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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:

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Given 2012-02-18
Ye Xian. by *mushroomtale ( Suggested by SophieBrigitteXD and Featured by Mollinda )
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LittleBroccoli Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
*O* wonderful!!
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AsiMakri Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty!!!!!!!
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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:)

:kiss:
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much, Love! Definitely needed!!! :glomp: :blushes: :heart: :heart: :heart:
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NaIniE Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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canpassion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
:clap: Enchanting...
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pizzaface18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Colors are gorgeous. Great work!
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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reve-caramel Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
so powerful!! is this like an illustration? is there a story on wich this is based?
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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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reve-caramel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
thx! i already did! i really like that sort of stuff. i mean, stories. i like it even more when it turns out is the same story going around all over the world but in slightly different versions. it makes me think about jung's theories of the collective unconscious. and i love that even more :D!
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really like mythology for some reason! Such captivating stories. *A* :heart:

OMG I feel like I'm learning so much just chatting idly with you! :blushes: :heart:
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reve-caramel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
mythology rocks!
n,n! thx so much you make me feel special!
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww~ Don't doubt that! :hug: :heart:
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GHGenGen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
i love bettas so hard to find good artwork like this for them :)
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love Bettas too! :thanks: :heart:
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ZiggyStarfish Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Lovely! I especially like the fish. Did you base it on parts from real fish, or was it just from your imagination? Odd question, I know, but I'm really into fish, haha.
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Dear! :hug:

It's based on the beautiful Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish. We had two, but they died recently, Winter is too cold here. :(
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CaseyTakesOnTheWorld Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really cool. Really pretty and darn amazing. Well done.
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MentalSheep Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The thing that surprised me the most is that it's traditional, that is simply amazing. o.o
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, Dear! It's actually pencils, with Photoshop colors. But I spent like 18 days on the pencils, and 2 days on the colors, so... >___<
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MentalSheep Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well even then it's amazing. :3
I would probably enjoy your page in the book more than the others. ;D
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, the book has so many amazing artists, I believe that will be difficult! :giggle: But, thank you so so much! :hug: :heart:
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MentalSheep Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And how old are you? (If I may ask)
I have to meet your skill level by then. ^^
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just turned 23. ;P
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MentalSheep Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I will be as good as you when I'm 23. c;
Keep up your awesome work. : D
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And hopefully I'm much better than I am now when I'm 33. :XD: Good luck to both of us!!!
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Captain-Squeak Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning.
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hazeannrias Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome ;))
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful job.
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Ninarry Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
The details are to great.. plus I love the colouring ^^
Very pleasant to look at ^^
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Keychange Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Very beautiful work!
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Verdandydracon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I liked to a tatoo... :P
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! I thought so too! ;P
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Verdandydracon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Cool, :P
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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Larxylectricity Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful. but is it a bad thing that this made me think of that cardcaptors episode with the play and the Mist Card? xD
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, don't worry! I was heavily influenced by CLAMP in my early teen years. :giggle: :heart:
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Viesekaty-kat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
astounding colors it feels magical LOVE IT
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Viesekaty-kat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
have u posted this as shirt print?? or bag it?
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Uhmm, no I haven't really thought about that... *A*///
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Viesekaty-kat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
u should try it. it has the amazing makings of being an item! itd even be an awwgazing tattoo!
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the idea! Perhaps I shall try it sometime! :hug: :heart:
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Viesekaty-kat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
ur welcome keep it up its amazing!!
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: :heart:
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BryanValenza Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet detail and composition ! Fav :)
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mushroomtale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! ^O^ :heart:
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theirislilly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O' So pretty.
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yumiasoul33 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
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