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Truth, Form, and Regret by tarkheki Truth, Form, and Regret by tarkheki
Image number 5 form 15 I did for Anime North 2008.

Another series I highly recommend people watch is “Mononoke”. Style, design, and story, this is an Anime that stands so well concepted and visually luring as is the actual plot. It’s deep in symbolism, and you have to be quick with poetic reflection and understanding of scenario- but it’s one of those you have to watch for the slew of social criticisms on people, people’s behavior, and the reasons for their actions.

Seen here, The Medicine Seller, and the Spirit within the Sword.

A creepy thing happened on the night I painted this image- I had finished painting the image in the basement, and went upstairs to take my shower. The grate in the bathroom goes directly into the basement, so you can hear people talking in the basement via the grate.
Well, as I was showering, I heard 2 men speaking a foreign language, and then both laughing. I stopped the water- trying to figure out where it was coming from- and heard it was coming form the grate. A little freaked out, I was convinced it had to do with the fact that it was 4 am, and I’m over tired and hearing things.
The next day my mother asks me how late was I up until. I said 4 am. She asked if I was watching TV because “I heard voices from downstairs, and laughing… what were you watching?”
The TV is in the living room, one floor above the basement. And I didn’t even turn it on once that entire day.

Currently, the original is with my sister in Victoria. My mother and her fought over who would get the image.
I stayed out of that one. :giggle:

Size: 15” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic on Mayfair Paper
Original: Not For Sale
*Prints: $7


*Prints appear without the water mark.
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:icondezfezable:
Dezfezable Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Digital Artist
There is never enough fanart of this wonderful series. *___*

This is absolutely beautiful. Everything just flows and harmonizes so well, Is this in acrylics? it kind of looks it. :D [I can't paint for beans, so seeing others paint so well earns tons of love from me. Haha.]

As for the incident, that's pretty nutters. I guess whomever was down there with ya got a kick out of the painting~! [maybe you should do research to see who lived there previously before you? Ya never know, after all. :3 ]
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
It is acrylics! Done on black Mayfair paper. I really wanna get back to some painting after I finish my current huge projects... so muhc art, so little time! XD
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Storyweaver1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
A very interesting drawing and backstory. The two are a kind of 'creepy beauty' you know? And I like the duality.
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Daokan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Nice!
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allegroassai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
That same kind of thing recently happened to me as well.

I was sitting in my living room early in the morning, minding my own business, the whole flat was empty except for me when suddenly --- the sound of bells and other noises came from somewhere. I think my heart jumped out of my chest before I found the source for the noise: It was my radio alarm clock. I'd woken up very early without it and had forgotten to switch it off, so it was dutifully playing classical music for me.

After that, I was awake for sure!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
LOL!
Oh dude, I am SO glad I have the regular "Beep beep" kind of alarm clock. No random classical music for me! :)
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allegroassai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Yeah, but at least there was a rational explanation for the noise. Not sure I would've been able to cope with the situation had I not found any.

There does seem to be happening a lot of otherworldly stuff around your living quarters.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
You aren't the first person to notice that... and many others have told me to expect more. Just this morning I had another experiance to leave me contemplating. At least I'm glad my mother seems to be accepting the fact that I'm having them (and sometimes she takes part in them) so she's not "worried about me" anymore. :giggle:
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allegroassai Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
Maybe you are just more receptive than anybody else?
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Ashantax Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful :heart:
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flor-spring Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing.. thats' really scary.. when i'm scare i start to listen music to forget the success, otherwise i will not sleep o^o
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liliesformary Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Haha! You are a Mononoke fan too! This show is just lovely in every sense of the word. I especially love the story pacing, very classic in that japanese style of storytelling.

This is lovely.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Dude, I immediately thought about you when I was painting this- becuase I remembered your fanart of it as well! I so totally saw why you would adore this series. It's IMMENSELY good. :heart:
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Jehvelielain Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Creepy things happening.. o,o'
I'd freaked out.. :XD: Kinda interesting though, if you think about it.. It's not every day something like that happens.. o,o'

