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(SH:FF D1)- Blind Artist by Ilchymis (SH:FF D1)- Blind Artist by Ilchymis
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Whew! Finally finished it! My first submission for the Founder's Festival! :D Here we have Nagi, making some pretty arts for the Chalk Walk~
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One might not expect to see a blind man taking an interest in visual arts, much less participating in them. But sure enough there he is, with his own little patch of pavement and a box of stencils, coloring away! His first decade or so, Nagi had been content with merely appreciating the daytime sounds of the festivals, and making up for what he missed at night when he was granted vision through his Sybal. But as the years rolled by, simply being a bystander and missing half of the fun just didn't cut it anymore. Creative and curious thinker that he is, it didn't take Nagi long to find a way to become part of the events.
Fast forward a couple hundred years, and now Nagi is a regular sight on the Chalk Walk. He probably even has a small following; who wouldn't be intrigued to watch a blind man create a whole composition he can't even see?

Using his night-time sight, he spends several weeks prior to each festival planning out designs and crafting stencils by hand. Even his chalks are wrapped with strips of textured paper, so that he can tell at a touch which color is which. With a little help from an assistant or two, he finds himself a patch of street and lays out one stencil after another. His works are not as elaborate and detailed as some artists, but for him it was never about showing off his talents - it's just about participating and having fun. Sure sometimes the stencils don't always line up exactly, or lines get smudged here and there, but the little imperfections just make it feel more authentic. He enjoys the experience immensely, even if it's not flashy or perfect. 
Floral designs are a common motif, though every now and again he might dabble with stylized versions of sybals he's seen, or some years it's animal designs - this year, we have a peacock. He's never seen a real peacock of course, but he's seen drawings and read about them in books.

This was super fun to draw :D I probably spent more time than is healthy planning his chalk doodle, haha~ But I have zero regrets. c: 

Nagi © Erin Dowers
Sybal-Heim © Anna Earley
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Meemzer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016
This is lovely--great work!! 
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Amazie-Star Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful! Matilda admires his motivation, and his drawing is impressive, considering the obstacles!
A+++!!! Beautiful!
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you!! Heart 
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kiako Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nagggiiii QAQ~~ 

Amynta: Ah Nagi you're all dirty oAo We should get you cleaned up *LEADS HIM TO A BATH HOUSE UH OH* 
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2016  Student General Artist
to a bath house, eh? Them eyebrows Gonna buy? Undertale Sans Brows Emoji Thomas the Tank Engine Chat Icon 
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kiako Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah eue 

With soap and everything. 
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ShanayAnderson Featured By Owner Edited May 24, 2016   Filmographer
I love the background story behind this!  Very creative, Nagi sounds like an awesome individual. :D
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! ^_^
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Ozmond20XX93 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Intriguing
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Leunbrund Featured By Owner May 24, 2016   Digital Artist
AHHH What an ingenious solution!
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:iconilchymis:
Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student General Artist
It's easy to think outside of the box when you can't see it ;)
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Leunbrund Featured By Owner May 27, 2016   Digital Artist
Whoa. Deep...
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Starhorse Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ah what a neat idea!
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Stumbled across some stencil art on Google one day and it just hit me, so bam! c:
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OblivionDrgn6 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ilchy! This is magnificent! I love how this picture portrays nagi.
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student General Artist
<3 Thanks! 
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Garsna Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg Nagi is the most precious of cinnamon buns and I absolutely adore this.
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Student General Artist
My sweet little cinnamon roll, just wants to be artsy c:  Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
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