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Okami Amaterasu art design by Shayeragal Okami Amaterasu art design by Shayeragal
main character of the game Okami
i made this image using old technique of ink and paintbrush

Okami© Clover studio

the good thing is what the character have a history of japanese legend this character is a reicarnation of the Amaterasu goddess of sun

Amaterasu(天照;), Amaterasu-ō-mi-kami (天照大神 or 天照大御神;) or Ōhiru-menomuchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神;) is in Japanese mythology, a sun goddess, and perhaps the most important Shinto deity (神, kami). She was born from the left eye of Izanagi as he purified himself in a river, and went on to become the ruler of the Higher Celestial Plane (Takamagahara) and was also considered to be directly linked in lineage to the Imperial Household of Japan and the Emperor, who were considered Descendants of the Kami themselves
Story of Amaterasu
Amaterasu is described in the Kojiki as the Sun goddess which was born from Izanagi, who was also accompanied by her sibling, Susanoo, the storm deity. In the Kojiki, Amaterasu is described as the god from which all light eminates, and is also often referred to as the sun goddess because of her warmth and compassion for the people who worshipped her; an interpretation of "light" or "heat" as passion, or purity. This is thought of as a likely interpretation, as upon seeing the actions of her brother, Susanoo, she fled to the cave, Ama-no-Iwato in embarrassment, obscuring the light she emanated and plunging the world into darkness.

Despite the fact that several interpretations list Amaterasu to have acted in embarrassment, it is listed in several places to have been triggered due to fear of reprisals from her brother. According to one interpretation[1], Amaterasu, when visited by her brother, was fearful because of her brother's use of power; using lightning and storms to manipulate the earth so as to allow him easier passage to meet her on the plane of high heaven (高天原, Takamagahara), which subsequently caused all living beings to go into hiding.

Upon seeing the use of Susanoo's power, Amaterasu took precautions and readied a bow and quiver at her side. Despite the fact that this may be seen as a somewhat rash decision, prior to meeting Amaterasu, Susanoo was persistent in meeting his late mother in the underworld. However, it is detailed that Susanoo was in fear of becoming lost, as he had learnt of the disturbing nature of the underworld, and so it is possible that Amaterasu feared Susanoo had visited the underworld, and returned somewhat jaded or changed.

The other gods begged her to come out, to no avail. Then the goddess Ama-no-Uzume had an idea. She hung a mirror (鏡, Kagami) on a nearby tree, organized a celebration and performed an erotic dance before the cave. It made the other gods laugh so loud that Amaterasu became curious and peeked out. She saw her own reflection in the mirror, which startled her so much that the other gods were able to pull her out and convince her to return to the sky.


Torii at the Ama-no-Iwato Shrine in Takachiho, Miyazaki PrefectureLater she sent her grandson Ninigi-no-Mikoto to pacify Japan: his great-grandson became the first emperor Emperor Jimmu. With him he had a sacred sword (Kusanagi), jewel and mirror that became the Japanese imperial regalia.

Amaterasu is also credited with inventing the cultivation of rice and wheat, the use of silkworms, and weaving with a loom. Her most important shrine, the Grand Shrine of Ise, is located in Ise, Japan on the island of Honshu. The shrine is torn down and rebuilt every twenty years. In that shrine she is represented as a mirror, one of the three Japanese imperial regalia.

She is celebrated every July 17 with street processions all over the country. Festivities on December 21, the winter solstice, celebrate her coming out of the cave.

Until the end of World War II, the Japanese royal family claimed descent from Amaterasu, and the emperor was officially considered divine.


