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Desert Reign by ShadeofShinon Desert Reign by ShadeofShinon
[Desert Reign]

In a place where life ceased to exist a long time ago is the heart of their home. The bones they carry and build their nests from are signs that they are truly the rulers of this barren place. Their endurance is second to none, and to them any sign of weakness is a sign of prey. They are the vultures and this is their reign.




Mandibuzz for "Draw Every Pokemon". This is my last contribution to the project. It has been a lot of fun drawing all these Pokemon and see different artists give their share for the project.
Now I'll have to come up with something else to spend my time on.

Anyway, I wasn't a fan of Mandibuzz when it was first introduced and I still find the official art very derpy but after doing this redesign and doing some research about this Pokemon I gotta admit it is pretty cool. I might be a bit biased, I have a thing for big badass birds. Gotta love the typing, though.
As for the picture, some of you might have seen me working on it on my streams and know how much effort I put into it. I am actually very proud of this one, and yet again I surprised myself by how patient I can be. Even if this consumed a lot of time I don't think any of it was of waste. I enjoyed drawing this a lot and I am very pleased with the outcome, too. :>
Now, this was completely unintentional but I couldn't help noticing that almost exactly one year ago I drew a picture called "Desert Encounter". I didn't first realize I draw desert scenes so much but instead of changing the scenery I took this as a personal challenge to see how much I have improved during one year. There are a lot of differences between these two pictures but there are also some similarities that are probably more clear to me. But I daresay a lot of improvement has happened.
Right now I'm just happy I finally finished this and that the picture turned out better than I expected, for once.

I hope you like it!

Media Photoshop CS2 | Wacom Intuos4 M
Time taken 25+ hours
Mandibuzz c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c *ShadeofShinon

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:icondragonmaster227:
Dragonmaster227 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Do u have any of these made for charizard
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've draw a few Charizard. Keep looking.
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:icondragonmaster227:
Dragonmaster227 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Can u maybe send me slink of one pleeeeeze he's my favorite pkmn :D
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Ahh, so those are mandibuzz. Took me a bit without the plumes.

Cool idea giving them face skulls. Impressive big ol' primary feathers as well. I've got to say I especially love this landscape. The sight of that super drawn out carcass of arceus-probably-doesn't-want-to-know-what the birds are perching and circling on filling up a big chunk of the foreground and stretching out over the horizon gives a great sense of death's infinite omnipresence. And the way the cracked-up wasteland ground looks caved in kind of like a bowl sort of gives it the feeling of being an inescapable pit, somewhere nobody leaves alive. Anyone who enters here is vulture food. Great work with your trademark subtle sunset as well. The dust grey clouds the sun's disappearing behind are really effective in completing the sense of hopeless desolation this desert's got.

And - do my eyes deceive me - is that a Lion King reference in the background? Hopefully there won't be any Bowling for Mandibuzz occurring any time soon. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! Great analyzing. I really appreciate how carefully you view my pieces instead of just quickly glancing at it. And you saw a lot. Even the Lion King reference. I was streaming the process of this piece and someone in the chat said that there could be a Donphan's skull in the background just like in The Lion King. And so I did it. Also, one more thing about the skulls, I'm not sure if I simply forgot to add the plumes or if I decided that they're not necessary with the skulls on. Personally I don't like the plumes, maybe that is why I came up with the skull idea in the first place.
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:iconoctoboy-the-8th:
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Ahh, so they'd be under their little skull hats? Makes sense I guess. 
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
What's the snakelike skeleton? A Garydos? Or maybe Raquaza?
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I left that undecided so the viewer can make their own story.
But while I drew this I though it could be Gyarados. Rayquaza in my headcanon is basically a vital, unique creature and immortal - immortal as in it cannot die of old age but by a hand of a godslayer.
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
M'kay. Makes sense. A wonderful piece though I do have to say! :D
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Welcome! :iconawkwardhugplz:
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:iconnayradharma:
nayradharma Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool but what pokemon is that? i forgot!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Mandibuzz.
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:icongrusnoid:
Grusnoid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Great a Pokemon version of the Griffon Vulture. Which the Griffon Vultures eat right down to the bone, literally leaving nothing left except a skeleton. And when they are done eating they are barely able to get off the ground. A person actually died rock climbing in France recently, and by the time the person's friend reached the body, the Griffon Vultures picked the corpse clean.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is pretty amazing. Griffon vultures are truly badass birds. Very brutal, but very awesome, too. I like it.
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NicciLennie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
magnificious
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbagasuit091:
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You make these Pokemon look amazing. :clap: Such a cool redesign!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconpsh07:
Psh07 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply amazing. I am very jealous of your ability to paint amazing feathers, wings, backgrounds, and just about everything else haha. :)
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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:icondigitalbird06:
digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Wicked cool! This pictures was so BA that it took forever for my computer to load it!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks! :D
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:iconangry-orca:
Angry-Orca Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this looks amazing! I really love your style and the attention you paid to details, especially the feathers and the skeletons. I adore the way you draw wings and the shading and lighting seems to be just perfect.

But there is one thing that annoys me. I feel like the yellow silhouette of the primary feathers on the left wing are too bold and bright. They should be just a little darker and just a little blurrier. It looks weird behind that dark cloud.

Regardless, it's amazing and you must have a ton of patience to be able to do this. Keep up the good work!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the thoughtful comment and critique!
You're absolutely right about the yellow outlines, they came out a bit too bright and they stand out too much. I should study lights and shadows more.
Anyway, thanks again!
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AshenBones Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I fucking love this. Mandibuzz is one of my favorites, and you sure added a lot of prestice to the design! And the desert and the bones! It is great! I can almost feel the heat and the birds hungry glare.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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:iconthisismyboat:
thisismyboat Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
There's a definite improvement in this piece compared to Desert Encounter. You have a much better understanding of form and texture in this one. It looks fantastic.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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davidfenton1 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really, really wish the actual Pokemon looked like this!
I love the detail on the wings, especially...
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:icondraginfyr:
DraginFyr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Great perspective and details!!! :D Such a great picture :)
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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:iconcraftyflareon:
CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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:iconiracat:
iracat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So COOOOOOOOOOOOL
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconguarepe:
Guarepe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
My God... this is gorgeous... I'm serious, I have never seen something like this before....
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconlibertades:
Libertades Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I.
Love.
You.


I.
Love.
This.


You.
Are.
aMAZING.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :blushes:
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:icondeeotter:
DeeOtter Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here [link] !
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconezera:
Ezera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
wow, those wings are absolutely fantastic~
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconezera:
Ezera Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
no problem :3
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:iconmusicalcombusken:
MusicalCombusken Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome, I love the details! You did an amazing job! :heart:
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:icontearoses:
TeaRoses Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
This is gorgeous and ominous!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconratiazu:
Ratiazu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Upea kuva. Myös jollain tapaa hienon surrealistinen, sillä minulla on tunne että aavikolla ei liiemmin pilvi-ilmiöitä ole. Ehkä jokunen hattara joka haihtuu päiväntasaajalla ajelehtii myös sinne. Luurangot ovat upeat; antavat kivasti osviittaa että tuolla alueella on joskus ehkä ollut jääkausi, joka sitten se olisi sulanut mereksi ja viimein autioitunut aavikoksi. Todella paljon tuo siis syvyyttä noinkin yksinkertaisilla asioilla. Ja sinun mandibuzzit ovat paljon pokemonmaisempia kuin se ripsivärejä käyttävä haahka joka on suurinpiirtein kopioitu Kivisistä ja Sorasista.

Minkä poksun leukaluuta tuo lähin lintu kantaa?
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