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Commission: snowwolf-suraku by ShadeofShinon Commission: snowwolf-suraku by ShadeofShinon
Commission for ~snowwolf-suraku. She wanted a Flygon, Suicune and Quilava done in watercolour.
I enjoyed doing this. I've never drawn Flygon before so it was really nice to finally get to draw one. Also, even though I draw Suicune a lot I never get tired of it. :D

I hope you like it!

Pokemon is c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c ShadeofShinon
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:iconranekochan:
Ranekochan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well this has just blown me away I can't even explain
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it's a good way though. :'D
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Ranekochan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
In the best way possible! Your art is amazing!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very good to hear. :>
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CTSael Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
This is undoubtedly the most realistic Suicune interpretation I have ever seen. The horns, the mane, and especially the face! No wolf, all Kirin. Finally, someone else truly understands!

Everybody always draws terribly misleading wolf versions of Suicune, and I will never understand the appeal to that type of concept.

This interpretation captures all of Suicune's Kirin features perfectly, which no one else ever attempts. If people actually bothered to check references for the original concepts of certain Pokémon, we'd have more accurate fan-art designs...
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear you agree with my views! It irks me a bit when people draw Suicune as a wolf. I have done that, too, but it was ages ago. When I draw realistic Pokemon I try to do some kind of research, find about their origins and try to make the design somewhat logical. I don't know how much logic you can apply when drawing Pokemon but still.
But yeah, it bothers me when people view the legendary beast trio as canines. They are called beasts, not dogs (I think the name "legendary dogs" might be a translation flaw or just a thing the fandom created). I think Bulbapedia might have all of their origins written in the bios. But as for what I've gathered from my research, Suicune is based on a Kirin, Raikou based on a thunder god that takes the form of a tiger and Entei is based on a Shisa (lion/dog kind of creature) or something similar. So Entei is the only one that has anything canine like in it, the rest are just something different. They're not dogs, not cats, but different mythical beasts.

I've actually been planning to make an actual picture explaining these things to people so maybe we would have less misconceptions.
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CTSael Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
It IS a translation flaw. I'm able to read a good deal of Japanese hiragana, katakana and kanji, and the symbol used for "beast" can also be interpreted as "dog". Some translators interpreted the title wrong.

Also, even though Suicune is largely based on the Kirin, the main reference is actually Fujin, the god of the North Wind, who happens to wear leopard skins... which explains Suicune's white spots, and probably the cat-like anatomy as well (aside from the Kirin face).
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Tisserand Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
This is one of my two favorite interpretations of Flygon with draconic characteristics <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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dragonaire007 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
sweet! love flygon the best!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Crystal-Mint Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That looks epic :icondroolplz:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Crystal-Mint Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No prob :D
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soapiesthorse Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, very interesting way to draw Flygon. I thought his wings would be kinda different.
Nonetheless, it's near perfect anatomy. *drools* And all hand-drawn~
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of took a more dragon-like approach with this one. I might try to draw Flygon again some time and give it more insect features. I think one of the best things about making my own renditions of Pokemon is that I can make many of them and they can all be different. :>
Anyway, thanks!
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dracoreonthetrue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student
Absolutly love the way you draw flygon! It looks fantastic!
Suicune is stunning and the quilava looks excellent!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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dracoreonthetrue Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student
You're most welcome Shinon! I always enjoy looking at your artwork!
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Uruboros Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Writer
She has great taste in pokemon. They look awesome!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! Thanks!
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simBOT-282 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
woot to Flygon, an all time fav of mine.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flygon's pretty awesome. :>
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swisschocolatist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow, this is amazing! especially suicune since that is a favorite of mine :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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silentwind13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Beautiful!!!!!!!!!
I love the realism you put in, and I can't stop looking at how you painted them.

When you paint, do you have an idea where you leave for highlights, marking them on in light pencil or something or do you just go with it?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

I just go with it. I start with lighter colours and work towards darker one little by little and leave the brightest highlights completely white, I don't really need to mark them.
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silentwind13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh right. Well, it creates amazing results ^^
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Evonia Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
interesting flygon, looks mostly dragon-like instead of bug-like, very cool
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
I decided to make it more dragon-like this time. I think I'll try to make a more insect-like version some time.
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Evonia Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
yes, very unique and interesting version ^__^
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anacmf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
amazing! I loved the suicune
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Lillyfrost Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I always liked this pokemon a bunch but thank you to yuo and your style I reminded why :D
You did a really awesome work with Flygon and best one I've ever seen.
Suicune looked out really fine and Quilava looks so cute :heart:

Good job as always!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D I'm glad to hear you like them.
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BodenKing Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Why do your pokemon always look amazing?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know. 'D Lots of practise maybe?
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Fumseck73 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
'Cause she's a God of Drawing :meow:
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emimichelle Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
may i inquire as to how much something like this would cost? i love this so much. keep up the great work.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on the number and complexity of the characters. If I remember right, this piece was 26€.
Anyway, I'm glad to hear you like it. :>
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Silver13riolu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Quilava!!!!
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