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Yuki-onna by MarahScott Yuki-onna by MarahScott
My entry for :iconcharligal-stock:'s "Myths & Dreams" stock use contest [link]

I was inspired by ~charligal-stock's stock portrait photo since it is kind of oriental themed I researched japanese myths I knew I was looking for a story about a "snow queen" type spirit and I found Yuki-onna which fit perfectly, I wanted to portray a character that is harsh and cold (though beautiful) who has a hidden soft side and has the normal dreams and hopes of a regular person...

A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old.
One winter day, they could not come back home because of a snowstorm. They found a hut in the mountain and decided to sleep there. On this particular evening, Minokichi woke up and found a beautiful lady with white clothes. She breathed on old Mosaku and he was frozen to death.
She then approached Minokichi to breathe on him, but stared at him for a while, and said, "I thought I was going to kill you, the same as that old man, but I will not, because you are young and beautiful. You must not tell anyone about this incident. If you tell anyone about me, I will kill you."
Several years later, Minokichi met a beautiful young lady, named Oyuki (yuki = "snow") and married her. She was a good wife. Minokichi and Oyuki had several children and lived happily for many years. Mysteriously, she did not age.
One night, after the children were asleep, Minokichi said to Oyuki: "Whenever I see you, I am reminded of a mysterious incident that happened to me. When I was young, I met a beautiful young lady like you. I do not know whether it was dream or she was a Yuki-onna..."
After finishing his story, Oyuki suddenly stood up, and said "That woman you met was me! I told you that I would kill you if you ever told anyone about that incident. However, I can't kill you because of our children. Take care of our children... " Then she melted and disappeared. No one saw her again.
In some versions, she chose not to kill him rather because he told her which she did not treat as a broken promise given that he never told anyone else. However, she parts to the afterlife afterward the same way.
-Wikipedia [link]

model is of course :iconcharligal-stock:
ice is from :icondugamy-stock:
trees are from :iconamarli-stock:
snow and mist painted by me
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Elandria Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for sharing your work! You have been featured in my latest edition of "This...To That", here --> [link] :love:
charligal Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
This really is one of my all time fave stock uses!
Muppelicious Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous depiction of the myth. Well done, keep up the incredible stuff.
charligal-stock Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are part of my video feature here: [link]
KoRn-sTaR60291 Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Very amazing picture - the myth is also quite interesting as well :3
MarahScott Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:huggle: thank you!
KoRn-sTaR60291 Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob ^____^
CarolineCherry Aug 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
In my journal: [link]

MarahScott Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you dear :hug:
Mollinda Aug 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
This has been featured in my journal:
:star: [link] :star:
Thankyou for adding me to your devWATCH :peace: :heart:
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