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Okami - Yamata no Orochi by Vyrilien Okami - Yamata no Orochi by Vyrilien
Here's my tribute to (another) game that's managed to deeply touch me. I really loved playing Okami. I promised a few people I'd make it some fanart, so voilà.

For those unfamiliar with the game; this is a scene from the game's prologue which can be seen here: [link] It explains a bit of the story if you're interested. If you don't want it spoiled all you need to know is that the white wolf is Amaterasu, the Japanese Goddess of the Sun. The other is the eight-headed serpent Yamata no Orochi. I've listened a lot to the beautiful music of Okami's OST during painting.

I was particularly amazed by the art-style of the bestiary in the game (if you've played the game you'll know what I mean) I did my very best to recreate a scene from the game's prologue in that same style. Of course I loved the in-game style just as much, but I know tons of other artist who master that style a million times better than I ever could :)

I used this reference for the borders: [link] (the layout) and this: [link] for Orochi (the serpent). I wanted to have a similar design, but I don't think I succeeded all that well. At some point I had a moon, a couple of mountains and bamboo in the BG, but I scrapped them in the end. They were a bit too distracting I guess.

Things I like about it is Amaterasu (close-up posted here [link]) and the BG (scroll). The rest (read: Orochi) was pain-stakingly difficult for me to paint.

If you haven't played the game, please play it. I need to rant to someone about its awesomeness.


Medium: As always, Painter 2, but this time with a little more help of Photoshop CS2 than usual (thank you, color burn)

Time Taken: eons, maybe 20 hours or so

PS: Sorry it's fanart this time, I hope to come with something better next time.
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Gunslinger-of-Hearts Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
YES I LOVE OKAMI!! :D cheers mate
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWW YEAH! :highfive: I should replay it one of these days; such an awesome game :D
eventide3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Great job! Matches the art style of the game very well.
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thrilled to hear! Thank you! :)
bigbulbasaur Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Love this game <3
Susinko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
So beautiful!
ChibiJirachi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! And I loved how you kept with the style of game! Makes me want to play Okami again (PS2 why are you so far away and why do I have so much homework!). It's such a beautiful game and it's sad the Clover had to die out. D: I wish I had known about Okami when it first came out. I happily got Okamiden, even if it wasn't by Clover. Anyways, love Okami and love this piece! :D
Kenda-Oh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the only think I dont like of this image is the zise XDDD (I want it as a wallpaper)
a very amazing work! really nice, thanks for share btw.
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha! Unfortunately there's little I can do about it, the original file size is quite small, because I used to be stupid and painted in low resolutions ;__; thanks for the lovely compliments <3
Kenda-Oh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really!! D:
Its a shame about the size! well, next time will be.
good luck and keep the good work!!!
.... just, add more size haha. =p
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