Amaterasu in popular culture
In the video game Ōkami, the main character is Amaterasu incarnated as a wolf, and is constantly referred to as "origin of all that is good and mother to us all."
A character in Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series is named Amerasu after her.
Amaterasu (played by Kira Clavell) features as a character in the Stargate SG-1 television series. In the show, she is an ancient Goa'uld responsible for seeding the Shinto religion on earth thousands of years ago.
A character in the popular anime/manga Naruto, Itachi Uchiha, has a technique by the name of Amaterasu.
Amaterasu was the name of the main flagship in the anime Starship Operators
Amaterasu was also the name of the Asuka City counterpart in Digimon World 3
Amaterasu is a character in the manga, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, in which she is the older sister of Princess Tomoyo (also known as Tsukiyomi) and the Empress of the Nihon/Japan (the world Kurogane came from). She is recognized as Tsubasa's incarnation of RG Veda's Kendappa-ō.
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MokurenSugisaki7797 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
^^ WOLVES
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xMaikoWolfx Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow!!Beautiful
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Quicksilver-88 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Very interesting info you have on this.
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RinTheCrazyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
WoW Oo
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Medral Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Wonderful OoO
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SOOOOO COOOOOL!!!!!
and i'm sure that description took FOREVER!
what program?
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knight-alui Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
woooow te quedo muy bien
lo isiste a puro pincel?
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
si ,en una hoja de papel corriente XD
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qpmjcv Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
concepto del okami : LOBA ROMPER
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Gargu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
I ABSOLUTELY love this game!

Great job, you should try more in the other style like this.
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BloodPigs Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007   General Artist
Niceeee. Okami is an amazing game. :heart:
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Saint-Seafoam Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
Ahh, so pretty *o* I really like how you did the brushstrokes and used the colors in a way that compliment eachother. It's beautiful :]
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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RedStar07 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Cool pic :D

:+fav:
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VILLENA-BLACKMESA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
¡INCREIBLE! Es espectacular. Otra obra de arte de tu autoría. Eres un genio del arte. Es como si lo hubieras pintado a mano.

Definitivamente tu arte y tus técnicas son PERFECTOS.
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nickkissimo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
no words to explain how i have appreciate this paint... my eyes is full of tears!!! fantastic awesome...
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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SueyZaid Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
OMFG!!!

I love this game!

I´ve just too less money to buy it

:tears:
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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Onijai Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
I love Okami! It's a really beautiful game and I think you captured the old-art style very well. Maybe you could teach me some tips sometime, thank you for capturing the beauty of this amazing game! :)
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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Fire-Feather Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
That's absolutly beautiful! Great job!!^o^ :+fav:
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FoxHawke Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Very nice, despite never having said a word in the game I liked Ammy and I believe you captured her character very well here. Good job on this awesome piece inspired by an equally awesome game. :D
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot^^
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darksandwolf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
beautiful, I love the game!
Did you paint the coloured bits before the ink? I'v just started ink painting, and it would be great if you could give me some tips. Thank you! ^^
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
let me some time for clen mi comission box,and the image has inked first using the little paintbrush in a rice paper
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Edge14 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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TheCelestialDemoness Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Student Filmographer
Woa... now that's awesome! ^^
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Creampuff-of-DOOM Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
AMAZING
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moorkasaur Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
OKAMI, great... its hard not 2 spoil the style of the game with fanart of Amaterasu... u sucseeded )) amazing art
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Rirath Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work.
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bonjourpetitchat Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
SO much love for this picture, and for the game. <33
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kanazuchi92 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
I like the picture! I can't paint that well... T-T
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WolfoftheDarkForest Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
nicely down. and thank for the insight of Amaterasu.
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DarkDragoonX Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bella ilustración de la diosa-lobo C=
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hikarutsukino Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
wow, capturaste el estilo a la perfeccion
Amataretsu se ve divina *_*
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jason65 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
yay okami i cant wait to finish it, im at sei-an city. ta da! it really looks like official art great job!
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dragonmasterx10 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really looks like the art from the game, nicely done!
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rebecki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
veryvery nice description you placed along with the wonderful artwork.
excellant. =)
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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rebecki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
you're welcome =)
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scarletfrog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006
i think u're calling ammy a he and umm isnt ammy a GIRL?
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
please read the description
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scarletfrog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006
umm isnt ammy a GIRL?
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scarletfrog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006
hehe my bad. sometime i tends to just read frist sencse *w/e it spelled* as u notice.
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
please read the description
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DraggyGirl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006  Student Photographer
its awesome :D your talented :D
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Shayeragal Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
thank you ^^
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Tyr-malystryxs Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006
okami rocks
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