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Yarra the Bunyip Empress by hiritai Yarra the Bunyip Empress by hiritai
This is my first Lagoona repaint, and it was interesting trying to paint those bulging eyes of hers x.x I wasn't originally painting this girl, I have a Draculaura I'm still working on, but I cut Lagoona's hair on a whim and it inspired me. I'm still yet to finish her but I thought I'd show a close-up of her face because I'm proud of her eyes, or the irises anyway. I tried a new technique and I think they came out really well.

She's a bunyip, which is an Aboriginal mythological creature. I actually am quite paranoid that she's come off a bit racist but that's really not my intention, I guess i'm a bit sensative to it as growing up there's a lot of conflict between us and the native people here. It's inspiration I'm really trying to show, obviously it's not exactly aboriginal painting I've done, but I did want to give her a a sort of crown drawn on by what hopefully looks like fingers (I actually used her own hand to paint them on lol) and the rest of her body is covered it spots and white paint and markings. I'll post a full shot once she's finished.

Anyhew, Yarra (from what I learned) means something like fast, or flowing. I took it from the Yarra river, which flows through Melbourne, my favourite place on earth. It's not eactly the nicest river as it flows through that city, but it's certainly a landmark all Melbournites are familiar with.

Anyway. Yarra the bunyip. I like her hair. She was originally a Classroom Lagoona. Her hair was coarse and kind of gross so I cut it all off into a dramatic asymmetrical bob, and tucked her bangs under the braid. I'm going to add some copper to her hair to match the paint on her body and face. When I'm feeling better I'll make her a costume and she can join Georgie in my permanent collection. Yes, sorry, she's not for sale :)
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kathleen-2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
the freckles look faaantastic!~
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Phoenixofdarkness62 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you did very well respecting the culture of the aborigines, while still creating such a beautiful girl. Her face up looking amazing, it really looks like she did her own face paint. :)
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mymothersgirl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
She's beautiful =)
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Jitsuzai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I don't think it can be construed as being racist at all. It's not often you see a bunyip character, which I think is a nice little reflection of Aboriginal culture. And I love that you used her own hand to paint her markings -- very original, and it worked wonderfully.
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NeverHealed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I'm just a white girl that doesn't know much about the aborigines, but it seems as if you've treated the whole thing with a lot of respect.
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NeverHealed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
And, she is very beautiful. I love that you painted her face with her hand.
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YugureMuffin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really adore your repaints
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
She's very beautiful and the painting looks so neat and detailed, particularly her eyes.
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EternalGraveDancer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very unique repaint. I really like the job you did dear! It might be the lighting, but how she's speckled and painted also reminds me of the fine sands and stones you can find along the sides of rivers on the little 'beach' edges too, really cute!
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lagif Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Her eyes and lips are really great!
Though, I like the sweet girls trio the most...
And somehow it reminds me I've missed Eiji and Hayden and others )
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