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Topic: Magical Marsh Nymph *with Kokeshi doll dragonflies*  (Read 12007 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2006 02:41:20 PM »

Kappa!  Yay!
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2006 06:38:39 PM »

Kappa! Yay!

Captain Riley, what does "kappa" mean? As in, the 10th letter of the greek alphabet?

Also, MadelBlue, thanks so much for the compliment...I liked the original, too! I mean, it was really dirty, but aside from that, I liked it's quirkiness, and I couldn't bring myself to do anything to the nymph because of that! But the colors needed a little jolt, so that's what I tried to do.  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2006 08:07:32 PM »

*GASP*  I LOOOOOVE THIS!!!  and...

Wow! What a wonderful transformation! I love the 3-d ness of it and I also love that you really maintained the original piece. It's just beautifully enhanced. Smiley Great job!

I totally agree with this!  I couldn't have said it better.  just amazing!
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2006 07:06:30 AM »

Fabulous!

I love that you echoed the actual theme of the artwork rather than covering it up to create your own.
If this was Iron Chef, I'd say you represented the "key ingredient" the best so far!

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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2006 09:29:05 AM »

WOW WOW WOW! I adore it! I love how you really kept what the artwork originally was, but just made it even better!

COOOOOOOOOOOOL
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2006 10:38:46 AM »

A Kappa is a mythological Japanese water beast/demon, and is (I believe) what you've got there on your painting.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/k/kappa.html

The give-away is that weird dot on top of its hair- the kappa is often pictured as having a bowl for the crown of its head (often pictured surrounded by tufts of hair), and must keep said bowl full of water. 
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2006 12:26:46 PM »

Wow! What a great piece. I also love how you kept the original theme intact, yet truly accentuated the key elements that drew you to it in the first place. Good Job- I don't think you need to be nervous about posting entries any more!
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2006 07:38:43 AM »

Thanks again for the comments guys, I am less nervous about posting now, for sure.

OMG Captain Riley, thank you for the enlightenment...after researching on Wikipedia etc. I definitely believe my creature to be a kappa. AND that makes it so much more interesting than just a funny/cutesy artwork.  I read on there that kappas like to eat small children and to steal people's "life force" by sucking their bowels out!  You wouldn't expect that from a cute little elfin creature like this, now would you?  Of course, I also read that they can be benign and help farmers irrigate their land.  And they love eating cucumbers even more than children!

Now I'm thinking I should change my title to "Cute but Evil Japanese Kappa *with Kokeshi doll dragonflies*" and add a cucumber somewhere in there.  What do you think?
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2006 06:02:00 AM »

Hi Katie;

I just voted for your beautiful artwork. It would be great if you animate it and make it a cartoon. April told me you will be coming home soon. Can't wait to see you. It has been a very long time and we miss you. I'll keep the Kool-Aid chilled for you.  Grin

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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2006 08:09:10 AM »

No problem.  Smiley  Learning things is fun.

Evil demons made cute and cuddly are rather amusing too.
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