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Yveltal by ShadeofShinon Yveltal by ShadeofShinon
Yveltal for Pokeddex 2013 that I just completed despite being a few months late. There will be a dump with all the paintings I did for the challenge but I wanted to upload this one separately as well.
This piece is for favourite gen 6 legendary and even though I love Xerneas's majestic beauty a huge bird of death takes the spot for me. The design is just amazing and I love the concept. Yveltal is definitely a fearsome beast that fits its role perfectly.
I quite like this design. Yveltal's "hands" are pretty interesting. While I don't think of them as real hands I didn't want to make them just feathers either. In this design I tried to make them look more like spikes, claws, extensions of the bones in Yveltal's wings while making them blend in the feathers in the wings. And instead of making the head pieces feathers I drew them as horns.

I hope you like it! And stay tuned for the mega dump!

Media Pentel brush pen | watercolours | watercolour paper
Time taken -

Pokemon c Nintendo Gamefreak
Art c ShadeofShinon

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:iconoctoboy-the-8th:
I think yveltal's a similar case with talonflame as one of those pokémon I like your version of better. The more realistic birdlike look works for me more because for some reason I find the Y-shape a tad weird. Maybe it doesn't hurt that you're just so damn awesome at drawing birds. This thing looks magnificent. 

I like what you did with the wing spines. I think similar to houndoom, they'd probably read better being more distinctively different in colour from the primary feathers, especially because they're sort of hard to notice otherwise. They also might stand out more being a bit longer, which would make sense because they are long enough to break the silhouette of yveltal's wings in the original design, but maybe you didn't do that because that wouldn't make sense (I'm not the most knowledgeable on avian anatomy). In any case, it was a really cool idea and definitely adds to yveltal's deathly feel. You really did this brutal bird to justice. 
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Never pictured Yveltal as a bird in all honesty.
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BubblegumW Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I love this!!!
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ShadeofShinon Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it!
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BubblegumW Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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turlog Feb 22, 2014  Student Artist
Woulda been cool if Yveltal was more bird and less dragon.
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ShadeofShinon Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I don't see a dragon in it. It is more bird like and it doesn't even have dragon typing. People often portray it as a wyvern which I don't nuderstand, especially because it's rumored that Kalos legendaries are based on Norse myths (which is my headcanon as well). Based on that myth, Xerneas would represent the three stags, Zygarde the serpent Niddhoggrr and Yveltal would be the unnamed eagle (note, eagle is a bird) that all dwell in the world-tree Yggdrasil.
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turlog Feb 23, 2014  Student Artist
I have heard of the Norse myth origin and I commend Nintendo for it, but Yvelatal just automaticaly jumped out as a dragon to me with it's veins and smooth seeming skin.
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Jenniej92 Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
those wings are amazing :wow:
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ShadeofShinon Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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