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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).


materials:
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:
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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!
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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!
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:iconnuclearcarrots:
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.
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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. *_*
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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.
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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! ;)
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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!
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Elkian Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
no idea what this is besides AWESOME
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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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watchmeh Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
oh-ehm-gee lol love it!
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insubordination Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
I think I love you for this. I've been working on a similar piece for the same book for some time now. Suffice it to say that yours simply blew mine out of the water. *smiles* Wonderful. Absolutely amazing.

And aside from the presentation of Qiaan, I pictured the jin-shei sisters in almost the same way! *laughs*
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aesthetica Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
O_O its pretty neat for color pencils. wowness.
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Aceoba Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Hah! YES! I am SOOO glad you made this! This is absolutely gorgeous and its awesome that this has gotten people reading the book. I am faving this.
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DarkNeyra Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Lovely! I'm reading the book now and I'm very happy to find a fanart of it ^^. good job!
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Ai-Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
I'll be honest. I said "SQUEE!" when I saw this fanart.
I was just reading "The Secrets of Jin-Shei", minding my own business, when all of a sudden I wondered if anyone had done fanart of the characters. So I logged on and did a search for "Jin-Shei", and this was the first thing that came up. I open this page, and next thing I know... SQUEEEE!!
I adore the detail of the dragon burn scar on Khailin's arm, not to mention Ink the kitten in Qiaan's arms. Tammary looks vibrant, and Xaforn is being very protective of "her cat" Qiaan... OHH, I just can't say all the things I love about this art! I wouldn't be able to fave it enough times! :+favlove:
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
wow!~ thanks so much for your wonderful comment! i'm really glad other people are out there reading the book, and that you think this is a nice depiction of it (though i doubt anything i could do would sufficiently do the story justice). XD

thanks again~ <3
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nic-xc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. this is really lovely. I've read the book also
:heart:
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:iconnuclearcarrots:
nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
yes, it's such a wonderful story~ thanks so much! <3 C:
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Monochrome-Tears Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
The coloring is amazing, especially on Antian's hair.The hands looks a little bit lanky though (or at least Liudan's does >.<;) but the proportions otherwise are pretty good. Keep up the good work ^-^
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RetroSushi Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Wowow. I'm really impressed with your coloring skills. I really like how you pulled off the girl at the top. The transition from the purple to the black is so well done! I don't think I'd be able to pull that off with colored pencil. o_o;
One little thing that bugs me a little is that the warrior seems to be lacking energy. But seeing as this is really finished and you've spent a long time on it, I wouldn't worry about it. For future reference, I suppose?
But overall, this is a really fantastic piece. Your time and effort paid off well. :D
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
thank you!~~
you're right about the warrior~ there's actually a lot that i would change about this one if i were to do it over again. T__T XD;;
but i'm happy that you like it, nonetheless!~ :blowkiss:
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techiecavy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
found this through:
[link]
You should take a look if you're unaware of the above link. Nice.
~("? .)
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:iconnuclearcarrots:
nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
Thank you!~ <3

Yes, I went to the site~ I'm still sort of on cloud nine about this whole experience. When I first saw the email from her in my inbox, I nearly had a heart attack. In a good way. XD
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techiecavy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
haha. That google group seems to be Land of the Published SF Writers. It's kind of scary.
~("? .)
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Is it really? o__o Oh my.
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QueenAlatariel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
Ah! Love the book. Love the pic. :heart:

Oh, and btw, you might want to look at where I found a link to the picture.... [link] (and who's lj it is)

;)
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
Haha, that's incredible. I'm speechless that somehow my artwork made its way all the way to Alma Alexander's eyes~

Thanks for the love! <3 C:
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QueenAlatariel Featured By Owner May 1, 2006
Most welcome. And I figured that I'd want to know if the author had seen something I'd done, if I'd done a fanart. :)
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Hanato Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
this really did turn out nice once it was finished..........................

oh my goodness that blood splotch took forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

--hnto
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
LMAO, it totally did. well, next time i'll just kill the nearest zuri for a reference. (j/k~ <333333)
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Hanato Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
o geez i love you hoshi!!!!!!!!! so i was definately playing super mariokart on super nintendo this weekend and i kicked but1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


i have seen so many movies this weekend. i watched Casablanca, Mean Girls, Armageddon, Superstar, Bewitched, Scary Movie 3, and Rent. I think i watched more. so i don't know.

