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Feudal Fairy Tale by Yutaan Feudal Fairy Tale by Yutaan
UNINTENTIONAL CHRISTMAS COLORS NO TAMA

Finally done with this thingamajig. :sigh: 12"x9", cut paper, colored pencil, marker, microns, acrylic paint, unhealthy amounts of rubber cement, blood sweat tears love. I'mma be sellin' this at Anime Boston in April, so's if you'd like one... well, er, there's only one, so come by early! Say hi. Stay for tea. :star: :star: :star:

Inuyashaaaaaaa. I know, I know, it was everybody's first and we all grew out of it and it dragged on for about eight years and sixty volumes too long and the plot never went anywhere and I - I don't care. This manga changed my god. Damn. Life.

I am barely even kidding.

Don't believe me? Well! February 11th, 2004. I was thirteen years old, my family and I were visiting NYC, I was wandering around in a four-story Barnes&Noble near Rockefeller Center. Third floor. Comics section, for no particular reason. I picked up a book because the spine was shiny and bright yellow and it caught my eye. The first page had things on fire and cute things with fangs. Second page had beautiful kimono patterns and a dynamic composition. Third page had lady priestesses with arrows! More fire! Trees! Tragedy! Death! Baby Yutaan was horrified by such violence, but intrigued by the cute and the pretty and the horrifically long legs, and liked the character design for Mistress Centipede, and had an artistic interest in figuring out why the first few pages of the book looked different from the rest. (Answer: Watercolor. The first few pages were watercolor rendered in black and white, whereas the rest was done in screentone. Why Baby Yutaan found this so odd, I cannot say.)

But then. Oh hot damn, then.

About twenty pages into the first chapter, there's a double-page spread. It's just this one shot of Kagome standing in the forest, looking across a clearing at Inuyasha pinned to the god-tree by the enchanted arrow. I don't know what it is about this spread - just... the delicate hatching in the leaves to show light filtering through. The gesture of Kagome's body. The wide angle. The scale. The line quality. The sheer amount of detail and variety in the plants. The vines twining around Inuyasha's body. The fact that he's higher up the trunk because the tree has kept growing since he was shot. The stillness, the expectation, the atmosphere of the moment, like everything in the world is holding its breath. I don't know. I don't know what it was. But I have never once, in the years since, been as struck by a single image, as eager to see where a story would go, been as amazed by what art could accomplish. I literally lost all strength in my legs and sat down on the floor of Barnes&Noble and decided that I was going to draw comics for the rest of my life, so I could make other people feel exactly the way I did at that moment.

:head in hands: ...because of a two-page spread in Inuyasha.

..........So yeah, that's why it's the first thing I made this year in anticipation for Boston. I outgrew the series, but I still have a giant place for it in my heart.

WELL THAT WAS KIND OF EMBARRASSING WHAT ARE FEELINGS OKAY THEN I HOPE YOU GUYS ALL HAVE A GOOD BREAK FROM SCHOOL SEE YOU IN JANUARY BYE




[EDIT] Alrighty, this piece has actually already been sold ahead of time! I'll try my damndest to get another one made before Boston, though. And of course, the offer to stop by the table and have tea still stands, yo! :star:

[EDIT AGAIN] Replaced the file with a cleaned-up version!

[AND AGAIN] A better cleaned-up version! Plus some Photoshop swishy hair strands, because why not.
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Sekiseiinko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Student General Artist
This is stunning!!! °O°
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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august-train Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly how I feel about Cardcaptor Sakura! The art for that manga inspired me to really get into art when I was a kid. (Not that I have anything great to show for that up here on DA ^^;)

Amazing work as always!!! :heart:
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
CLAMP's work was very inspiring for me as a kid too! I remember being just stunned at the amount of detail they put into characters' hair and costumes. :D
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rontusikiyu3 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Love! I would like one of just kagome and kikyou bc I love how you did them in this piece!
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I enjoyed making them a lot. :)
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Many of us started with cheesy shonen or shojo manga and it lives in us still...
Not me, though. Spiderman was my first love.
(Okay fine, I was busy pretending I didn't like Pokemon and Card Captor Sakura...)
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, I think everyone has a special place in their heart for that verrry first series.
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loin323 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017
my critic is, i want to see inuyasha with more Fang
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, true, that would have been fun to draw!
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heena02 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG This is so beautiful, the patterns are so pretty! :love:

