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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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Vulpes94 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfull can I paint it on my kitchen furniture?
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Amazing work!
RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
This is beyond brilliant amazing!!! :)
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.
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! ^^
Hon-ho Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Awesome, thank you! This is very helpful! :D So creative!
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.
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.
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.
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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