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Beneath the Black Cloak by Qiu-Ling Beneath the Black Cloak :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 3 1 Daddy and Daughter by Qiu-Ling Daddy and Daughter :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 5 0 The Hidden Key by Qiu-Ling The Hidden Key :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 11 0 St Francis of Assisi Pray for Us by Qiu-Ling St Francis of Assisi Pray for Us :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 12 4 One More Light - Star of Life by Qiu-Ling One More Light - Star of Life :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 4 0 Origami Komon Hikizuri by Qiu-Ling Origami Komon Hikizuri :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 4 0 Lotus Knot by Qiu-Ling Lotus Knot :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 11 2 Origami Houmongi Kimono by Qiu-Ling Origami Houmongi Kimono :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 8 3 Origami Komon Kimono by Qiu-Ling Origami Komon Kimono :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 1 0 Little Phoenix Momiji by Qiu-Ling Little Phoenix Momiji :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 8 4 Happy New Year! by Qiu-Ling Happy New Year! :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 7 0 In Honour of Your Service by Qiu-Ling In Honour of Your Service :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 9 0 Fukuai - Lucky in Love by Qiu-Ling Fukuai - Lucky in Love :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 12 1 Festival of the Dead by Qiu-Ling Festival of the Dead :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 8 0 Oberon by Qiu-Ling Oberon :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 14 2 Space Dragons in Space by Qiu-Ling Space Dragons in Space :iconqiu-ling:Qiu-Ling 22 7


Canadian Icon by mvlaniel Canadian Icon :iconmvlaniel:mvlaniel 23 4 Sancte Michael Archangele by marva78 Sancte Michael Archangele :iconmarva78:marva78 7 2 St Marina of Omura by NowitzkiTramonto St Marina of Omura :iconnowitzkitramonto:NowitzkiTramonto 137 22 St. Michael icon by Theophilia St. Michael icon :icontheophilia:Theophilia 443 120 Alone - Watercolour by AstridBruning Alone - Watercolour :iconastridbruning:AstridBruning 882 147 Teutonic Knight by sandu61 Teutonic Knight :iconsandu61:sandu61 155 24 Roman Legionnaire (sec. I - II CE) by sandu61 Roman Legionnaire (sec. I - II CE) :iconsandu61:sandu61 184 16 Mongol by sandu61 Mongol :iconsandu61:sandu61 41 3 Back to the folklore by amerat Back to the folklore :iconamerat:amerat 778 57 Olympias of Epirus by Panaiotis Olympias of Epirus :iconpanaiotis:Panaiotis 69 5 Aion Nostalgia by EvaGataArtist Aion Nostalgia :iconevagataartist:EvaGataArtist 2,876 746 Sylwia by ZawArt Sylwia :iconzawart:ZawArt 205 24 Hercules and Hydra by GENZOMAN Hercules and Hydra :icongenzoman:GENZOMAN 4,554 146 Dreams of Valhalla by CG-Zander Dreams of Valhalla :iconcg-zander:CG-Zander 2,233 319 Lackadaisy Memorial by tracyjb Lackadaisy Memorial :icontracyjb:tracyjb 5,339 204 St. Gregory the Great icon by Theophilia St. Gregory the Great icon :icontheophilia:Theophilia 166 33


Beneath the Black Cloak
Here's a doodle of my OC Kuroi-Ryuu; the storm spirit.  I love drawing his tattoos but they are usually mostly hidden beneath his black cloak; as is much of the rest of his costume.  His outfit is inspired by men's kitsuke and kimono, as well as samurai armour.

Media:  Technical Pen and Photoshop
Daddy and Daughter
This is a Daddy / Daughter portrait I completed for a co-worker last fall.  It was a Christmas present for her partner.  It was drawn from her partner's favourite photo of himself with his daughter.  I completed it using chalk pastel on brown textured paper.
The Hidden Key
A few months back I was putting together outfits for the 2017 Anime North Kimono Fashion Show.  Our theme was "Kimono Around the World" and the show featured kitsuke representing many cultures around the world.  One of the outfits I put together included some kimono made from sari fabric, and I came up with a means of wearing them that was influenced by the way a sari is draped.

