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Destinies for Royal Nothings by CountANDRA Destinies for Royal Nothings by CountANDRA
After so much inspiration from the works of Tsui Hark, I am in the midst of creating Golden Wars, a collection o' short stories from a rather folk fantasy-like alternate universe of ancient China - much influence drawn from their extremely beautiful and rich culture along with such grand tales in their lore. :heart:

Downside: I speak from the point of view of an uncultured swine who has barely skimmed the surface in her Chinese research; there is so much to learn, so much to delve into, so forgive me if things in this piece come off as... no. I look forward to learning more on all this epicness.

All characters in here are from different tales in the collection (aside from the vertical three in the foreground). :D
PS: The title of this picture is what it is considering the main characters of these stories are pretty underestimated quirk folk.

Golden Wars (c) Andi

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TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I do like the rather manic style here :D
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KumoSama Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't get over the guy hugging that lady oh my goodness his expression |DD
It feels like it's been a while since we saw this yellow background from you, but you made a comeback with it excellently since it matches the theme of the drawing :'D Generally I love all of the gold included in the character designs, gives a huge feeling of royalty and mixed with the other colours, a good touch of eccentric!! :heart:
And DAMN darling I love those mountains in the distance- they really feel like background material along with the fog :heart:
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torinox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This looks really interresting, can't wait!
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Pieatingninja Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This is so pretty! I can't wait!
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dragonflare92 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting! I know almost nothing about ancient China, so I am very intrigued!

And the picture is gorgeous!
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XxcookievampxX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
well done :)
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sparklemaster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Can't wait! :D
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GhostyKing Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student
I can't wait to see what more there is to come!

And whilst I'm at it, just wanted to say that I LOVE Watching you, every peice is a huge inspiration and I look forward to whenever you create something new. I love being aware of your art!
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Bloomins Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Research binging time. :la: A nice call back to those traditional paintings and drawings. Like Kurokami said under me, seeing you tackling a calligraphic brush or pen would be interesting to see. Keep up the good work, Andi.~
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Midorinokurokami Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oooh! this is a pleasantly unexpected mix of style.
Have you considered drawing them using calligraphy/Chinese brush painting? I bet it'd look epic!
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Farbjous Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Green outfit person, your ring finger is hurting me. D:
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LonelyZoner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo I can't wait! =D I really like this work; you did a wonderful job with incorporating the Asian style with your own. The colors are great too. =)
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Ihavemace Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Looking forward to it!! The force is strong in this one...
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Way-Gway Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Badassery level: OVER NINE THOUSAND.
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Atsu-Mist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome O.O !
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One-Eyed-Royalty Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
grk Andi these designs are so gorgeous and I love the mountains in the background so so much. they really look like the mountains in traditional Chinese paintings
i can't wait to start reading these stories! i'm sure they'll be amazing
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marielyn-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah this is on the popular DA homepage ..
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WiNGz69 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
You say there is so much to learn and yet when there is nothing more to learn than you have hit your goal. I wouldn't hold it against her for you will only hold yourself back. March forward.
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Karmation Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is Chinese, but I like thinking of songs like Majon Tantei or Parade with this tone XD
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DelightfullyFreaky Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I remember seeing a few concept sketches of this on tumblr! ^^
This is really cool! I love the traditional Chinese style! It's really nice and the characters are so colorful!
The stories would be cool to read! I hope we get to see them in the future! :eager:
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TheIrishAngel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
:wow: Oh my God! The traditonal Chinese inspiration is awesome!!
Oh my gosh wow this is amazing! The colors gorgeous and I love the woman in green in the background
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kiwicatlover Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I honestly didn't expect something like this from you. o-o But I don't mean that in a bad way! You pull off the oriental art style exceptionally well. c: Plus your art style plus Chinese culture and fashion just looks so different~ :la:
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Ghostgirl-Shanika Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man Andi, not going to lie this looks FANTASTIC. The colours are phenomenal and gorgeous, also all the characters look really interesting and fun!! I can't wait to see whatever short stories you plan to write for this collection!! I know that they will be great!! :D
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh, it's pretty interesting to see you style meshed with the ancient Chinese style,
Can't wait to read these ^^
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SuperHeroSockMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
ASIAN AND APPROVES :thumbsup:
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooah, Andi with an Asian spin~! This is good.
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ClassicFuzzball Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very lovely. 83
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Chi-Haku Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
All of your works are so terribly fabulous darling.
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Secretsister16 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Nice, still creatitive as ever I see ;)
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Krissalina Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
OH MY LORD THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.
Gosh, I know what you mean about Chinese lore too. Really interesting stuff, isn't it? And A LOT of it, obviously :love:
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Pteradolphin18 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Chinese characters are lovely :) Gotta love the weirdo with the rake hands at the bottom ^_^
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marielyn-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I know what you mean, its just so intence to see the mix of style and culture :heart:
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tbrendia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this looks awesome! Can't wait to see more of this! Great job as always!
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kakashifiend Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
oh my god...im chinese TT i cannot wait for you to do this..and im not just saying it to say it this time. and I totally understand the feeling of barely skimming the surface- i was born in a chinese family and I feel overwhelmed the culture TT
but yes. :) I cannot wait~
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123freackshow321 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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Honey-Bea Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Bwah, looks awesome! Look forward to seeing it!
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maialunatoffee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this looks wicked cool I love the chinese design of these characters and their emotions are fantasic>w<. I can't wait for more:w00t:.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Interesting to see your style combined with Chinese stuff. Pretty cool.
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CountANDRA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks, dude! C: It is risky but extremely fun delving into other cultures.
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
It certainly is.
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ElectricNightmare Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that little demon child at the bottom already :XD:
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CountANDRA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Hey, thanks! <3 She's a lot of fun to draw. Sadly, I'm still having trouble finding a name that sticks. But anytime now she shall be named. C:
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Comickit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
oh my gosh ;3; <3
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:iconcountandra:
CountANDRA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
D'aww~:heart:
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DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is really beautiful!!!! :heart: my fave is the spazzy person in the front XD i seriuosly have no idea how you even BEGIN to color things like these!!!!! D:/
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CountANDRA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you very much, dahling! That spazzy person up front happens to be one of many demon princesses wh winds up in the protection of two unlikely klutzes. C:
OOH! And if you are curious about colors and stuff, I highly suggest a few specific light-colored Copic markers. They are expensive, but purchase only a mere few and it isn't so bad. C:
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DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww~ >W< well then she's mah fave!!!1 and your very welcome~ =) >W< lol XD klutzes like me??? XD

really?? I though for some reason that you painted all your pics XD XD XD XD
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CountANDRA Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Artist
Heheheheheh~ Perhaps. ^^

Ah! Understandable, but nope! They are with marker. C: Ooooonly lately I have been getting into watercolors. The only bit of watercolor in here is the background. C:
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DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tehe >w<

well it looks lovely~ >w< just like a real traditional Chinese painting!! bet the story will be just as awesome >:3
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suzzannnn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
whoa this looks amazing :love: I love the character designs and omg your coloring style is simply glorious <3 can't wait to see more of these guys :heart:
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