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Sky Guardian + TIMELAPSE by ShadeofShinon Sky Guardian + TIMELAPSE by ShadeofShinon
Sea Guardian by ShadeofShinon

: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
Gorgeous!!!!
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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. 
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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.
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very nice!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No prob!
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Typhlosion4President Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG you work miricles
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Typhlosion4President Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
your welcome. u ernd it :3
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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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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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spannnschatz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
awesome *_*
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Ty-Co Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student
I would absolutely frame this in my house, this is amazing!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That is nice to hear. :>
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twilightwolfqueen409 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness... this is so beautiful! I am glad you have picked up this type of watercolor again!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Also, this is ink, not watercolour this time. :>
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twilightwolfqueen409 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ohsnap.
Fooled me.
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Yunuroko Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly one of the most beautiful Pokémon ever. And the way you have represented it is just... Well, I think Japanese style is the one that suits it the best.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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SleepwalkerSerenade Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! SOLD!!! THIS GUY!!! :D
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Shut up and take your money? Gladly. :D
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SleepwalkerSerenade Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
For real though, is this for sale? And if it is, could you send it to Florida?
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you mean the original I haven't really though about selling it. It's not like I'm absolutely not selling it but I'm rather fond of the piece so the price would be quite high. A print can be arranged and I can mail drawings or prints anywhere.
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SleepwalkerSerenade Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student General Artist
When you are ready to sell the original, if ever, I only ask for first dibs. Money is no item; I mean, I don't expect you'll make it outrageously priced, but original work is difficult to gauge value in, especially when the illustrator is attached to it. But those things come and go, and when it does, I want you to know I love it, and I would definitely be willing to pay for it.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The time when I'm completely ready to part from this painting might never come, just like with many other pictures I have sold. And yet I have sold them after all. Sometimes a good price makes it easier and sometimes I just know I can't have "maybe" as an option forever. I am glad to hear you like this painting so much and I would be glad to sell it to you, and if I decide to put it on sale, you will be first in line. As for the price I don't think I can go under 70 euros, definitely not now while it's been only a few weeks since I finished it. I do like the painting a lot myself and sometimes artists value their pieces pretty high, but I feel like over 100 euros would be too much to ask.
But yeah, I'll try to remember to let you know if I'll sell it, and if I fail to do so remember I promised you the first dibs.
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SleepwalkerSerenade Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
$150 USD down promise. I will have it put into a sub-account at my bank and save it away hastily. I have a little girl on the way who is going to decimate my wallet, and Florida wages are atrocious. But I do what I can, so I will be saving. My offer isn't final, but definitely did currency translations, but roughly $130 is what I got from 100 euros. Honestly, my price is highly influenced by the size of the painting. Could I bother for the measurements? :|
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The conversion is about right, and 100 euros (136USD) is the most I could ask for it and most likely the final price is lower. I can completely understand that there are much more important things to spend the money on, life is so expensive. Which is also one of the reasons I'm seriously considering selling the painting.
Anyway, the painting is 6'' x 15,75'' (15cm x 40cm).
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RBHMEM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
The tail. THE TAIL. The FEATHERS. Everything is soooo perfect! It looks beautiful! o.o
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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Laurosaurus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014   General Artist
It's so majestic, perfect work, as always. I love the feathers.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Laurosaurus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014   General Artist
No problem
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soapiesthorse Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goddamn this looks beautiful.
I wish I could have seen your stream.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
I will be uploading a timelapse video shortly so you can see the process sped-up. :>
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Evonia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
omg this is awesome!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Evonia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
no problem!
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DracorianAmanda Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Very pretty ^^ Ho-Oh's eyes always freaked me out, though XD I do love the colors, however, and the pose is very relaxed and graceful ^^ Great work!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The eyes are indeed quite fierce, but I do like that kind of eyes on Ho-Oh.
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Zephyrift Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Artist
It's so beautiful! *u*
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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Zephyrift Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Artist
You're welcome!
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TheLegendaryTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I wish Nintendo would take a little more realism into their designs if it would come out anything like this. Also, may I ask what brand/type of inks you use?(I use a heavy india ink and nothing ever works out well with it :/ )
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It would certainly be interesting to see. I don't know how Nintendo would do with such a task though.
I use a few brands, mostly Winsor & Newton inks, but I also use inks I bought from Germany, the brand is called Rohrer & Klingner.
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TheLegendaryTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You! :)
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Four-EyedSoulReaper Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely glorious. Ho-oh looks absolutely beautiful and majestic, and your experiments have certainly payed off, the style is gorgeous.
I'd love to see that timelapse, artists in work are a wonder to watch. :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! And I'm glad to hear you liked the timelapse, too. :>
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DominoMastadon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Damn Shinon...you never cease to amaze me.

This is absolutely beautiful, and I hall be favoriting it~ <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :>
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