I loved reading you story about how Inuyasha changed your life! It changed mine too! :la: Back at that time, I started some sort of imaginary Inuyasha fanfic, and later I realized I could create my own story, so I did! :D Inuyasha inspired me to write my story. With time it has evolved and changed a lot, but the inspiration is still there. :heart:
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, that's awesome! It's great to hear how this series (and others) has inspired people.
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017   Digital Artist
I know you've actually uploaded this one a loooong time ago, but thank you very much for sharing your touching story. A lot of us (myself included) started art for similar reasons: to make people feel that way, to make the world a slightly more beautiful place... And being reminded of that goal, beyond the everyday struggle to get better, helps a lot.

And, of course: you made me want to read the manga ^^
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thank you! It's been so nice to read the comments on this piece and hear people share their own stories about what inspires them.

(And it's a fun manga, even if it does drag on rather long.)
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mayuralover Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inuyasha is seriously that one anime that has a special place in your heart, ya know? Funny story. So years and years ago, my two sisters and I watched the anime and stopped after the first season (I guess?) ended. After 119 episodes or something. And we thought it was so lame that it literally ended with them riding off into the sunset. Years later, so about a year ago, did we find out and realize that, no, the anime does not end that way-there was a second season. Like holy cow, we were young, naiive, and didn't know that anime came in seasons! Alas, two of us, the youngest sibling and I, didn't go back to rewatch and finish it, though we know how it/the manga ends. The middle sister went back to watch it and retold it to us. 
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, that's a cute story! And very kind of your middle sister to tell you how it went. I remember having a similar reaction when the first season of Pokemon ended, and being super upset that it was over. ...Then of course it went straight into the second series, so it was fine, but still!
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tearsofacrescent Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
I love your art, I think it's fantastic, but I am adding this particular picture to my favorites because of your explanation of what this manga has done for your life. I'll tell you what it did for mine. It made me want to write more than I'd ever wanted to write in my entire life. I doodled because of it, sure, but all of the folklore in this opened my mind, so I get you.
Fantastic piece, you're a fantastic artist and I will cherish this forever because SOMEONE GETS IT!!!! <3
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's wonderful! It's awesome that the series has had such a great effect for you too. Thank you for sharing that. ^__^
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Vespayik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man I don't remember how old I was when I first picked up Inuyasha. They did it such a disservice for taking so damn long to wrap shit up-- but I loved it. Thanks for sharing such a fond memory!
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, the series sure did take its sweet time.... Thank you for enjoying the little anecdote! ^_^
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DingDingy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL at the "horrifically long legs" x'D part AND OMGGGGG totally want to have tea with you and learn from your infinite paper wissdoomm :iconcrycryplz: alas. 

Oh MAN, I think the manga that did that to me is cardcaptor sakura. Just, each page with the flower details and big eyes and hair and outfit and alllofthat. I remember when I would secretly stealtake extra transparent paper from school just so I could copy the pages that I was seeing. Have to say that I've only ever watched inuyasha and never really read too much of it. BUt brahhhhh inyuasha def still is one of those ALL TIME CLASSICS UGHHHHHHHHHH how i turned into a furry 
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, CCS and Chobits (actually, most of CLAMP's stuff, if I'm being honest) also totally stunned me, and I did my fair share of delighted gasping at the details just like you. ^__^
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DingDingy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TRUE. All of Clamp's stuff are AMAZING, I also remember when I got older and read xxxHolics for the first time, and the STYLE of the art was just so INSANELY COOL to me. Man, really makes me want to go back to these manga and just... LOOK at them and marvel at them again
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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ArlettBlackraven Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I am losing my goddamn mind about these! Bless you!
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, I'm glad you're enjoying them! :)
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student General Artist
I love reading your memory.
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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KearereChan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god what a beautiful piece of art!!!! this style is so awesome ! La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 

