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Les Marchands du Desir by telophase Les Marchands du Desir by telophase
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This is the picture a friend of mine won from me in the Sweet Charity auction. She asked for a picture featuring four mysterious shopkeepers from four different manga. I spent a long time working out what to do, and it wasn't until I realized that it needed to be Art Nouveau, more specifically influenced by Alphonse Mucha, that it came together.

Time: I don't know. Well over a week.

The original is at 13 x 19", so I can print it out on my NEEEEEW Epson printer that will do 13 x 19" borderless prints.

Linework done in Manga Studio, everything else done in Photoshop. The four decorations are from a Dover Art Nouveau clip-art book, as are the patterns in their clothes.




And to let you out of your misery, since I would be surprised if anyone got all four characters:

1. Yuuko, mysterious proprieter of the shop of wishes from xxxHolic
2. Mr. Yang, mysterious antiques salesclerk from The Antique Gift Shop
3. Count D, mysterious owner of the Petshop of Horrors
4. Kou, mysterious doctor from Wild Adapter

And the French is: The Merchants of Desire. Hopes, Wants*, Needs, Dreams.

* Well, "envies" is a kind of wishes/hopes. XD I conferred with a French speaker over what to use, since "wants" is usually translated "désirs" and I didn't want to repeat the word, and she suggested "les envies".

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I just found out this got a DD! Thank you! And someone renewed my DA subscription, too!

(Now I'm never going to catch up on replying to my comments! Sorry!)

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Given 2009-03-07
Les Marchands du Desir by *telophase "is a multi-fandom fanart with a brilliantly illustrated connecting theme. It features four enigmatic shopkeepers from various distinctive manga and manhwa in a Mucha-influenced Art Nouveau style. Each character is instantly recognizable, accentuated by the artist's personal touch. Les Marchands du Desir by *telophase is strong offering to readers who love mystery, morals, and dreams!" ( Suggested by XueLian and Featured by aunjuli )
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kittycat-nya Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
I didn't recognize Yuuko at first! And omg the Count! Kyaa~! Oh and I so need to search the other two. This is so amazing, I can't stop loving it!
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whu-wei Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely work
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
SO deserving of the DD on this! This is a gorgeous adaptation of these characters into an Art Neoveau style. If I had the money I would SO beg for a commission line up of my characters done in the same way.
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inkybee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just have to say that making D 'needs' is ALL OF THE AMAZING OMG. SLDJhKSJHGS YES.
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sweet-pandora Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt a little guilt cause I couldn't recognize Yuuko at first, I'm so stupid sometimes. Wonderful job! I love it! Mr Yang made me curious, never heard about The Antique Gift Shop. I guess I'll search for it.
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Hydeist-666 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I only know Yuuko and Kou XD And is Kou supposed to be holding a balance?

Great work on this by the way. The style is very much refreshing to me since I don't see much pieces made this way. Very lovely. :)
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TheJoan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Mucha's touch! ^^
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Katzentatzen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
This is stunning. What an interesting style, it came out great.
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lijana Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Love the style and of course Count D is a fave of mine. Now I'm gonna look up the other shopkeepers
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ShimiMouse Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow
I only read/knew D and Kou but this piece is just to gorgous not to love
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NMRedChile Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Beautiful! :>;)
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Sorbe Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Oh, wow, this is amazing! I really love it.
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CatONineTales Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Normally I pass over this type of work, but this is wonderful!
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job on this - it looks awesome 8D
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I only know one of them. I love how you drew them and nice idea.
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telophase Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (For all the comments on my gallery, too! I'm so behind in answering comments at the moment. XD)
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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reitsu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
The Mucha influence is definitely clear. Great work!
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Keiichisfuuma Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Ahh, wild adapter. Great work.
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MirieLively Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excelent!
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hokuto Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Oooooh, now that is simply gorgeous. ;o; The style is amazing... *swoons over D* :heart:
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Arutika Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
This is beautiful ! I love the colors =3 ( And "Espoir" )
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Impeirial-Princess Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like the little indervidual motives :) ^^
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fredrith Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interessant !
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
wow this is really cool
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Morraha Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Brilliant! Very well done.
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sugargrazed Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Ah, this concept is genius! I remember reading Wild Adapter and thinking Kou looked bizarrely like D's father...anyway, the way you've drawn it is gorgeous, definitely a fav.
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betsyamparan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Incredible work, congrats.
What's the name of the typography you used in this work?
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telophase Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for answering late - I'm behind in all my comments. XD

Thanks! The font is Bolton, which I downloaded here.
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mazayka Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Yuuko looks so gorgeous!
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TimeFalcon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Fantastic! :clap: Congrats on the DD!
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Smaggers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Fantastic.
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alukandra Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
excellent! :)
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Niorenna Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought I recognized Count D. <3
Lovely!
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Sabatuar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Any chances I could grab the Count and the Doctor and make a run for it?
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XueLian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
No, no chance. I already did. =P
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Sabatuar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Aww, I's so sad...XDDD
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azelle59 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
amazing! Trully amazing! :+fav: of course!
I'm also a great fan of Mucha :)
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Rose-Rayne Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
VERY nice! I love Pet Shop of Horrors and xXxholic! <3
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OsaP Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Seriously amazing. I love Alphonse Mucha and you've managed to emulate his style without being a copycat AAANDDD you applied it to anime/manga.

You win the day. :D
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oOMiaOo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Amazing *speechless*
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stasher-dragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You really nailed the art nouveau style!
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skart2005 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist
Yay I actually guessed all the characters ^__^
anyways, I really like this picture, especially because of its art nouveau feel
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Celestial-Gold Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely lines and colors!
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inuyasha1111 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!! *O*
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nazur Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
amazing!
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Einas Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Really nice!!
I really love Alphonse Mucha *__*!!
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BlahblahblahGEISHA Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Student
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HikagexYasha Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
wow that is cool !! I knew that HAD to be Count D as soon as I saw him! I LUV Pet Shop Of Horrors! I just need to find out where I can get my hands on the new mangas. and Yuuko is soo amazing.
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CalenthrellII Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
I love the way the colors work together. Interesting piece, and I like when artists do work to back up their work with meaning - in your case, using different characters, joining them in meaning, working it out with a translator to make it useful. It's wonderful to see that. ^_^ Keep up the great work!!
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