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Bamboo Sanctum - Okami Amaterasu by 25Tachigami Bamboo Sanctum - Okami Amaterasu by 25Tachigami
I started this in spring and finally it is finished after lots of on and off work. I've never put so much detail in to a background, but I wanted it to be just as pleasant to the eye as Ammy. Hopefully your gaze is obligated to drift across the whole picture. I had much difficulty with Ammy's fur, but I'm mostly pleased with it. This might be my first picture where the background is nicer to look at than the main subject, but I'm not sure... It's up to opinion I suppose. The bamboo was the most time consuming with the creek being next. All of those rocks... Oh my goodness... O_O The sand turned out just how I wanted it, and I'm pretty pleased with the light coming in. I learned many lessons throughout this piece, it was truly an adventure but I'm so glad it's done!

The background(especially the bamboo) was majorly inspired by the movie: "The Wolf Children". Originally I wanted this picture to be a speed paint, but it didn't work out because of how long it was taking. This is the song I had picked out --> www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z3brd… the song is from the movie The Wolf Children, it's kinda like the theme song of the scene if you will.

Overall I wanted this picture to display Amaterasu immersed in a sanctum like forest that is peaceful and untouched, filled with clean and pure water with an archway that keeps the forest hidden from bad intent. I suppose it might be something like the archway in Kamiki village that hides the secret portal in the Konohana tree trunk.

I'd love to get feedback on this one, comments and critiques(negative or positive) are very welcome as always.

~Thanks!
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:iconsomedudefromthenorth:
Undoubtedly a brilliant artist! Drawing those reflections must be difficult.
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, but fun fact: the reflections were one of the easiest parts, Ammy's fur was probably the most difficult.
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JSOkami Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
OH MY GO--*Shot* HOOLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP THIIIIIIIS IIISS AWWWWWWWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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murphase2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Oh my lord, Otohime, you copy-pasted the sasa sanctuary blueprints for the dragon palace!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm? :? I'm not sure I understand what you mean
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murphase2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Sasa sanctuary's layout is nearly Identical to that of the Dragon palace

Same rule with inside the water dragon with Hana valley
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh gotcha now.
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TheXenatron Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Our of all the Okami fanarts I've seen, this is definitely my favourite. I can't quite explain it, but I believe the neon glow gives it an appropriate heavenly look and feel to it. The very nature of this piece is just spectacular. You should be so proud of this, well done :)
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you very much :) I'm very glad you like it so much, really... It's always so good to know that my work has paid off, especially when I as the artist of the picture, tend to see all of it's flaws hehe. :D
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shardstar3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm this needs something
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does it need?
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shardstar3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS *throws fluffy plushies of wolf link and ammy at you*
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I'll have to do another different picture of them sometime!
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VorpalBeast Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this piece its awesome, great job :love::heart:
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it (: Thank you for all of the faves and the watch!
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JessKat-art Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how you did the water!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, the water might be the thing that turned out the best in that picture.
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Scootch730 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
That's so Amazing I am in awe of your raw talent. Great Ammy I must sat and the environment is mind blowing! I wish I was talented like you! S**t! ;}
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words. Just remember for whatever skill you may think you lack in, you will exceed in another. I'm sure you have wonderful talents of your own (:
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Yoshuzel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very awe-inspiring from the textures on the bamboo to the waves in the stream.
However I can't help but be bothered by the lack of shadow from Amaterasu and the absence of an impression on the sand from her paw.
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment and time for criticism, I agree with both things said and will certainly keep that in mind when drawing my next picture!
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Saliona93 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG this is soo amazing! La la la la
Ammy looks so great and her fur so fluffy. :3 Ahw, the bamboo forest so realistic! *-* Especiallly the stream!
And beautiful shading/colours. Love
Great job!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :meow:, I'm very glad you think so! Also, thanks a lot for the fave! :dummy:
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Saliona93 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome!! ;D
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IncompetentRainy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Holy crap muffins *O* I swear I don't think I've ever been more impressed by something in my life OAO This is just...just....


I have no words to describe this amazingness.

