to play called Dragon's Prophet.
This one looks like a hod-podge of all of them to me.

And dare I ask exactly how you kept your brushwork looking so good? I have an Intuos, Photoshop Elements, and Sketchbook Pro. But I can never get the colouring right for my images whenever I scan them in and try to paint. >.<
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Digital Artist
So majestic, love the coloring!~
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Lala-ink Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful... :D
And the watercolor brushes fit in so good *_*
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Asarx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enchanting and graceful, this draws in the eye with its vivid coloring and wondrous detail, filling the viewer with a sense of awe and appreciation :) beautiful work; i can't get enough of it!! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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EJenae Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love KirinsLove 
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black-white-check Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love the colours you used for the Kirin!
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D-Yami Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the colors and art style, this is beautiful! :)
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lllannah Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Urgh, too beautiful. Your colors are amazing.
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RyunoOhi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
10/10 Would ride into battle.  Seriously though, this is AWESOME, & I love how you put the giraffe-print in (It always amused me that kirin = giraffe/unicorn in Japanese).  I'm also a biiiig fan of the color scheme you used!
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Sehvrin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Beautiful :)
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Beautiful choice of colors.
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
This is beautiful. It's always refreshing to see lesser-known creatures.
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great work, love the colours and the cloudflames :love:
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ClockworkDawn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
The colors are gorgeous. 
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Reckless-Flame Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Ooh! That's a really lovely interpretation! I love the style and the colors you used. <3
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Katrise87 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. Has always been a favorite, if under represented, mythical creature for me. I like you interpretation, it is refreshing.
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Hotspot0626 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Cool! :D
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Fantastic.
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ElShima Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
those flames are so pretty ;w;
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Grand-Sin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
a really nice picture great work
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tropicalblue23 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
really pretty ^^
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mayuralover Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kirin are beautiful, aren't they? This is beautiful!
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Aitsuki-no-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
So pretty!!!!
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RenatoGPadilla Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
FF VI Anyone?
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Cherry-Lane Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I always forget that are not dragons
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Bathsheba-Biotch Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's such an amazing design!
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Heartsinclaire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconspazattackplz: oh that's gorgeous! :love:
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spacerogue Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, love the style and the choice of colors is just wonderful ! 
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Doctorwho227 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Beatiful.
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CathyMouse2010 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very pretty ^^
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Wonderful
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Shidyk Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous piece
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Spacergirl003 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOWERS! That is gorgeous! I got my own interpretation of the Kirin too! I need to upload that one of these days! 
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