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Fire Flower Enka by JohnSu Fire Flower Enka by JohnSu
Enka (炎花) is a fire flower, which is probably closer to "fungus fairy" than actual flower. She normally floats over the woodlands looking for dead or overgrown stems and branches, attaching herself to them when found (thus giving her the appearance of a flower). She then spreads her incandescent hyphae through select parts of the plant to consume it over the course of the next several hours. When her task is complete, she twists off from the charred plant matter (which then crumbles apart) and floats away to repeat the cycle.

Enka's flowerlike appearance coupled with the scent of heated sap will often attract the unnecessary attention of bees. "I'm not a flower! Go away!" Enka will say. "Are you sure? I just want to help!" the bee will reply. "Yes, I am sure. I'm closer to 'fungus fairy' than anything else," explains Enka. "But you smell like a real nice flower, though!" insists the bee.  And they will argue like this for a while until Enka starts swinging fire at it to drive it away, only to be visited by another bee with the same questions. The bees are very persistent because they really like that smell, and they also really like Enka but are too shy to say it. Actually, it might be the same bee that returns, pretending to be a different bee.

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I wrote about 4 different descriptions for this piece before finally settling on this version. Early drafts had Enka as a species of pepper (Capsicum alraune) and would go into detail about the anthers on her hair and the nectar in her crown and how the claw arm was actually an ovary that would turn into an incendiary fruit if it ever got pollinated. And while it was kind of fun to make up these facts, it was very sad to think about how she's stuck to one spot forever and is just a jerk to these bees for no reason. It wasn't until the other night when I thought "What if she was a parasite?" that her existence became much more interesting. Her role was later developed into a pruner, but the gist of it was to give her mobility and to free her from the short, weird life of a flower. 

Now time for me to go and work on something else.

Short process gif here
Made in Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio)
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:iconevodolka:
Evodolka Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
the fire looks lovely
i have a sweet spot for flames that form monster heads :D
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UnboundExile Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Student General Artist
I've missed you JohnSu
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:iconthebloodwriter:
TheBloodWriter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Student Writer
your work is so good JohnSu :cries:
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:icontoboewolf1:
toboewolf1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
so vibrant and beautiful ...I love it!
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Nazgul100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
John I wish someone would hire you as a general concept developer on some bigshot animation studio. I want you to just sit there and draw out these ideas, and present them to the company, and then have them make actual series or short stories out of them. 
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invisible-chan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Oh goodness, give that poor bee a chance. Their species is dying out at an alarming rate, don'tcha know, Enka?

I really love her design. So are her arms made of flame or can they transform into something more hand like at the ends?
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
JohnSu's pictures are always so amazing, and with such delightful stories behind them!

(from the description): "and they also really like Enka but are too shy to say it."

Suddenly, it hits a bit too close to home...
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:iconazurerat:
AzureRat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as she doesn't burn everything. :0
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:icondragonith:
Dragonith Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm rooting for you, Bee.
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:iconcedifonei:
CediFonei Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
BEELIEVE IN YOURSELF
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:iconmarsharino:
Marsharino Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Love those guide shapes in the process gif!
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:iconalansteenhouwer:
AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Ahhh. Always good to see your work, and read the stories you come up with... Though I certainly enjoyed it more than the last one.
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:iconmadmother88:
MadMother88 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, poor bees lol
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silver199945 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
ELLE EST TROP CLAAASSSSE
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:iconmurdocnicalls1:
MurdocNicalls1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
That's incredible, I :heart: it!
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:iconhi-ice-cas:
Hi-Ice-Cas Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm humored how you go from "she's just a jerk then" to "oh, I'll make her a parasite!"
I hope the bee(s) become eventual friends with Enka.  :3
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They could very easily become friends if the bees would just stop trying to crawl over her. See, Ladybug knows how to do it.
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Alright! you got it! keep it up okay?

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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Very pretty, loved the little description about the bee.
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:iconxstreamchaosofficial:
XStreamChaosOfficial Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is cool!
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:iconredblueiscool:
RedBlueIsCool Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting concept. I like the fire on her head. Good colors, too.
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:icons3rb4n:
S3rb4n Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How beautiful!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Amazing :lovelyeyes: 
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BlackRoseBandKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love your little stories that go with the pieces just as much as your art. Come for the art, stay for the amusing little stories that go with it and all~
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yautja95 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
cool~🌟 
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burtonaris2 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
i wanna hold her
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:iconshirokou:
Shirokou Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Omg, she looks lovely. I KINDA HOPE IT'S THE SAME BEE THO??? THEY SHOULD BEE FRIENDS, XD!
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:icontursiops33:
tursiops33 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
She looks very fierce
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:iconkempferzero:
KempferZero Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D
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:iconadhadh:
ADHadh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Student Filmographer
Aww, the bee just wants to pollinate her!
...After some thought I realize this sounds wrong.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a constant struggle for me in writing previous drafts.
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:iconravenlovesart:
ravenlovesart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Really unique!
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:icontubi4:
tubi4 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Great work :la:
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:iconmoonmute:
moonmute Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great use of contrasting color here :D  This makes Enka really standout in the picture :)
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:iconcrazy4anime09:
crazy4anime09 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks amazing!!! I love her design and backstory! :love: fav ^^
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tehwatcher Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
1st awesome work

2nd XD
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:iconnullnomore:
NullNoMore Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Her back story is interesting, but the awkward bee is best bee ever. Her move looks so powerful in the picture, but I'm glad she doesn't look too frustrated by the awkward bee. Lovely picture and tale.
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I highly approve of your nicer, more mobile version of her backstory! Also that poor bee, he just wants to be friends, GIVE HIM A CHANCE GIRL EVERYONE NEEDS FRIENDS
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akittyk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing as usual!
Lmao that gif tho! XD those are some mighty fine chicken wings ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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:icongusindor:
Gusindor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow, very cool design! Or should I say hot?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the way you think
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Talon-pb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
All your conscriptions are great.
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itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
pretty
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Ok so we know the poor bee's story but what about the poor ladybug holding onto the plant for dear life while it is slowly incinerated????? :tears:  He's going to be alright right???? :please:  I have to ask what the first part of your making gif was....that is a barrel with chicken legs! ^^;  Were you hungry? :hungry:  Nice one John.....a parasitic fairy.  Why doesn't Hollywood ever do a movie like that? 
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The barrel with chicken legs is her poorly documented travel form, maybe
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:iconpotato-yi:
Potato-Yi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next, the bee comes with groucho glasses
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:icononecallgat:
OneCallGat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mario: Haven't seen a fire like this before.
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:iconnycterisa:
NycterisA Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Parasites: Cooler than boring flowers.


I read it on snopes.
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:iconunclebourbons:
UncleBourbons Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
The world needs more Fungus Fairies.
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:iconrakugaki-otoko:
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
aaaaah cooool~! The colors and how soft everything is, so cool~! Great job as always :D your stories too!
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