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The Secrets of Jin-Shei by nuclearcarrots The Secrets of Jin-Shei by nuclearcarrots
i don't know whether to say that i hate this picture for how it turned out or that i've grown rather fond of it over the 6 months that we've been acquainted. xDDD

this is fanart of a marvelous book called The Secrets of Jin-Shei. it's set in an ancient chinese-esque land where two types of communication are practiced, one for men and one for women. (this type of segregation actually did exist in some part of ancient china, and was the inspiration for the setting of the book.)
anyway, women can become sort of non-biological sisters called "jin-shei-bao" with one another, and it's considered a stronger bond than blood. all the girls in the picture are jin-shei to each other: a [dead] princess (top), an empress (far right), an alchemist (black), a healer (light orange), a sage (purple hair), a gypsy (yellow), a rebel leader (pink), a warrior (armor), and a seamstress (middle).

paper mate clickster
micron pens
crayola pencils
prismacolor pencils
liquimark note-writer
pentel gel roller
photoshop 7.0 (minor cleaning)
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Princess-o-Pikachu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in the middle of reading this book, and I am in AWE at how beautifully its written and each character.

The way you brought each character out, each personality is amazing. I adore this piece. Im very surprised to FIND Jin-Shei artwork. You have made my day. :3

Tai is my favorite character and I love how you brought her to life. :heart:
nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Sorry it's taken me like a month to reply to your comment. I'm really happy when someone else who's read the book likes the way I depicted the characters, so thank you very much, I really appreciate that you took the time to give it a compliment!
ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Hey Hoshiaka!
I see I finally found another "Secrets of Jin-Shei" fan! And 2 top it off, ur an amazing artist! Wow! :O
Nice 2 meet u!
I absolutely luv this drawing u've done. The characters all look so unique, and each 1 fits their personality in the plot. The colours r beautiful, and the placement is perfect!
Ur art has retold the story, and I luv it!
Im definitely adding it as a favourite of mine. ;)
Gr8 work Hoshiaka!
nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
thanks very much! c: glad to see that another fan of the book thinks i did a decent job, haha.
ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Hey Hoshiaka,
Ur very welcome! Im happy 2 give good comments 2 gr8 artists. Ur piece is beautiful!
Its not just the fans, I think Alma Alexander would be proud of ur creation if she saw it. *_*
nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
it's kind of funny that you say that, because she actually did see it, lol. i got an email from her shortly after i posted the piece, and she posted a link to it on her blog. she thought it was pretty interesting, haha.
ChocolateGeisha93 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Wow!!! :O Th@s amazing!
U must be so proud of urself, wat an honour!
Geez, u must hav almost had a heart attack when u saw who the email was from! Lol! ;)
KirikaYuumura Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
I like how the girl's hair fades into the sky That a nice touch. I really like how you colored it as well soo awesome!
Elkian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
no idea what this is besides AWESOME
TwilightWish Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist
i read this book because i saw ur picture ^ ^ :heart: i really liked it, thanks for the recommendation!
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