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It travels great distances,
bringing light in it's jeweled crown,
The Majesty of Forests.


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I told you I would draw Xerneas, too! This picture just took way more time than I ever thought. But I think I'm entitled to feel proud of the finished work. And I must say, I'm damn proud.
Xerneas is one of the most beautiful Pokemon designs to date, hands down. It's grace and majestic appearance surpasses Arceus any day. This is what I call a legendary Pokemon. This is what I would call a god Pokemon. It is true that Xerneas resembles the Deer God from Princess Mononoke a lot, but I think it does so in a good way.
There is so little known about this Pokemon, but what I think, Xerneas could represent light. Or life. It would go well with its counterpart, Yveltal, that could represent either sound or death, in contrast to Xerneas.

This was very, very educating and interesting to do. I almost lost my mind a great many times, but I'm surprised my patience allowed me to work with the same quality to the end. It was really hard to put my pen down and say "I'm done". But I think I'm done now. For real. And I really like the outcome.
I hope you like it, too! :heart:

My first version of Yveltal:

Media PaintToolSAI | Wacom Intuos4 M
Time taken A lifetime.
Xerneas c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c *ShadeofShinon

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:iconemeflagrustheemperor:
Just watched the movie yesterday again. The Deer God really reminded me of Xerneas. And somehow the Nightwalker for me had some similarity to Regigigas.
But anyway, I really like the movie and I like the resemblance between the movie and this picture. Really great work! :-)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Regigigas? That's new to me. But the resemblance between xerneas and the deer god is striking.
Thank you!
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Beautiful! You've really taken the X-axis theme of this pokémon and put it to full use! I love the vastness you gave the landscape, the canopy, the pond, and even the horns of the beast itself, all of which is emphasized by the drawn out, rectangular dimensions of the canvas. The wide clouds of fog give an excellent air of mystery to the magical woods xerneas roams in, standing as proud and majestic as the Great Prince over his domain. The details of the trees, moss and leaves are gorgeous, and really do well to counterbalance the fog to ensure that it makes the forest seem mysterious, yet not at all ominous or desolate. The composition with the reflection to make the entire drawing surround the horizon of the shore of the pond that stretches across the page is masterfully done. Brilliant use of thematic imagery here, you've really brought the idea of the X-axis far and wide with this picture. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your, once again, detailed and in-depth comment.
I'm very glad to hear I succeeded in creating a mysterious forest scene, that was my intention. And what can I say, details are my addiction. They're so nice to draw most of the time.
Thanks again!
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superayaa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like your pokemon art a lot!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear that! :>
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L-Storyteller Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Writer
LÖYSINPÄS VIIMEIN! : D
Ostin tän julisteena viime vuoden Traconista ja siellä se mun seinällä nyt komeilee.
Ota watchi. x'D
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oi, mahtavaa! Hieno homma aina, kun joku conivierailija päätyy sivulleni. Ja mahtava kuulla, että printti pääsi seinälle.
Kiitos paljon! :D
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L-Storyteller Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Writer
Se oli kyl seinäpaikan arvonen, tosi majesteettinen. :3
Toivottavasti törmäillään joskus vastaisuudessakin coneissa. Laatuprintit kelpaa aina. x3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Toivotaavn näin! Suunnitteilla olisi ainakin tämän vuoden Animeconiin ja kenties joihinkin pienempiin coneihin osallistuminen. Tracon ei ole varmaa, sillä en välttämättä ole Suomessa silloin. Mutta ainakin deviantARTin kautta infoan, missä päin basaaripöytääni voi taas törmätä. :>
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ShadowLvr15 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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ShadowLvr15 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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Windguardian114 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Just one word: «Wonderful!»
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Combo89 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, amazing picture! *A*
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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galacticpink Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it might be a life/death parallel as well as the obvious earth/sky one given some of the recent reveals about the duo. I totally agree with you on Xerneas though. I simply LOVE its design, its just so gorgeous.

