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Soshuro Maru by aprillee Soshuro Maru by aprillee
Created for Alderac Entertainment Group. (C) AEG 2006. For the Legend of the Five Rings trading card game. Media is actually somewhat mixed... I'm never sure what category to put it in, but I use airbrush, colored pencils and acrylic paint on Letramax 6000 board. She's a Scorpion Clan courtier. And she really ought to be wearing a proper mask instead of just makeup, oh, well... The Scorpion Clan wear dark red and black and tend to be quite Devious in their loyalty to the Empire, so I might as well post them here! ... Oh, and the category is fantasy since it's a fantasy card game... even though it draws from historical Japan and Asia...(there's magic-users and mythical critters in the game, just not in this picture!) I've been tending to put my digital paintings and BJD photos up here, but might as well put some of the traditional stuff, too...
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the hair and the outfit. Brilliant!
Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
April, this cousin from mi clan is awesome ! She's leaving the place but take a look back before she cross the door... By the cloths she wears and the family she belongs i can imagine what messy situation is leaving behind... that is my impression, i can be wrong...
MaliDiae Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
I find that in stunning works like this, I pay attention most to the easily-overlooked details that I can only imagine how long it took to create. in other words, i love her fan.
aprillee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm actually pretty lazy about it, but details are important!
DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
She is pretty sweet! SHe has much more Japanese feel to her, something I really like.

AKA Doji Hajime
emperial Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad she doesn't have on a mask, because I love how you did the face.
originalkitten Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
descanso Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
It's not so close to basic Maru, but I like the picture a lot, because it make the character very traditional. Amazing colours!!!
aprillee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes it is hard to keep the character looking the same when another artist has done it before. That's why they try to keep the same artist doing the same characters--but it is not always possible. I'm glad you like her being traditional in her style. :)
descanso Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
I really like it!
DaraGallery Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
Beautiful. And I love how you framed the figure.
alvonia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
She's beautiful. The rich colors really make the piece.
Cryllia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
This is lovely, and portrays the character so well. I especially love her hair-piece. As a player of the RPG, I'm pretty sure that for some samurai, make-up can be used as a mask (similar to the Kuni) so I think it works... Very well done.
aprillee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Many artists have portrayed Scorpions with just makeup before... The creative team sometimes prefers masks and sometimes allows just makeup... And some artists have their own preferences, too. I think makeup gives more choices to the artist... but I also like the idea of proper maks. I think the basic art for the character didn't have her in an obvious mask, so I just went with that... :)
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
She is fantastic - esp. her expression!
Ennaedwyn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
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