You can see the original sketch here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
The kitsuke test run here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
And the final outfit here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…

After coming up with this design, I was immediately inspired to do this drawing.  This is my OC Kuriyami.  This character always wears outfits that are meant to be a sort of fusion of the clothing of different Asian cultures, and this particular kitsuke seemed perfect for the character.  Kuriyami's kimono have "magical" sleeves, in that the character is constantly hiding things in it's sleeves, or pulling things out of them even though they appear empty.  At multiple points in the story, Kuriyami meets the challenge of a locked door by pulling an ancient key from it's sleeve and hiding it there again when no longer needed.

Media:  Technical pen and photoshop
St Francis of Assisi Pray for Us
This picture has a bit of a sad story behind it.  About a year ago I made friends with a little stray cat.  He came to my window one night begging for food, and I couldn't turn him away hungry.  Eventually, he got comfortable enough around me to let me pat him.  After he'd been visiting for a few weeks, he disappeared.  I searched for him and enlisted the help of a local animal rescue in finding him.  I prayed every day that he would come back.  I prayed even just to see him in the area so I would know that he was okay.  I also asked St. Francis to intercede on my behalf given his patronage for animals.  2 months in the dead of winter passed and I was just about ready to give up hope.  Then, one night, I got an email from the animal rescue.  Someone a few kilometers from my house had found him.  I went to pick him up the next day.  Though, I was happy to find him, it broke my heart to see him again.  He was skin and bones, his ear was frost bitten and he would eventually lose half of it.  He also had wounds on his neck from being attacked by another cat.  I brought him home and started taking care of him.  A week later, he developed a life threatening fever.  I took him to the vet and found out he'd contracted FIV and FELV from that attack.  He was immune compromised and as a result had contracted an infection he couldn't fight.  I worked with my vet, and fought for over a month to bring this little guy back to health.  No matter what we tried, his fever kept coming back even with the help of antibiotics.  I realized he probably wouldn't survive, but I was determined to give him as much love and comfort as possible before the end of his life.  He was the biggest sweetheart, and he suffered through so much in his short little life.  In the end, I had to let him go.  After he passed, I drew this picture of him resting in St. Francis' loving embrace as a memorial.

Media:  Technical Pen and Photoshop

New Items on Ebay and Etsy! [May 01/11]

Journal Entry: Sun May 1, 2011, 4:26 PM
I've listed a few more items today; a couple of kimono as well as some prints and cards.

Little Sakura Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Peacock Clips I by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Peacock Clips II by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Purple Orchid Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Waterflower Combs by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Pale Yellow Orchid Clips - FOR SALE



Autumn Beauty by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Autumn Kiku by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Blossoming Peonies by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Lime Green Butterfly Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Turquoise Butterfly by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Yellow Butterfly Clip by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Cheery Plaid Set by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Fall Fire by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Fiery Fall Flower Clip by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Fiery Fall Flower Pin by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Fire Blossoms by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Golden Kiku by Kurokami-Kanzashi     Ice Kiku by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Lime by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Pink Butterfly by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Shell Flower Comb by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Sunshine by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Large Pink Hana by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Spanish Chrysanthemums by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Snow White by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Taisho Roman Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Taisho Roman Pin by Kurokami-Kanzashi

Channeling India - Pink by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Dreamer's Jewels by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Butterflies I by Kurokami-Kanzashi   Little Butterflies III by Kurokami-Kanzashi

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From the Girls Back Home by Qiu-Ling   The Happiest Deer Ever by Qiu-Ling   Oiran Parade by Qiu-Ling   Raven by Qiu-Ling   Wagon Road Dusk by Qiu-Ling  An Apple a Day  Mayday - FOR SALE  Here's a Little Present from THE EASTER BUNNY! - FOR SALE  Northern River  You're Mine!

