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Summer Day by KristenPlescow Summer Day by KristenPlescow
My entry for the 2012 Anthro Calendar~ :la: The mythical animal that I chose was the tanuki of Japanese folklore—


"The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting, but somewhat gullible and absent-minded." —Wikipedia


They're a really interesting bunch, and the Japanese have some equally interesting ways of portraying certain parts of their anatomy (which I chose to omit for obvious reasons, LOL).

For those interested in purchasing a copy of the calendar, pre-orders are now open, and there's an early-bird discount until the 30th ($20 + $2.50/8.00 shipping depending on if you're an Australian resident or International). At the very least, be sure to check out the other artists' entries (the above link should have everyone's gallery)! ;D
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Given 2011-12-23
Summer Day is by *CentraDragon ( Featured by KovoWolf )
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a lovely picture. So happy and full of warmth. I love that they're in the shade, and the different designs of the various tanuki. Beautiful. :)

You chose to omit parts of the anatomy, but they seem to have worked their way into the fruits anyway!
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Batia Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
beautiful :)
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Xendria101 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the picture. the background is really nice and the raccoon dogs or tanukies are so expressive.
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Shembre Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Wow, so pretty! I like the bright colors paired with the warm purple that's shading the characters. :D
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latent-ookami Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful detail! DD is so deserved. :D
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Swiftstack Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student Photographer
This reminds me of Okami. C: SO CUTE! <3
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momijigirl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
What an awesome style! Love this so much! :heart:
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dragstarz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Wow.. That is just.. Awesome :) I love the expression!
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Ymily Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Man...I dont know why but I smiled when I saw that :) Happy colors...Happy faces.. :) I really like it!
Going to check your other gallery too..I hope it rocks too :PP
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xamxam Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
i love your picture :D the lines, lighting, and mood are really charming.
Really nice work! And congrats.
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W0lfxer0 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me want to rewatch Pom Poko. Love it! :lol:
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MarkP0rter Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
this painting is great and i love tanuki with a passion! yet i think most western people dont know about tanuki :C which makes me cry. i seriously mean it. mario does NOT turn into a raccoon. its a tanuki.

anyways as much as i love your art (great work) you didnt really CAPTURE the tanuki too well. i know everyone from the west will hate me and disagree with me and you probably didn't have the balls (literally speaking) but the special ability about the tanuki IS the enlarged scrotum. that's just the way it is. no matter IF you as a westerner hates this and no matter if DEVIANT ART as an AMERICAN websites hates this (And i know they do).

this is just the way they are and behave [link] here have a wikipedia link [link] they are ALWAYS displayed with their large testicles but this is also the main problem i see. why its normal for every kid in japan i think AMERICAN deviant art would have a big problem with this being ignorant towards different cultures and traditions. really a shame.
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anyways this still is beautiful art, with wonderful facial expressions, great knowledge of colours, i love how the water looks cartoony but still like water, love those little swirls in the clouds which add some "asian" style you know like clouds in old painting/dragon ball and so on. also i really like putting soft white outlines around stuff so don't think im complaining about your artwork and skill here which is AWESOME and outstanding. its just that i feel you forgot / didn't dare to draw the main aspect of tanuki (and thats just the way it is, i didnt create them) and the fact that deviant art would not approve of this since they are from a different culture
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CruxianAzelf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, maybe all of the tanuki in view are female tanuki. :D
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Sep13oct14 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I looked it up.....lol that's hilarious!!!!!
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is reminding me of kung fu panda and i dunno why! lovely work!
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Digi-artist101 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is just too awesome!
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LadyMurkrow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist
it's good to see that this got a DD
congrats
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Natmonkey Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute, cute, cute. Love the details and that water looks stunning.
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Lyra-brjp Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Sooo cute *--*
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CHBININJA Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Artist
Aw cute!
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vtas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amggg congrats! :iconlaplz:
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Im happy to see this got a DD :D
I love the different styles :3
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ajnif Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
awww lovely!
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BigshotBazooka Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, psh...
The tanooki's extremities of great size are what make them tough!
I still do the love the picture anyway, though, what with the difference in each of the raccoon dogs.
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LadyRhianwriter Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Ah yes, their... large tracts of land in the South. ;)
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quasi-real Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
you forgot their bawls. :U

but seriously, this is such a lovely piece. You're color palette is superb.
Love the white outline. I'm having such a hard time expressing how awesome this work is.
Just fantastic.
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Tanukies are cute little critters :3
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That looks very nice. :D
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
great picture!
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SilverArgent Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a great work, congratulations ;)
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MoltoFuckingBene Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Tanuki! <3 my favorite <3
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Dolphinkitty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
cewl :meow:
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wilithien Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I love the colours!
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MySweetQueen-Dolls Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
congrats, for the DD!
THIS is a deserved DD, at last! :heart:
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elcomandante-studio Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautifull! :D
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CobaltWolfSirius Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
cute! =3
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cxmb Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
absolutely amazing! :D
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MA-Graphics Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love it a lot :clap:
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Hetare-muni Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soooo cuuuute!!!
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aquamarinetiger98 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing!!!
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OctoFlash Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
you've captured an outstanding mood there, sir!
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OctoFlash Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
excause me, madame!
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ScarletDevil1503 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD. :iconbwavoplz: Very nice work. :heart:

Merry Christmas! :xmas: :santa: :snowflake: :holly:

-Scarlet
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Tobal-Dibujon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Filmographer
hahahaah I wanna be there fishing too!!! hahahah Love it!!!
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Specialwater7 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is verry magical, and a good story-line, you can make a book from it=3
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student
OMG This is awesome! and so magnificent!
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I simply adore the colour and the style you have in this artwork! Bravo!
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