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Yokai Hime by Mirrei Yokai Hime by Mirrei
Ahhhh it feels so good to upload this. This picture is my most elaborate drawing to date. I worked on it starting late July while watching Steins;Gate, then stopped working on it (I was on vacation) until around August 15th. I finished it while watching Fate/Zero. To be honest, I don't think I ever fully concentrated on the piece while drawing it, I was always watching something or listening to music or at school listening to a teacher while I drew...but to be fair, some of my best pieces are done under those circumstances, like Victorian Geisha, which I drew during Driver's Ed.
The dimensions of the drawing are 12X9, I drew it on Borden & Riley #234 Paris Bleedproof paper for pens, and I used Copic Multiliners from .03-.3, various Pigma Microns, and a black Pentel slicci pen, .25

This picture is inspired by and depicting interpretations of Japanese Yokai. Explained on hyakumonogatari.com, the kanji for yokai is
妖 (yo) which means “mysterious, bewitching, unearthly, weird.” It doesn’t really have a scary nuance to it, but more of the attraction to something beyond the normal. It can be used in words like yoka (妖花) meaning an ethereally beautiful flower, or ayashii (妖しい) meaning bewitching or charming.
怪(kai) which means “mystery, wonder, strange.” Kai has more of a sense of horror, or the bizarre. It is the same kanji used in kaidan (怪談) meaning “weird tales” and kaiki (怪奇) meaning “bizarre, strange, outrageous.”

Put those two together and you get yokai妖怪, with a direct translation along the lines of “something that is otherworldly and strange yet captivating and appealing.” But direct translation of kanji almost never gives the full picture.

If you want to learn more about Yokai, you can read a little bit about it on wikipedia and types of yokai. ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dk… )
Simply put, Yokai are Japanese spirits and demons. In my picture, every creature here is based off of a type of yokai, ranging from the skeleton hand to the frog to the tiger, to the lamp with a big mouth and one eye. Of course, I didn't get them all, as there are many many different types of yokai just like in European folklore there are many types of fey.

The woman in the middle is wearing an obi in the front and a kimono with many layers. Her face is probably one of my least favourite parts in this picture. I don't like her face. It's crooked on how her head would be.
She is holding an opium pipe, (which doesn't mean that I'm endorsing opium here, kids) and I kinda tried to model her off of Yuuko Ichihara in XXXholic. (I love the character design but find the manga and anime to be droll...and very strangely proportioned.)

All in all, this piece was pretty fun to do and I hope you like it.
The dimensions are 12X9, I drew it on Borden & Riley #234 Paris Bleedproof paper for pens, and I used Copic Multiliners from .03-.3, various Pigma Microns, and a black Pentel slicci pen, .25
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Galactic-Beaver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just thought I should comment, I really liked this one.
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Mirrei Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Thank you so much!! <3
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Galactic-Beaver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome.
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crazyAanime Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013   Digital Artist
All of you're art is amazing -.- lol so jealous
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Reilune Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
:heart: This.
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LandGart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool, love the style
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WwYukiDesu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Are you kidding me? Wow! It's amazing! I try focus on somethink but here happen so much. :D I don't know what I should look first! XD


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Scribe1969 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great detail love it.
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
lovely piece!!!Love 
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ECatsie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*MINDBLOWN*
GOD BLESS THIS DRAWING ITS AMAZING 
did u do this on paper?
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Shirazen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god this is lovely!
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turquoise-dawn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.... the detail you put into it is amazing.....
Great job!!
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EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, just looking at all the detail makes my hand hurt. this is really cool. would you ever color it?
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sunsetshell Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
This is so beautifully detailed, so finely nuanced. Hard to believe that you created it in such a short period of time. I do like the way her face turned out, if it means anything. Actually, it's entrancing.

Reading your meaning of yokai brings the work of Junji Ito to my mind. Have you seen his work?
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MIncaraoz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
wow very detailed !!
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idiotx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
fantastic drawing. I have questions: how big is it (the drawing), what did you draw it on and what did you draw with??

Beautiful it is though.
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Mirrei Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Right! the dimensions are 12X9, I drew it on Borden & Riley #234 Paris Bleedproof paper for pens, and I used Copic Multiliners from .03-.3, various Pigma Microns, and a black Pentel slicci pen, .25
Thank you! I'll add that info to the description.
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idiotx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
just wanted to know personally. fabulous drawing...
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HikariYumiya Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that detail 0w0
nice artwork
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