my first ever memory was when I was 12 and saw the end of episode 11 "maybe" when they defeated the thunder brothers , and felt weird about that girl with modern cloths and those two traditional-clothed guy and child xD and then saw the ending "my will" and the most scenes I liked was kagome in the train ...years after when I became 16 it was shown again on same channel and decided to watch it ...but missed ep 1 x"DDD
I remember using to watch it every sunday & Tuesday on 7:00 pm lol !and it was in Arabic dub but they just showed up to ep 52 ..
so I rewatched it a year later on net in eng dub then once again in Japanese and yeah read the manga too ...and now I can say I'm officially obsessed with the series xD and I learned how to draw thanks to it too so I guess it changed my life too x3

you just made me feel nostalgia about the whole thing > w < thnx for sharing this with us Hug 
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, what a nice memory! I'm glad you've loved the series so much, and glad that my art could inspire such nostalgia and enjoyment! ^__^
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Rocioo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're amazing. and your description of that two-page spread in Inuyasha was on point and very well said.
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :)
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Rocioo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
: ) anytime
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Makalbarn4242 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
The first ever memory of Inuyasha was when i was six and i saw a glimpse of the episode where kikyo is resurrected and inuyasha jumps of kagome's bike because she feels sorry for him... Several years later, i want to find the anime that it came from, and well one thing led to another and I finished the manga and anime and movies last year... That scene was my favorite, and every time i think about Inuyasha, i always go back to that scene where kagome feels sorry that kikyo didn't feel the same way about inuyasha as he did about her and he was trapped for about a hundred years because of her. Inuyasha was my first ever anime, and it will always be my favorite
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, I remember reading that scene in the manga! That was a good part. :) I always love hearing people's Inuyasha anecdotes left in the comments on this piece. Thank you for sharing it! 
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Walis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my Goddddd I feel the same way!!!  I just commented on your Kohaku pieces, but hot-damn I couldn't resist this thumbnail on the side of my page.  This is so effing excellent, and I pretty much agree 100% with your rant up there.  In fact, I recently (as in last week) decided to start rewatching the series.  Six episodes in (because, you know, real life and all), and I am reminded why I loved this series so much.

Super-fantastic work, excellent dynamism, and exquisite detail!
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh man oh man, have fun rewatching the series! :star: I'm glad you like the piece and the rant!
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Miyori999 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, the picture is amazing and incredibly stylish, but the story you told about it is so wonderful. It makes me remember the feelings I had with my first experience with Inuyasha, while it was with the anime, and not the manga. Thank you for sharing your lovely art and your wonderful story with the community. 
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, I'm glad you enjoyed both the piece and the commentary! :) Inuyasha's still a series that's close to my heart, so it's extra nice to hear that it affected you similarly. ^__^
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yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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Hashbrown71 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist

I loved what you had to say too, I completely understand your feelings. Manga has so much amazing artwork. I loved Inuyasha but grew at out of it, though every time I see it it brings me back. I may not have such strong memories as you but they're good ones!

 

Lovely piece of artwork!

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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah man, yes - even though I did grow out of Inuyasha, I'm still so fond of it (and a lot of other series, too) - it had a huge influence on me, and the older I get, the more I can appreciate how excited and inspired I felt when reading those old series. ^_^ I'm so glad you have good memories of the series as well! 
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Hashbrown71 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah it gives you nice fuzzy feels haha
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I loved reading what you had to say. ; w;
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one looks good too.
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Yutaan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks! :)
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SummerStardance Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Wow, nicely done! I'm really liking the blend of traditional and modern styles here. And the colours are so vivid! I love it!

Because of your description, I went and looked for the two page spread you were talking about, and I think I found it! I must say, it is very impressive. For anyone wondering, here's the link to it: mangafox.me/manga/inuyasha/v01…

Keep up the amazing work!
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