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Ye Xian. by mushroomtale Ye Xian. by mushroomtale
Hello, Loves! :heart:

This is my contribution to *Moemai's soon-to-be-released Collective Artbook: Myths and Legends. Many popular fairytales were already taken when I joined the project, so I chose Ye Xian, an older, Chinese version of Cinderella, with her tiny feet and embroidered shoes.

I had an idea about the composition from the very beginning, but the colors, well... I didn't expect to use so many hues in one picture. TTvTT This took three weeks on and off! There are parts of it that I really like and some that I don't really understand, because I just went with the flow. Anyway, I've broken an unexpected barrier there, I think. ;)

As for the context, Ye Xian's 'fairy godmother' was a giant fish, and this image is supposed to symbolize some sort of spiritual bond... Sacrifice, gratitude, unspoken unconditional things. Yes, weird. Also, it is my little prayer for our waters and the lovely animals that call it home. Please love the ocean.

Belated happy Chinese New Year, everyone! :heart: :heart: :heart:


:star: Soul Dice manga. :star:

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Ye Xian. by *mushroomtale ( Suggested by SophieBrigitteXD and Featured by Mollinda )
LittleBroccoli Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
*O* wonderful!!
AsiMakri Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty!!!!!!!
NaIniE Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Little featured for you, my dear :rose: :heart: [link]
(Assuming that you needed, this is so beautiful :giggle:)

mushroomtale Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much, Love! Definitely needed!!! :glomp: :blushes: :heart: :heart: :heart:
NaIniE Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
canpassion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
:clap: Enchanting...
pizzaface18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Colors are gorgeous. Great work!
mushroomtale Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
reve-caramel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
so powerful!! is this like an illustration? is there a story on wich this is based?
mushroomtale Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Dear! I spent so much time on this... TT^TT :heart:

Ye Xian is the Chinese version of Cinderella, except her fairy godmother was a huge fish who had to die so that her wish could be granted. In the beginning, Ye Xian is like Cinderella, forced by her stepmother and stepsisters to work because they were envious of her beauty. Ye Xian's only friend was the giant river fish and it was later killed by her sadistic stepmother. :(

After mourning her friend, Ye Xian had a vision of an old man who told her to make a wish from the fish bones. She turned up as the most beautiful girl at the village gathering, attracting the attention of a wealthy and important man who later found the embroidered shoe she'd left behind while fleeing the party. He searched for her throughout the land and once he found her, took her as his wife.

You can read more about Ye Xian here on Wiki.
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