Amid a Sea of Lanterns by sphinxmuse
I sketched this figure months ago in my Physics notebook, and I have been waiting for the opportunity to do something more with her. She was originally intended to be something of a tree spirit, possibly the spirit of a Gingko tree (as the sketch depicts her), but part-way through completing the final piece she happened to turn into something else. It did not seem to me that this figure was intended to be a tree spirit, instead she took on a distinctly fish-like appearance. Confident in her new identity as a fishwoman (perhaps she is a traditional mermaid, perhaps not), I gave her an animated tattoo of a nishiki-goi or colored carp. Typically, this fish is known to the West by the name of 'koi', although that word in Japanese actually means carnal love and doesn't really refer to the fish. I suspect that this fishwoman may don the form of a nishiki-goi when she pleases as well. In her fully fish form she might be described as kohaku meaning that she is white with red-orange markings. She sits amid a sea of stone lanterns, known in Japanese as ishi-doro, hence the image's title.