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Coming Home by KrisCynical Coming Home by KrisCynical
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In the last week or so after getting work done for a production job I have, I tried to work on commissions but I still wasn't in the right frame of mind for it. I didn't want to deliver a sub-par piece to a client, so I doodled some Inuyasha fanart instead because it's therapy for me, and this happened. Another instance of a doodle on scrap paper turning into something finished. I wanted to play with some back lighting, too.

This is set in the middle of the epilogue and was inspired by a fic that I like very much called Granted Wish by Knittingknots. You can find it on FF.net here: [link]

I should be okay to work on commissions again now.

Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop CS2

Inuyasha and Kagome Rumiko Takahashi
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Kitten-Bubblepuff Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your style! Normally I don't like seeing Inuyasha in a realistic style, but this is nice. It looks almost Disney-esque. 
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've actually heard that quite a bit — the not normally liking "realistic" Inuyasha art but liking mine. I deeply appreciate it when people tell me that, so thank you very much! :dummy:

The anime first debuted in the US my senior year of high school (and before I went to art school, obviously), so when I first started drawing fanart for it I tried to do it "on model" in anime style. I quickly learned that I royally suck at drawing anime style because all of it was really stiff and lifeless... so I finally said "screw it" and started drawing them in my illustration style.

I was a '90s kid so I grew up in Disney's "animation renaissance" starting with The Little Mermaid when it came out when I was in kindergarten. All of those movies as well as Fox's Anastasia and Titan A.E. HEAVILY influenced my illustration style as an adult.
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Kitten-Bubblepuff Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, yours is better than most. A lot of artists who try to draw Inuyasha in realistic style make him look like either a brainless thug or a 2-year-old girl. You capture his essence. Although if I were to draw the Inuyasha characters in a realistic style, I would make them look a bit more Asian. 
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Saying that I capture his essence is another nice compliment that I appreciate... I always strive to do that with any character I draw, including commissions from individual people of characters from animes I'm not familiar with or characters they've created themselves. I always ask my commission clients to tell me about the character's personality in addition to their physical appearance for that reason.

Yes, I've heard that from people before about the lack of Asian appearances. That stems from my "method" of transferring anime characters into my style. I pay VERY close attention to the shape of the eyes, especially in the corners, in order to get the face somewhat recognizable (in addition to the shape of the mouth if it's noteworthy, like how Inu's mouth is always quirked a little on one side when he grins). Since the Japanese usually don't give anime characters Asian-looking eyes, they don't transfer as Asian as they'd be if I was being truly realistic.

I've heard the wide eyes of anime style comes from a Japanese fascination/obsession with Western culture, and for the most part our eyes are considerably wider (save for those with Asian ethnicity in their appearance, of course). So yes, for absolute realism I should have more Japanese features in my interpretations... but I don't 'cuz I take artistic license. :lol:

For Inu himself, though, and ALL the youkai in the series, I think it's interesting (and reasonable) to play with the ethnic appearance of youkai. The fact that typical anime/manga art style character designs often don't look definitively Asian leaves the door open for the possibility for youkai to not necessarily look Japanese, especially since many of them are physical embodiments of different animals rather than strictly Japanese humans. In Inu's case, the fanon is an akita mostly because of appearance (look at a photo of a pure white akita and you'll see a perfect match for his ears!) but also for the character qualities of physical brute strength, fierce loyalty, and the common legend of akitas being such fierce fighters that they've taken down BEARS.

But I digress. Anyway, yes, my human characters could look more Japanese. Even if I were to draw Inu as realistic as possible, though, I wouldn't strictly stick to Japanese facial structure and eye shape. I'd just keep that angle he has in the top outer corners of his eyes. :meow:
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Kitten-Bubblepuff Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first saw him, I thought he was a cat-man. I would've given him brown eyes if he was my character, but I just love his golden eyes!
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6stringRaven Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

