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I didn't originally start this out to be a ghost scene, but as I was playing with the colors it sort of became that... It started as a vaguely Oriental-ish lady out for a walk in the fog. It seems that there's stories of mysterious "ladies in white" in every culture, so it just sort of took on that tone. Especially when I started playing with the transparency qualities of the figure with the gradient and got that spooky transparent quality shading to a more solid feel that made her appear to be floating. So I took that feel and ran with it. That, of course, inspired the half-seen trees and hills in the background, the vague foggy shapes...

Anyway... I certainly hope the kanji does, indeed, mean "ghost." If it doesn't and it means something obscene, please someone tell me...

Illustrator CS is my toy of choice lately.

EDIT: This image is available in a slightly different format on a coffee mug. To see the artwork for the mug, check it out here: [link]
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Given 2008-10-26
Lady in White by ~Pairaka ( Suggested by halflingrogue and Featured by Ikue )
:icongothgirl378:
Gothgirl378 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I love the beautiful picture you did here.
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:iconpairaka:
Pairaka Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconliilis:
Liilis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic O_O ♥
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:iconwoodlily:
WoodLily Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Oh very good!
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:icontinywild:
TinyWild Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
So elegant!
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:iconladyfianna:
LadyFianna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Gorgeous!
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:iconmuggle-angel:
Muggle-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
This is beautiful! The style tou drew her in reminds me of Kim Possible and Danny Phantom.
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:iconkitty-kunoichi:
Kitty-Kunoichi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I love it! Congrats on your DD!
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:iconsonicsora:
sonicsora Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Student General Artist
This is absolutely stunning, the lines, the colors, just everything works together so well! I love how you are able to make everything pale but not rely on the same few colors palette or have it just fade away in the picture at all. That and how the faint tints of pink and blue don't just take over the picture proves how awesome this is.

Keep up the great work.
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:iconbeautiflntmr:
beautiflntmr Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I love it.
Just love.
Wonderfully done.
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:iconfraulein-viii-8:
Fraulein-VIII-8 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Clean, simple, Oriental, and beautiful - an instant Fave! :D
Congrat on the DD, btw. :)
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:iconbltsalade:
BLTsalade Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
cool
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:icontheacrobat7:
TheAcrobat7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008   Digital Artist
Elegant, gorgeous, stylish! :D
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:iconxena-michele:
Xena-Michele Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it. You = awesome.
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:iconmarinamoon:
MarinaMoon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
Good composition and render. Great color use. Very haunting!
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:iconskittlemonkey:
Skittlemonkey Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Wow...that's beautiful.
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:iconelnath-sama:
Elnath-sama Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome pic...

And congrats for teh feature :D
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:iconravenna-song:
Ravenna-Song Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
so delicate and ghost-like. very lovely.
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:iconcalcrazy:
CalCrazy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful....MAN I wish I could maker stuff on Illustrator come out this amazing *envies*
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:iconmutepoetess:
MutePoetess Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, really well done! I love who the whole has the feel of, if you were to see this scene before you, the slightest breeze could whisk it away at any minute. It's so soft and delicate, and mysterious, great job!
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:iconkaitoupirate:
kaitoupirate Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty!
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:iconocean-dance:
ocean-dance Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
ah alot like the tale of the botan doro. if you're curious, [link]
that's a more indepth telling, but it gets the point across. i think this is the sign for obake 幽霊 (ghost) i used about.com or here for short [link]
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:icondancingsoul:
DancingSoul Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Very beautiful! :D
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:iconpickled-herring:
Pickled-Herring Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
It's so pretty.....like winter
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:iconpsh-nowai:
Psh-Nowai Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
oh wow. this right away made me think of Yuki-Onna. I'm a big fan of Japanese folk lore, so I love this! ^_^
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:icondarthslatis:
DarthSlatis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Student General Artist
I'm glad you went with what you felt later, insted of porcing it to fit your original perspective, so many people have taken the potintial out of a pice by doing that.

It's awsome, in other words. :D
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:iconcrazy-tosh:
crazy-tosh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally i think that it could be better if you made the background bold like the character. Good artwork anyway.
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:iconyamilisa:
Yamilisa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks gorgeous! You were right to make her transparant, it adds to the mystery of it. And as always when I see an artwork as beautiful as this, I'd like to know how you did it. Mostly, I use photoshop. I really don't know how you can draw so beautifully in Illustrator.
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:iconrevivalphoenix:
RevivalPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I like the foggy effect, makes her look very ghostly.
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:iconlast-love-lost:
Last-love-lost Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Student General Artist
Gorgeous ... congrats on the dd
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:iconmarcelynn:
marcelynn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Hey, you caught the lightness in her:)
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:iconaxelofreaht:
AxelofReaht Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008   Writer
Very nice, with a sense of glamor about it.
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:iconfaily-chan:
Faily-chan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Wow... just wow... I just happened to see this one by chance on the bottom of DA, and I was amazed. I am so gla I clicked the little button to see the bigger image, because this is just wonderful.
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:icondarknessinthemorn:
DarknessInTheMorn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
This is awesome, great job!
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:iconsrebrnylis:
srebrnylis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Beautiful!! So delicate and unreal!
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:iconkatetak:
katetak Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oooh i love this! well deserved dd!
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:iconweirdbro:
WeirdBro Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
amazing pic, i couldn't really see it till i put it at full, but i believe you made a wonderful picture
Keep it up
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:iconadamovita:
AdamoVita Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
This is amazing! I just love it. :love:
Congrats on the DD, too!

:+fav:
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:iconzzzsleep:
ZZZsleep Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I hear alot of Stories about the lady in white too its really interesting i love paranormal stuff hehe XD this pic is awesome!
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:iconcds-03:
CDS-03 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
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:iconnintendoluver411:
NintendoLuver411 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
wow! this is so beautifuly done! i love the mist!! :) :+fav:
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:iconncloud:
NCloud Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Just Beautiful, amazing, i love it.
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Very smooth and graceful! I love how you made those trees too, they look very believable.
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:iconmahdysayed:
MAHDYsayed Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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:icontulla-morwen:
Tulla-Morwen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!
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:iconstalker777:
stalker777 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes indeed lovely =D love the soft colours in it ^^.Great job
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
congrats on your DD for this very lovely artwork. :)
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:icongaredelyon:
garedelyon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
That's so pretty

It kinda reminds me of Erté's work :)

:+favlove:

Congrats on the DD
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:icondarktoys:
darktoys Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
beautiful and delicate...great work
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:iconyuurei-onnanoko:
yuurei-onnanoko Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Wow this is soooo beautiful! :love: I love the scenery! I can really feel the cold! I had to :+fav: (And don't worry about the kanji ;) It's all good :hug:) Keep up the great work!!
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