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trustpects
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Smoke it bro!
pyraxis
Jan. 31st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Uh, autism here, I'm not sure what that means. But if it's a compliment, thank you!
trustpects
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
Guy (bro) looks like he's smoking marijuana

You can find slang terms you're not familiar on the online slang dictionary - I've found it very useful.
yonjuunana
Jan. 31st, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Huh, curious to know if there's a story behind this, looks like some ancient crumbling painting on an old wall... how did you do the texture?

pyraxis
Jan. 31st, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's Lin's mother, Ua'mai, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances when Lin was thirteen. Well, not really thirteen, because she'd just come out of kifu, but still physically thirteen. That was when Lin took the sagama [scepter] for the house of Ua, and there was all kinds of speculation about whether she was behind it, or whether she was just being opportunistic. She was the youngest daughter at that point, and under Ua succession rules, it's the youngest daughter who inherits.

A few people believed that she became darkless [crazy] then, because anybody who kills someone is considered darkless, but since Lin didn't show any real signs of darklessness, and proved to be competent at her role, the rumours eventually petered out. Besides, Ua'mai was never found, so there was no evidence she was even dead.

Ua'mai was younger than this when she disappeared, so if the painting really is her, then she must still be alive somewhere.
wolfteaparty
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
If the painting came from somewhere, can that give clues to where she is?
pyraxis
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
It might... I think the flowers are a clue. And if it really is old wood bark, then she's probably not on Ua anymore, because wood is really rare there. Even now the water's back, I don't think there's been time for any trees to grow that old.

It's like a mystery! :)
pyraxis
Jan. 31st, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
The texture is actually tree bark, cobbled together from some photos I took. There are five Photoshop layers there: a grey-blue for the background, a background colour layer where I blotted out the edges of the painting and warmed up the browns at the bottom, the texture at about 70% opacity, a sketch layer with the dark outline of the figure, and a colour detail layer on top with the painting itself.
liedownlovely
Jan. 31st, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. Love love LOVE the bark and how you use it to accent skin highlights to show age. Beautiful.
pyraxis
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh thank you. :) I'm really really glad you like it.

- j-t
tigerweave
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
She is breathtakingly beautiful
jaywalkermaybe
Mar. 1st, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
i logged out then came here to see how this page would look to someone who hadn't friended you. and all your artwork leapt out at me, ever more self-assured, ever more beautiful (to my admittedly untutored eye) and i suddenly realised how far you've come in the few years i've known you.

i'm too old to say awseome and mean anything less than awesome. it really is :)

sorry to only add comment to this one. i'm otherwise lost for words

-Walkie
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