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Original: Bored Little Ghost by Risachantag 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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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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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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BornAsunder Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Nice! You did a good job capturing the quirkiness of the Japanese Youkai.
chivalryss Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
perhaps she's trying to go home
kaykaye10 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very pretty
DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, I love this!!! >U< I love how colorful and bright it is, it's hard to focus on just one thing!!! XD
KiriHearts Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I love this! So cute and spooky at the same time. I love all of the obake too. Yay!
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
hahha she does look bored
Snowflower--Chan00 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Writer
Gorgeous!!!! :3 (hugs)
SirDrakey Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
ah summer!
KishxIchigo4ever Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
This outfit is from china or japan???
AkiUrameshi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That is really good and cute! I like how you color it. ^.^
BlueRowan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
The coloring on this is amazing! I espically love the girl ghost.
White-Fox-Spirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is cool!!! I love it!
G-gglypuff Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Very cute scene. The bored expression the girl's got is priceless.
animeloveergamestoo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
do u know what the spiti call the one with the one eye and mouth?
opaltaki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awww! I just now noticed the little kodama in the tree. This is such a beautiful piece! :love:
windy-wolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
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 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
With so much going on around her, You'd think she wouldnt be bored.
Schreibaby-Zephyr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least the yokai in Japan are friendlier than the US's!
icanhascheezeburger Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Straw Demon? [link]
Brilliant. No end.
Christopia1984 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Very nice. It really does the Japanese ghost folklore to justice.
UndeadPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Japanese ghosts are awesome
Gatling-Gun-Bane Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
It's crazy how when I look at her surroundings, out of the corner of my eye she looks transparent, but when I look directly at her she's not. That's simply amazing. You did a wonderful job.
heathfiedler Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
This would so make a great poster n.n Or painting nice job
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
I love the enormous variety of colors. :3
ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Writer
totally added to my faves
korena-love Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Very cute. It reminds me of the movie 'A Chinese Ghost Story', the animated version anyway.
RuneYue Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Amazing~ I love the erethral feeling of this. The soft tones combined with the bright colours and the shadowing, it all feels like it'd pop right off the screen and dance around the room!

The wisping Sakura branches in the background adds a whole other level of intrigue and enchantment to this as well. :D :heart:
Danni-Marie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
This is so cute! And the concept is fun! :heart:
actingmak Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Reminds me of "Spirited Away".
Jarona Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
aah, watch Pom Poko then! same director, earlier film, these lanterns and umbrellas actually appear in that one!
Rhyess Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
I'm not sure i should say this..but ..this reminds me of a place on Zomg (on giaiaonline)

i really do love the picture.
Shentosho Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
So I'm not the only one to think "gaiaonline"
celestial-spice Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
I thought that too! Zen Gardens?
Lauralionne Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
I love the colours! nice pic <33
Lumenesca Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Yay, I love Japanese ghosts as well!
daniebarton03 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
That's awesome! I play too much zOMG so I'm not warped to think of the game instead of the original folklore. XD
beauhappyday Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Loving the lanterns and sandals. And the umbrella. And Espeon.
Rokuki Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite fascinating! It's cute that the Tsukumogami and other spirits seem to either make her laugh or comfort her boredom. The background is painted very beautifully. not to mention that the spirits are well designed and whimsical :D

I enjoy the fox the most. great work. :thumbsup:
PaladinArtea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
I really like this one. All of the benevolent spirits at once.
Yuki-maru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
wow this looks amaznig,
I think this almost looks like something from gaiaonline but this is very nice
tama-chan-myu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
I love the bg. Her mouth is a bit high, though.
MistyGlow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Oh my! I absolutely love the theme here.. ghosts wandering at traditional Japanese places! :heart:
lenochka86 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Digital Artist
I love japanese lore, great job capturing it! I really want to go see Japanese temples some day, and wandering there at night is certainly a must :)
p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
everything has its spirit =p
starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
quite cute I like this :)
Cee-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
the umbrella is the best part. someday, when i am rich, i will hunt down a haunted umbrella.
SingingRiver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Justria Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
So cute! This makes me want to learn more about Japanese ghosts.
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