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Udeghe Family by charcoalfeather Udeghe Family by charcoalfeather
This is just basically a tribute to Pavlishin's amazing Tales of the Amur, which I had the fortune to take out last month, since it was at my university's library. Who would've known? But then again, almost everything I've ever wanted to find can be found at the school library, which is awesome. Anyways, I did not create this picture with a particular story in mind, so feel free to tell me what you think is happening (if anything is happening). These two are Udeghe/Udege/Udihe people, a Tungusic group found in Far-Eastern Siberia, Russia.

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Partially based on this wikicommons vintage photo: [link](Nanai)_family.jpg and referenced some of the Udeghe patterns from Pavlishin's work: [link]
Canvas texture (which is supposed to represent the fish scales that their clothes are made of): [link]
Paper texture: [link]
Texture used on the table: [link]

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Moleskine notebook, 0.1 and 0.6 Micron Pigment Liner, Photoshop CS6.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Actually, both of the people in this picture are male. xD It's only the men who wear that headwear--women don't wear that white "sheet" thing around their heads.

Yep, those textures are quite amazing~ I used to use them a lot in my pictures, but now, I've started using my own stock instead. 
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh interesting :) I thought at first sight it is mother and child, but its father :D his face looking pretty... feminine actually :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are not the first to think that. Yeah, I think I did make him rather feminine looking. xD you know, I had this horrible habit of making my male characters always look very girly in the past. You should've seen my drawings from 2008. You could not tell the gender of the characters until I told you.
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, yeah I remember that old drawings on your tumblr (old basmachi drawings). their faces was almost all similar and genderless, but now, you became really better, your male characters look like men :dummy:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xDD Thank you. It probably has to do with the fact I used to draw anime a lot, and in anime, you often can't tell the sexes apart.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, maybe 6 hours in total. I did it over a long period of time. I remember colouring bits of it with my mouse pad at school because lecture was so boring, lol.

I didn't like it a lot so I scrapped it. I felt there was something really stiff and just..."dead" about this picture. I want to do something like this again in the near future, but with better composition and with my new style. My old style's lineart was kind of too stiff and crude sometimes.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lectures are rarely fun :B Sounds like my usual time of work.

Aha, me sees now. It wasn't lively enough.
You felt they were mannequins?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they kind of looked like the mannequins in museums.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Figures why you thought they were so dead :I
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Love the visual richness of the patterns and colors! :-)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice work! I like the textures you've used and the wood grain.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks. I actually think this isn't as good as it would've been if I had done it entirely traditionally, because the circle in the back kind of looks artificial compared to everything else, lol.
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rainsoaked Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really nice work. I love the colours you've used.

University libraries are amazing. I used to spend hours in the stacks just reading random books.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Haha, I know what you mean. I wish I could do that, if I had the time. There's also the fact that in my university library (the main one), books aren't sorted by language, but by topic, so if you go into the Siberian section, there are many books in Russian that I can't read, and it takes forever to find languages that I can read.
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Espio42 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
fantastic!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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