I love the details in this, and their expressions.
You must've put lots of effort in it^^
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KazumiKuwabara Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
That's awesome! I'd kill for Kusuriuri-san to be in my basement :3
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
I don't think he was in my basement... but someone sure was! :XD:
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KazumiKuwabara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Still, that would've been SOO DAMN COOL!
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooo it looks awesome! 8D nice job on this!
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cheru-neko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Sweet!
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roseredautumn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I like this very much...I'll have to watch the anime. as for the freaky incident...maybe it has something to do with your artistic process, with the opening of your creative mindset. not to say you made it up, but as in this mindset made you more observant to things that normally wouldn't register on your reality meter.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Just gorgeous!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
XD!
Thankies! :heart:
Glad to see you hanging about DA again... Madam Busy-pants! :hug:
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just thought I would stop by again to GUSH OVER YOUR ART! (So there!)
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
OH GOD THE GUSHING.. I shall have to bring a mop and soak it all up.
THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY!!! :heart::heart::heart::heart:
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Always! I miss ya!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Same here love! We have to keep in closer touch!
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ArtBarker Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I love mononoke soooo much, and that's pretty creepy hearing two foreign people laughing just after it's completion, I'm not one for the paranormal but...
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Neither is my mother... but damn, it didn't come out of MY mouth! :giggle:
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wicked cool!
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KannaLilly Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Yous was at Anime North!?!?!?!? WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED?!?!?!?!??!?! hm... didn't recognize any of your stuff... were you cosplaying? what other series did you make prints for? I hope I can see you next year!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
I made prints for all my work- and nearly everything in my gallery is available in prints. :)

I announced multiple times that I was going to be on AN.. both here and on my LJ and other communities... so I really don't know how you could miss it! :XD:
I wasn't cosplaying- didn't have time this year to make an outfit. :XD:

'I hope to meet up next year too! I love putting faces to names. :heart:
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Rimani Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow...quite spooky if you ask me... maybe tv just get on and off by itself? That's happened in our place... we too were quite scared ^^;

Beautiful.. really cool brush traces :) and those marks in their faces :heart: heh I love sword's head-part^^ xD it "grins" so funny^^
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charmainemorganphoto Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes! mononoke was a gorgeos anime! and it need more fantart for it! Is a shame it stoped at 12 eps, I would have like to see more.
I don't think we ever learn his name other than "Mr medicine seller", do we? :<
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Nope, that's it- he is "The Medicine Seller". XD
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charmainemorganphoto Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh, as soon as I posted the comment I went to look for it again and found out that it was a spin off of Ayakashi. You can have three more glorious episodes of "the medicine seller" on youtube of an arc called Ayakashi Bake Neko. He's gotten a bit cheeky. =3

It all makes sence now, if you remember of the story with the ship with the fish an the girl that was traveling to Edo to find a few job, this is what happened to the previous family that she was working for. Warning, it'll be a bit teary at the end. :P
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I have seen Ayakashi as well- in fact, Ayakashi was the series that came first, before Mononoke was made. :)
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charmainemorganphoto Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Heheh I found out about Ayakashi through Monokoke. =P
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Rakshar Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I HAVE THE ORIGINAL! I HAVE THE ORIGINAL!

... and it's going to be smack-dab in the middle of my wall to freak the landlords the F**K out.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
:giggle:
... and then a new rule will be instilled: No pets, no long term sleep overs, no creepy paintings on the walls. XD
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Rakshar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
actually, so long as i didn't NAIL it to the wall, they can't deny me the right.

nothign creepy as of yet happened, save for a weird dream - but i can't really acredit them since the picture was still being unrolled on my floor. I'l let you know what happens tonight.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
OooooooOOOOOOOOOooooo.
Maybe somehting spooky will happen to the land lords! XD
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LadyBlackmour Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
You painted the Medicine Seller! <spontaneous combustion>

I very much like the dark color scheme here.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Yay! Spontaneous combustion = inside part ALLL over the walls! :heart:
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ForsakenUnicorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I love how the hair looks, very coolio man!! =P
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iheartjonesy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
This is really beautiful - it does the show justice, too. Definitely fitting.

I have watched this show right before sleeping sometimes...and it is very creepy. But still, great work (as usual). I'm completely captivated by your foreign men story, though...
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Dude, captivated is one thing- freaked out like hell is another. 4 am hearing strange men? Good thing I was in the shower... because if I wet myself, better in the tub than out. XD
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mialythila Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooh thuis turned out really nicely!! Purdy :D
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SpiderGurl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Very lovely, Love the contrast of characters!
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I love Mononoke!!!! Someone suggested it to me to watch , and I instantly fell for it. My only regret is that I can't find that anime anywhere to buy it :no:....

You did a really nice job on the pic :thumbsup:
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Thank you!
I don't think Mononoke is licensed or released here in the West- when ti does, however, I'll be picking up a box set for sure! XD
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