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"The chill and melancholy cry of the wind calls to me, singing its song of past glory. The cold and dark stretch out endlessly before me, pulling me forward not to my doom, but to my destiny."


Last night I had a sudden moment of inspiration and just couldn't let it go, so I whipped this little animation up! At first it was going to be a full painting, but I wanted to practice more the style I want for the Blade Under Mask comic, which focus on lighting and atmosphere and not so much on character detail.

I'm pretty happy with the coloring results! The animation was harder than usual because I'm not used to animating a illustration with lineart... and I tried to go the shorter way, thinking I could pull some elements off without what I usually do and well... it wasn't very good. Hahaha, definitely learned my lesson.

Song is Chinese... but I thought it'd fit, besides, Great Land is a fictional world and sure can have one or other elements borrowed from other cultures. xD

Full song is here, if anyone wants to know what it is. I don't claim ownership of it. Wind howl & leaf rustle downloaded from FreeSound.

Especial thanks to the ever amazing :iconmarcotonio-desu: :heart :3


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Winter Asian decor, a bamboo forest, a night breeze.

This is a very talented Japanese-style success.
shading and night effect puts in embiance.

Asian music is a dream and a haven for the mind.

The bamboo forest is very popular for the Japanese style, but with the original winter.

The winter wind blowing through the leaves accompanied by sounds of nature makes feel nature near us.

The hair that dance in the wind is giving life, a beautiful fluidity.

The eyes are the window to the soul.

The Japanese lantern giving the warmth of the room, as the light of the night, the moonlight made ​​a miraculous scene.

The antennas are made ​​transparant air silk fabric which is very appreciated.

The colors are typical images of Japan, the realistic style we love very often.

The bamboo is a printing ink is very well done, it makes me want to do the calligraphy.

Congratulations praying mantis.

Keep with heart and soul.
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I should really look at thumbnails more carefully next time. I was geared up for Ninjas and or Samurai but instead the ambient music revealed an anthopomorphic mantis girl looking back and revealing a bit of her more feminine features.
Gosh dar was I astonished, this is absolutely bloody beautiful in every aspect of its realization-the colors, the music, the gentle movements and the design!Yes especially the design reals me in and makes me stare. Anthropomorphics are tricky with some species and insects fall in that particular category. Not here, not this! Just plain gorgeous and imaginative design. Honestly I will now go check your gallery out because this mantis girl in the kimono captivated me. I cannot say anything more expcept a nice "cliche" WELL DONE!!!" Beautiful, just beautiful
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996330749 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Can I know what is this animation Like the people here
Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful
Ruby-Orca-616 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous.

Also VERY original anthro character! I haven't seen a mantis before like this.

Keep up the excellent work!
BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Has anyone mentioned wanting to see this world as a movie yet? I really love the art and animations in your gallery. I've been going through just about all of it just sitting here amazed. It's clear how much passion you have for these characters. And it's all just so amazing, I want to see it as an actual film with the same kind of love and atmosphere you've used.
slyman11 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
why don't you do Anime?. it would be worth the watch. so worth it.
ncux4o4 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It such beautiful :iconmecutelove:

I will cry =(
vjf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
simply LOVE IT!!!
Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also how long did this all take to make?
Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what program do you sue for this?
Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Wow, this is wonderful! I'm so glad I discovered you!
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