And it's a fairy type! Ever since the reveal of that type I have three favorite types! :D (Ghost, Dark, and now Fairy. ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS.)
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AriaSnow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, that would make a great pokedex entry that you wrote up there. *fave button*
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks!
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Darkminded-Letters Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It looks so awesome...
And it also looks like a Homage to GHIBLIs Princess Mononoke^^
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
Yeah, I agree. The two are very much alike.
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Darkminded-Letters Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^ Yeah they are^^
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Darkminded-Letters Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
like a very very good Homage^^
Did a fuckin' good job, dude!!
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JamesWolfsbane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful is the only word that can describe this piece. Well done.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ponyandwarriorslover Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So majestic :iconxerneasplz:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Vulkabit Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is freaking awesome :iconhurrdurrplz: Xerneas looks really cute but at the same time magastic and gorgeous awesome job!! I love your art :love:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! This guy is so majestic looking. You did a beautiful job. :clap:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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Professormcwilliams Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I so agree with your little bio blurb this is definitely my favourite legendary and u did a marvellous job portraying it
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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guadisaves02 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
awww :meow:
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NHarmonia-I-ly Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, just wow o.o
Beautiful, and yes indeed Xerneas is a lot more majestic than Arceus.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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NHarmonia-I-ly Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem c:
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chanceandmilky Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
This is fantastic. Most people seem to want to Pokemon Y, but because of Xerneas, I'm going for Pokemon X all the way!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
If I had to choose, I'd go for X as well. But I'll ge both so I don't have to make a decision. 'D
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chanceandmilky Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I would, but I have to buy the new Mystery Dungeon game and a copy of Emerald (from a friend and it's 100% real!) along with Pokémon X, so I don't know if I'll have enough money to buy Y Version after that. DX
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A legit copy of Emerald is always a good buy. :> But you can always buy the other version later, it's not like they stop selling it the day after the release.
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chanceandmilky Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
True, but I'll probably defeat X Version in two days and then I won't want to start over again and blahblahblahprogressblah, and then I'll be impatient and stuff. DX
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
awesome, you make it look good
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Hidavalentinwar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heti kun näin tämän pokémonin ajattelin, että minun on saatava nämä uudet pelit. Mustaa ja valkoista en kiinnostunut hankkimaan johtuen niiden legendaaristen pokémonien ulkonäöstä. Ne olivat aika tylsiä omasta mielestäni. Nämä uudet sen sijaan saivat minut heti haluamaan X ja Y pelien hankintaa. Olen värikkäiden poksujen kaveri ^^

Upea rauhallinen tunnelma tässä kuvassa. Varmasti kuvastaa Xerneasia todella hyvin :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Black ja White oli kyllä ihan hyviä pelejä, BW2 sen sijaan ei. Mutta odotukset on aika korkealla X:n ja Y:n suhteen, vähän kyllä tuo uusi Eeveen muoto ja Mewtwo epäilyttää. Mutta kyllä mä ne silti ajattelin hankkia.

Mutta kiitos!
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Hidavalentinwar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Minulla jotenkin ensi reaktio uuteen Eeveen kehitysmuotoon oli nauru. Se on jotenkin liian yltiö suloinen minun makuuni. Alkuperäinen kolmikko, Umbreon ja Espeon ovat aina suosikkejani Eeveen kehitysmuodoista ^^

Ollos hyvänen ;)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Se on Pokemon-maailman vastine hammaspeikolle. Ihan liikaa siirappia ja sokeria lorahtanut tuohon otukseen. Ja samaa mieltä olen noista Eeveen kehitysmuodoista, ekat viisi on parhaat, muut on turhaa ja ylimääräistä.
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Hidavalentinwar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ehkä aiemmat Eeveen kehitysmuodot toimivat niin hyvin, koska ne tosiaan vetoavat kaikenikäisiin ihmisiin. Niistä pystyy nauttimaan kuka tahansa, koska ne eivät tähtää erityisesti minkään ihmisryhmän suosikiksi. Leafeon tuntuu olevan hippeille suunnattu, voisin kuvitella yhden kaverini kävelevän Leafeon rinnallaan tästä syystä ^^ Glaceon on vähän emo lapsi, joten kohderyhmä on selvä. Sylveon on pelkkä karkkipäällysteinen hattara, jonka kohdeyleisö ovat hyvin nuoret ihmiset. Minusta Eeveen kehitysmuodot olivat parhaimmillaan, kun niistä näki selvästi mitä ne edustivat. Vaporeon, Jolteon ja Flareon olivat omalla tavallaan täydellisiä ulkonäkönsä puolesta, koska ne esittivät elementtejä, joista jokainen saattoi valita suosikkinsa. Umbreon ja Espeon vetosivat taas pienellä mystikyydellään ja molemmista tosiaan halusi oppia lisää.
En voisi ottaa itseäni tosissaan pokémon kouluttajana, jos minulla olisi vierelläni Sylveon. Se ei ihan Vaporeonille pärjää asenteessa :D
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