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Ainu Woman with Wagtails by Yseulta Ainu Woman with Wagtails by Yseulta
Oops I was going to submit something else, and then I remembered that I hated it and needed to fix a character's entire head, so here we are with this different painting instead! :dummy:

And it's not Lamia art? Or fan-art? What is it?? D:

The Ainu are an indigenous people of Japan (northern Honshu and Hokkaido) and whatever parts of Russia are nearby. The women begin to get tattoos at the onset of puberty, the most noticeable one being around the mouth area. I guess people don't know precisely why they tattooed around the mouth, but some think it was to resemble the beards that the men grew. I don't know, I just know that they played with bears. 

The instrument is a tonkori, and until last night I had forgotten to draw strings on it :lol: And the birds are yellow wagtails, which are one of my favourites! :heart: The inspiration behind this picture was a story I read about how the Ainu believed that wagtails flew over the earth, which used to just be water - and wherever the wagtail dipped into the water, land came up, which is how the earth happened. 

I did take some liberties with this painting - for example, her hair is too long (the Ainu cut both men's and women's hair at shoulder length), and while I think that yellow wagtails can be found in Japan, the black-and-white Japanese wagtail might be more prolific, buuut the yellow wagtail matched my colour scheme better :dummy:

Has anyone else heard of the Ainu before? :la: And does anyone know what those flowers are? Because I don't. Final question: does anyone know when I'm going to eat the orange that has been in my nightstand for a week?
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:iconthebawdymermaid:
TheBawdyMermaid Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Not enough of the Ainu around, sadly. It's hard to find any art featuring them. :(
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Thank you so much! And aww I noticed the same when I was researching this painting, there's not much Ainu art out there! Which is such a shame - in fact, the very first time I'd ever heard of the Ainu was several years ago when I saw someone's painting of an Ainu woman on here, but when I tried to find it again for inspiration for this painting, I couldn't find it anywhere! :saddummy:

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TheBawdyMermaid Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually was roleplaying a character that was kind of half-Ainu? Rather, her culture I was creating for her was very much inspired by the Ainu based on what research I did, and I never could find much information, let alone art/pictures of the Ainu. ;.; 

Yours is just lovely though, and so much detail! I'm just happy to see some finally instead of the very few pictures I could find before. :)
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
I struggled as well finding information about the Ainu for this painting - reference photos was hard enough, but aside from the wikipedia page and a few random blogs I found, it was tough! I'm glad I randomly stumbled upon the article about their beliefs about wagtails or I never would have looked back into their culture and decided to paint this! =p 

Thank you again and ooh sorry for the late reply haha, I've been so lazy with online stuff for the past week or so D:

:hug:
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:iconthebawdymermaid:
TheBawdyMermaid Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries at all, I tend to be super slow to respond also! :)

(I dunno why I responded just to say this, but there it is, lol!)
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Yseulta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
Pahaha sometimes I do that too, I take aaages to respond and then when I do it's just like one sentence and I wonder if it was worth writing it at all :lol: I try not to over-think these things but it's hard not to! =p 
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anniecoleptic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
i gotta say, my favorite part of this is the tonkori. you painted it so beautifully with so much attention to detail, especially the shadows cast by the strings. awesome job.
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
Aah I'm so glad you like the tonkori, and even gladder that I realised it didn't have strings before I posted it so I could fix that :lol: And ooh you noticed the shadows cast by the strings! I love adding details like that and it makes me so happy when people notice them! Thanks so much :hug:
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anniecoleptic Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yw! you can always count on me to notice the details. i can stare at them forever.

(not in a creepy way i swear)
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Haha aww, stare at the details all you want! I don't even mind if it was in a creepy way, I'm always so happy when people notice them! :la:
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mysterysneeze Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
I'm surprised and interested. I've never heard of the Ainu before, and I really like the interesting outfit you gave her! Very nice background =) The instrument itself is drawn very well. I like how her hair and different skin tone looks! 
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
I first heard of the Ainu years ago when I saw a painting someone did of an Ainu character on here - but unfortunately I couldn't find it again when I started sketching this! Before I do sketches, I like to get up all sorts of inspirations just to keep my creativity up, so I was disappointed that I couldn't find the very first painting of an Ainu I had ever seen! :ohnoes:

I'm so glad you like her outfit, I sort of screwed up my usual painting process with it so it was tough to keep the shading and lighting clean without messing up the design =p At least it turned out all right in the end! :hug:
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Inkagna Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
This is amazing!
I really like how the tonkori and tamasay looks, and the shading/light looks really nice.
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Thank you so much! I see on your page that you're interested in Ainu culture, so I'm really flattered and happy to hear that I did a good job drawing the tonkori and tamasay! :hug:

I'm also thrilled to hear the shading and light look nice, it was a real challenge figuring out how I wanted to have it all put together! :heart: Thank you again!
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Inkagna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
No problem! :)
The shading makes it look really magical, and I love that.
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Rossem-Klyn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018
You know...I'm really curious of how the instrument sound
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
It sounds really pretty! I found a video of a woman playing it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZodp…
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Rossem-Klyn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Aaaah, I see, thank you for the link :).

Strangely it sound...like be between some instruments, I'm not sure how to explain that, how annoying....
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adam-ant2 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018
Your colour pallet is bright and warm. Just in time for summer.
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Thank you so much! If only Ireland could have summer weather again! We had a nice two weeks and then it went back to being cold and rainy again :ohnoes:
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day-tunes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Student General Artist
the detail on the background is amazzinggg, such a beautiful painting <33
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like the background, since I'm really trying to work harder on them. I got really used to just having sort of "abstract" colourful backgrounds - they looked pretty, but placing characters in landscapes or rooms has been a fun challenge! :hug:
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day-tunes Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Student General Artist
you're very welcome! you are so righttt, i always have such a hard time coming up with a background that i often go back to simple abstract ones. Making the characters seem like they actually fit in the background is also tough ;-;
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:iconyseulta:
Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
It's really tough to get used to getting characters to fit in backgrounds when we're so used to the pretty and simple abstract ones haha =p One good tip I learned that's helped me is to draw the background first (and don't be afraid of referencing things!), and then put your character in last. It's super hard (for me, anyway) to draw a character and then draw the world they're in. I've found it so much easier drawing the scene first! :la:
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day-tunes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Student General Artist
that seems like such an easier way! I'll definitely have to try that out, thanks for the tips!!
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Pilulu Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I get to see good art and learn something new today. Why can't school be like this?
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Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
Thanks so much! And pfft I know, I'd have loved for school to be this interesting to learn about as well as interesting to look at :saddummy: It's the curse of visual learners, we can't stand to just be lectured at all day! D:
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
uchuubranko you might like this~
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Yseulta Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
I hope she does! :la:
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We talk about the Ainu sometimes
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