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Demon vs. Guardian by kurimja Demon vs. Guardian by kurimja
Mmmyes, I'm surprised I managed to do this while juggling final essays and presentations at the same time, heh.
Got lots of ideas and tips and help in general from the ever amazing and superbly brilliant :iconlen-yan:

What's the story?

You want a story??

The tiger is meant to be 백호, the White Tiger, guardian of the West and protector of graves against demons and the like. Otherwise known as Byakko in Japan, and 西方白虎 in China.
I tried to depict a scene of 백호 fighting off a soul-stealing/grave-robbing demon/spirit on a moonless night (well, it's more of a cloudy night, eh?).
The grave in question is the small hill/mound behind 백호, in the traditional burial mound style of South Korea, with the grave marker before it.
The demon was inspired from a mixture of the Chinese dragon and the Balinese barong (neither of which are evil, but the look was what I was after), the Japanese kimono and Korean accessories, along with the chiefly white-ish outfit which is prevalent amongst restless spirits in South Korean folklore.
I tried to depict the demon/spirit as playful and devious, as they usually are in Korean folklore, generally annoying 백호 while attempting to feast on a soul for the night.

Done in PSP CS4 with Intuos3.

So yeah.
Excuse me while I go collapse and sleep in preparation for tomorrow.

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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazing :heart:
generalz151 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
svet-svet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful art is featured in my journal [link]
CloudxVince Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
i'm speechless
i love it ^^
jeroz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
here kitty kitty~

love the feline, love the atmosphere~
gemmafm Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Whoah! I just love this artwork!
KinGinNatsuke Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good job nee:-)
Its nice to see that you are not using the stereotype angel vs devil concept
hokuto Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
... oh gods that is insanely gorgeous. :heart: The colors are amazingly done, and such beautiful details...
Naomi33 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
It's beautiful, absolutely beautiful. You deserve extra props for doing this wonderful piece while juggling essays and presentations.
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I continued to be amazed by your uses of lighting, colour, and general creativity in your pictures.

Love the combination of ideas used for the demon.. it turned out very close to how you described it.. mischeivious in a subtle sort of way, but still formidable. The tiger's eyes and coat look very real.. the scenery is just dazzling.

It has such a story-esque quality to it. I wish you luck in the contest :D This entry is amaaaazing ♥
len-yan Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
no ideas were mine. is all your great work, dear >3<

toshema Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
OH, I like it, good job!!
CharlotteDVaughn Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love this, its awesome =)
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