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This is my second painting for thesis and will serve as the introductory piece in my line up. Its mainly to show the viewer that the reoccurring character (Okina, the female) does in fact appear human-like and has a face. The paintings following this will show her and the kitsunes masked for the most part.

My general view towards the finished piece is mixed. I like certain aspects a lot, but I feel the foxfire and smoke was overkill when fully colored. I'm disappointed that I realized it too late. I suppose its just a mistake I will avoid in my next pieces.

+ Tea stain on illustration board
+ Acrylic, pastel dust, micron pen, gel pen and colored pencil
+ Original size :: 9x12 inches

Artwork Sarah Graybill
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Given 2012-06-30
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Vulpes94 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfull can I paint it on my kitchen furniture?
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Amazing work!
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
This is beyond brilliant amazing!!! :)
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Hon-ho Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
It says you used tea stained illustration board, did you stain it yourself? I am very interested to hear about that kind of technique if you don't mind. If not, I understand tricks of the trade have to be kept secrets some times. Very very beautiful piece! I love the flow.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! In response to your question, I do stain the illustration board myself :) This is somewhat of a photographed process of how an image looks as I go along: [link] , though it may make more sense when coupled with this written tutorial I made a while ago: [link]

I also don't mind answering any questions! ^^
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Hon-ho Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Awesome, thank you! This is very helpful! :D So creative!
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ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think the the foxfire and smoke was overkill at all. You're being terribly hard on yourself.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your feedback. Honestly I've softened up on the piece after putting it in the closet until the thesis show ^^; Now its one of my favorite paintings in the set.
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ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Going through critiques, professor judgment and grading is enough to make anyone mental. I wound up having to unilaterally and unequivocally defend everything I did to the nth degree in private art skool because I was in a fish tank full of elitist snobs, know-it-alls and self-proclaimed experts, most of whom were half my age. It was a terrible program, but I learned to not take $#*+ from anyone. Worse, I didn't learn much outside of that. When it comes to the different education programs, caveat emptor. Education is a product. I highly recommend this article by artist William Conger on how art school has changed over the decades: [link] He postulates that art schools no longer teach people skills, just attitudes. I definitely ran into all kinds of attitude; it was very frustrating.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow :c Yeah, I hear stories like that all the time. I didn't go to an "art school" per say, but completed four years of the program. At our college, the professors bashed students who acted like elitists, saying they can't know everything because of how young they were. My illustration professor in particular would bring them back down to the student level, saying if they knew everything, then why were they at college instead of making a living?

I knew a few students who had attitudes, and from a regular artist standpoint, their work was good, but there was still plenty of room for growth. That kind of thinking can really hinder one's development and harm instead of help. I'm grateful my college didn't cultivate an elitist atmosphere, because I'm positive my work would have been looked down upon due to the subject matter.

Thank you for the article. :) I shall read through it shortly.
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ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
-The only thing a bit worse than Columbia College Chicago were the classmates that dropped out of SAIC from trauma. SAIC is for the really rich, maybe one scholarship per class, anyone sensitive gets eaten alive. One drop out told me there are these kids with brand new $300 jeans wiping their oil paint brushes onto them in class to show off they are rich enough to do so. O.o Columbia College, the professors go out for four hour coffee breaks and not do a thing. I had classmates asking me stuff, since I at least was there and had answers. The bottom line is, if the students' work sucks and the professors suck - get out! At least I was a transfer with an AA. I saw so many people wasting $19K - $45K a year on a crap degree.
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ARTG33K74 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, see, go here and take a look: [link] select "illustration" and hit the search button. Your work nukes the stuff I see here. A lot of the CC work looks very high school, poor design, too simplistic. Now compare these to a real program like Ringling College in Sarasota , Florida. Look at their illustration and animation portfolios. Pixar cherry picks the top performers from Ringling; they are not hiring all from CalArts like people say.
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IdiotsIncorperated Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed.
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purplenopink Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
omg asjdkgkalsdkfjsjgkl LOVE. I love that it's traditional aaart. <3
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imagreedyreedy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CouragexVirtues Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This is amazing.
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Yuki66 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is pure beautiful!!
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Yuki66 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
You are very welcome!
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MeekoFrekO15 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome!
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remanth Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is totally awesome. great job
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
congratulations on the dd! you really deserved it, i love all the paintings in this series! ^^
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
you're very welcome! keep up the lovely yokais! ^^
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MeghanUchiha36 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student
Whoa this is absolutly amazing artwork! Id love to have this hanging in my room haha this is very beautiful. I love the skulls fallowing the woman. Very good imagination and creativity! Keep it up!
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It was inspired by the shapeshifting that kitsunes are capable of.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
my pleasure! :)
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StrongBear Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
That is awsome.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful - the colors are well done and I love the different textures.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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shessyluvsrin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so hauntly beautiful! I love the detail!
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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GekkouKitsune Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, another DD milady.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed ^^;
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GekkouKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations though :D I really think your art is the bee's knees!
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OneWingedShark Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Very nice!
I like the spirits; they kinda evoke an image of a feather-covered dinosaur in my mind.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
haha I'm glad they evoke different things for different people :) Thanks!
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tech60 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awesome
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quiterage Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh how pretty! I love the texture and style!
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love kitsune folklore and art, please excuse me while I favourite all the art in this thesis.
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
XD! Thank you!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jawdropping...as great an illustration of kwaidan as I seen. This and this whole series is right up there with the best of Amano's work! Brava! :clap:
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you so much! Amano is a great inspiration to me so this is really quite the compliment * u *
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
YW! The whole series is quite spectacular and begs to have an actual story behind them!
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TeaKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
haha I wish I could put together a full story of Okina, but I run into a block. Her story only likes to be told through illustration it seems :) Its also nice because I'd like others to decipher the story of her for themselves through the imagery!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Graphic novel time! :lightbulb:
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