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December 2, 2013
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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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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. 
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!
enatierg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Amazing work
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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 ;)
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! And sorry for the late response.
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 ^^
twilightwolfqueen409 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
As always, your work is breathtaking.
ShadeofShinon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, the whole design is very appealing! :clap:
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