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Ajisai no ame by SinistrosePhosphate Ajisai no ame by SinistrosePhosphate
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Oh, my giddy aunt... a Daily Deviation? Really?

Thank you, everybody.
Thank you so much for your support and your appreciation. Please believe me, I appreciate your support more than my words can express it.

You have my sincere gratitude.

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I love hydrangea flowers, really, I do. But this piece really, really, really made me think about them twice. Call it one of my less thought-through projects, yes?

Anyway...
This piece was originally planned to commemorate the passing of an era. The visual rock band known as "Kagrra," (yes, the comma is part of the name) has disbanded in March of this year after more than 10 years of activity. And as someone who considers himself a passing fan of this band... it's truly sad to see them go. Sad enough that yours truly went and got himself started on this project full of hydrangea flowers...

It's been a strange journey. When I first heard this band, they were producing an interesting mesh of rock, Japanese style. I am talking about these guys using the 5-note minor chord that's specific to Japanese music in their rock repertoire. And that was something else, indeed. As they aged, their music turned mellow and more pop-oriented. And for a while, I have to admit, I was sorely disappointed. But no matter what... it's sad to see them go.

So, for my far-away musicians and my fellow fans... Hydrangea flowers.

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Artistic note:
Picture Credit: Goes out to the ever-diligent and never-disappointing Fukaya Yuichiro. Official HP here: [link]

The band in focus here is Kagrra,. More about them here: [link]

Technical Details:
Equipment: Cutting board, Artisan cutting blade (#11)
Paper: Heinz Jordan #1 Layout paper (#55, violet)
Took: about 12 hours
Size: See ruler

Technical Note:
The HJ #1 layout paper is thin and durable, which makes it a good candidate for intricate work. But it's still a good practice to exercise caution when dealing with small details. Extraction of cut-off pieces requires some care.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-13
"It takes a great skill and an infinite patience to do the kind of crafts this artist makes, especially at the size he works at. Simply amazing!" Ajisai no ame by *SinistrosePhosphate ( Suggested by ArielRGH and Featured by KubusRubus )
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catiescarlett Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
You did this with paper?! Holy... You are freaking amazing! I have no words... this is beautiful. Great work.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Hello! Thank you very much for your very-kind comments! And thank you for adding my work to your list of favourites!
Yes, everything was done in paper. I have actually put together a tutorial on how these types of projects are done. If you are interested, please take a look at this: [link]

Once again, thank you very much!
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AyamaSullivan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You deserve it.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, thank you very much!
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kadifecraft Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really great work! Bravo!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your kind comment.
And thank you very much for adding it to your list of favourites! I appreciate the gesture very much.

warm regards,
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kadifecraft Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
The pleasure was all mine - i really like your works!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words!
Art lies in the eye of the beholder. Without your very generous support I would not amount to much in this place. So, you have my unending appreciation.

With many thanks,
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n-joe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
This one looks really impressive! Btw do you have a link to the original art? I don't know japanese so it would be difficult to find it on the homepage you linked to.. It would be nice if you could link directly to the original art piece!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

Thank you very much for your kind comment!
The original image in question looks like this: [link] It is a page of the inset in the CD single "Tsuki ni murakumo, hana ni ame" (月に斑雲 紫陽花に雨). It is also where the name of this piece came from. The band in question is called "Kaggra," (the comma is part of the name).

I hope this is helpful!
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n-joe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Thank you very much for the link! The original art is so awesome- but so is your paper-cut! I don't know if I would have noticed the strong lineart of the original picture if I had seen it first. Especially the hair- It is floating so nicely but you barely notice it in the original lineart because the hair and background are so dark.. Contrary the hair in your paper cut really stands out! I love it plus I love the way you simplified the forms of the hydrangeas.They look very nice in this stylized form : )
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very, very welcome!

I proclaim myself a fan of this pop-art influenced illustrator (by the name of Yuichiro Fukaya.) Since he is heavily influenced by pop art, if you look hard enough you will notice the strong use of shadow contrast and bold lineart in many of his works. I think I just piggy-backed on his superb artwork and did the best I can. And I am really lucky to have attracted the attention of the papercutting community in general with "Ajisai no ame".

I delude myself that I could cut out all the hydrangeas when I first started. After the second clump I was about to give up... ^^; until the idea of simplifying them and stylising them came to mind. Otherwise this project would never have been finished, I am afraid!

