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Tomoe's "first" name is 'Ame', which means 'rain'.


I've been wanting to draw this picture for like.... months. Like before I left Canada. Remember that sketch I did a while back of Tomoe and scrapped because I disliked it? I was trying to capture this title and failed. I think I FINALLY nailed it.

A few concerns I had while drawing this was, firstly and as usual, Tomoe herself. I find girls difficult to draw as it is, but Tomoe is a difficult customer because she holds herself very proudly and demands respect from her underlings and is extremely strong in both personality as well as the fact that she's very athletic (She'd have to be swinging her swords around). However, she's also still in control of her femininity and does not try and turn herself into a man, despite her position in her Lord's court.

I wanted to draw her being slightly more vulnerable, but I didn't want her to look helpless and pathetic. I put her hand on her sword hilt, trying to show that even when she's dropped her guard, she's still alert.

The second concern I had was with Usagi. He looked fine as a pencil sketch but once I adjusted him in photoshop to the size I wanted I was afraid he'd look a little dominant and almost threatening in the picture, especially with Tomoe's pose. I tried to keep them at the same eye-level and made sure to drop Usagi's shoulders to avoid him looking like he was in a threatening pose. I found after I added the colour it helped calm him down and didn't make him look like he was about to attack her.
.....probably not a good idea anyway. She's whupped his ass once before, I'm not sure he'd want her to do it again XDDD

Lastly, Tomoe's skin/fur colour is always tricky for me because she's very yellow in colour which I find difficult to shade. I had trouble cooling the colour without making her look dead.

All in all I'm happy with the end result :D I think I solved my problems with it and I think my new method of shading is helping me understand value better and isn't as mushy and vague as it use to be.

Tomoe doesn't have straight hair... so I'm pretty sure it goes CRAZY when it gets wet.

I was very happy because I didn't need to do any contrast/colour adjustment at the end of the picture. The pure colours I used were good enough :D

I hope you guys like. I do X3
This took like 12 hours @___@ WHY??! (That's straight btw. my poor butt.)

Background and Tomoe's hair - Painter IX
Usagi and Tomoe - Photoshop CS3

Inspired somewhat by one of my favourite songs by one of my mom's artsy musician friends:

Your mother named you 'Storm'
And you rained upon the blinding dust of Earth
Overlying this hard heart.
And I know I told you that I wouldn't cry on the day the clouds cleared
and you said "Hey, so you're a real tough babe
But don't you know that

Stronger people cry
Stronger people cry
Stronger people cry

And heaven knows we need
Never be ashamed of our tears
For they are rain upon the blinding dust of Earth
Overlying these hard Hearts."


------- "Storm" by Anneke Hannekom


Lol, long artist's comment is long.
IT'S 3 AM!! WHY?!!!
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AnneBird Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard that Tomoe means friend, you know if that's true? 
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I don't actually know. Tomodatchi means friend. Tomoe is named after a historical warrior lady who was named Tomoe Gozen. It doesn't share any kanji with "friend" that I kind find. So I don't think they're the same thing :) sorry.
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AnneBird Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's super cool! I new Usagi was kinda-ish named after Usashi, who's a historical/legendary Ronan. But I didn't know Tomoe was too!
DAS SO COOOL! 
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TrulyOutrageousJem Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I can't believe I haven't seen this pic of yours before :iconhappytearsplz: so lovely!!!
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much :heart:
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TrulyOutrageousJem Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
You're very welcome :)
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done of Usagi and Tomoe looks very nice! I really love the way you drew Tomoe in the rain, and Usagi has approached her for some reason. I'm really curious to know what the story behind this picture is, and I love seeing these two characters with each other nonetheless. :meow:
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
There's no real story behind this picture but I'm really glad you like :D I like Usagi and Tomoe together too.
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Really? That's very nice to know! I actually think that Usagi and Tomoe could be more than just a couple of really close friends to each other, especially after reading the story "Chaniyu" (from "Book #22: Tomoe's Story")! Speaking of which, I also love drawing them together, and I have quite a few pictures that you can check out in my gallery as well! :D
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Ivan-ElTerrible Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Cute!

