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The deceiver goddess by john-n-mary The deceiver goddess by john-n-mary
Fanart to "Onmyoji" by Yumemakura Baku. Abe-no Seimei dances in the guise of Ame-no Uzume, the deceiver goddess, wanting to draw Amaterasu's attention and entice her out of the cave she was hiding in.

Credits: captures from the "Onmyoji 2" film; Hokusai, "The great wave off Kanagawa" -- haha, i know its world-wide famous patterns look totally anachronistic in a pic about Heian era, but i've been in love with the expressive lines of this wave for years and wanted to put it somewhere; FubukiNoKo, "Bells" (special shrine bells -- suzu).

For Heian team on Winter Fandom Combat on diary.ru. Size A4, coloured pencils, pencil, white pastel, golden and bronze acrylics.

Upd: Ten thousand thanxxx to lovelessdevotions and Lyricanna for a DD, that was surprising and really joyful)
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Given 2015-04-19
The deceiver goddess by john-n-mary had wonderful stylization and colour that really pops. ( Suggested by lovelessdevotions and Featured by Lyricanna )
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Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your amazing artwork has been featured here: Voyage to the Unknown: Fan Art :heart:
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Thank you very much, that's so flattering)
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
:w00t: Hey, congrats!  I just saw this :clap:
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Thank you, darling! Hug
That was just OMG OMG WHO, ME? RLY, ME? WHOOOA !11 XD
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
sweet :laughing:
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Dianote Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
:iconcongratsddplz:
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Many thanx)
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Dianote Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
You are welcome! :)
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
awesome!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Thank you)
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
I like this painting very much! It is very traditional in style, nicely evocative of the Japanese art of antiquity, yet you've done your own thing with it and the result is beautiful to behold. Great choice of subject matter... I like unusual subject matters, and this is actually a subject matter I am rather fond of. You can bet not a lot of people know who Abe no Seimei was (probably the greatest Onmyoji ever, as well as... if memory serves... pretty much the founder of that mystical art as we know it today). But, for those who do know, this is a pretty cool scene! I've always been fascinated by the Heian era... so many great legends came out of that time from Abe no Seimei to the Tale of Genji, it is a rich tapestry to draw from, and ideal for finding inspiration from. This was clearly an inspired image, and definitely one I will be sure to favorite! :D

That wave pattern might *technically* be considered by some to be anachronistic, but it is one of the ways you've made this image your own creation and me I love it, since it truly does add a strong sense of the magical and mystical to this scene. As it stands, I could not picture the image looking quite as lovely without it! Great work, all the way around. :)
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Thank you very-very much for such a thorough and kind comment! Heart

Abe-no Seimei is indeed not the most well-known person here on DA, so meeting someone who knows him and even is fond of him is just like a holiday -- and i'm really joyful you stopped here to leave some words to me) The novel "Onmyoji" and two films about Seimei are an unending source of inspiration for me, as much as whole Japanese art. For me, a Ukrainian, this is totally new, foreign culture, and different tries to combine Japanese images and some features of drawing style with my own way of thinking and drawing are always an interesting challenge. I even may call it adventure)
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well, you're off to a great start on your adventure, my friend! Your art is nothing short of amazing, and methinks some of the best Japanese-themed work I've seen in a long time, at least as regards traditional styles of Japanese artwork. Myself, I've a deep and abiding love for Japanese art, culture, folklore, and mysticism! As well as being a huge anime and manga fan too. *Giggle* In the past several years, I've become rather more immersed in these things than previously in life, so when I spot stuff like your picture here it really sort of "calls" to me since it is something I have quite the interest in. Glad to leave some positive comments on your work! Keep up the great artistry... it is the kind of gift that is rare and wonderful, and can only get even better over time. :)
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I like how rich the colors are! Great movement, too :) Congrats on the DD :clap:
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Thank you a lot! I'm fond of deep colours, choosed the brightest pencils i could find)
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
You're welcome ^-^
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Rodan22 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the movement of your work!
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you so much! That's great, 'coz showing dynamics is usually hard for me.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Beautiful work!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you, very-very glad you liked it!)
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kakosgirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
that looks more like a male then a female
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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
That's because Seimei, even in disguise and crossdressed, remains a man)
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kakosgirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
oh, you said it was a goddess. and goddesses are female
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
You see, here Seimei plays a role of Ame-no Uzume, and Ame-no Uzume indeed is a goddess)