but yeah. i'm getting nathaniel the movie Yours, Mine and Ours for his birthday because when we went out that one time, we didn't get to finish it. ya. its gonna rock. i might get my license on his birthday. if i pass the test.........

ya. i am seriously thinking about the PSEO. im probably going to take it. then i can hang out with both you and nathaniel more. and possibly meet these amazing friends you now have. and maybe some of the guys too *wink wink*. um........still stuck though. i have two open classes and i want to fill them with physics, astronomy and bio 2. so i have to eliminate one. one of my counselors and my parents said bio2 and physics. but everyone else has said bio2 and astronomy. so i'm probably gonna do bio2 and dissect a kitty, but i still have to pick between physics and astronomy. and i've been waiting for astronomy since freshman year and grant larson was in it. plus deremer teaches physics and i DO NOT want to have him as a teacher again. last time didn't turn out so well.
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
so take astronomy. *nudge elbow foot* PSEO would rock. i'll even show you around campus before-hand if you want.

OMG LOVELESS/BUTTKICKINGGG~ *calls you tomorrow or something*

gawd i want more time. D:
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Hanato Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006
so ya totally takin the astronomy. i'll probably take the PSEO at the highschool tho. unless i can convince my father otherwise. the compass test is tomorrow. what fun!

--hnto
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006
nuuuu you must take them at the college~~~ *le sad* ) oh well, we'll have thursday, anyway.

oh yeah, the compass test is sooo much fun. *sarcasm* good luck, dear!~ <333
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damien16 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Student Digital Artist
HOLYFUCKINGSHIT

!
If I could fave this more than once, I would!
This is astounding!
I love it. It's. Just wow.

Awesome job!
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
xD what an enthusiastic response, LOL, i'm proud to have caused it! thank you!~ :glomp:
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skipaway Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2005
SO much love for this! You have such great control over colored pencils, it shows with the even, smooth covering and I envy you for it and RAWR!

I love the expressions on all of them but must say there's a strange attraction to the rebel leader chicka. (^_^)
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005
xD thank youuu~ :heart:
i'm glad you like their expressions! i wasn't sure i did them well enough, so you saying that kinda takes a load off my shoulders! :hug:
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Distantg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
I saw you working on this what.... 4 months ago? XD
As for the actualy piece HOMFGWTHASSMONKEYPOOPTHROWERDINGDANGDONG WHATAMIAREDNECKNOWCRAPDAMNYOUSUCKNOTREAL LYYOUROCKBUTYOUGETTHEPOINT..YEAH.

CAPS KICK ASS :D

I swear, you do stuff with crayola colored pencils that I cant even do with photoshop, hmph =P
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
THEY SO COMPLETELY DO. D:

LMAOz yeah, you did, you saw it when i was still working on the sketch in chicago~
i think after i finished, i'd redone the lineart 3 timesszszz... xDDD *is a loser*
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misa-chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wow it's amasing! The shading and colors, it's all very marvelous! :clap: Congrats for being so patient with it! :D
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2005
thank youuu~ i'm glad you like it! :hug:
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misa-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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thegrimreaper Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
OMG this turned out so beautiful! ToT You did a KICKASS job with the coloring, and I know I told yo that amillion times as I watched you color it, but you pulled everything together so well! Lol and when I read the book I d see Nhia's hair as purple. I ouldn't get it out of my head X3

So I'm gunna shutup and fave this now! It turne dout beautifully, Hoska!
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
thanx ajaaaah~ <3<3<3
i did a bg! are you proud?!?!!1!12#$! ;P
of course, it's a tremendously lazy bg... *didn't even pencil in the mountains* ...but whatev. no one cares about that. ^^;
HAHAHAHAhaha i made you see the characters like i saw them~ >D
have you finished it yet, or has school eaten you?
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RurouniLee Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
It looks fantastic; those six months did this justice. :D I'm liking that background, too.
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nuclearcarrots Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
thank you so much, dear~ <3 :hug:
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