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The final piece all put together into one image featuring Keabora(mother), Shiroko(son), and Jiu(father). Gao reminded me that this has been in the works since 11', so it feels great to step back and view it as a whole.

They came up with the amazing idea of meshing these three images and I'm glad to have had the honor of bringing their characters to life visually. Gao has treated me to snippets of their story and it sounds amazing. They're incredibly patient and gave me tips along the way creating each image. Without them it probably would not have ended up as satisfying. Thanks for being an awesome client, Gao! :D

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art © Tatchit

characters/story/idea © Gaoyuqing
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:iconalisoncor40:
alisoncor40 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very creative, well put together.
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harmiona Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome *o*
You're a real talent!
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malktears Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
EPIC!
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ChaoticAngel911 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Simply incredible
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FireMusicFall Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunningly beautiful! I love how they all connect. They seem to fade flawlessly into each other.
:eyepopping: :wow:
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starling16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply amazing!
Wow that long in the making?! Must have been hard to try and keep the style consistent as your techniques changed, as they do :P
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yeah, it was a fairly slow process, more because of me than anything haha. And I tried to keep things in line by comparing then and now to be sure there wasn't so much of a jump between styles. c:
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starling16 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool beans :). Which part did you do first? I haven't been on DeviantArt that long! :P
Was it the middle one?
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I did the far right one first, then the far left, then the middle. :)
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starling16 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Teehee got it backwards, fancy that XP.
Anyway, have some tea after that feat. One lump or two?
XD
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
:'D
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ippikiokamiXIII Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
i remember having seen the mother finished a while back which was one of the reasons as to why i followed your artwork. the image looks well balanced and characteristics in the clothing show that they all belong with each other. the two spheres of energy remind of the ying yang symbol which is another way to show the balance of the piece. one thing i really like is the seemless blend of the snow and the floor. that interaction is a nice touch. a job well done in my opinion.
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The entire composition was designed around a yin/yang model at many levels, both physically, in color composition, in motion, and symbolically. So I'm glad you picked up on that. Poor tachit had to deal with my nit-picky self to get the composition to fit my blueprint for it. Even the gazes of the parents work into it, with the mother looking down, not only at her books, but also in the direction the energy balls are moving, and as the father looks at the sky, his gaze too is lifted in the direction of the ball's movement. The colors of the energy tie into the dominant colors present in the opposite parent's frame as well. All to indicate the swirl of forces surrounding the son and the destruction centered on him. Tachit did a fabulous job and I couldn't be more pleased :) If I ever do get around to writing those books out I've dreamed of using them in the covers.
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wolfmoon24 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks incredible! I love this, the details on this are breath taking. The white fox and his (?) background would be my favorite part of this picture if i had to chose but still like i said before the detail in this are amazing. It looks like i could just reach in and grab one of the books on the book shelf or touch one of the foxes' fur. This is truly in incredible. :D

Btw you mentioned that these three were part of a story. what story do they belong to? :?
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
They belong to a book series that's a WIP of mine. :)
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wolfmoon24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Cool^^ If you don't mind, What is the story about?:?
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Well there are multiple stories planned for the series. While I have them grouped as individual books in my head, if they get too long I may split them up.
One (tentatively titled “The House of Raven”) was intended to be an introduction to the world via a “typical” accidental translation of a human from our world to the Kitsune world and follows him through his adventures, introducing various characters and lays out the framework of that world through an invading army of “monsters,” a home-grown variety of monster, and his own choices and self-realization. (there are also an intro to a small group of human-type characters that have their own trilogy that I’m currently focused on finishing: Born to Bondage, Born to Betrayal and Born to the Blood) The rest of the books are prequels to this book.
The rest stay focused on Kitsune characters. Titles are tentative:
Born to Battle focuses on the life of the greatest warrior of the current age Markus and his story. It’s rather a tragedy/romance tale.
Born to Power focuses on the 3 greatest mages of the current age, Kaebora, Jiu and their son Shiroko, told from the POV of Kaebora in a form of memoir. These are the 3 characters shown above. This is a bit of a tragedy itself too.
Many of their tales end/reach their culmination in The House of Raven, tying all the books together.
You can see many of the characters from the books I’m working on in my favorites. I like to commission portraits of my brain children :)
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wolfmoon24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist
It sounds cool ^^ Are you going to put them on DA when you finish writing them? and I'll check the portraits out :)
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
lol. Well I might post snippets or sample chapters like I did with some of my original rough drafts of BtB, but probably not everything as I'd love to be able to publish them :)
Ahh...someday...
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wolfmoon24 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I wish you luck ^w^ and I would love to read some samples :D
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Well, after seeing this piece finally completed, it achieved part of what I was hoping for it in that it inspired me to sit down and begin their story. If you were interested, you could read the first draft here: [link]
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks much! Time will tell :)
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Pink-Alux Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
me encantan los detalles!
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aileen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
She has a wooden paw. It was the detail in the reflection that brought it to my attention. So well done. :nod:
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Vampirate-freak101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely beautiful :)
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MikaDiva Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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Anna-95 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details are stunning. And the background is one of the best I have seen.
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SilverMoon58 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
WOW! I totally love this.... I'd love to use it in my BLOG with your permission... :)
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Chel-R Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why are you (almost?) only drawing wolves . isnt that getting boring? :/
iŽd so love to see you draw more different things.... cus u have epic skills!
nevertheless its a great picture!
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
These are vulpines, not wolves. But luckily I don't get swamped with them as often as some artists. I get stuff like dragons/winged creatures and other misc. critters from time to time to mix it up. Though yes, a good bulk of my gallery is canines.

A lot of the commission work that comes my way involves canine based characters. I actually draw a lot of non canine based stuff that doesn't get posted here on DA (including humans, studies ect. haha.) But I won't turn down a commission because it is canine based either, that would be pure imprudence on my part. Maybe I'll throw up some of my other work sometime.
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Chel-R Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would love to see some :)
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:icongaoyuqing:
gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
You do what pays the bills and what you are patently good at and work on other stuff you enjoy in the meantime. Story of life :P
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Exactly!
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:icongaoyuqing:
gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Well she drew these particular *kitsune* because I paid her to ;)
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Not sure why the all canines are considered wolves nowadays. |:
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Jenny2-point-0 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Im not sure either :/ although it's clear by their anatomy in their face that they're not wolves. People just need to pay more attention to details like that I guess. Instead of jumping the gun.
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Well anthro figures can blur the lines between species so easily. A fox is more than a face after all.
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Venlige Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woaah, so many details. x_x Amazing job, I'm impressed!!
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MidnightSoull Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Amazing, haw no more coment, congratulations for this man..
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psypop Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Wise and powerful Kitsune! I really like the one in dreads and the one in the center looks very masterful-very cool!
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Scherbensplitter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It definitely derserves a DD! <3
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:iconluyfsa:
luyfsa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could imagine this becoming a whole book series if they'd combine their powers and create a story ;)
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gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Well the story of Kaebora and Jiu's love and relationship and the tragedy of their son is mostly contained in one book, which is part of a larger Kitsune book series I plan on writing out when I finish with my current project.
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luyfsa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome!
Keep up the good work ;)
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:icongaoyuqing:
gaoyuqing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Well, after seeing this piece finally completed, it achieved part of what I was hoping for it in that it inspired me to sit down and begin their story. If you were interested, you could read the first draft here: [link]
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Look at you teasing everyone. D:<
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DanAzalee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow awesome pic :)
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AnglAlejandro Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
VEry Interesting!!!!
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WildDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What intriguing looking characters... you can tell there is so much depth to them. It sure looks like a really neat story.
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