But really... thank you very much for visiting and thank you so very much for your comments!
Much obliged.
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n-joe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Yes, I think his use of bold lineart makes his work especially fitting for the kind of work you're doing. They work good for monotonous pictures, because then the main focus is on the lineart itself- That's why I like your translation of the original art piece, although I'm aware you didn't change the lineart much except for simplifying some things.

And I already thought the simplifying things was because it would be harder otherwise. But it still fits, the hydrangeas don't look worse because they are less detailed than in the original picture : )
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to change very little when it comes to adaptation - after all, it's me translating another man's vision into a different medium. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then I imagine myself not so much as an independent artist but simply someone who pays tribute to others who, indeed, are artists. That's why I still can't get over the fact that people think I am an artist - no, no, I'm just a hack who has too much time on his hands!
... by the way, I am guessing the word you are looking for is "monochrome". I certainly don't think this gentleman produces "Monotone" works!

The insistence on faithful reproduction is a personal choice - a form of stubbornness, I suppose. Faithful reproduction is, in a way, a challenge as well as paying homage. I think that is why the inability to do so frustrated me until there was a compromise in my head. It's nice to know that you think the compromise is not inferior.
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n-joe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
ahh I meant monochrome sorry >__< /hugeenglishfail
hmm yes I understand what you're saying.. the concept/composition/design etc. and overall idea behind the work aren't yours, and that's a huge deal of what art is about.. otherwise if one defines art as a good handcraft, one could consider a copied work art as well, although it doesn't have anything original to it. But heck- why arguing about wether it's art or not. If you say yourself you want to be as close to the original art piece as possible, why not? It's all about ones own preferences, after all : )
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's OK... English is not my first language, either. English fails happen with me all the time.

You've hit the nail on the head - I am a crafter, not an artist. The concept and design came from the original artist - which is why I still don't quite know how to respond to how popular this piece has become. It's not exactly "mine", after all. I'm just the guy who transliterated it. And as a crafter and a "translator", being as close to the original is important, yes?

... so, like what I was saying last time, thank you for telling me that my adaptations are not inferior.
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canadafan14 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH HOLY DINGLEBERRIES!!! 8D a daily deviation~ CONGRATES~~~!!!! >w< *hugs* (although i personally think the sakuya one shouldve been the DD -w- *shot*) but im more than sure it mustve took yu for ever to make does flower XD
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much! Dingleberries...?

The reason why "Ajisaid no Ame" became a Daily Deviation is because the gentleman who suggested it did so before I completed "Manipulator of time." Even he said afterwards that Sakuya looked almost better than this piece itself. (Too bad, you have to wait for a full 3 months before your work can be nominated for a DD again.)

At one point in time, even I was ready to give it up - there were just waaaay too many flowers. But I'm glad that I stayed with this project, after all. It warms my heart to know that people actually like it!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Instant fav. I can't even imagine how much dedication and precision it takes to do such a detailed paper-cutting. The composition truly catches the eye, so balanced and elegant, and those hydrangeas are really beautiful, just as the flow of the hair. My congratulations!!! :worship: :clap:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

Thank you so much for your comment. It's hard to actually get good comments for this type of work because it's so foreign to most people. So I really need to thank you for taking the time to drop by and leave a comment.

I am still reeling from this whole "Daily Deviation" business. Fame sits uneasily with me, after all. Besides, I'm convinced that there are a lot of people out there who probably deserved it more than I do. You, for example!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right, and that's why I'm grateful: knowing you brought to my attention a form of art I wasn't familiar with. I really hope that your gallery will help me appreciate it more and more in the future.

I can barely picture how overwhelming it has to be! :giggle: But I think you deserved it, and that it must be a really particular experience; besides, you surely helped people know about papercutting as you did with me.
And nooooooooooo I absoluuutely don't deserve a thing, I still have to learn everything about drawing! ^^;
Have a nice day, and compliments again!! :clap:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not the only paper-cutter on dA, and another paper-cutter was once featured on Daily Deviations before. But I still think people don't quite know what this kind of work means and what one can do with a blade, a piece of paper (and entirely too much time on their hands...). Therefore, I'm really glad that you like it and it's an honour to know that I have helped you to get to know about paper-cutting...

