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Autumn at the Shrine by markcrilley Autumn at the Shrine by markcrilley
This has always been one of my favorite images from the Miki Falls series. It's the opening page of the third book, Autumn, and in many ways it was my attempt to convey not only the breathtakingly gorgeous scenery that one finds in Japan, but also the profound emotional reaction that one feels when coming upon such beauty (or that *I* feel, anyway!).

I owe much to Photoshop with this piece, not least because it allowed me to put all the leaves on a separate layer and nudge them this way and that until I found what I hoped would be just the right mix of randomness and idealized balance.
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saillytheshippy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. My favorite winter - and the first thing I really want to see when I go to Japan! Love this - I always find lighting a tricky business :)
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MSTieMiss Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Artist
Oh, I love the twist with the old guy in "Winter"
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art-lottie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love every peice of art you have ever done but this is one of my favorites
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MBtherealest Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is my favorite part of the series... love that should not be... just cool
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KikiRosee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOVE THIS :iconiloveitplz: It's beautiful.
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Hummingbird-kun Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
this is awesome! love the leaves!
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mariofan122 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
YOUR THE BEST ARTEST IN THE WORLD I LOVE YOUR ART! oh and make more miki falls books! i have number one and two!
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Bahamutzero1059 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
this one is also one of my favorites ! once again the colors are soothing and put you in this melancholy state. the leaves are wonderfully placed (also helps in setting the melancholy mood) the lighting and position of the camera..all well put together.

the picture feels verry real. you know? it captures a verry realistic beauty. something i can walk outside and see everyday but take for granted.
also i LOVE the detail on the steps and hand rail. Thank you for such a wonderful picture.
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SirDrakey Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
pretty guest I found a new book to read I'll hit up Barnes and Noble for a copy
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Fishberrygirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
I love this image.. I've seen it in your youtube vid. It always reminds me how different proportions are with Manga characters than it is in real life drawing. It still somehow works tho :) gotta love manga x
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spidapig789 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
oolala pwetty long legs! ^w^ lol anyway i ADORE this peice great work :D
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Senn-Zado Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
I seriously never have seen such a breathtaking scene...
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supercool192 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
wow she has a short torso really long legs too ^w^ lol wish that my legs were like that XD
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CrimsonStoneKey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
omg their is such beauty in this picture id love to go to japan and experience this scene for reals lol anyways really your style i dunno theres something really uhh magical (im not sure if thats the right word but ill stick with it) or something i just really like it and i hope ill be able to read Miki Falls some time
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johannady2 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!! i love this!!
i love the color!!
and i love how the light shines....
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bluejazz87 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is really impressive. I especially liked how you drew Miki. Very stylistic.
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weenylem Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course its realistic its his comic lol
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bluejazz87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I said stylistic.
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weenylem Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i knew that... (sorry :'()
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BlackApricot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
Wow, once again, amazing.
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KissAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
This is utterly beautiful. I spotted your name on my recent watchers list and had to check and see who was peeping on me! And I have to say that am in absolute awe. Your style is gorgeous. This picture- is amazing. With the money I get for Christmas I might just go buy your manga.
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XxKai-sanxX Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
O_O

jaw literately drops


AWESOME MARK!!
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Kiiwi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow nice perspective. i loveeee it
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cookiedo8 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I love the leaves!
GREATGREATGREAT:):)
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dragonball--gt4435 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007   Writer
I love the background.
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kakashis-gyal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
wow! nice work :D
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Milky-Heart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student Artist
this looks so awsome! I love your art so much!
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Tamasha Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again, much love for the way you draw backgrounds and scenery. <3 The tones used on this are beautiful, and the autumnal effect really comes through.
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Chicoritango Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
whoah...
I really like this...
Scenery is by far the hardest thing to draw for me...
You're so good at it!
*q*
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Witch85 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
it's vry nice!
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s7409651 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
it is rather lovely
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Ninja-G33k Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

If this was released as a print, I'd sure as shootin' buy one!
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gongagoo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
WHOH, nice background! I love all of your art. Give us your magic.
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AmberPalette Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
sense of time suspended in a hyperreal moment. i think you succesfully conveyed your sentiments. i would have seen something aside sepia tones but if a strong memory is what you are conveying, then a faded palette is probably the most appropriate thing after all. i love her smallness in the whole scene, and her shy posture in the doorway.
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AdvancedSlacker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! You can really grab hold of the feeling that's around. Awesome
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AquaticLynx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors u used.
Teh pic is very detailed,and beautiful.
u got skilllllllllzzzz^^
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waiting4wings Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Great job- I love the feeling and emotions you have poured into this simple picture. The colours (or the lack of) only enhance it. :)
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niacherryblossom Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah this is...is.......is.....i'm out of breath. this rocks yo i feel in the pic and the details are gorgeous.
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Noolin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Student Filmographer
beautiful! i just found out that im allowed to go to Japan, so i cant wait to see this kinda thing!
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UchihaItachi-kun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
the scene is so beautiful. everything looks wonderful.the details are splendid
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illusion29 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
thats lovely :nod:
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The-Kitty-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
this is beautiful! at first i thought it was water colored lol!
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Savethem1326 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
the color is amazing! and the details in the leaves and stone, too- awesome!!!
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hollyberryx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
wow, that's very pretty! :aww:
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FluffyShin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It's breathtaking. :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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Psychicbard Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
WOW! Well said, the astonishment that one feels when confronted by beauty of this calibur is captured very effectively with your use of light and focus; almost divine.
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sinruka Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
right.,,, I love the light scenes u do allot their awsome..
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