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I am a mainly self-taught artist from Finland. Art is a great passion of mine, both creating and appreciating it. However I'm not going to make a career of it as I want to enjoy it as a hobby yet it will definitely remain a very important part of my life. However, I do take commissions and sell my art at conventions (in Finland).

As an artist I work both traditional and digital medias although I will always have a slight preference of traditional over digital but I still enjoy both very much. I also have a little comic project called the Nuzlocke Challenge.

My main inspirations are music; some of my pieces are heavily inspired by a certain song and some just purely illustrations of a song, nature; wildlife, sky, landscapes; other artists; mythology; video games.
Music is another big interest of mine although that is limited to appreciation. I listen to a variety of genres but metal music is what I'm most fond of. I especially like to go to metal concerts and see my favourite bands live.

Even though I tend to forget the existence of the "Critique" option when I submit my pieces I always appreciate some constructive criticism. I enjoy reading long and thoughtful comments although sometimes my inbox tends to get very full and I might take some time to reply/don't have time to reply to every comment. I do read and appreciate each comment though.

deviantART is my main website and I mostly only upload finished artwork here. I also have an art Tumblr with the name shinonarts which I use to post not only the art I have here but also some other works, WIP's and sketches that never end up here.
I also have a Weasyl account (Shinon) but I'm quite inactive there.

I hope you like what you see here and if you have questions, something else to say or just want to say hi feel free to do so!

T-shirt mini contest results!

Thu Mar 26, 2015, 11:52 AM


I'm really sorry for all of you who have been waiting for this, the contestants and contributors, for taking so long with such a small task. It kept slipping my mind with all the other things I'm supposed to do occupying my mind.
Overall I was very satisfied with the outcome of this contest. I got a total of 12 entries, which is pretty well for a small and kinda specific contest like this. So thank you very much to everyone who entered! The winner will, as promised, be featured in that one thing I have been talking about for a while now, and I will be happy to do so because it is a really good design that fits the band. 

The task of choosing the winning entries would've been more difficult without :iconky-nim:'s help. Thank you, once again, for helping with the judging!

The judging was based on a score system that in turn was based on the main judging criteria stated in the contest rules; Logo design (30 points of the total), overall design (30 points of the total), creativity (20 points of the total) and execution (10 of the total). I will give the total average of each winning piece.

Before the results, I will briefly explain the meaning behind the band name, Valkhirom.
In the contest announcement I said I would reveal it when the time was right, and it is now. The name's main body comes from a fakemon called Vahirom, designed by ky-nim as the original dragon of Unova. I was looking for a suitable name for my gijinka band and Kynim kindly offered Vahirom's name as something I could use. Unova is very distant from Hoenn and the legends don't touch each other very much, but I really liked how the name sounded like, and there is a fair chance that the band could have been looking for some mythical names as inspiration for their band's name and stumbled upon Vahirom.
Pkmn: The Original Dragon, VAHIROM by ky-nim Pkmn: Vahirom Concept Sketches by ky-nim

Another reason why Vahirom's name was so good was that it went together with some Nordic words really nicely. I initially just mashed some Nordic words together with Vahirom and then picked the one I liked the best. Valkhirom is more or less a mix between the words "Vahirom" and "valkyrie", but words such as "valhalla" can also be connected to the name, as the Nordic theme has been pretty visible in my run.
That's Valkhirom in a nutshell!

Honorable mention

Contest entry for Shinon by Laurosaurus
With a small contest like this I thought not to do honorable mentions, but I'm going to do that anyway. This piece fell only a bit short from the top three so I thought I should at least feature it. The logo design is great and the effort put into creating all the different variations was a big plus.


All winners please note the person who's going to do your prize directly. I will only handle the prizes that I'm giving out and I won't forward anyone's notes. 

3rd place

Valkhirom t-shirt design by bolthound
Valkhirom t-shirt designby bolthound
Total average: 18,9
A very neat logo and overall design that would certainly fit the band. The piece also included some cool colour variations for the design. 

:bulletgreen: A digital cell shaded image of one (1) character (not too complex) without a background by me.
:bulletgreen: Sketch of character of choiche by :iconccdragon-93:
:bulletgreen: A sketchy thing of one character by :iconzhoid:

2nd place

ShadeofShinon band shirt contest by CCDragon-93
ShadeofShinon band shirt contestby CCDragon-93
Total average: 19,1

An elegant and simple overall design. All design variations work well with the band.

:bulletgreen: A digital cell shaded image of one (1) character (not too complex) without a background by me.
:bulletgreen: Complete (line art + color) digital drawing of 1 character of choice by :iconccdragon-93: (You don't have to give a prize to yourself if you don't want to. :D)
:bulletgreen: A sketchy thing of one character by :iconzhoid:

1st place

Valkhirom band t-shirt design by valastaja
Valkhirom band t-shirt designby valastaja
Total average: 20,1

A really well balanced design. The logo fits the band perfectly and the overall design is simple enough to be clear and both the front and the back of the shirt work really nicely together. Especially the back of the shirt was well done.

Design will be featured in the mysterious thing that I will get to soonish!
:bulletgreen: A digital picture of one (1) (not overly complex character with a simple background by me.
:bulletgreen: A 3 month subscription from :iconccdragon-93:
:bulletgreen: A painting of 1-2 characters by :iconzhoid:
:bulletgreen: A portrait of one character by :iconaerorwen:
:bulletgreen: A vector bust of one character by :iconskele64:

Congratulations to all winners! Thank you very much for entering!


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Commission Info: CLOSED by ShadeofShinon

Art status

Commissions - Closed by SweetDuke No Point Commissions by SweetDuke Trades - Friends Only by SweetDuke Collaborations - Friends Only by SweetDuke No Requests by SweetDuke Gifts - Friends Only by SweetDuke


PB: DA - Not Started - F2U! by Drache-Lehre A digital sketch for BlueBlueFox PAID
PB: DA - Sketching - F2U! by Drache-Lehre A cellshaded image for Virgel-Dragalion PAID


PB: DA - Not Started - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Contest prize for bolthound
PB: DA - Not Started - F2U! by Drache-Lehre Contest prize for CCDragon-93

Which username do you think would be better? 

319 deviants said ShadeofShinon.
118 deviants said I'm indifferent.
32 deviants said Shinonsparce.
21 deviants said Neither./Go with something else. (Would still have Shinon in it.)


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TeatreeTreecko Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Thank you so much for the watch! ;v; :iconblushuplz:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. You have a pretty promising nuzlocke. :>
TeatreeTreecko Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Asdfghjk thankyou again omg, that means an awful lot to hear you say that TvT :iconblushu2plz:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all :>
Clawlesslion Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
hey those are pretty awesome shrits design
Clawlesslion Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean the ones in the journal?
Shiruba-Wakahisa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol Thank you so much for watching, dear! XD
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I thought it was about time I did that. 'D
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