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Understanding - Jian + Yan-sui by sylvacoer Understanding - Jian + Yan-sui by sylvacoer
Scene from Tales of the Spirit World: Fall of the Blue Spirit my Avatar-verse legends project. Part VIII. Of Yǎn-sui and Jiān: Searching can be found here.

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"...Yǎn-sui stared at her, impossibly statue-still in the little boat upon the river, ghost-white and night-black against the deepening indigo of sky and water. She had been worried… no! She only pretended to be worried about him! And yet, when he had defied her, been belligerent, then patronizing… instead of bringing him to heel as those of her kind would have, she had practically begged that he not force her to take that route! She desired to be his friend… and impossible, illogical, insane wish, of course… why should any god behave so improperly?"

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Jiān's a fun character to write, especially from the point of view of another character, if they're as worldy-wise as Yǎn-sui. He's having a hell of a time trying to understand how she can be the way she is!
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ilovecats13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That reminds me of Zuko from Avatar and KatarraPeace 
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AJCMetallica Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
I'm so in love with Jian's character design! I love her personality too but that's neither here nor there. More great work from you and I love how well their opposing natures work so well together. Really hit their expressions dead on how I'd imagine them from you writing too! Fave! ^_^
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*glee* :3
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AJCMetallica Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
^_^
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LaLunatique Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful ! That was a great idea
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zutararobstar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
i love this ^=^
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Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
ahhhhh lovely
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vick330 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful art and strongly emotional :)
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so - I'm trying to keep this story from slipping into cliche!
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Doozigitis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
*face falls off*

I friggin love profiles. They're so powerful. :heart: Great job on the background! I can really see the depth in it. (something I suck at.)

BWAA. :heart:

Man, drawing facial expressions on Yan-Sui would be hard. O.o
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's a bitch. TOTAL bitch, as he was originally a mask!

Yan-sui: you have that backwards.

Whatever.

Yan-sui: *grrrrr~*
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Doozigitis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
:laughing:
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BlackStar-okuz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!!! :heart:
Good Job! :+fav:
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Whiterosepetals91 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
wow...she is gorgeous...great job!
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jian: :blush: Thank you! You are a beautiful person as well! :hug:
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Whiterosepetals91 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks :blushes:
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fukaimoriMidori Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
I :love: her hair, it's gorgeous, and so's her expression... Aww....

It doesn't seem fair that someone can be so talented at writing AND drawing. XD
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i started writing pretty early on - drawing is a new thing. i only want to get good enough to tell a decent story through pictures. ^^;
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fukaimoriMidori Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Yeah... I hope to do a manga if I get good enough. ^^;
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xevvrimyst Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
How wonderful.
Everything is so beautifully done, and the expressions, flawless.

Amazing, as always dear.
:D
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! It's hard to give facial expressions to yan-sui, since he's based off of a mask :XD:. Also, Jian's a tough chick who doens't cry easily, but I wanted to show that what yan-sui said really brought her to the brink of that (not that he knew it would - yan-sui is a gentleman).
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bagpipeturtle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Woah woah woah.

The balcground in the middle panel looks amazing, and the colouring and shading on Jian and Yan-sui's faces looks great. :nod:
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! you know what gave me the most trouble? those damned trees!!! :shakefish:
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bagpipeturtle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Yeah. Trees are great and all, but they're a bitch to draw and colour.

They turned out well, though. :nod:
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TEi-Has-Pants Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Wow, I gave Smellerbee a really similar name without even realizing about this ^^; (in Where Words Fail, her real name is "Jian-Zi") That's pretty wild!

As for this picture, I really love a lot of things about it; the shape of Jian's profile came out really well, and the colors on the characters as well as the water look absolutely fantastic. Great job!
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! Jian has several meanings, depending on the character - i went with the one for "cleanse" that also happens to be a name of a river in China. *whistles innocently*
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TEi-Has-Pants Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Hehe. I believe I stuck with the meaning for "plain" or "boyish," but I can't remember which one is which. Kinda funny how this sorta stuff winds up working out XD I like your meaning of the word, though!
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SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
WOW! The scene in the center looks almost real O_O
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
except for the great hulking oni-guy, i'm sure. :XD:
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Student Writer
...This puts the gore in gorgeous. This story works really well with your style (and I've probably said that, but it's true).

Yan-sui has Gambit eyes. I think I'm in love.
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

Yan-sui: I have what now? "gambit eyes"? I have "opening move" eyes? :wtf:

Jian: *has learned to use the internetz* She means this. *shows yan-sui the wikipedia article on gambit*

Yan-sui: *tilts head* I suppose so... *still a little confused*

Jian: I think your eyes are prettier. :D

Yan-sui: ... thank you. :paranoid:

Hui: :sing: "Boss 'n Jian, sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N--"

Yan-sui: :evileye:

Hui: O_O. Sorry boss. *very quietly* "-G."
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Student Writer
Hee hee hee. I have to agree with Jian, but only because Yan-sui is one fine piece of demon tail.
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yan-sui: But I don't have a tail. Speak sense, human!

Jian + Hui: *who hang out with humans on a regular basis* ,>> <<, *face-palm*
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InkHeart17 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like I'm looking at a real river bank. That's an incredible job! And Yan-sui's eyes are particularly awesome here
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I have fun with yan-sui's eyes - since he's based off a mask, I decided to keep the "whites" black, just because it's different. :D
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SioUte Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Man you've been busy! This is amazingly awesome...I don't even know how you add effects and color like that...and not many people can make it look right, but boy do you! Awesome job to an awesome sketch^^
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i keep delaying wiritng a paper by doing stuff like this - bad sylva, no cookie! ^^;
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agatstone Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Just beautiful. And it's amazing, how you made such a great story from the sparse information we got on them on the show. Really great.
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! actually the sparse info serves me well - let's me create a universe to my specifications instead of being confined by canon. it's also the reason why i do a lot of freedom fighter stuff.
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
OOH~ I can't wait to see the other completed ones. ^^! *hugs Jian* He's just not sure how to say he likes you, hon.

~*KA*~

The font is pretty but I had to download to make out the last word "kind". Other than that, no problems, hon.
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, yan-sui doesn't like her. he's starting to understand her, but he still thinks she's a fool for being a goddess who cares so much about humans that she takes in a demon to protect them!
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Well when you put it THAT way...8DDD.

~*KA*~
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TsukiKamiKat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3 wonderful picture! The frame with the background is awesome! :D
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like doing nature backgrounds, altho mine are hardly good. i hate doing anything with manmade structures with a passion. :XD: Thanks!
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stormbringer246 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
*O* woah! So pretty! And you've really outdone yourself with the water-- with the whole background for that matter!
Very nice pic to be seeing before getting my wisdom (teeth) removed! ^__^-
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ouch - the surgery itself is hardly a problem (they give you really fun drugs for it), but the recovery is a pain in the arse. :petting::hug:
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stormbringer246 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Ug, tell me about it. Me+woozy meds= funny random things coming out of my mouth. I think I said something about if I saw Elvis in the refrigerator I was gonna complain.
All I can tell you is that I don't think I'm playing with a full deck right now.
But I love the picture! :heart:
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
apparenly i sang in german and japanese during the surgery. ^^; eat plenty of ice cream and rest up!
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stormbringer246 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Haha, will do.
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superaura Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Is really beautiful :omg: :love:
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