A Samurai Never Sleeps by Qiu-Ling   Autumn Maiko by Qiu-Ling   Butterfly by Qiu-Ling   Butterfly Maiden - Christine by Qiu-Ling   Etheria by Qiu-Ling   The Four Seasons Robe by Qiu-Ling   Fuji Musume by Qiu-Ling   Ikkiichiyuu by Qiu-Ling   Koi Yin Yang by Qiu-Ling   The Lady of Lindisfael by Qiu-Ling   Lady Autumn by Qiu-Ling   Lady Spring by Qiu-Ling   Lady Winter by Qiu-Ling   Land of the Silver Birch by Qiu-Ling   Mokuren by Qiu-Ling   Momiji Heian by Qiu-Ling   Momiji Oiran by Qiu-Ling   Phoenix Dragon by Qiu-Ling   St Michael Defend us in Battle by Qiu-Ling   Spirit Dance by Qiu-Ling   With One Look... by Qiu-Ling  Dust in the Wind  Hawk Ridge - FOR SALE  Kisetsu and the Four Seasons Robe - FOR SALE  La Luna  Northern Impressions - FOR SALE  Qi-Ling - FOR SALE  Rebirth - FOR SALE

TLWH - Chapter 11
The Lone, Wild Heart:
Chapter: 11 - A Flame Extinguished
By: Christina Stoppa
Flight came quickly to Arcturus. Though Glissendel was a wonderful teacher, Arcturus honestly found himself learning more by observing the dragonflies at the lakeshore. He flew more like them than Glissendel did, simply because of the shape of his wings. Glissendel and all the other Woodland Fairies were more like butterflies or moths in their flight patterns. They relied heavily on flapping their wings in slower sweeping motions and gliding for short distances. Arcturus's wings, however, beat much more rapidly. He was significantly more manoeuvrable in the air and could turn very sharply as well. He was also considerably faster than any of the Woodland Fairies. Though he was only a child, he could already defeat Glissendel in a race very easily.
Arcturus could also do something that the Woodland Fairies had never seen. The child remembered it from his parents and brother. If ever he worried that his wings co
   Kindred Spirits by Qiu-Ling   Kitsuke Accessories by Qiu-Ling   Mukubal Kimono by Qiu-Ling   Soft is the Song by Qiu-Ling  A Cage of Flesh  Akiron   Anime Doodle Arcturus  Battle for the Orb of the Dead   Autumn Fairy  The Funeral  Jewelled Wyvern - FOR SALE

Black Bear I by Qiu-Ling   Bobcat and Snowshoe Hare by Qiu-Ling  Nokomis Overlooking Gitchee-Gumee - FOR SALE

The Blessed Kiss of Winter

Devil in a Red Dress by Qiu-Ling  Distant Mountains - FOR SALE  Hibiscus - FOR SALE


Some of the pieces in my other gallery are now over five years old, or nearing five years old.  So take a few minutes to say goodbye to these babies because they will be removed from my gallery at the end of the month.  Then they can rest happily and peacefully in their retirement.

Up for retirement on May 1st:
Fuyu by Qiu-Ling

Up for retirement on June 1st:
Tridium by Qiu-Ling   Tayuu Calendar by Qiu-Ling

Prints of some of these pieces are up for sale in my Etsy shop:


Killarney 2010:
Silence on the Water…

India 2011:
Wood for the Cooking Fires…




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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for the fav <3
natzufall Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
2nd entry for liv's contest:painter: revision 
Welcome to Ink & Watercolor! Love 
Eddyfying Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave!
PVersus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This :iconllama3dplz:  for your :iconfav3dplz: Thanks! 
castelmi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of :iconart-canada: for being chosen for this months "#Art-Canada's Featured Pick of the Month!" :clap::flagcanada: As this months feature you will get to choose the featured artist for next month. This piece must be of someone else's work found within the group's gallery and not of the featured artist from the previous month. It also can't be a piece already found within the featured folder. If I don't get a reply from you before 1st of the next month, I will choose a deviation at random. All featured pieces will remain in the featured folder.

Although late for this month, you are the first "#Art-Canada's Featured Pick of the Month!" with the piece "Beaver Tail" [link] . :clap: Please keep in mind that next month is July and therefore it would be nice if the chosen piece reflected upon Canada Day. :flagcanada:

Thank you,


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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thank you very much!
Parsat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013   Writer
Thanks for the favorite on Mulan. I think your username/Chinese name is very beautiful. :)
flytier Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Thanks for the fave on [link]
Haritina Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011

Happy holidays!

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