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L5R-- Datsue-ba by aprillee L5R-- Datsue-ba by aprillee
Copyright 2007 AEG, but the artist (me) is allowed by contract to use art in portfolios and for promotion and for selling prints. This artwork was done for the LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS CCG. She is a a fun mix of creepy and beautiful--a woman who is alluring because she wears the skin of others! This piece was drawn and painted in Photoshop.
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ESUTERURE2006 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Cool but scary.
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EnlightenedMadness Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
One of my personal April Lee L5R favorites.

Very cool.
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Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, what can i say to the world well-known April Lee ? ? I've downloaded a lot of your pieces from the web.

Nice colours and good expression, one question April: The woman belong to the Spider Clan or that is just coincidence ?

If you got time it will be an honor (yes, a scorpion talking about honor) to me if you check some of my pieces and leave a comment. In case if you got time, obviously.
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aprillee Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, we just get the bare-bones of a description for the art assignments. I was told to put spider webs on her kimono and have her beautiful, but creepy, wearing someone else's skin... That's it. We don't get stats or other details, often the title is not decided. Now, it may be that the designers or writers (many contribute to the art descriptions--it depends on how they're working it at the time) wanted some spider clan reference. It may mean something or it may mean that they meant things to be one way but ended up changing things... so it's difficult to tell!!!

You'd have to ask the writers or designers what they meant by it! (I'm not sure who was writing the art descriptions for that set, so I can't direct you more specifically, I'm afraid!).
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Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Right, i forgot that you have to adjust to what they ask for... Hey, but sometimes must be cool when they leave some areas of description empty, is your complete choice, there is where you are free to put your mark without geting away from the stereotypes of the culture, clan, etc. Please, if you don't undestand something let me now, i'm from Argentina and i don't know if my English sucks or not... :D Please check this piece and let me know what you think [link]
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MessiahFuture Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your drawings but only when on it are womans ;) Cause men aren't so good ^^"
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Dextrau Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
A bog hag, eh? Beautifully done. I'm glad AEG has picked you!
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Guardian-Ki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Interesting =] A great piece of art :)
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luckofthedraw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
she's so pretty, its scary :+fav:
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spectrelead Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Now that's a lovely looking bog hag. She got a pretty darn good skin. :D
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ooooh! I wish I could do that....peel off and on new faces. Great illo, April!
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aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I suspect the skin does annoying things like start rotting off at awkward moments! (eeeew!)
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Cryllia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Bog Hags are gross. She's why - so pretty and then BLARGH!!! I'M EVIL!! :(
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aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a cool description to work from... The only tricky part was deciding how obvious to make the skin/icky part. But as I'm not too into the really creepy stuff, I kept it subtle... I just hope it read well at card-size!
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Cryllia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
It definitely does. And its great, because the first time I saw the card, I didn't quite get what she was doing - and then someone pointed it out to me and I was all "EWWW!!!! She's an icky bad person!" ^_^
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DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! you know for a Spider!
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aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Spider Clan is the only way I can do Shadowlands in a half-way decent way...
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DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a limit to how pretty you can make 99% of Shaowlands Creatures/characters with few exceptions you are resticted to ugly/horrorable looks. Spider has give a much more human face to the Shadowlands. Got to pack more jade now more than ever.
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peaches9d Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Yeah this definitely has the creepy/beautiful aspect to it. Nice work!
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aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I was hoping... not sure how well it reads, but I guess those who play the game can figure it out...
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nucularman Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
amazing job :)
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aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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