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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, it makes me very happy that you think so. (:
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Deerdryad Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I can't actually come up with a comment to accurately sum up how gorgeous this is. Cause I mean, holy crap just. The stream bed looks seriously amazing, and then the water??? And the grass looks really soft and fluffy, like Amaterasu's fur. And then the rocks look great as well. And then there's just where the water comes into contact with land and that just looks spectacular too and. The only thing that looks a little bit off is that Ammy's neck and chest seem a little burly/too fluffy compared to the rest of her, especially her waist? Other than that though everything looks really good. Like, amazingly good. Seriously, congrats on this piece, you deserve it.
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Goodness me, I can't even thank the kindness of these kinds of comments enough. When I look at it again, I can see where your coming from with Ammy's fluffy neck. The reason I drew her that way is because I was trying to reflect how she looks in the game in body shape since she has such a fluffy neck and chest yet slender belly. I probably made her neck too thick and fluffy though, no matter I really really appreciate criticism so thank you for much for that! :D
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X-WindDance-X Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous. Everything from the water, how reflective and just like water it looks, to the grass, to the beams of the sun, to Amaterasu herself. You are talented, friend.
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly you flatter me so. :meow: Thank you so much, comments like these always leave me feeling inspired to draw more.
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X-WindDance-X Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! I'm glad I could inspire!
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely lovely, you did an amazing job on this. I especially want to say the water looks marvelous, so real! It makes the creek near perfect, it's really that good!
I also love the bright light coming from the background.
The fire on Ammy's divine instrument looks lovely too, as well as the soft glow she emits - really like a goddess!

The only thing I would like to point out for improvement is how abrubtly the green of the forest seems to start and stop around the light source and on the bottom edge near Amaterasu. I think it would look better if you hadn't filled up that space with random green, but instead showed what was between and behind the bamboo. Right in the middle of the cluster the green tactic works perfectly well, but near the edges it looks very strange to me.

Still, this is a wonderful piece, and I faved it almost instantly! It really is great, keep it up! ^^
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, criticism is so so so appreciated :meow: I was actually aware of the things you pointed out but you could say I got lazy, and was unwilling to make it look better lol. Thanks so much thoguh, this picture became a good learning experience for complex backgrounds and your comment has helped me learn more because for some reason when someone else points a flaw out, it helps a lot more! :D
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very glad to have been of help, then. ^^

I'm looking forward to your next work (don't feel pressured to hurry though, haha)!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, thanks so much again. Not sure when I'll be getting a new picture out between school and finishing my FanFic, but I look forward to when I have the time and inspiration! :dummy:
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icewyvern181 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors... So beautiful... ;_;
The water and the sunlight are absolutely stunning! Faved almost instantly. :D :dance:
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you think so and thanks for the fave. :dummy:
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vtheyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Oh my god, this is beautiful. Ammy's fur is just gorgeous, the grass looks great and the water looks just right. There is so much detail in this, I love it!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh thank you very much (: It was so much work but it seems to have paid off.
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vtheyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
It certainly did :D
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MegBeth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Ohh the texture in this is so amazingly done!
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The softness of the grass and Ammy's fur... the bamboo looks solid, like I could reach in the picture and touch it :aww:

The water looks so clean and drinkable!
So pure and beautiful.
Everything about this is just so serene...

Perfect, my friend!!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much Megbeth! :D Everything you mentioned in you comment is how I wanted it to look and, very pleased to hear that you think it looks that way! Thanks so much again, your support is so appreciated!
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MegBeth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very, very welcome.
I'm glad art like yours is around to be supported :aww:

Keep at it!
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And your art too! I really love that picture you made of Ammy and Wolf Link to go with that poem, and I also like the other one you posted recently with Amaterasu and Wolf Link with the Guardian Sapling in the background.
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MegBeth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconihappyloveitplz: Awww thank you SO much... that poem was written by ~Tarnisis as an art trade part ;p
And I loved it to death, so that inspured me to fix the original I drew ;p
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VioletLynx Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooooo pretty! \^0^/ all that detail, holy cow... such a masterpiece yes yes
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25Tachigami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much VioletLynx, your kind comments always leave me so flattered! :D So glad you you think so, knowing that all the hours put into it paid off is a huge part of what keeps artists like you and I inspired! :3
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