I have a tendency to thank people personally when they add my work to their list of favourites. This is the first time I couldn't do that, actually ^^; The sheer number of people who just decided to drop by and add a favourite just escaped me. All I know now is that I've got to work harder; now I have a bigger audience who will be expecting good things from me!

You say you still have a lot to learn, but you also have quite a bit of talent to start off already. I think you'll be great one day, you just have to believe in yourself, that's all. There's no end to what you can learn (or what you think you have to learn). But if you keep working at it... one day, I fully believe you'll make it to the top.
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elgatogordo80 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Looks very Aubrey Beardsley-ish. I love it!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, well! I was waiting to see if anyone'll mention the name Beardsley. And you're the first to do so.
I'm so very glad and so very grateful to you.

The inspiration of this picture actually came from a Japanese artist named Yuichiro Fukaya. Although this gentleman takes a bit more after the pop-modern influence, it's uncanny how some of his art can look absolutely Beardsley-influenced. He comes highly recommended.

And once again, thank you very much for your comment!
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Lost-Remnant Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Oh my gosh, you got a DD! :iconcongratsplz: That's amazing just like this artwork! You always amaze me with these! :XD: It's so cool, my friend has a DD! :tighthug: My mom loves hydrangeas, too. :)
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these flowers; really, I do.
But when they appeared en masse on the cover of "Tsuki ni murakumo, hana ni ame"... even I did a double-take. I love them and I absolutely had to do something about them. And... this is what happened.


... I am still trying to adjust to the fact that I got a DD. I don't court fame and it sits uneasily with me. I am just glad that now more people will be introduced to this very-old kind of art...

Before I forget... thank you so very much.
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Amelie-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Congratulations!! This is truly beautiful!!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much.
You've seen me do this kind of things for a long time... it's just another project. But I guess people liked this one a whole lot...

... just found the right audience, I guess... ^^;
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freddet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
i adore this piece and congrats on the DD i will be e mailing you
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much!
And yes, please write me a mail when you wish. I'll be sure to answer it as quickly as I can.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Good job! Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you so very much for your comment and your compliment. I really appreciate it!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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anmeher Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning piece, congratulations on the DD!
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you very much for your compliments and your message. I really appreciate it!
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anmeher Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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Maivory Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sinny you are now cursed. Watch out for spammers who try to suck you in like twilight did to young girls. Love that you got a DA though. I just hope you still remember the little people who you talk too D=
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am, I am!
And believe you me, I am more afraid of it than you are.

Here's me, living quietly in my little hole in the wall... and now all of a sudden someone cast spotlight on the wall. It took me a whole half-minute to catch my jaw yesterday when I signed on and see my inbox chock-full of messages. This is taking a big toll on me... and it's scary, scary, scary...
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Maivory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How many messages D=
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yesterday... about 500 (favourites + comments). Today, around 200.
They are mostly focused on this piece, but they are also spread throughout the rest of this folder.

... funny how no one looks at anything else I've been doing... <sigh>
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Maivory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have *hugs work*
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! And that's why you're my real friend, right?
... unlike these "DD-chasers" out there... <grumble, grumble, grumble...>
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Maivory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*pats back and gives you some tea and scones* Jam?
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a great idea at this time, my friend.
Today's been a really long day. One of my patients passed away during the wee hours of this morning when I wasn't around. And I'm still feeling pretty raw about it... <sigh>
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GhostShow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Congratulations Sinny, my dear... This piece is rather lovely... Quite articulate with the details-- it's absolutely glamorous. You've always had quite the keen eye, in my opinion. It has given some wonderful results.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... I wonder about the "Keen eyes" this time.
There's been a big gap between when I started this piece and when I finally finished it. And during this period, I really spent some time to seriously think "Man, are you out of your mind? How in the world are you ever going to finish all these hydrangea flowers, anyhow?!" (in roughly those words...)

I guess there's this thing in me called stubbornness that finally paid off. I stuck with it knowing that I have never picked up a project without finishing it. I guess... if anything... I'm stubborn as a mule...
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AliceIGL Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Its just beautiful
Love the band Kagrra they make sound into music :)
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you so very much for your comment.
I am sad to see the band go myself, really. I don't think there's anyone else out there quite like them.
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Howlingstar89 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
This is one of the most amazing things I've seen.
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings:

Thank you so very much for your comment. If you're ever interested, check out the "Schrenschnitt and papercutting" sub-category in dA. I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised!
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