By the way, I think this song can fit with this. "Man in the rain", by Mike Oldfield
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GamerJay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely drawn. I always liked Tomoe and I hope the comic goes back to focusing on her soon. :)

I noticed there's a debate about her name so I've decided to contribute to it. In case this hasn't being addressed yet: With regards to her full name, the correct way to say it in Japanese is 'Ame Tomoe' (Surname first, given name second). But Stan just decided to have her be referred to as Tomoe Ame, and Tomoe is commonly a given name.
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I dunno. She's always referred to as 'Tomoe Ame' in the comic, putting the last name first so it always struck me that every-one just addresses her by her last name instead of her first.
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GamerJay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That would be just weird.
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Not really. In Japanese Culture you're not suppose to address some-one by their first name until they invite you to do so the second time.
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GamerJay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Even close family?
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No not close family obviously XP I see what you're getting at. I have no answer for that one.
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kiananuva12 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
This looks great:D
I like the rain effect here...its always hard to do rain falling but you made it look so beautiful and it doesn't interfer with the picture:aww:Nice job;p
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D I enjoy drawing rain at the moment XD
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kiananuva12 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
Welcome;p
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Scoshan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
You did the wet clothes and hair very well, it all looks good.
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much :D :heart:
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Jenca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
. . . That is beutiful and epic, and the song makes it even more so. *dies*
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like :D :heart:
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Pimpypants Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loove this :D I love the tone of the drawing and how the color came out. I want to color awesome, too!
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! X3 I've been trying very hard to give my value some better structure after your crit ;P and I'm very glad because I feel I'm slowly moving in the right direction.
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Pimpypants Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really good to see such lush colors :)
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
X3 I'll try and keep that up :heart:
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Tluaengiad Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
First off, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I always wondered what Tomoe’s given name meant. A second pondering of mine is, Tomoe calls Usagi by his first name, why does he still call her Tomoe? He calls Leonardo ‘Leo-san’ fer crying out loud and Leo’s younger than him! Lol, get a clue bunny boy! You’ve been friends long enough. Calling her by her family name is kind of an insult this fair into the friendship. ^_^;
My favorite details are the effects on Usagi’s shoulders, to make his clothing actually look wet, major win on that one! Also how he’s out of focus slightly so that our eyes first go to Tomoe and then trail back, following her gaze to see who/what she’s looking at, very cinematic.
One observation, her left hand is going for her Katana, so I would presume that even though she’s alert she’s not overly concerned. Her sword arm is totally relaxed in her lap so maybe she recognized Usagi’s footfalls even in the mud?
This question is just curiosity not a criticism, why is she barefooted?
I’ve always admired Tomoe for maintaining her feminism despite the male dominated social standing she’s achieved. She’s a chick, she has earned a position of power, and she’s cool with that.
As for this,
“Tomoe doesn't have straight hair... so I'm pretty sure it goes CRAZY when it gets wet.”
Bingo my dear! Just wait till you read Tomoe’s Story. I can’t remember which volume number it is. It comes between Mother of Mountains and Bridge of Tears anyway.
Come to think of it, even her dad calls her Tomoe in all the flash backs I‘ve ever seen him in. What the heck… seriously confused here. O_o;
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
XD thank you so very much :heart: I must say I'm rather proud of Usagi's shoulders myself. I must remember how i did that if I want to draw a picture in the rain again in the future. It was tricky trying to decide how much I wanted to blur Usagi because I knew from the start I wanted him out of focus, but I didn't want to lose all the details on him either.

I didn't really intend to put Tomoe's left had on the hilt XD;; it was mostly to free up her pose because her right hand would have covered her if I had placed it on her sword instead. XP But I'm glad it works anyway.

As for why she's barefoot.. ..I honestly don't know XDDD I suppose that's part of the mysteryyyyy of what's going on in this picture.

