Published On: November 19, 2007

Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 2: Yamaboushi, p.13-16

Dogwood Blossoms, Chapter 2: Yamaboushi, p.13-16
A Dogwood update in less than a month! Whoo!

Stats: Patterns used variously from:
SquidfingersInspyretash-stock, and H-Longwood. The background birds were colorized from brush packs from Darkgarden. Tsukiko's calligraphy is random, pretty kanji nouns from Darkgarden's Far Eastern Brush Pack. Aging textures I cobbled from all over. Tsukiko's patterns I made myself in photoshop and illustrator.

Acknowledgments and Disclaimer: The fate of no one historical was changed by the making of this comic. Inuyasha-tachi belong to Takahashi Rumiko and everyone she has sold them to. This is a mostly nonprofit fan work that I’m really slowly putting too much work into because I'm a pathetic period-accuracy purist. All historical inaccuracies are the fault of myself--some deliberate, the rest out of ignorance. There is only so much time a girl can put into research for a fan project. Many thanks to the beta group for their help and suggestions.

78 thoughts on “Dogwood Blossoms – Chapter 2: Yamaboushi, p.13-16

  1. OMG YAY! Lol, I enjoyed this one very much! Small cliffy, how naughty! I’ll have to wait though… 😛

    By the way, your work is beautiful! 😀

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying it. XD

      1. Welcome, yes I do very much so! 🙂

  2. I loved Suzu’s facial expression when she was told Sesshoumaru wouldn’t pounce on her… in public. That was just wonderful. Keep up the great work!

  3. Beautiful work; I love the faces 😀 I think the long panel with Tsuki by herself is my favorite.

  4. Holy gorgeous backgrounds, girl! And gorgeous clothes! Keep up the good work!

  5. :wow: Oh so this is what it is, gosh you’re good. :love:

  6. Beautiful. Still, bring in the right eye on all pictures. I think you need to cross them.

    1. Waahh! I tried. *le sigh*
      I’ll keep working on it.

  7. 🙂

    I love Tsuki’s face in the panel where she says “Our father is a very proud and reserved man…”

    And the rest of this, of course. ^_^

    Thanks for updating so quickly! It was a great surprise to see the update notification in my inbox. Keep up the brilliant work! ^_^

    1. Re: 🙂

      Thank you! ^__^

      I’m out of a funk and working to stay out of it. 🙂

  8. Lovely!! The screens in the background are so soft & pretty…a wonderful feminine touch. And I KNEW you would come up with something awesome for Tsukiko’s kimono…she’s stunning.

    The story is so compelling…I can’t wait to see what happens next with Sesshoumaru & Suzu. 🙂

  9. Hee, the smirk drawn in that “Very dignified” speech bubble certainly made me smile. XD

    I can’t stop marveling at how pretty the clothing and the background are. The detail! You even put so much detail into Tsuki’s writing. Wow.

    1. XD Thanks!

      Aw, well, I didn’t bother making Tsuki’s writing actually make SENSE. ;]

  10. Argh, waiting for the next posting of this doujin is like torture! :XD: I love it love it love it. The children are wonderful. Please be inspired so your fans do not have to wait too long!

    1. Thanks! ^_^ I’m feeling inspired right now, so hopefully it won’t be too long!

  11. That very last picture of Suzu is so pretty. I think I missed the last pages ^^; I’ll have to go search for them!

    You spend so long working on these – they turn out marvelously!

  12. YES! Of course she does! This was truely lovely.

    1. Yesyes. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

  13. I think so far this is my favorite grouping of pages. I really love how everyone is interacting with each other, the coloring of it is so wonderful and I just love the expressions of it. Why does it have ti end here?! WHY!??! *falls to her knees and shouts to the heavens* WHHHHY!? Ow look, popcorn!

  14. Girl, you are just REMARKABLE. This is genuinely one of the most beautiful works of Inuyasha appreciation I have ever seen – your enthusiasm and dedication staggers me. You’ve really done your research, haven’t you! There was so much imagination in this segment! From the angles [especially the overhead shot in the first panel] to the clothing to the characterisation [which we’re really getting a feel for now], it’s just plain wonderful. I got a real sense of at-home-ness from this one – y’know, being with the family, and they really do feel like one. [Who’s the boy-child, by the way? Tsukiko’s son?]

