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Old Man Darkness by andrea-koupal Old Man Darkness by andrea-koupal
"My grandmother once told me a story that her grandmother told to her...
Of how, as a small child, she became lost in the Other World through an accident:
The land of youkai and spirits, the place where humans are forbidden to go."

"Fortunately she came into the care of the chieftan of the 'jinbu',
creatures who travelled the Human World by night rooting out evil things.
So it was that Ojii-Kurai, or 'Old Man Darkness'
and his clan returned her to the Human World."

"She died knowing no one would believe her, but she was certain it was not a dream.
She was never again afraid of darkness."
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Watercolor and colored pencil, 11x14 inches.
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Given 2005-03-25
"My grandmother once told me a story that her grandmother told to her...Of how, as a small child, she became lost in the Other World through an accident: The land of youkai and spirits, the place where humans are forbidden to go.". An imaginative, heart-warming, beautifully rendered traditional piece by a very talented artist. Please take a look at Old Man Darkness by ~andrea-koupal And be certain to read the tale behind it. ( Featured by MPsai )
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elg832 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Very impressive, and the little story really gives the art a sense of depth, very cool
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KyotoGal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Photographer
This is probably one of the most epic pictures that I've ever seen.
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xxNightmaresAngelxx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I love everything about this :heart:
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thank you. :)
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xxNightmaresAngelxx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
No problem! :3
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:iconchainsawkoneko:
chainsawkoneko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
beautiful
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:iconrumblebee25:
rumblebee25 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
His expression is so warm, they look like grandfather and grandchild. The soft rich colors and her joy are so charming. You're ancestor was very fortune to meet him. ^^
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KuroYoru Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
This was beautifully drawn and even though I favorite this long ago I forgot to comment on it. Nicely done
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Khryseoi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
what a lovely old man...<3
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:iconhafapea:
Hafapea Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I believe her :). Awesome picture :).
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:iconpatrecher:
patrecher Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly a beautiful piece, i mean, it's just inspiring.
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:iconsiziphe:
Siziphe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
This is simply gorgeous man ! I love the expression of kindness on his expression, and i love the black white high-contrast concept, that is somewhat rare to find among youkai stilization . .
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Blackethouse Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This really reminds me of a dream I had once.
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GaleHollows Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I like it a lot, the drawing and coloring are really good, and I like the story too, good to see that not all youkai are evil

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you only die once, might as well do it with style
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:iconlweeling:
Lweeling Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the story behind this picture...it's so nice!
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Thank you. :)
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:iconlweeling:
Lweeling Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I really like your artwork about mythology I must say ^^ (but I'm not against the others, or something like that! )
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:iconlenmutt:
lenmutt Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is a beautiful work of art! The colors, the detail, and even the tale that goes with it, I simply love it. Excellent work!
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:iconacwn-designs:
ACWN-Designs Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely picture and story. :)
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:iconr4s3tsu:
R4s3tsu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome! I like japanese mythology :D
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
XD Thank you, though to be fair, I made up the mythology of this myself.
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:iconalmaticani:
almaticani Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful... the meaning makes it eeven more beautiful.
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist
Very sweet and the colors are amazing! I especially love the long gorgeous tail.
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Thank you! :)
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:iconbidden-oblivion:
Bidden-Oblivion Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome. wonderful details
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconchanethedemongirl:
Chanethedemongirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome story, art and colors!!!! ^^
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:iconeirerain:
EireRain Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   Writer
This is gorgeous. I love it.
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Tammiris42 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
this is very interesting. I like it.
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello! I've featured this in my journal ([link] )
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Thank you! :)
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob :)
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:iconxaotl:
xaotl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice job. <:)
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Thank you ^^
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:iconkatiiey:
Katiiey Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture, I just love it.
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TalaPamuya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
thats quite adorable ^-^
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Thanks ^^
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Sonicrailin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done! A beautifully well drawn and amazingly well colored . . . and a equally well woven story to go with it! Nice
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
it's good.....both the picture....and the story itself......

consider this......despite the somewhat unsettling look of the chieftan......he has a soft spot for the girl.....and his clan are on humanity's side by rooting out evil.......
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
Thank you ^_^
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
one question though.....would they side with prince nuada?.......the humans?........or stay neutral?

hell.....why not toss in a meeting with hellboy?......if you want to
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
*lol* Hellboy's not my own creative property so I don't think that'll be happening.
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triadenforcer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
still....being one of the "sons of the earth"....would they join his war?......hopefully not.....


many a mike mignola fan have drawn hellboy interacting with other magical beings.....that's what I meant....not part of mignola's storylines....non canon....so to speak......
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Madfairy7 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, the story gave me goose bumps...It is beautiful!!!
I love the picture, it has so many little details..AMAZING!
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:iconjaycity:
jaycity Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Impressive, i love the colors, very well done.
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Thank you! ^^
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Mongrelistic Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008   General Artist
Wonderful detail! I really love his tail too.... I want one like that now. Owo

The background's colors are really pleasant too. ^_^
And of course their expressions... The little girl is just too adorable. >w<
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Thank you! ^^
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SingingGandalf Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
I first saw this work in "Pentacle" Magazine, it's beautiful, you are truly talented...
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wallflower-chan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
I don't know if you read these comments (you've got so many!) but this was my first favorited thing ever on dA. i've never forgotten the story in the description and i just wanted to say it's still one of my favorite works :3
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