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Daughter, Empress, Shim Chung by s-girl Daughter, Empress, Shim Chung by s-girl
Shim Chung is quite possibly one of the most famous Korean folk stories. It tells the story of a young girl who cares for her blind father, who in turn is one day told by the Buddhist monk at the nearby temple that the price for a cure for his sight is an extraordinary amount of rice.

Shim Chung, the filial daughter, ultimately sells herself to a merchant ship to become their sacrifice to the Dragon King/Gods for the rice necessary to cure her father.

These sacrificed girls jump into the water to appease the storms. Shim Chung does the same, but ultimately -- due to the virtuousness of her character as well as the Dragon King taking pity on her -- she is released to the upper world via a large flower.

The large flower is delivered to the Emperor, and in all slight variations of the story, the flower opens to reveal the girl Shin Chung. The Emperor falls in love with her and makes her his wife.

As for her father, Shim Chung searches for him and finally arrives on a way to gather all the blind men to the palace. She sees him and the tears of joy that she sheds fall upon his eyes and his sight is restored.

So in the end, no harm done? :D

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I started doodling this for two reasons. "Empress CHung" is supposed to show up somewhere stateside soon, and there is a sad lack of Korean-inspired art here on DA. (Yes, and I didn't help by deleting Chunhyang from here because frankly, I need to redo it.) It isn't a fanart though from that movie, as I haven't seen it, and the designs I have for this character are very different -- based off more my ideas for Shim Chung.

My fascination with Shim Chung goes back a long time - maybe twenty years or so. I hope you will actually go seek out the story for yourself. It's far better than what I've shared.

Someday I still want to do my own version of Shimchung. Of all the Korean stories, it probably was the one I had thought would make the best Disney animated feature. Guess someone in Korea decided it was good too XD.
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lunaSerene Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh my, you wont guess how happy I am to know that someone else knows this too.
years ago around 1999-2001 I watched a animation which is similar to the "Empress Chung 2005" but the one I watched was sadder but very beautiful in my opinion. It was an anime channel, but I can't remember which language was, always thought it was Japanese. but then I learnt that the tale is Korean 
I have been spending the last few years trying to find again but unfortunately I can't... I even search all animation done between those years, one by one No, I disagree! 
Do you happen to know?:Please: 

By the way, really liked your painting, very beautiful and the colouring looks great!
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There was a rumor of a joint North Korea/South Korea production of Shimchung and that's the only one I know of :(.  I would love to know more... although I'm sure there are similar stories in Chinese adn Japanese literature. Many folktales from Korea/Japan seem to have links to China. That said -- I think only Shimchung has that morbid sort of take on filial piety :) 
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lunaSerene Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
I see. Thank ;)
Shame I can't find anywhere. I will keep looking  CURSE YOU! 
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Avatar1234 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lolol I was looking back at this and I realized I never hit the "favorite" button. Oh silly me.

And after all this time, too.

I might draw some Shim Chung related stuff in the future. 'v'
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s-girl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool! I'm going to have to watch you :D
BTW, saw your journal about the pen tip nibs. If it's a wacom, you can order replacements from them. I got a bunch for about 8 bucks? Hope that it's an option for you...
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Avatar1234 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHWEET. THANKS FOR THE WATCH. <3
I did get replacements for (dad ordered lol), like, five bucks or something. C: And I have a VisTablet lolol.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's cool though. My first nib lasted like 4 years so I think I'm set now for another ten xD
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KoriBone Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
On a positive note, you're lucky that have a grasp of some of Korea's ancient history. Im an adopted Korean American, but I know only some of Korea's modern history.

Im lack terribly in Ancient or mythical knowledge and Im a History Major for gosh sakes!
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s-girl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately because my Korean is very limited, I don't have access to a lot of cultural works in native Korean . I had to rely on pulling stuff from either the few translated works (in English) from Amazon or the books that people gave me from Korea, or what my parents tell me as far as stories :)

Do you have access to a Korean bookstore in your area? Not sure where you are, but you can ask them to order you book sthat have both Korean and English translations in them... there are great children's books that cover many of the more well known stories.
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KoriBone Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Thanks for Replying! Got to go to Korea last summer. It was a great trip.

A new english language channel called Arirang is dedicated to spreading Korean culture to western audiences. South Korea was just now realizing the importance of tourism.

I live in Salem,VA; generally does not have a strong Korean presence except maybe in nearby Roanoke.

Thanks again!!
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s-girl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh - I went to Korea too this past April :) I really loved everything I saw.. took tons of pictures.
As for VA, are you close to DC? There's tons of Koreans in Rockville, MD, Fairfax, and the DC metro area.

ANd last question - where can I find the Arirang channel?
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KoriBone Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Sadly, I don't know,I only know saw the channel while in Korea, but it said it was going to the U.S.

I would try searching the internet.

Also did you hear that the latest Street Fighter game has a Korean character named Juri Han.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
really? That's pretty funny but not surprising. Seems like they should have had one ages ago considering they have quite a few other Asian nations represented :)
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KoriBone Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
It's wonderful to see some Korean art. Sadly, the American public in terms of Korean understanding, only knows the whole North and South Conflict, some even think Hyundai is a Japanese Corporation.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
In general, Asians are "all alike" to most Americans ... but it's something I am quite used to. I do feel a bit glad though that at least because of K-pop that more and more youth are interested in language and culture. That said, Koreans aren't good about exporting culture out to the world. It has not been really a bit priority for many of them (to be cultural ambassadors) until they started to realize the economic benefits of their dramas and music becoming so popular overseas.
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Avatar1234 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember my mom told me this story recently. :D She's full Korean and I'm half Korean. There were some details in the story that she couldn't remember. :giggle: Either way, she got a lot of the important stuff memorized and I thought it was such a good story :D
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s-girl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
there are quite a few iterations, but as long as the main story illustrates Shim Chung as a sacrificial daughter who ultimately is reawrded, it's probably true to the intent of the original tale.