    The one thing I would request is the small insertion of a list of the characters names . . . I’ve forgotten the younger daughter’s already!XD [which sucks, because I realise now that OMG I luv her! =D Koinu-chan! She reminds me of a young Inuyasha! Bet he was just as much of a handful . . .]

    But it was the little details that really got me. The expressions especially, like the look on Rin’s face when Koinu-chan suggests Sesshomaru pouncing on her XD or Tsukiko’s carefully neutral expression when she admits to Suzu that she reminds the lord of their mother. [In the first panel of the last page, Tsukiko actually looks very much like Zhang Zhiyi!] Suzu’s face is very expressive and that really does remind me of Rin, her hair, too, has that certain wildness about it that brings back images of that unruly little orphan. She’s absolutely beautiful in the last panel, and her reaction to the thought of their lord is certainly very telling . . .

    Are we gonna get some SuzuSessho interaction soon? Eeeeeeeeeeeee! *bounces eagerly*

    1. Aw, thanks for the gush! ^/////^

      The boy-child is Tsuki’s son from her (failed) arranged marriage to a full inu-youkai. She’s a widow now, and back at home.
      I could, if people are interested, put together a OC character list, esp. with background info that does not fit in the narrative.
      Younger daughter is Inuhana.

      And I’m so glad Suzu is coming across as reminiscent of Rin, across different lives and drawing styles! 🙂 Yay!

      Suzu/Sess interaction next! I’m lettering it right now. XD

      1. Forgive the gush XD it just came out spontaneously like some alien exploding out of my stomach . . . there was nothing I could do to stop it. XDDD

        Oh that’s a great idea! Please do! I wantsta see the rolecall/backstory list! Tsukiko’s story sounds hella interesting!

        =D She really is! There are little moments where you really can see Rin within Suzu – I mean she had the guts to appeal directly to the Taiyoukai when they first met, with that icky dragon-worm thing still steaming away there on the ground . . .

        Whoo!! SesSuzu! BRING IT! \\(^o^)//

  15. Awww, it’s great so far! I’m very drawn in by the story, and of course, the art is lovely!

  16. Encore, encore! Or keep going, keep going! Whichever you prefer!

    Once again lovely patterns, but what really blew me away this time was the angles you chose for some of the panels! Really ambitious poses and “shots!” And the emotion…wow!

    Can’t wait to see where this goes!

    1. Thanks! So glad you are liking it. ^^

  17. This is lovely, you have a very pretty colouring style.

    1. Thank you! And thank you for some most excellent brushes. 🙂

  18. This is the loveliest page for sure. I like how dynamic the first panels look and I LOVE the panel with Tsuki explaining Sesshy’s nature, she looks so lovely and dignified. There is only one small and barely significant thing that bothers me and that’s Suzus blushing face, I think she would look better if you do it naturally without the typical manga lines, because all your comic is more natural in style and it just doesn’t seem good to me.
    But of course another fav and I’m looking forward for next one 😉

    1. Aw, thank you! ^^
      Valid point! I inked her blush because it was the significant action of that panel, but since these pages are in color, you are right, I didn’t need to. I’ll won’t ink the blushes next time, just for you. 🙂

      1. I bet she will be blushing a lot in next pages :giggle:

        1. Yes, I’ll be keeping her rosy. XD

  19. Beautiful coloring! Suzu’s expression is priceless in the “pounce” panel.

  20. love it ^_^ update soon

    1. Thanks! Will try.

      1. Your comic is simply stunning and I SO look forward to seeing more. The art and the details are wonderful. My only complaint is Inuyasha’s face… the jaw and the nose are too rough and square. It makes a kind of sense that Inuyasha’s nose would look broken but given the other things that he heals easily from — like Sesshomaru’s hand through his abdomen — it doesn’t really make sense that his nose wouldn’t have healed as well.

        1. Thanks, Heather!

          I’m simply trying to make my work more realistic and Inuyasha more Japanese looking, so I gave him a rough-and-ready face (though still handsome, I hope).

