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After well over 2 years of waiting, here's the newest addition to the "Women of Japanese Horror" series: Yuzuki Kanako from the brilliant novel/TV series Mouryou no Hako.

This took me FOREVER. It's probably the biggest painting I've ever done. Scanning was a niiiiightmare. *collapses*

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Kanako isn't a ghost, but her presence creeps through the book's various storylines like a fog, which all come together in a truly mindblowing revelation at the end. I can see why Yoriko liked her so much - the girl was damned charismatic! Kanako was also quite disturbed, but she had her reasons, and although she may have enjoyed it, she did not deserve that sort of an end. :(

I tried to incorporate several themes related to Kanako in the story, including the concept of Tennin Gosui ("The Decay of the Angel" or "The 5 Death Omens of a Tennin").

Pencil, watercolor, Copic markers, white and gold gouache.

Yuzuki Kanako and Mouryou no Hako (c) Kyoygoku Natsuhiko
Art (c) Me.
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Given 2010-10-05
XV - YUZUKI KANAKO by *carrie-ko
The suggester said:
"Simply put, it's one of the most amazing pieces of fanart and traditional art I've ever seen! I'm speechless right now, so I hope the work speaks for itself!" I couldn't agree more! It's mindblowing to say the least! ( Suggested by solfieri and Featured by rydi1689 )
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Utterly astounding traditional piece. I love the soft watercolour textures, they are great for colour transitions which is apparent with this piece. The transition from lighter coloured clouds on top to darker clouds and the longing arms at the bottom shows great contrast, the colour only enhances it. Also, the contrast between the light and dark are played quite well here with the sun looming behind the dismembered angel in the box while the moon shines on overhead. Your attention to detail was great as evidenced by your shading and highlights mindful of the entire composition. The flow of the piece is just utterly astounding. This piece is really open-ended despite the fact that it's from a particular show, it can be easily interpreted by the viewers as a symbolism for something much deeper. Keep up the fantastic work!
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:iconstitchpunk89:
Stitchpunk89 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo! How interesting! This like is Durarara, if you've seen the anime.
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SweepBlackDust Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahh this is really beautiful! It caught my eye immediately! Fantastic work eee just everythingg! <3
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LaDiablesse Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is Wonderful!

I was looking at the detail and was wondering whether to suggest it as a DD or not, since it's absolutely beautiful~ Lo and behold... you already got a DD for it ;] Congrats and lovely work!
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Finnguala Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my god this is beautiful
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Pastcojr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   General Artist
The balance, use of color, positive/negative space...all so WELL DONE!
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rebeldork Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This anime was disturbing on a very deep level, but your picture is amazing and beautiful without abandoning the tone of the story. Good work.
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tatsuhi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
verry nice work, I think they made you put i in mature because of the boobs but that is a stupid reason. I mean it just makes them more sexualized when you do something like that. I would hardly say this is "MATURE" content tag worthy, unless mature content means just that much more awesome than regular content
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rchaem Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi, look my first work in watercolor hehee
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And what do you have to say about my painting?

Don't go around advertising your own works like this; It's rude
and rather pointless!
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kesai82 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
i think they made you put the "mature" tag because it had boobs. they've done it to me before, at least they didn't take yours down though.
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:iconrchaem:
rchaem Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is watercolor?
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, at least 95% of it is, anyway. I augmented a few parts with Copic markers to enhance shading or tone, and I added a bit of white and gold gouache for effect. Everything else was done in watercolor. :)
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iJakersandiRock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
interesting...
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it!
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Angel-Of-Ice Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow this is just... yeah i cant really find the right words.. I want to say amazing but that don't cover it!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Angel-Of-Ice Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Np ;)
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:iconmissdjt:
missdjt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
The colors are lovely. You did a great job!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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missdjt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
np it is much deserved!
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sheikhrouf23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
awesome work :heart:
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsheikhrouf23:
sheikhrouf23 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
welcome
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:iconmalvan48:
malvan48 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
What a lovley picture
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy you like it!
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:iconmalvan48:
malvan48 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
What a lovley picture
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madnezz344 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
kool :D
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Thank you!
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:iconblankist:
Blankist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Great depiction!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so! :)
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M-Milburn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcongratsddplz:
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you!
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M-Milburn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconblinkofcourseplz:
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nequita Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
i love the colors and how they blend together. very inspiring to say the least!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. It took a lot of work to make everything jive, so I'm happy you noticed. :)
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nequita Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
yeah no problem! C:
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BulletMane Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
incredible, I love the way you did this piece. It's soft, yet feels strong, light, yet very dark, hell it's just trippy and cool
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mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug: I think my choice of using illustration board instead of regular cold-press paper really helped to bring out the intensity of the paint.
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eggybird Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
I'm so surprised this is traditional art! That's amazing!! Wonderful job! TTwTT Very inspiring!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, you're not the only one who's done a double-take. XD Thanks so much!
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cika Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Wow, Mouryou no Hako Fanart as DD? I approve!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:highfive: Awesome, thank you! Glad to see a fellow MnH fan here!
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BRose9 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist
awesome! really, truly beautiful!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Yunari-Drimshallow Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
This is excellent and unique. The watercolor really works for this particular piece, as do the choices of color.
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoaaaa so cool!
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love your artwork as well! :D
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TailswimTella Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I LOVE HEADLESS PEOPLE. :love:
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:iconmementomoryo:
mementomoryo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then you'll love Mouryou no Hako. ;) Go check it out!
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