Shim Chung is a wonderful story. It deserves a retelling in the English language as do some other Korean stories .
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Avatar1234 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So... do you know any other stories? :D
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TwilightAria Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Aww! it's so pretty! I LOVE her face!
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s-girl Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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Liquid-KaKa Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
this folk tale was my favorite as a child. thank you for acknowledging such a beautiful story and for showing it to the world. it's wonderful to find art of korean culture.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah thanks! Are you by any chance also Korean?
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Liquid-KaKa Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
yes. yes, I am :D
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:D... Thought so....
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Leilawinters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
I really like how you colored the petals of the water lily!

...and Korean stories love using blind people... ;P
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Korean stories like using tragic situations. I told you, we're into drama-angst!
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ro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beyond just liking the picture, you got me all interested in this story now. Thanks, as if I needed any more muses running around in my head. >:b

Anyway, absolutely love the vivid colors here, as well as the drawing as a hole (I'm going to have to buy one from you now so at least save me a print for AWA!). There are only two things that are bothering me and one is really a minor thing I suppose, but the first is that the watter doesn't really look like water. 8( She's currently just "sitting" on a blue plane verses floating on liquid. Try varying the blues closer to her, adding some dark shapes and irregularities. Also, you'd be able to see some of the stuff like the rocks and lotus steams under the water if a bit distorted.

The second thing is that the level of completion of the face doesn't match the rest of the drawing. But again this is minor since you like to go back and rework stuff anyway. :b <3
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, the water is kind of more suggestive than accurate. I really wasn't sure how much reflection there would be and how much would be viewable underneath the surface as I don't have too much reference to go on.

I might touch up the drawing further but more in terms of the background elements later, but timewise I think that will happen more if I go the route of "artbook" . I usually need a bit more time to want to come back to something that was not palnned.

Speaking of AWA, if my move goes well, do you and your sister want to stay with me? I'll have an extra room...
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ro-chan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
For some reason I always want to just go and work on your stuff. XD Geez I really do like your ideas! They're grand. :3 As for reference try and check out some travel pictures. XD Sounds cheesy but they usually have the best images and they're easily found.

I really have a hard time coming back to stuff and working on them. I think the only piece that I ever did like that was that Wonder Woman one. >__>;; My brain is just not cohesive enough to continue a thought and will change the stuff around. u__u Though my professors in college used to get on my case about not going back on working on a piece.

As for AWA. =__= I'm currently pissed at my sister so I might take you up on that, but it would be for one.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. You're more than welcome to collab with me at some point. I've got too many ideas so if we want to do a writing/artist type thing that would be cool with me after I get my move finished and all.

You can let me know about staying over later. Whether it's your sister or not, it should matter all that much by the time SEptember rolls around. I just don't want to stay in a hotel . It ate up a lot of what I took in last year and I suspect I'llb e needing that convention to recoup costs from this upcoming convention. blah!
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
I love traditional dresses. She's so delicate looking. It's very pretty. And yay! I'm glad the story had a happy ending.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, it's probably one of the rare Korean stories that has one XD
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Spaceroses Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting....I need to go look that tale up. The details here are gorgeous and I love the flower work. Also the girl is very pretty...just by looking at her you can see that she's everything that the legend says about her (being kind, virtuous, etc.)
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do find any versions of Shimchung, let me know. It's not an easy tale to find except in collections of Korean folktales.
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Lady-Moth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008   Digital Artist
That story reminds me a bit of the story of Kwan Yin, Buddhist goddess of mercy.

Other than that, this is simply beautiful.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhhh, is Kwan Yin also known as Kwannon? I'm not familiar with Buddhist culture all that much, but that's a nice comparison.
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Lady-Moth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008   Digital Artist
Hmm...Kwannon, I'm not sure...Kannon, maybe.
You can wikipedia her, it's a great story.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, actually I've read up on her. I didn't know she was associated with a lotus though, so that's a new thing :)
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floja-naranja Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
It's beautiful. I love the blues and the sky and her hair.

Thanks for sharing the story.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ah no problem! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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ZhaoWuxia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Ooh, good to see more art with cultural subjects. Sadly, the Korean and Chinese stuff is...lacking. But the former a bit more so.
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen some nice Chinese art on here but Chinese artists, but in general unless it's yaoi-focused it rarely gets the attention it deserves. Overall we're a very Western centric site.
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ZhaoWuxia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Aye, agreed. I think I've seen a few of those artists, but eh, not quite my thing (though they do turn out some things that I like every now and then).

I admit, I'm a bit of an ancient military fan, and in that regard, I think that DA has been unsatisfactory for every East Asian culture except for Japan. :/
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Japan is the exception because anime/games are popular... oh well, we'll just have to try to encourage others to pick up some other East Asian themes :)
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ZhaoWuxia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Amen, agreed there. =)
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IsisConstantine Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
very pretty! :D
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. (And btw, thanks for the :+fav:)
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IsisConstantine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
You're welcome! :D
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Son-of-the-winds Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Nice story and nice picture :D

Now how to draw... :P
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s-girl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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