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Sesshoumaru/Kagome -- critique/help?

I'm currently revising an old picture of mine and trying to pin down a look for Sesshoumaru (and Kagome) that I can live with over a longer period of time. It's mainly because I'm thinking of picking up the Cats and Dogs doujin again, and I want to do it properly, in a consistent style. Here's what I have:

If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. I want Sesshoumaru to look as masculine as possible without losing that ethereal air he has, and Kagome to be a mix between slutty sensual and innocent.

Also, how unlikely would it be for Kagome to wear some Turkish harem costume in her, er, sex kitten form? Since this is a hentai doujin everything is flimsy, from the premise to the clothes, but I'd like to keep some semblance of realism in the details.

And if she were living with Sesshoumaru, how likely is it that she would wear modern clothes occasionally instead of yukata/kimonos? Any help is appreciated, really.


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Mar. 9th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
First of all, I love this. I loved the original, and all of the pages that you've got so far, but this beats the original. I particularly like the change you made with Kagome's eyes. Before, they seemed too large for her face.

For Sesshoumaru, you've already got him looking much more masculine than normal. I love his neck. Very strong looking. Keeping in mind that I know nothing about anatomy, so I might suggest something impossible (in which case you can laugh all you want), I think his ears could be narrowed just a touch. At the moment, a) the points are being lost in his hair, and b) they make his face look slightly too round/soft. Still, he's gorgeous. And sexy. And smug.

For the Turkish harem outfit...not likely at all. Unless you consider that Sesshoumaru is a very powerful youkai, and if he wants his girl to have an outfit like that, by the gods, she'll get one. And persumably, by the same token, if Kagome wanted one, by Sesshoumaru, she'd get one. So I think you could pull that one off.

For modern clothes, is this in the "canon" universe? If it is, I'd imagine she'd be able to wear modern clothes if she wanted to, at least occasionally. If all else failed, she'd at least be able to have something close made for her.

I'm so glad you're picking this back up. You're by far my favorite S/K artist! Can't wait to see more.
Mar. 10th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
You're right about the ears, I think. I'll definitely see what I can do! :)

I should have explained things better when it comes to the harem outfit: it hasn't been bought by Sesshoumaru. The clothes and Kagome's transformation are the result of a spell gone wrong -- she wanted to surprise him, but she got her magic scroll from Sengoku Jidai equivalent of Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler. I just wondered whether it would be likely for youkai concubines to wear those kinds of clothes.

The story takes place quite a while after the jewel has been assembled, so nothing in the canon universe explicitly contradicts the possibility yet. ^__^ Thanks for the feedback -- I think I'll dress Kagome in modern clothes, that's nicer than the kimonos. And since the pages are just sketches and need to be redone anyway it's no trouble.
Mar. 10th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
...If you're invoking magic here, of course the clothes are fine. Seriously though, if it's a question of would a concubine have them, again, it depends on their level. The youkai equivalent of a hot springs geisha probably wouldn't be encountering much in the way of the culturally exotic. A concubine to a high ranking or powerful youkai on the other hand would be much more likely to. Of course, each culture has a different idea of what's "sexy," so whether or not they'd want to emulate what they saw is a different story. But even there, you've got room to play due to the differences in individual tastes.

Glad I could help. Good luck and I can't wait to see the results!

Oh, and before I forget, what medium did you use for this? I love the way the colors and shading turned out!

Mar. 11th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)

I'm assuming that Sesshoumaru has traveled outside of Japan -- which is pretty farfetched. I love the aesthetics of those 1001 night tales though, and I'd love to see how they mesh with the Inuyasha world, so I guess I'll just try it and see what happens. ^__^

I used Photoshop for this, with the usual hard-edged round brush. I hardly use anything else these days. Painter IX cost a lot of money but it keeps crashing on me and I'm sick of it, so I haven't used it in a while.

I'm looking forward to Photoshop CS3, though. I'm considering buying a whole suite this time as soon as I've saved the money. I'd love to have Dreamweaver and Illustrator and everything else.
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
It looks fantastic. The originaly was really sexy in its own righ, but I do admit paring down the image really gives it a professionalism of a front cover.

No idea on the Turkish outfit, but...canon!Kagome wore modern 99% of the time we see her in the cartoon. Anytime she's not in school, she usually dresses rather conservatively - jeans, sweater, T-shirt, etc. Now, clearly this a different prospect all together, but I can't imagine her dressing habits are going to change that much.
Mar. 10th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well, these are just detail shots so far, so I haven't recropped the actual image. Right now I'm working on the background to get it more detailed. Do you think I should recrop?

In any case, you've made me very happy, since I was leaning towards dressing Kagome in modern clothing and now I can! *hugs you*
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I don't have, a LJ, but i'm interested in this story releasing, i would say that she might wear anything really, if she's with Him rather then IY, then i would have to think that her mind set has changed, some from child to woman, more so, if it takes place years later... I'm sure she'd very in control and intouch with her body now, and modern clothes in Sess's house might seem a bit odd. those are my thoughts though. thanks
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
reply to: Sesshoumaru/Kagome -- critique/help?
Ok, I remember seeing this on deviantart (.) com and loved the picture. Here is my reply; Kagome could have, at any point, borrowed 1 of Sango's outfits (not the slayer one, the pink and green one) but never did. She likes wearing her uniform since Inuyasha doesn't like her going home so the chances she gets are fairly random. She'd probably never wear Turkish harem clothes but she shows no qualms over mini skirts. So if her outfits are mostly modern and shorts or short skirts I think you'd still have a realistic version of her wardrobe. As for the yukatas or kimonos, Kagome is very respectful and polite when she wants so if there is company or if there is an occacion she'd wear traditional clothing from that era. Hope this helps =)
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