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The Ascension of Iweko by MarioWibisono The Ascension of Iweko by MarioWibisono
"There are always those whom the Heaven have found worthy, creating new dynasties." - The tale of Rokugan VII

In the year 1170, the avatars of the Celestial Heavens, the Voice of the Jade Sun and the Voice of the Obsidian Moon, appeared in the Imperial City and proclaimed that a divine dynasty would be restored to the Emerald Empire.

A second Celestial Tournament was to be held at Seppun Hill, the site of the first tournament of the Kami, more than one thousand years previously. Each of the Great Clans sent delegations to participate, some in hopes of achieving a position in the new dynasty, with others merely wishing to witness such majesty. The competition was fierce, and a great many men and women of honor took the field. Despite that the final winner of the tournament was a Unicorn warrior, the Voices ultimately decided that it was the Dragon Clan whose purity had won the day. The Voices asked the Dragon Champion, Togashi Satsu, to choose one among his servants worthy of receiving the blessings of Heaven, but Satsu instead asked the Voices to choose, as they were the only ones who could.

The Voices chose the daimyo of the Kitsuki family, a virtuous and honorable woman named Kitsuki Iweko. Iweko accepted the blessings of the Celestial Heaven and experienced a moment of omniscience, becoming the Divine Empress Iweko I, the Child of the Heavens.

* Article from L5R main page


This is a special illustration done for the L5R 10,000 card milestone. The card will be featured at the L5R 10K card event held at Gencon Indy 2012. Legend of the Five Rings and Empress Iweko I copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.


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Instantly jumped to the top of my favorites. The emotion flows from this piece. Especially with the expressions the subjects are wearing. the use of the light that is bathing and swirling around them gives off an intense rush. The way the hair is being lifted as if a huge force is pulling. Your use of colors where there hands touch like a transfer of energy. All with the back drop of the starry heavens ,as if to show the subject is going so very far away. A very powerful piece.
But I feel as though the "hero/heroine" being pulled away is slightly cliche. Besides that the technique is still great. A huge Impact. very well done.
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I don't know where to begin! The lights, the pose, the flow of the hair, the details! Have I mentioned the lights?

Onto the actual critique: the hairs seem a little inconsistent. The kneeling woman's hair is raised slightly, feeling that wind or going with the movement of her kneeling down, but the man's hair stays put. Also, the swords on the hip of the person standing looks uncomfortably placed, especially the one we see with the higher handle, which I'll assume is a wakizashi. The width difference from the top of the handle to the end of the sheath suggests a longer blade, but where the end is compared to the edge of their vest(?). Also, the handle looks more like it's being positioned across his stomach...maybe add a peak of the sheath at that corner of the bottom of the katana and vest?
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Ciereine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Those lights and the emotion in the picture is beautiful. Special Mention.....their clothes! Females in reasonable clothes! I applaud u sir. Your artwork is awesome
geanera Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Very beautiful! Oh the light!!! The light!!!
VolomonArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Dragonball Z when the warriors gives their power to Goku.
Aethes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
1 word...masterpiece!
gresnake Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
increible! exellent! O.o
orochiyamazaki Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't say anything more than → ╠ Great-Amazing-good job ╢
Reazon-sama Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very strong piece. so honourable !
simplysuzu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's coming alive!
MrDeadFlowers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I Love your work beautiful...
protaqonist Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
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