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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.

~Vyrilien

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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:icongunslinger-of-hearts:
Gunslinger-of-Hearts Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
YES I LOVE OKAMI!! :D cheers mate
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:iconvyrilien:
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
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:iconeventide3:
eventide3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Great job! Matches the art style of the game very well.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thrilled to hear! Thank you! :)
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:iconbigbulbasaur:
bigbulbasaur Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Love this game <3
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:iconsusinko:
Susinko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
So beautiful!
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:iconchibijirachi:
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
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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.
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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
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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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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, will do! I learned my lesson :D
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Pikman14 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I think you already know, but this was posted on the Okami page on Facebook.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't actually! That would explain all the traffic, haha. Many thanks for notifying me, it's been a joy to see it on the Okami page <3
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Bahamut285 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHY IS THIS NOT A PRINT? >:U
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because I painted this way too low res back when I did it ;__;
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:iconkinghadyn:
KingHadyn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :Heart:
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:iconincomp:
Incomp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. This is incredible. I never played Okami, but your art here stands on its own virtue.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an incredible compliment! Thank you very much :)
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:iconmiam-pepin:
Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~! :)
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:iconmiam-pepin:
Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your welcome :)
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Great piece! Your picture is featured in the :iconyoukai-animals: group's journal: [link] :)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most honoured! :D
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:iconskywardwanderer:
skywardwanderer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
such a great game and boss
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure is! Though by the third time I had to fight him, I admit it got just a little bit old XD Okami remains one of my favourite all-time games :)
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Drawer-K3 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Boy, this is pretty good. It almost looks like an in-game artwork!
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Deeadmau5luva Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Artist
i love the legend its a beautiful one. i've seen actual paintings from it. i've seen the ninetails, and orochi they were nice (:
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean the actual legend from Japanese mythology? Because that IS a beautiful one indeed :D This is just fanart, but I liked copying the traditional painting-look all the same! Thank you C:
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Deeadmau5luva Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artist
yes the actual one and it is really awesome fanart, and ur welcome :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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:icondeeadmau5luva:
Deeadmau5luva Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Artist
:tighthug:
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IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love Okami and this is just wonderful!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Another fan! That game was just so magical. It was impossible not to do fanart for ;P
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IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yep! I'm glad I found this just a few days after I heard that Okami will be remastered in high definition for PS3. I can't wait for it to come out.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really looking forward to that too! :D It deserves so much more.
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IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yep! I hope it becomes a succes and they make a second part. I don't know why they were put to make the new Devil May Cry instead of Okami 2.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okami was quite obscure when released. Although it was a succes Clover studio did not make Capcom's sale expectations with that title, so well, the choice was obvious for Capcom really. A shame. The Devil May Cry franchise is getting rather stale. Did you ever play Okamiden? It's on the DS so I never had the chance to.
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IrianWhitefox Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Me neither. I left Nintendo many years ago after my SN. I changed for PlayStation.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah the SNES, good memories <3
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MarioxPeach Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imma make this mah wallpaper! ^3^
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay~! <3
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CosmoWillome Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It looks awesome!!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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CosmoWillome Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome :D
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PoptartsandCake Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
This is Just amazing . I love the colors and the scene. Super job on this ^3^
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! <3
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PoptartsandCake Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
lol no prob ^3^ just happy to help give support to talent like yours :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really appreciate that! Makes me want to paint more! :D
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:iconpoptartsandcake:
PoptartsandCake Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Well that's a win for everyone :D
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