This is a dance of a deceiving goddess: when legendary Amaterasu, the Sun goddess, was hiding in a cave, the earth and all living creatures struggled dwelling in darkness. Different gods came to that cave, and Ame-no Uzume, another goddess, tried to entice Amaterasu out of it; so she started her dance and stripped layer by layer out of her clothes. Amaterasu looked out, attracted by gods' laugh, and saw... her own face in a mirror held there specially for that purpose. She proceeded walking out step by step, and soon the Sun was up in the sky again.

In the story of Abe-no Seimei there's an episode when he needs help of Amaterasu, who is hiding again, this time in a giant egg. And Seimei decides to repeat Ame-no Uzume's famous dance (without stripping, for pity XD), so he dresses in female clothing, unleashes his hair and so on -- all that remaining a man)
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kakosgirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student General Artist
oh. thats a good story for kids. except the stripping part XD
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Yeah, that last part will be carefully kept for adults) XD
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kakosgirl Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student General Artist
oh
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Clap 
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you)
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esperanza111 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Огромные поздравления! Давно пора! :)
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Спасибо, я так рада! *крейзи-фейс*

Да у меня была уже одна, но там на скорую руку картиночка, довольно странное чувство осталось - скорее недоумение.
А тут искренне приятно)
Но все равно удивительно, вроде встречала мнения, что на ДА не оч. жалуют фанарт (не зрители-фанаты, конечно, а админы при выборе ДД).
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esperanza111 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Точно, была, не могу вспомнить, какая.( Раньше была опция -- смотреть сразу, если у автора есть DD, но то ли убрали, то ли найти не могу.
Да, тоже встречала такое мнение, да еще что если фанарт -- то скорее аниме или что-то такое веселенькое и попроще. )
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Есть такая опция. Правда, не знаю, имеется ли к ней прямой путь; "в обход" можно выйти так: заходите в галерею --> слева вверху из трех форматов просмотра (featured, all и scraps) выбираете all или scraps --> проматываете страницу вниз, и под превьюшками картинок в самом низу будет ссылка на ДД автора. Моя выглядит так: john-n-mary.deviantart.com/dds…

То есть можно просто в адресной строке после профиля дописать dds/ и попасть туда.
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esperanza111 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Ага, точно, там и видела! ХитрО. ))
Спасибо!
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Malleni-Art Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great style, beautifully done :clap:
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
So glad you liked it, many-many thanxx!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you for kind words^^
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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:iconjohn-n-mary:
john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Many thanx, so glad you liked a pic!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
It's my pleasure! :)

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RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That looks amazing! It's like out of a story book^^
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Aww, thank you, that's wonderful to hear that!
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RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^_^
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sassynails Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Вчера ты меня, а седня я тебя поздравляю )))))
Потрясно, очень рада за тебя!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Даваще, так удивилась — как это заморские товарищи решили вплотную заняться нашей милой маленькой компанией)
Спасибо, дорогая!
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sassynails Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Ну дык, у людей с одинаковыми психическими расстройствами даже события одинаково случаются ))))I am a dummy! 
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Ахаха, точно! Тогда ждем, кого ишшо осчастливят из наших, одни на всех ацеласовые шишечки же скурены) Типа что случилось однажды, может и не повториться, но что произошло дважды - произойдет и в третий раз)
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krasblak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional
beautiful color, the red pops! :eyepopping:

Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
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john-n-mary Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Thank you, that's so nice that you liked it!)
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