YOUR AN AMAZING ARTIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Very nice!
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Meow-meow21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
lovely art, i love the colors and the romantic feel to it
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Azuriea Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how soft and tender this is <3
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FireFly880 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is Wonderful!
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sophiebana Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
BEAUTIFUL!
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zenx007 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
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Kouri-n Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so beautiful!
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CorgiFoxi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. So soft and intimate. I'll have to check out the fanfic later.
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ab-lynx Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
OH MY GOD *dies
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PrayerGirl1 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
So sweet!!
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ginkoflowers Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Digital Artist
how beautiful! I especially like the color palette and the style of painting. Their expressions are intense too. :clap:
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Jusbene Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I love the lighting in this...:o
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JessicaD Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
So much to love in this picture. The lighting is so soothing!!! :heart:
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SchneeAmsel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that's such a cute picture!!! i love it so much :love:
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babybrooke Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
so lovely!!!
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snike-parkour Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
beautiful ^^
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KappaDody Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
so beautifuuuuuuuuuuullllll
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c0lB0h Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
That is... just amazing. So warm and tender.
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I really love the lighting and the colors on this-- really warm and soft. ^^
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Nikki-Nicole-P Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So sweet. I love the delicate look of Kagome's eyelashes, as well as the gentleness of his hands on her back. Excellent work.
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Oooh, pretty. :D The soft lighting effecis is particularly pleasant, and it's always cool to see a more realistic look applied to Anime characters as effectively as it is here. ^_^

:+fav:
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jaimed1968 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Your artwork has won an award from the Feudal Association for the March 2010 term!

Founded in 2005 by author/artist, Dark Avenger, the Feudal Association consists of writers, artists, and enthusiasts of the InuYasha fandom. But aside from that, we are also proud to say that we are an awards guild that recognizes fan-fiction and artwork. Several times a year we nominate, vote, and hand out honors to some of the best creations in the fandom.

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Adri-Decian Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely
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tinydangerous Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
I love the way he holds her -- it's so incredibly tender... amazing.
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jaimed1968 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
This piece has been nominated at the Feudal Association!

Founded in 2005 by author/artist, Dark Avenger, the Feudal Association consists of writers, artists, and enthusiasts of the InuYasha fandom. But aside from that, we are also proud to say that we are an awards guild that recognizes fan-fiction and artwork. Several times a year we nominate, vote, and hand out honors to some of the best creations in the fandom.

Our official website can be found here:
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Check them out to see what you were nominated for!

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aishiteru-zutto Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO very beautiful. Moments like that makes me so very happy, and makes me realize that being close to the person you love is so very special. Very good job! =D
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iloveanimecartoons Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Oh, this is so...oh, somebody gimme a hug! New fave--expect anything less?--AWESOME and touching and the backlighint is so warm and soothing! Love, love, love, LOVE this pic!!
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UlisaBarbic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Writer
Wow...I think of all your inuyasha work, it's always the faces that get me and this is no exception. So much unspoken emotion in those eyes.

Awesome job!
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Muse-on-Paper Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
I love this, especially the way it glows!
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Akissi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never even really watched Inuyasha, but this is so incredibly sweet :)
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SanoStar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh.
AND I LOVE KNITTINGKNOTS! ♥♥♥♥♥
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SanoStar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so soft...
And I spent a lot of time noticing all of the color details you made to it.
It's really beautiful...
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice use of tones. = w= Their expressions are well done/expressed. I like. :3 I think it describes the more secretive part of their relationship. x'D
Awesome job! <3
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cjflutterbye Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
I love Yasha squish.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts
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Rach18mike Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work. I have for years now, and I'm never disappointed!

I'm also glad that even though its been a few years, you still draw thing for this series, because you are very good at it and are followed by so many people.
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AshleysCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010   Digital Artist
I love your coloring style and I really like how you always make them look like real people and not cartoons :) Great job! :heart:
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UnknownBlood Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
<3
I will always love your InuYasha fan art.
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Caitriona695 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I like the softness of the tones. It makes the whole thing feel like it's wrapped in warmth. Thanks for sharing
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SailorX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
<3!!!!! gawwwwwwww.... I love your I/Kag fanart...tis the best!
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Love Love Love !!!!
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monkycid Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your work! :)
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LuxKen27 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Mmm, it's like comfort food. This is absolutely beautiful, a perfect compliment to the story that inspired it. I love the back lighting, it gives it such an air of intimacy.

LOL, if this is your therapy, I certainly don't blame you for indulging in it every chance you get! =)
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Silverwolf547 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
You have just reminded me why I love this show... And why they need to get some new eps quick before I forget all about it. But anyways I gotta hand it to yah your work is so inspiring makes me want to draw just by looking at it. Well done.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
...new eps have been streaming online every week since October. Next week they're covering Kagome's high school entrance exam and chapter 494. :)
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