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Diao Chan by xephonia Diao Chan by xephonia
Commission for a local card game "Generals Order" base from 三国演義(Romance of the Three Kingdoms). Diao Chan from the 2nd expansion card.

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Diao Chan was one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was said to have been born in 161 or 169 AD, depending on the source[1]. However, unlike the other three beauties, she does not appear in any known historical writings, and is quite possibly a fictional character.

Diao Chan appears in the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a plot involving the warrior Lü Bu and the warlord Dong Zhuo. According to historical records, Lü Bu did have relations with a maid of Dong Zhuo's. However, there is no evidence that this person's name was Diaochan. In fact, it is extremely unlikely that it was Diaochan, because "Diāo" was not, and is not, commonly used as a Chinese family name. "Diāochán" likely referred to the sable (diào) tails and jade decorations in the shape of cicadas (chán), which at the time adorned the hats of high-level officials.

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ScarletRubyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
may i use this as a reference for my manga competition? I can't draw humans, one of my very first time seriously drawing humans as humans. (not stick mans now). I've asked my teacher about references & its allowed. May i use this? not completely but just the hair.
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LlikeOaVsinE Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Diao Chan has always been my fave >w<
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ChubbyeBunnye Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw this I thought it reffered to the video dynasty warriors ^^;; I had never heard of the novel befor but it seems to share the same exact history as the game ^.^ though in the game they did make it seem as though the maid was diaochan <3 ....Quiet frankly I enjoy your concept of her more then the actual video game <3
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RiflingSniper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I saw it on the card... IT LOOKS AWESOME!
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Luckreziah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Beautiful, i love her
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Elraldocoil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love it it makes her seem like the proper Kingdoms bane
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Stiffy76 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
shes real but no dath date and no cusa of dath
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glossy-virus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
She looks so ELEGANT!!
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Lauramartinelli Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
amazing!
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strongmarty Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous work
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8malkuthvendetta8 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
OH GOD!!!!! I wish I can do programming like this~! But i love it, so much detail~!!! Going to favs now.
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Goldteddy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
amazing details!
going to my favorites
NAUW!
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Zephyrmist Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Wow this looks so nice. I love how the outfit looks
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NuBadSaMei Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Wonderfully coloured!! I love how greatly detailed it is!
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Shadowqueen111 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
no weapon, but she still looks dangerous!^U^
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KyawaiReeni-chan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
the colouring is amazing, you must have so much patience * A *
she really is a beauty, her costume is so detailed too~
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Nokkelborth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I can't believe I found this after browsing over 5700 deviations .w.
you should be on the top page!
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Hindorf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
OMG! your drawing is amazing.. the colours how do you make it look like that!!? :wow:
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IchigoOnigiri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty. Pretty. :aww:
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eli-siempre Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Me gusto mucho!!! es muy hermosa!! por cierto no tiene brazo izquierdo (derecha nuestra)??? amo sus ojos
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kaede86 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
eh? u posted it here?..O_O
no copy right shit like tht?
i tot liek u sold 1 art to them they own it then?
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TheSimplyLovely Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooo! Very pretty! I love the colors!
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LeeluGaia Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
thats so cute
you must work a lot!

n.n
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Nseiki102 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I really love the outfit design that you did for this character as well as the color choice. Is that a fan that she is holding though? It's a little hard to tell because it looks so fluid like a piece of cloth instead of being hard edged like most fans I've seen.
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miss-alethea Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
I really like the textures, and - once again - the eyes. It's a very elegant picture. Is it flowers in the top left and right corners?
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diccianove Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Very nice. any Guan Yu coming soon?
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plumQ Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
love the outfit
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CheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Love the pattern =D :heart:
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trixie10 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
youre cool as ever!!!
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kichoo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
uwahhh

what an amazing outfit and bg ~ D>

♥ A ♥ <( ! )
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nahnahnivek Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Gifted by god.... your drawing skills @.@
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Hiru-chan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
That's great!
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Neomorphasis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Excellent composition! :D
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CarlosTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! ^^
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sweetangel0467 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I like the background 8D with the paper like texture and the flower pattern ^^
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water-cat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
^^ i join submit now i'm start in 9/1/2009
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smartstooge Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Sexy! And very well done, I love it!
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saouif Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
so thats where the name came from...... n the original maid name is kinda unknown??
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iluv2draw2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
so beautiful and powerful at the same time :D i luv it!!!
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shadowclonexpert Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
favorite character of the game :D
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Simple-Double Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! I love this! Especially the costume^^
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ArtimasStudio Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful!! :heart:
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koshimizumai Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student Artist
i love her eyes
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Canard-Pars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
love it.
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ToastCrust Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Ah, it's good to see Diao Chan being pretty again.

When I saw "her" in Koihime Musou... orz
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Friggin' AMAZING costume!!! *____*
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wishmakerz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
whoaooo amazinng~~~~~~
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chamito448 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool deviation ^_^
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tursiops33 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
The colors are really great!
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