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Onna-bugeisha by YannickBouchard Onna-bugeisha by YannickBouchard
This was originally an oil painting, but I was very displeased with the sheen of it, and the photograph I took of it showed a lot of undesired reflection, so I had to do a lot of digital touching up. This was meant to be a sort of experiment as well, as I wanted to add patterns of Japanese dragons and flowers with a gold pen, which I decided would be superficial in the end, as I thought it would distract from the main subject.

Onna-bugeisha is a term I just learned when searching for a title. It means in Japanese "woman-warrior", and I couldn't have asked for a more fitting title.
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:iconbkmiller428:
Bkmiller428 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Professional Writer
This is beautiful!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner May 15, 2017   General Artist
Thanks!
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Ada666pounder Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect :heart:
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhenriqueart:
henriqueart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional
Beautiful 
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconexile157:
EXILE157 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Nice!
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:iconasdfhedstrom:
asdfhedstrom Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Lovely :)
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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killacam1982 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So sexy love the tattoo.
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkillacam1982:
killacam1982 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome.
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:icondarosigu:
darosigu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Karina Jelinek, Argentinian model
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krystel-gracie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There actually were Onna-bugeisha  in ancient Japan. They were trained and highly valuable in communities where male warriors were few.
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:icondragon-the-tribrid:
Dragon-the-Tribrid Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous piece!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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Dragon-the-Tribrid Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow amazing work!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much!
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MilkDaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Absolutely Gorgeous!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconyankee30:
yankee30 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mere Words cannot do this artwork justice
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   General Artist
Well, I don't know what to say to that! :aww:
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Super-King80 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is one of my favorite pieces ever.
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
Wow, Thanks!
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ambermdigitalpaints Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful tattoo on her back!
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:iconmecheagle:
Mecheagle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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atharvaveda27 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Beautiful pose and execution! The shine on the upper body is really amazing. I thought I was looking at a photograph!

...That being said, I feel a little bad telling you that the title dooooesn't exactly match the picture.

Hear me out. "Onna-bugeisha" does translate to something like "woman warrior" and, in fact, onna-bugeisha have been called female samurai in English. However... No warrior or member of the samurai class would ever have tattoos. As far back as 600 AD, tattoos in Japan have had a typically negative connotation and have even been used to mark criminals. This is why many Japanese bathhouses will actually refuse admittance of tattooed customers, for the stigma of criminality. Hence, a woman of honor, an onna-bugeisha, would never ever have any sort of tattoo on her.

I'm only telling you this because the discord between the picture and the title weirds me out. Everything about the piece itself is amazing.
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like the pic, and thanks for sharing your opinion on the title. About that, I wasn't trying to depict anything historically accurate at all. As a matter of fact, I intentionally mixed details of modern fashion with more traditional elements. I wanted the feminine aspect of a geisha, with the big extravagant hair, combine with the strength of a warrior, with the samurai sword. Add to the mix red dreads, tattooed back, red and black nail polish and ear gauges and you have a sort of punky-samurai-woman. :)
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atharvaveda27 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Ah, I see! The juxtaposition of elements is very nice indeed now that I notice all the other modern elements. Thanks for taking the time to reply back :)
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome! Thanks to you!
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color-freak1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, you have mad skillz dog.
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color-freak1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your much deserved welcome:3
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Well, thank you!
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect art work! Simply stunning pose and amazing coloring. My jaw has dropped when i saw the pic! Well done! :D
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Shirleys-Art-Site Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
You outdid yourself with the realism here especially the red cloth!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Phaedris Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
The balance on this is just about perfect, so I commend your use of the term 'Onna-bugeisha'.

For some reason I keep looking at the placement of the foot. Very warrior-like! All in all, just fantastic :deviation: Thank you for uploading :thanks:
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so very much!
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Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Awesome! :love:
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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FuyuNoTenshi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it :D
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Gtapia91 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Impressive work.
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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luckW Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Amazing:D
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Thanks!
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NairdaCordova Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Didn't even see it was a painting until leaned in closer to look at the tattoo
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
:)
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