  21. I always LOVE to see what u’re doing with this really fab Inu-Yasha Fan manga. It’s quite breathe-taking. :clap::hug:

    Only one spelling error:

    1. Oh, thank you. ^__^
      Ah, a semi-colon would be better there, wouldn’t it. ;;;;

      1. Hee, it’s my pleasure. ^___~
        Hm, I was thinking of a ‘ between the words, They’re. It’s up to u though. ;p

  22. wow, this is great! I love your style, your drawings are beautiful! The story plot is too… Keep it up the good work!

  23. so lovely and calming! I love japanese work for it’s calming effects and this strip recreates the SAME feeling!<333

  24. lol koinu-chan has a bit of energy doesn’t she? Kind of reminds me of Shippo… lmao love it! Can’t wait for the next update!

    1. Thank you! She’s fun. ^__^
      I have to color the next update. Yike!

  25. NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED MORE!!!! i hope you put up a new part of the comic soon~

    1. heehee, thanks for the encouragement! Get me motivated to color the next section. 🙂

  26. I Dunno If Anyone Asked You This Or Anything, So If They Did Sorry!!
    When You Get Done, Can You Name And Put Sesshoumaru Pups In Order..?
    Heheheh, This Is An Amazing Comic!!
    Theres A Lil Boy In There With Silver Hair??
    Is He Sesshomarus Pup Also?



    1. Or That Lil Boy Is Tsuki’s Son?
      Wonder How Many Grandpups Sesshoumaru Has..
      I Cant Wait To Get More Info About The Story.
      Its Soo Interesting, And Well Drawn.


      1. Yep, the boy-child is Tsuki’s son. 🙂

        I have no idea how many grandpups Sess has. 0.o Not going to attempt that one…

        I’ll have to put together a character list as his children get revealed in the story. I have it mapped out, but not everyone is named yet.

        Rin’s children are:
        1) Tsukiko (most like her father)
        2) Dutiful Son (needs name)
        3) Inuhana (frisky puppy)

        Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying. ^__^

        1. Sweet!!!
          3 Down! 12 More To Go!!! 😀
          So Dutiful is The First Born Son
          Thats Awesome.
          Hehehhehe OMG! Okay Ill Wait.
          Im So Full Of Questions..
          Im So Excited About Your Story.
          Its Hard To Find Good Ones Like Yours..
          And There So Well Drawn! O.O
          okayokayokay..Im calmed.
          TC and UPDATE SOON!


        2. ^__^
          Where’s your icon from? I know I know it, but I can’t place it.

        3. I Have No Idea!
          Im Trying To Figure That Out Myself..
          My Sister Sent Me It Saying..
          ” It Reminds Me Of You When Your Thinking, And Than Seeing Something You Like..”


          ~(_8^(|) << ( Homer J Simpson )

        4. lul.
          Well, if I see it again, I’ll let you know where it’s from. 🙂

  27. I knew I’d missed the coloured version of this post!

    From the opening fish-eye ‘camera angle’ to the exquisite screens, to Inuhana’s (‘Koinu-chan’… hee!) undignified antics to Tsukiko’s beautiful expression in the top panel of page 16… a winner all round!

    A part of me wanted to see a string from Suzu’s musical instrument go ‘sproing’ at Inuhana’s arch suggestion of paternal pouncing, to match her ‘eep!’ expression, but I was more than satisfied the way it was drawn.

    Excellent work!

  28. I love the angling on frame six; although, in the surrounding frames, Suzu and Inu-hana appear to be contempoaries, in frame six they look like mother and daughter. So clever.

  29. I can’t believe this page wasn’t already on my favorites. *corrects that*

  30. I love the artwork! His daughters and reincarnated Rin are so beautiful!

  31. The doggie kiss was too cute!! I love the way Rin’s characteristics showed through with one daughter and Sesshoumaru’s personality through the other!

    1. Hah Hah! They did, didn’t they? Though Inuhana’s even wilder than Rin ever was. 🙂

      1. That she is!! Rin would be happy!

  32. The story’s development is very well thought out. I may have heard the reincarnation idea a few times, but never in a way like this. A pleasant change, and makes me all the more curious

  33. haha… i love where suzu is blushing.. we know what she is thinking about… RAWRRR!!!

  34. Suzu’s face at this exchange “He would never pounce on you like Koinu-chan.” “At least where anyone else was watching.” XD

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