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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.


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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is amazing
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. 
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!
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. 
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
Saberrex Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome.
krazykelli Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This pic kicks major ass.  Keep being awesome forever, because you rock.
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I will do my best. :>
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.
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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