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Solaris by ShadeofShinon Solaris by ShadeofShinon
Ever had a moment in your life when you are trying to go to sleep and the moment you are giving in to sleep a picture flashes before your eyes or you get the best idea ever and you cannot sleep until you have at least sketched it?

This is one of those works. It was some weeks ago, or maybe some months, time really flies these days, when I saw this piece and I wanted to draw it so bad. I made a tiny composition/colour sketch that has been laying around on my desk ever since. Today I found the sheet of paper with the sketch and though that now I will draw this. And I did. All in one sitting. It was very relaxing and freeing experience. Nowadays I get more ideas that I have time to execute so I was really glad I could bring this piece to life.
The original idea changed a bit due to my experimentation. For a moment I thought I had ruined the piece but then I had an epiphany. In the original the sun was coloured and the surroundings white with some texture but thanks to careless experimenting I saw that it looked better this way.
I had to fight with the colours a bit since my scanner likes to mash all reds and yellows together but I think I got quite close to the original.

I really missed drawing traditionally. And drawing dragons.

I hope you like it!

Media Faber Castell Pitt pens | Copic Ciao! markers | Promarkers | Neopiko markers | Faber Castell Polychromos pencils | white ink
Time taken ~7 hours in one sitting

Art c =ShadeofShinon

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:iconoctoboy-the-8th:
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
This is pretty sweet. It kind of does look like an insomnia-inspired drawing what with the dragon being between night and day, but slightly more in the day area, as it clearly isn't sleepytime here. And I think the white sun does work, it gives it a painfully blinding look which kind of supports the feel of insomnia. The night sky is lovely too, and I like the skeletal spine and tail of this dragon as well as the hook-like fingers. Really cool, looks great. 
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you could associate this with insomnia, however you want to interpret it. Just to make it clear in case you misunderstood how I created this piece, or rather, got the idea: I often get ideas just as I'm about to fall asleep which forces me to get up and scribble something down so I won't forget the idea. There's no insomnia although getting ideas at times like that does prevent me from sleeping.
Anyway, thank you!
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enatierg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Amazing work
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
for your question: god yes it happen to me very often. and damn I hate it when I need to get out of my comfort to sketch before being be able to sleep.

~ about the art work. this is a very amazing piece that you have done there. The idea of day time and night time being be halve like this is really nice. I also really like the great color work that you have doen in this dragon art work there. About the dragon it's self you really did a great work with his posture. the detail in it is also aother great work in your art
certainly keep it up ;)
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! And sorry for the late response.
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:icondragon-man13:
dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome.
~ it's all right we are all busy time to time. right ^^
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twilightwolfqueen409 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
As always, your work is breathtaking.
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsolarlugia:
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, the whole design is very appealing! :clap:
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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CarmenChristina Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive!! <3 Great work!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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Shinigami-Souls Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA. That is amazing. Meh like. :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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AmericanBlackSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need some advice. For awhile I have been trying to figure out how to draw or color cosmic space like you do but don't really know where to start, what media to use and what tecnique to use. What do you suggest? By the way, love the design.
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sorry for my late response, my inbox gets ridiculously swamped at times and messages tend to get buried.
Anyway, for the cosmic space I used markers and coloured pencils and a dash of white ink. Markers blend pretty nicely with each other so I just loosely coloured from lighter to darker areas here and there and then blended them a bit if needed. To make the colours blend even more smoothly I used coloured pencils. It's important to leave enough white and light areas because applying white ink on darker areas always gives quite a stuffy impression. Paper white is much better. As a finishing touch I added some stars with white ink and a brush.
A tutorial with pictures would be much clearer but I hope this helped at least a little!
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AmericanBlackSerpent Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :) This did help. I will be sure to use your advice in the future. :D
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to hear. :>
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AmericanBlackSerpent Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again. :D And Love your artwork. :)
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silverfang07 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this looks amazing! Happy accident on the sun :D
(and I've had too many ideas pop into my head when I go to bed XD, its a gamble to sleep cuz the idea might be gone when you wake up)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
That's why I don't take risks and at least sketch the idea before falling asleep. It's so frustrating when you know you had a good idea but can't remember it to save your life. 
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silverfang07 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ no prob~
Oh so true :D
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OshawottsRule95 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Simply majestic. Great work as always!
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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PureForestGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
It looks magnificent! :D
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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :>
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PureForestGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
You're welcome! :)
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BreakMyFate Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
It's wonderful <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! 
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Virgel-Dragalion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013

The Dragon and the Background look awesome ^^

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:iconshadeofshinon:
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ArtilleryTortoise Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Faber Castell, those pens are AMAZING! :la:
I've been trying to get more but failing. I love your work anyway, but now you've done this dragon even more so. I'm a fan of dragons, you see. :meow:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they're really nice. One of the joys of traditional art is that you can feel the high quality as you draw.
Thanks though! I'm trying to draw more something else than Pokemon. I love dragons very much but I draw them too little. 
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ArtilleryTortoise Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Traditional art is also more convient when it comes to abroad! :D
Same with me. I should submit some of my traditional... eventually! :la:
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true! Though sometimes I find carrying all the equipment I need a little troublesome. I have tons of brushes and paints and inks and whatnot. :D
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ArtilleryTortoise Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Without the best way to store these things it can become very cumbersome! :D

Like at school this one time, my yellow pencil got dropped down the stairs and snapped. :(
Lucky I managed to get it back - now I have TWO yellows! :D
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Yuriakashu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As always, I love your traditional work.  So pretty!  So well shaded--!  <3
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SironaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aivan upea! ^^ sinun töihin ei IKINÄ kyllästy :)
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kiitos! Se on mukava kuulla. :>
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SironaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eipä kestä! :)
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DracorianAmanda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Oh wow :D Beautiful job! I love the idea of the backgrounds being super colorful and the dragon black and white ^^ It's super cool!
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :>
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kazeaestas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup I was there. Mine failed though. Nice Drawing i like the way your blended the colors
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Marl1nde Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist
that is very cool
pretty neat
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ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Marl1nde Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist
no problem ^^
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RBHMEM Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Yep. I've been there. Failed along the way and gave up though. But that idea's still in my head, waiting for the chance to be put on paper. c:

I can't stop staring at this beautiful work. o.o
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