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Leaping Kirin by Nambroth Leaping Kirin by Nambroth
First, I get asked a lot so I thought I'd provide some insight into my nonsense:

I often get very frustrated with drawing, and more often than not get fed up with the process of sketching, inking, erasing, cleaning it up, etc etc...

Sometimes my patience lacks and I just take a sheet of paper and hit it with inks without sketching first. Each stoke is permanant and mistakes can't be fixed.

I've chucked a lot of half-drawn pieces because of this! Patience pays off.

This is one of the ones that didn't get chucked, though it still, to me, has mistakes. For those that insist they don't see the mistakes, you are very kind. :)

A leaping kirin in a bamboo forest.

What the heck is a kirin? [link]

5" x 7" ink and marker.
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samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice kirin!
OyamaTatsu Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOVE this kirin! The bamboo made me smile for some reason. Nice touch!
Megaloceros-Urhirsch Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kirin its a deer unicorn from Japan. You draw the Chinese unicorn Qilin. xDD
thinmintXD Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hahaha. I thought that was from the site I used when I was little, ponyisland. lol.
IchibanVictory Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We're always our worst critics. I don't post most of my drawings because I don't like them for one reason or another, but I find there's always someone out there that likes them. Maybe it's good not having a trained eye.. (Nah!)

I really like how this turned out. I could see a few "mistakes" here and there, but it's not enough to ruin the picture for me. You also must have a ton of patience to give this as much detail as you did! That aspect alone makes this picture impressive. :)
Rathika Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Wow, that's beautiful.
utriv Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I like this.
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Seth19931 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
WOW awesome work ^^
Jamethial Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
TashaWasha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish my mistakes looked this good. xD
Sgtkneecaps Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That's a good excercise! Sometimes i have to hit the paper with a pen just because that's all I have. And it teaches you to work with mistakes rather then trying to correct them directly.
wolfior Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, I love Qilin.
They are just so funny(I already knew them ;))
Have got a book full of mythology creatures and this is one of them. interesting story it has with the king and giraffe XD
Lionsong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your gorgeous art has been featured: [link] :heart:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :D
TwinStarLutra Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
I don't see mistakes either. And I know exactly how you feel. In fact I'm considering on strictly moving to just drawing with pen because, like you, I find so many mistakes with my pieces, and get so stressed.

Regardless - it looks awesome. :)
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009   General Artist
This is beautiful, I love the feel of delicacy to it all!
ladyarah Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I featured this in "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 26 - Kirin", you can find it here: [link]
Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
ladyarah Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^_^
immortaldragon27 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
I LOVE IT!!!!! KIRINS ARE AWSOME!!! It surprises me how many ppl dont know what a kirin is.
Lyeekha Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your pictures have such movement in them!
EmpressIllyria Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
I have similar feelings about alot of my own stuff, and this is a great piece btw, excellent interpretations!
MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I like how you do Kirins. I've seen them so many different ways, but I like your interpretation.
bubblegirl2 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
really? i can not see any mistakes at all,
I like it!
(+ Fav)
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist
ClockworkSky Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
I agree your scale-work is amazingly beautiful. It looks like an ancient mythical animal with a little hit of caligraphy style drawing (almost) ;P
SacredHealerSarine Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice job, I love kirins!
The scalework is so pretty :heart:
AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Good work.
donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's a gorgeous piece, Jennifer. All your new uploads are, in fact! :D The only mistake I can see is really just a nit-pick, in that I wish the whole tail could be seen because so little is cut off. But that's debatable; as for technical/ execution errors, um, I think I'm in the dark there- it's lovely work!

By the way, I can relate to this:
"I often get very frustrated with drawing, and more often than not get fed up with the process of sketching, inking, erasing, cleaning it up, etc etc."

Same here; I just want to start painting! And then I look at the board, drawing transferred onto it, ready to be painted, pick up a paintbrush, and go "uuuhhhh... what now?". I suppose although it's a creative process, there is an awful lot of "mind over matter" and sheer hard work involved!

Anyway, keep up the awesome work. Cheers.
fallenconcreteangel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course we insist there's no mistakes! Each pen stroke looks so deliberate and crisp. Any errors would just give this piece character. Your work is something to be genuinely proud of. You really bring these creatures to life.
KisaBlue Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Mistakes total = ZERO
frogeyedape Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
i like the embellishments you added to the myth. nice touch (small hooves though)
She-Walks-Into-Doors Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, a kirin! ^^ I love the colours, especially the background =)
Anarchpeace Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
now THAT is finally... a beautiful kirin... unicorn... it has one dang horn lolz
inkscribble Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Beautiful, love the skin texture and the mane!
SueaNoi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but I love the colors! the colors are so pretty. :love:
KisuSuomi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Is it rule that all good artist blame themselves and their art? Usually there isn't any mistakes or they are so meager that I wouldn't realise it if the artist didn't tell that there is it. I don't see any mistakes.
Evilduckie227 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Kirins rock!
lol I like his tiny hooves X3
stone-pegasus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very brave :worship: i can't pick up a pen and slap down some color and have a good image at the end (or anything resembling an image for that matter). i have to go through the "whole process" and even then most of what i have still isn't great ^^;

basically what i am trying to say is even though there may be some mistakes, the fact that you didn't do a pre-sketch/sketch/etc... its a great drawing. and the mistakes that i see are small (and in my opinion (which doesn't necessarily count for much) not a huge deal... they don't detract from the over all picture).
Great Job!
Country-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I like how the kirin really does seem to leap out of the page from the background :+fav:
KyoukiSumeragi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
There are so few kirins on dA, this is beautiful
Abellia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Student Filmographer
That's great! I especially like the background!
Kazekoh Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Student General Artist
XD YES A KIRIN <3 love those things :333 This really does look nice...and I'm that way too I get all "STUFF IT' and don't show it to anyone XDD
Drageline Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
It looks stunning and perfect to my eye :) Love the details.
Aravelle Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009's really nice
kwsapphire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your "mistakes" and "scribble" and things you throw away display more skill and beauty than the best work by some other artists. You're always so hard on yourself, but then, every artist is their own worst critic.

Also, YAY KIRIN! I love Kirins! And I'm so glad you didn't just do "a horse" or "a goat", this really has its own feel for the body shape.
JMVW Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love kirins and this is a lovely interpretation. ^.^
meihua Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
sometimes the emotionally drawn pieces are the best ones :) I like the shape of its head!
LOST14 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Bold bright colors.
Traditional coloring always makes me nervous too but the results pay off. =)
Sometimes you can't get that look using digital coloring.
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