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Blackheart by ShadeofShinon Blackheart by ShadeofShinon
Edit; Added watermark because this piece was once stolen and I do not wish it to happen again.

Blackheart

Skyworld is one of the most epic, beautiful and inspiring albums by Two Steps From Hell yet and also one of my favourite albums ever. Blackheart is dramatically epic and beautiful and very emotional as well and I have been wanting to draw something inspired by this piece for a long time now.
I haven't done much traditional art lately and I've been neglecting markers and coloured pencils for too long. Also, I wanted to draw something that I love, dragons.
I really enjoyed working on this. I was in no rush so I could pay full attention to every detail and just enjoy the feel of traditional media. Even though I work digitally for the majority of time, nothing beats traditional art. There's just something more real and warm in it.
This is one of my personal favourites. I really like how it came out.

I hope you like it!

Media Faber Castell Pitt pens | Copic Ciao! markers | Promarkers | Derwent Coloursoft pencils | inks | white ink
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Art c =ShadeofShinon

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Fucal Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
wow, this is amazing
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Wow, that sounds like a lovely piece to dance to! I do love rich, deep string music. Thanks for referring me to that!

I think the picture definitely suits the piece. The lily reflects the delicate elegance while the big, black dragon gives feel to the fantastical magnitude and power of the score. It kind of is a good picture to illustrate orchestra. Some might say it has more fanciful finesse than something like heavy metal, something like an intricate flower, but within that is definitely a strength highly capable of moving its audience like an imposing dragon. And a mythical being perfectly illustrates the sense of magic orchestra instils.

I just love the contrast. No one would ever expect such a grand, dark, ferocious-looking dragon to come out of something so small and delicate as a little flower. Two polar opposites blending in perfect harmony and it is gorgeous. Well done. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I was very inspired by the contrasts in the song, the softness and even frail beauty of it and also how strong and dramatic it got. I didn't actually think of the visual elements that create the contrast in the picture all that much, I just simply drew what the song made me feel like. I'm glad to hear it works!
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the pose on this dragon. it's so fantastic and powerful. I seriously should pose a dragon in a position like that. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome.
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krazykelli Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This pic kicks major ass.  Keep being awesome forever, because you rock.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I will do my best. :>
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blarfshnorgull Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I don't know if I've ever mentioned this or not, but I think you draw some of the most stunning dragons I've ever seen. This particular piece is my personal favorite.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I hope I can draw more dragons soon. I miss drawing them.
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ArtFromLion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm very stupid and don't know how to report deviantions. All I can do is Signal Boost this on Tumblr and fave this original piece here. Sorry D:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think more than enough people have already reported it so the staff must notice it anyway. Don't worry about it. What you did is good already. :>
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windwalkerules13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
this is so beautifull ;w; and i hope that art thief is squashed like the little cockroach he is!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
I hope dA will give him a ban. Anything less is too little.
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Kittastica Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! I respect you, drawing in pencil is evry hard! Congratulations on this magnificent piece of art! ^^
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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vladplasmes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   General Artist
found this thanks to that atrocious art thief. |U

this is awesome dude. .3. all dem details. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No matter how contrary it is, looks like there was a dash of good in that terrible deed. A lot of people seem to have found this picture thanks to him. How curious.
Anyway, thank you!
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vladplasmes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   General Artist
keep up the good work. imah gonna look through your gallery some later =u
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll do my best! Have fun browsing through! :>
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12bubbles12 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow. This is absolutely amazing, I can't stop admiring it!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow intense! :D
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:iconk-mosh:
K-Mosh Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is stunning..what did you use? I totally love it
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! All the materials are listed in the description.
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miss-amadeus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
it looks like a miracle)
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Awesome work here
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfalzelo:
falzelo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Omg Blackheart is my favourite piece in Skyworld, too!!!!! :D and your artwork is as awesome as the music!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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XiwyCain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You know Two Steps From Hell? OMG. I love Blackheart too! :D
I want to say this pic is so f*cking awesome!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! TSFH is my favourite epic music producer and a major inspiration. :>
Thank you!
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XiwyCain Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
You're wellcome! ^^ Yeah, I write a lot of things because of them.
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Atomsk4491 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Pretty intense I like the poetic sense of a kind of dark beauty
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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zoroark1264 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The lighting...
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varjon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
even if I do not know Blackheart. In this picture you can interpret a lot. that is fascinating. Emotionally, it's very well done. *.*
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're into epic instrumental music I recommend you to check it out. :>
Thank you!
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:iconvarjon:
varjon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tip. :hug:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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VioletDeathblood Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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VioletDeathblood Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely, so perfect.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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DoserQH Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful . . I just can't take it xD. Your art is brilliant.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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clacier Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sydäntä lämmittää nähä tämmöstä jälkee traditionaalisin menetelmin. ;_; <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mukava kuulla! ^^
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