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January 30
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Sky Guardian + TIMELAPSE by ShadeofShinon Sky Guardian + TIMELAPSE by ShadeofShinon
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:bulletgreen: See the video of the painting process HERE :bulletgreen:

Quite some time ago I stopped doing these Japanese styled paintings because I no longer could think of any possible things to do or ways to do it. About a year later I realized that I had only barely scratched the surface and that there are so many things that I can do. Traditional Japanese art has so many different styles, so many different ways to express things, and there are also so many Pokemon that fit the style more than well.
For some reason I had completely overlooked one of the most obvious and the most fitting subjects for a painting like this. Ho-Oh is probably one of the best subjects for a Japanese styled painting, not only because birds are very often depicted in them but because of the legend, because of Tin Tower and Ekruteak city.
I think I will be doing more paintings like this in the future. I do have ideas for pictures with bolder outlines, the ones I've been doing the most, but I think it is refreshing to do things a bit differently and experiment different styles. This piece was also quite experimental. I have been using inks more or less in my paintings but this is the first painting with more than two colours that I have done in inks only. I didn't even touch a finleliner or my watercolours. Just inks and brushes. And coffee to dye the paper.
I also streamed the whole painting process and it was a lot of fun. I'll see if I could do a timelapse of the video since it was uninterrupted and features the whole painting process.

Anyway, I hope you like it!

Media Coffee | Cartiera Magnani Portofino watercolour paper | inks
Time taken 6-7 hours

Pokemon c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c ShadeofShinon

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CodenameAJ Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
This is just lovely. I like this portrayal of ho-oh. Most of the time legendaries are portrayed as deadly or lordly, very often with a heavy emphasis on their power (except I guess mew et al) This picture though just has the bird serenely seated in a tree, almost looking like a bird of paradise. I love the gold sheen between the feathers. It along with the intricate details of the flowers reminds me of seeing pheasants in Botanical Gardens. Some of the birds there have a similar golden look. Also, I really love that mountain. So simple and elegant, it definitely captures the look of Japanese-style mountains. This bird is quite the splendid sight. 
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
I agree with you about legendaries being represented as powerful creatures very often. Personally I've always seen Ho-Oh as a more serene and mystical legend rather than something that would go on a rampage and danger the world. Also, in Japanese art the themes are often more serene anyway, especially with birds. I recently bought an art book about mythical beasts in Japanese art and there are a lot of different kinds of pieces, from serene to more aggressive ones. I need to study it more and see if I can use what I'll learn in my future pieces.
Erikku8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice!
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Erikku8 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No prob!
Typhlosion4President Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG you work miricles
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Typhlosion4President Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
your welcome. u ernd it :3
grimdark-leijon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is more than amazing! it's absolutely breathtaking. i'd love to have a print of this in my room oh wow.
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