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Rejuvenation by nekophoenix Rejuvenation by nekophoenix
I just couldn't let it lie! I had to give it one last push.

This is my 2nd, and last entry to the Okami contest. I have seen the other entries, and bloody hell, I don't stand a chance, but I still wanted to enter just one last time :3


This be Amaterasu (And Issun), rejuvenating a guardian tree with a brush technique.

One of my favourite things in the game is when you bring life back to a village. It's just beautiful! The game really is art, but in computer game format.


The cherry blossom here is real cherry blossom. I went out, collected some, and pressed them over night.

Ugh, still working on assignments, but... as you can probably tell by the theme of this piece, I'm feeling more optimistic about it! And my laryngitus (which was what I fell ill with) is clearing up! This week in college to go, and it's all finished with for the year! It's looking a lot more brighter :3

So I'll be back after this week, and thank you everyone for your support on my last picture! I'll be back soon to reply to things!

Hope you like! :3

Created with:
Watercolour, colouring pencils, blossom, ink on handmade, cotton rag paper.

Note to JUDGES:
Higher res version available on request, I just thought it too massive to upload here!
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MaskedSwordsmanZelos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I hope you don't mind me asking.. But how did the competition go?

I happened to bump into this masterpiece in facebook and I was stunned. I must admit here that I rarely stop by to comment anyone, usually I just fav and run, haha. But you made me speechless. I have NEVER seen Okami fan art that brings justice to the official art quite as much as this does. This is so beautiful! The real flowers were unbeliavably creative addition that gives it a nice touch and oh, don't even get me started with the coloring. I truly am envious. You just gave me my long lost inspiration back. I want to be this talented one day as well! Please, do keep up the good work. You made me want to listen to "Reset" while writing this.

You made a fan happy. Thank you. I hope you have a pleasant day !
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm afraid I didn't place anywhere - but there were sooo many more deserving entries (...most of which also didn't place, it was a frustrating contest, not going to lie!)

I am so sorry for such a late reply - I've been out of the country, but wow, I'm completely blown away by such a thoughtful and immensely flattering comment such as this, I am utterly thrilled that you like this piece so much, and thank you for taking the time to comment on it! You have made my day :3!
andyfloss2000 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I know I've said it before bu I absolutely LOVE this piece....I can't wait to discuss my Okami tattoo with you soon :D
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're such a lovely, and I hope I can do such an idea justice!
andyfloss2000 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I believe you can :D
I fully trust in your abilities <3
Aria9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011

I hate u so much right now... I can't do traditional art if it cost me my life.
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, I can't do digital work very comfortably at all!
Thank you! but don't hate me :lol:
DarthOsiris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Not to nitpick, but the actual technique is called Bloom.
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
"Not to nitpick"
but you decided to anyway.
DarthOsiris Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Okay, sorry! Just asking a question, no need to bite my head off!
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