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Rising by White-Tean Rising by White-Tean
My entry for the Okami contest (right under the line, as usual). The original image at the specified resolution is 11.1Mb as a png image so this is at reduced size.

This was inspired by a game screenshot I came across where the main character is sitting at the centre of a water lily. It was such a beautiful image, and brought to mind so many other mythological tales of such as Venus rising from an oyster or the babylonian god who was born from an egg, that I knew that was the message I wanted to explore with my submission for this contest!

I've yet to had the opportunity to play this game, despite how utterly wonderful it looks, hence why I really wanted to enter this contest! I love every aspect of the art, style and story of this game that I have thus far been able to come across so I can't wait for any chance to play it personally!

Many, many hours of work went into this thing, and it was a whale of a piece with upwards of 80 (EIGHTY!) layers generated in creating it.

I've been sick as a dog lately with a chest cold and asthma and have had to miss some uni classes, and this image was only finished thanks to four great friends who helped me by giving me some feedback and drive along the way!
:iconcsharpmajor: :iconnii-tan: :iconwild-filly: and nigrescere!

So a big thankyou for all of your wonderful people!

And yes, I love rainbow.


Stock of :iconforsakewolf: was used as reference for the very dynamic pose of the wolf in this image! (it's fabulous stock!).
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Kraken420 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Do you mind if I use it for a tattoo? :P
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something1181 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
The Color Blend is More than beautiful
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Skeleton-Boy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really like that image, of the character coming out the lotus like that. I've never played okami, but I'm always impressed by how the fanart it inspires works so well on its own.
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kyuubifred Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
this is beautiful! i just clicked on your page 'coz i saw something of yours i had faved forever ago... and saw this! amazing!!
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chesney Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Very nice. I came by your gallery to see what your works included when I saw your post on the latest News Article regarding tracing. :no: I don't think anyone could rip this off as well as the original.
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White-Tean Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Thanks - I'm far more worried about the new copying policy announcements in terms of my original works though - this year I'll be starting to upload a lot more nice pieces because I'm putting together my graduate portfolio as I'm coming to the end of my degree and will be starting to look for professional work - and I'm not well known, so I feel that if someone did copy original works of mine they may quite easily exceed the popularity of the original... and the potential or my work losing impact because someone has seen a copy of it first is something that does worry me - especially as such a copy could well be sanctioned by deviantart policy.

Either way, the new policies are certainly making me uneasy.
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chesney Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
The good thing about this is that you can prove you did it first from the upload date. I like to shrink my own images down a bit so I can always prove I was the original for having a super hi-res version, but the sacrifice there is working in really high-res. Whichever route, good luck to you.
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scheherazade Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
This is beautiful. The colors, the composition... aces.
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eternalsaturn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really gorgeous. The bright, warm coloring and the way you did the swirls in the fur are just so, so nice. :love:
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nigrescere Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Wow, I don't think I saw your final version of this but it is vastly improved! From feeling it had a lot of potential before, I think it is now absolutely beautiful. You should be proud of yourself!
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