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Original: Bored Little Ghost

By Risachantag
I needed a break from commissions, and luckily had another half day of free time at work for my own projects.

The inspiration for this comes from how beautiful and spooky Japanese temples can be at night. That and Japanese ghosts are neat; they've got everything ranging from truly terrifying to just plain silly. Anywhere that has sandal and umbrella spirits is doing something right!

I modeled the temple and gate as 3D modeling practice; renders of the models are here: [link] [link] [link]

Info on all the obake here can be found here: [link]
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Please forgive the critique if it sucks, I'm still learning to give good ones.

What to say, hmmm, I’m never good at starting these things <img src="…" width="17" height="15" alt=":giggle:" title="Giggle" /> And I’m sorry this is really long.

First off, I like the colors in this. My eyes are drawn and are being fought between the cherry blossom tree and the color of the yūrei’s kimono. I love how the color of the temple, moon and those around it up to the shrine gate is so peaceful. It reminds me of what a real temple might look like in the right season, well in anime form at least. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)" />

Hmm, some things that would be better, is that if the mouth on the yūrei was a little smaller on the right side (my right her left), and that if it was down a tad bit more. Other than that the only thing that I could see that could use fixing is bakechochin’s flames. They could be a bit more transparent like the yūrei’s tail and maybe a bit blurred too. Oh and the Hitodama could be a bit transparent, but it also looks good as it is right now. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":aww:" title="Aww" />

As for the rest, I like how she is petting the kitsune, it’s really cute, though the tails looked too spaced out for my taste. The bakeneko and how it’s just casually walking down the steps just like any other normal cat would. Though the karakasa-obake and bakezōris are well done, and sorta cute, they make me wonder. Like is the karakasa-obake chasing something, or is it just floating there? And why is one of the bakezōri falling over? But I love this piece no matter what I think might be wrong with it. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":aww:" title="Aww" /> It shows off the great history and lore of Japanese/Chinese cultures. That is why I think it is amazing.

P.S. – I also like the cute hidden Kodamas in the tree <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" title=";) (Wink)" />
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The colours in this picture and how they blend are beautiful. I like how peaceful and calming it is up near the temple and the purples and blues really helps give that effect.
The ghost is very pretty and makes your eye go straight to her because she is so blue in an area that has more warm colours. But her mouth is the only thing that bothers me. I think it is too long looking on the left side, and a little too close to her nose. And the flames on the lanterns look a little too define. The ends of the flames should (I think) have faded out towards the end of the flames,and become more transparent, like the end of the ghosts tale.

But besides that I really like this piece.
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Well this is fairly adorable, lol. Something about her nose and mouth bug me though. Maybe the mouth could be a couple pixels lower? The nose though - it seems to sort of just jut out at that precise spot, rather than traveling all the way to the brow, thereby pronouncing the eye sockets and really giving the whole face some dimension.

You'll also want to consider not making the fire on the orange guys so clear and defined. The flames look more like a physical body part than actual fire. You'll want to blur the edges a little more, and maybe play with the Liquefy tool on the tips.

Otherwise, wow, amazing.
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To be fair, the fire is meant to look cartoon-like and 2D, like fire in wood-block paintings. Overall, I wanted an painterly anime look, so too much realism on the face would have made her look out of place. Thank you for the critique, though.
BornAsunder's avatar
Nice! You did a good job capturing the quirkiness of the Japanese Youkai.
perhaps she's trying to go home
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DreamTheBunny's avatar
Whoa, I love this!!! >U< I love how colorful and bright it is, it's hard to focus on just one thing!!! XD
KiriHearts's avatar
I love this! So cute and spooky at the same time. I love all of the obake too. Yay!
Yagamiseven's avatar
hahha she does look bored
Snowflower--Chan00's avatar
Gorgeous!!!! :3 (hugs)
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KishxIchigo4ever's avatar
This is really pretty! I like it. :)
Also, I don't know if people have already told you this, but this reminds me of Gaia a lot. XD

In the Zen Garden area in Gaia, when it turns to night, they have lanterns come out and haunt the temples too. :P
Gold-Sun's avatar
This outfit is from china or japan???
AkiUrameshi's avatar
That is really good and cute! I like how you color it. ^.^
BlueRowan's avatar
The coloring on this is amazing! I espically love the girl ghost.
White-Fox-Spirit's avatar
this is cool!!! I love it!
Very cute scene. The bored expression the girl's got is priceless.
animeloveergamestoo's avatar
do u know what the spiti call the one with the one eye and mouth?
The Umbrella and the the Lanturns remind me of the ZOMG game from Gaia online. LOL I plAY that a lot and it's in Zen Gardens.
AshleyCassaday's avatar
Awww! I just now noticed the little kodama in the tree. This is such a beautiful piece! :love:
windy-wolf's avatar
This is great!! I love all the details you put on this theme, awesome! The colours, ahhh.
The only thing i find a bit weird are the flames.. they are sorta.. solid? Dunno, maybe painting them more like the ghost's "tail" :S
Such a nice piece!
SilentAnopsia's avatar
With so much going on around her, You'd think she wouldnt be bored.
Schreibaby-Zephyr's avatar
At least the yokai in Japan are friendlier than the US's!
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