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Sun Queen Himiko. Inspired by the latest Tomb Raider (excuse my bad language, but that game is fucking epic!) and the gorgeous concept art by Brenoch Adams. The moment I saw that concept in the art book I knew I'll be making a personal painting myself. However, I didn't want to follow any patterns (like her in-game appearance or the one on the other concepts), but give her character own interpretation. The only feature I wanted to keep is her sun-shaped piece of the headdress. The other elements sort of came up together on their own based on different inspiration sources (like Curse of the Golden Flower movie, the divine Gong Li, etc.) and the own research I made. Speaking of which, this piece is fully and totally dedicated to :iconorphen5:. Without his great knowledge of the culture I wouldn’t be able to find a single piece of jewellery for the references, that guy’s head is better than any google-shmoogle. :XD:

Her gaze was the most challenging part for me, I kept tweaking her eyes throughout the whole process until I was happy with the result. I wanted the viewer to feel a touch of menace behind her royal gaze (Himiko was told to possess shamanistic powers, both according to the historical records and the game).
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:iconjohn-lok:
John-lok Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Beautiful artwork! <3
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SamanthaNishimura Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
This is breathtaking OMG I love it Heart 
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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TheIronLady Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Such beauty! <33
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Woodgnome01 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous portrait. Lot of wonderful detail in her headdress.
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind, thanks a lot! :aww:
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latur Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Ohmybloodygodallmighty! This is stunning! Great piece! Congrats! :thumbsup:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you kindly! Happy you enjoyed it :aww: :hug:
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Shadowheart82 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm seriously in love with this one. I have nothing else to add - it's just beautiful
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! :aww:
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:iconlo-lex:
lo-lex Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Very well done. The attention to detail is amazing, and I like the coloring. Good work!
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! :blowkiss:
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CherokeeWarrior1964 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
stunning color and detail
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! :heart:
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CherokeeWarrior1964 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
youre welcome
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GabeCroft Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Beautiful :D
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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GabeCroft Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
No problem ;)
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Pearlfisher1911 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Strong.
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Rananieida Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. A very powerful picture.
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! :aww:
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magic-bones Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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magic-bones Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome  ♥♥♥
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Writer
:jawdrop:

More than a touch of menace, there.  She's amazing!
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly, that was the plan, glad it worked :D
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Digital Artist
This Is A Great Looking Piece. Love The Detail Of The Head Piece.
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, the head piece was loads of fun to do :D
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic game huh! Great details, love it :)
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, the game is brilliant :la: And thank you so much :hug:
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^_^
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bluehorse-rmd Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
The detail in this is phenomenal! Clap 
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :la:
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HunterWithoutHead Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Обожаю этот арт *-*
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. I like this composition nad style. Congratulations!
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Ameer-Saadallah Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
well  done :) :+fav:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Kingoftheplatypus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Wow, just wow. She's perfect I love the way her hairstyle enter into the rising sun, plus the jewelry is such detailed it makes it even more perfect. She indeed inspire respect !  
We would be honored to have such a great portrait of Himiko in our group gallery about amazing hairstyles :iconcrazyhairstyle: 
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words and including the piece into your lovely group :heart:
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lawsonme12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I love this explicitly, much like you loved the latest Tomb Raider. You made your most challenging obstacle - the sly gaze -the highlight of the depiction. I swear it mesmerizes the eyes of this artistic layman. My line of focus shifts between the radiant jewelry, opulent skin, divine eyes, and luscious lips. In all honesty, whenever I played the new Tomb Raider, I totally expected you to make art for Sam/Himiko or the new Lara (voice acted by Camilla Luddington and played to perfection). I am so excited that you made this though because the Sun Queen Himiko interested me even before the new Lara was born (Thanks Crystal Dynamics). I love the mythology behind her "shamanistic powers" & the loyalty that she inspired in men. I respect her in some odd historical way; in the same way, I respect your amazing art. I love this as much as a flower loves the sun. Thank you for the beauty... Thank you for the art... Thank you for being you... LONG LIVE LARA!!!
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Yes, yes, Camilla acted it all so damn great, she's so amazing :iconyesyoucanplz: And the Queen just had to be depicted, I loved her so much and was just mesmerized by her too. It's a shame her appearance in the game "in person" was so short. Short, but epic :D And thank you so much for yet another inspiring comment, I'm always looking forward to them. :hug:

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xRomix3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Fantastic! After reading sun queen I was thinking of the latest Tomb Raider game immediately and then it was from there haha. I'm playing that game right now and it really is fucking epic! And so is your work. Have you ever done a Lara or maybe Sam artwork? (:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes, the game is totally gorgeous! :la: Thank you so much for your comment and yes, I did tones of Lara artworks, check my gallery :D
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
The best of May in illustration category in :iconparadiseofartists: you're featured in our blog: [link] and in our gallery: [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of April 2013. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 36 – April 2013 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thank you :aww:
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