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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


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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.

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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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:iconmaskedswordsmanzelos:
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 !
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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!
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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
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:iconnekophoenix:
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!
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andyfloss2000 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I believe you can :D
I fully trust in your abilities <3
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Aria9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
SO AWSOME

I hate u so much right now... I can't do traditional art if it cost me my life.
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:iconnekophoenix:
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:
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DarthOsiris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Not to nitpick, but the actual technique is called Bloom.
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
"Not to nitpick"
but you decided to anyway.
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:icondarthosiris:
DarthOsiris Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Okay, sorry! Just asking a question, no need to bite my head off!
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
All you did was nitpick that I hadn't included the correct name of the brush technique in my title - so I responded with the same bluntness.
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know.
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:icondarthosiris:
DarthOsiris Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Then why is the title Rejuvenation? I mean, I understand where you're coming from, but if you're showing Bloom, wouldn't it make more sense to call it Bloom?
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Because she's rejuvenating a tree. I'm sorry, am I supposed to title everything perfectly literally?
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Terasecari Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Wow. and they say in schoolthaht I draw good ._.
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just because you like my drawing doesn't mean you DON'T draw good :3!
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Terasecari Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Tch, you dosent mean that :iconblushplz:

But really, this is just to awsome to be true D':
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8-BitGirl Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured on the :iconnintyfans: Tumblr! Check it out here: [link] :)
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh, well, thank you :3!
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:icon8-bitgirl:
8-BitGirl Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem! :)
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HylianWolfLink Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well crap, dear, you never cease to amaze, do you? :D I LOVE the actual Cherry Blossoms, and how soft yet vibrant the colors are. I hope you know you're incredibly inspirational. :love:
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gooosh, you're so very complimentary, thank you so much for your lovely comments again! :hug: :3
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HylianWolfLink Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, not a problem hun, it's well deserved :aww::huggle:
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RinTheCrazyWolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
sweet *___*
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FeralShorton Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
I love your soft pencil marks and use of cherry blossom : D it's so pretty and bright <3
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you so very much, I'm really happy you like it! :3!!
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AXELROXMASOX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
That is amazing, i think it's just as amazing as the actual animation in the game :D
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
awwww, you're far too kind, thank you so much, that's so nice! :3
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AXELROXMASOX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
teehee im just telling the truth :iconimsohappyplz:
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lluvia-lunas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
beautiful i love it wonderful job
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :3!
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lluvia-lunas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
you're welcome
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NinjaGrape Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh my god!!! I love this so much!!! :iconyayzplz:
I don't know why, but Ammy looks cute with her tongue sticking out. :XD:
The flower petals give it a really cool effect! Clever! :D
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hehe, aww, well thank you so much! I'm really happy that you like it, that's really nice of you :3
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NinjaGrape Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome~! :heart:
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SoSZSp Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely fantastic! (: I love her expression!! And the cherry blossoms are such a great touch~!
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I am still proud of this one, even a couple of years on :3
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful drawing
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Joobis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Nice colors :) So beautiful :love:
+ Fav ♥
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TheBlueBottle1018 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
I simply adore the colouring!! Amazing! I'm in awe.....
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you! It is still one of my favourites myself :3
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TheBlueBottle1018 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Lawl! It should be! :D
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faror111 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
it looks so fantastic !!
i think it looks like a drawing in an old history book... so amazing!
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oooh well, thank you so much, I'm really happy you like the look of it :3
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dsoloud Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional
This is FANTASTIC!
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :3!
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Becky-Bones Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Omg omg omg. Okay, this picture is amazing.
The colours and the detail and the pose... In short, favourit'd ;D
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:iconnekophoenix:
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oooh, thank you so much, that's so nice of you :3!
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Cokuruscana Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
*faints*

There is so much creativity in this piece. REAL cherry blossoms, and so geniusly placed! D: You're such an inspiration, truly.

I LOVE Okami, one of the most underrated games I've ever played. Amaterasu and Oki were my utter favorites. Seeing the wolf goddess in your style is such a treat! :love:
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Such flattery! Thank you so very much for your lovely compliments, I really do appreciate them :3! Okami is a fantastic game, it would be my favourite were it not for Zelda
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