I haven't gotten to Tomoe's Story yet XD;; but I look forward to it. As for why her father calls her 'Tomoe', I think this is more Stan's hand than the character. Tomoe is the name the reader associates with her, and so maybe Stan didn't want to confuse us ;P but there might be a better, more intelligent reason.
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PrayerGirl1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I think you did a great job and really accomplished your goal with this picture. I noticed that she had her hand on her hilt and she still looked a little vulnerable. Well done!!
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! :D I'm glad you like it! :heart:
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PrayerGirl1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
You bet I did! And you're welcome!
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CaptainCurryCat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh wow! O_O Absolutely beautiful! Actually.... all of your artwork is simply amazing... :iconyayzplz:
And I didn't know her original name was Ame - I guess she changed it? :noes:
I love the rain effects :love:
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
XDD no no, Tomoe is her family name. Ame is her 'first' name (put in brackets because it actually comes AFTER her family name a La Japanese tradition.) Usagi calls her 'Tomoe' as a sign of Respect. She is a warrior after all ;) calling her by her first name would be too informal, and Tomoe is.... VERY formal XDD

And thank you very much! I'm glad you like it :heart:
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CaptainCurryCat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Ah ok; I thought she changed it XD
Yes, I can see glares going Usagi's way if he ever called her Ame XD But it's a very pretty name ^_^
And no problem :hug:
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nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really think you did an amazing job. I see what you mean about making Usagi heighth level the same with Tomoe. But if Usagi is right there in front of the viewee, me, shouldn't he be somewhat taller because of the closeness? Of course I don't know how that works out.

Tomoe looks just fine. When you think about it, as it rains the sky is dark so there is not a lot of bright light shining. So her color would look like that do to the light. That and the water would probablely dull her color too.

I really like how it turned out. :iconinloveplz:
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yes this is true :nod: which is why I couldn't lower him too much or the picture wouldn't make sense.

Anyway thank you very much :D I'm glad you like it so much!
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nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome!! :iconshining-eyesplz:
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artangel-demon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
wow...yeah you're right! shading yellow's a PITA! at least you did the expressions pretty well...and i love Ame's pose. pretty good, from my opinion...
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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anticia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I have to agree with you - though I'm not interested in Tomoe Ame too much I start to like her now.. With how you showed her here and reading the description I say you captured ALL you meant to with her pose, the mood and even the curly her from rain - yyou captured perfectly what you aimed for! *.*
And maybe I'm just seeing things but Usagi seems kind of.."stunned" here..haha of course I maybe wrong on that since I don't see his expression but I would image him a bit like...uh..how to say..a bit like a mixture of surprise, being moved or..uh..sorry can't explain. ^^'
Secretly hopes it made sense anyway. <.<
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
X3 I didn't think much of Tomoe at first either. I was all "oh. it's just a girl character :| " but after it became clear that she wasn't JUST going to be a boring 'love interest' I started liking her more. And as I've read more I'm liking her more and more. So now when there seems to be new feelings between her and Usagi I'm more open to it XDD
And thank you very much! X3 :heart:

XDD and I know what you mean don't worry. I wanted it to look like Usagi just found her like this and isn't sure what to think of the situation, but he feels like she might need a little understanding :heart:
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Irrelewantny Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Wow, this is great :) I love your style, it's so different than Sakai, but it still has this special, amazing spirit :D And if you like Tomoe, you should read Space Usagi ;) *LITTLE SPOILER* There is very dramatic and romantic story about her, despite sad ending :(
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so very much X3 :heart: that's a high compliment.
XD I haven't read Space Usagi just yet, but I saw a thumbnail of a page on google which sadly made me figure out some things that's going to happen in that story :( but I still look forward to reading it, although I don't think there's going to be a happy ending. (DON'T TELL ME IF THERE IS! XDDD)
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Irrelewantny Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Story is quite good, but little bit strange to see Usagi in some "Star Wars" convention ;) And OK, I won't tell you anything about the plot :)
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melodywinters Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Ohhhhh This is wonderful!! I love it! Tomoe Ame is like one of my most fav characters. The more I read her the more I totally respect her!

As far as the picky artist details. Flawless. The shading, the coloring all set the tone beautifully.

Instant fav!!!
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! 8'D It's always important to make fans of a character like the way I draw him/her. Thanks again! :heart:
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seasonofclarity Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
This is a beautifully done piece of work, in my opinion. The composure and coloring are simply amazing, and the scene is depicted very well with the concepts you mention going for.
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much X3 I had another version of this picture in my head that might've been nicer in context, but I liked the composition on this one more. I'm glad you think it was a good choice :D
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World-at-peace Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student Writer
The colors are beautiful, as always. ^^ I love Tomoe Ame's expression.....I wonder what she's thinking about?
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