I’m beginning to suspect that this particular yokai is a Crested Ibis rather than a crane. The slightly curved beak, pure white coloration, and the red face is a dead ringer for the bird. Sadly, they’re a rare sight in the wild. Ok, I gathered some unreliable, but interesting sources about this Yokai. Other than being a humanoid bird in Miko garb(complete with kagura Suzu bells) and appearing uninvited to festival dances performed by shrine maidens, she can steal souls! 

From this point forward is my interpretation: Although a monstrous bird at first glance, this mysterious Yokai in Shrine Maiden attire brings great blessings upon those who see her. She will show up uninvited to summer festivals dancing alongside a procession of shrine maidens. It is advised not to be startled by her abrupt appearance and continue the celebrations as normal. Spectators must exercise caution in keeping their mouths shut, for it is said, the Yaotome can extract souls through the maws of bedazzled audiences. Keeping one’s mouth closed can be difficult since its performance are said to be ethereal, other-worldly, and jaw-dropping. Once the procession is over she simply disappears along with the souls that she collected. 

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A lot of thought obviously went into this. Unfortunately this serves as the perfect example of over-working something. I actually find myself drawn more to the multi-colored ribbons at the bottom-right than the bird's face. There's too many things going on, too much detail on things that don't need it and too much contrast in places where it isn't needed. I don't like saying this, but putting more effort into this probably ended up making it worse.

nightmareSyrup responds:

I have a bad habit of putting all the cool stuff I learned in one picture. Haha. I should learn more about compositions next time 😅

Just an all around nice painting

sexy bird there

Gorgeous. I love the colour and texture.

Cool looking piece here mate, great looking painting. Nicely done here mate

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Jan 28, 2019
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