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Horizontal by ShadeofShinon Horizontal by ShadeofShinon
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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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  Student 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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