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Extraordinary by Shinerai Extraordinary by Shinerai
Title from an episode of Animal Rescue Cops?

I heard =Wyvernadas was feelin' a little blue.
This is for you beb c: I don't like seeing friends with the sads so I hope this brings some cheers.

=Wyvernadas's character Adena who is very beautiful! I don't think I was really able to capture her full glamour but I sure tried by best. That unique face and those beautiful eyes were really a pleasure to draw ;A;

Adena :iconwyvernadas:
Art :iconshinerai: my face
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This is an incredible painting. I've seen your work all over DA over the years but I never stopped to watch your work because its so good it depresses me. I know I'll never be as good as this (trust me I've tried) but I just wanted to say your work is fa-nominal and every drawing you make is so memorable you can't remember a time you didn't see it. 
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, thank you so much for the compliments! ;u; they really encourage me to continue improving.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you have any tips on how you got to this level of art? What did you study that helped you draw dragons from imagination?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really I suppose the biggest thing is that it just takes lots of practice. It depends on what kind of thinker you are, too. I am a very functional thinker and it helps me to go about things in a structured and logical way. Because of this, taking Anatomy/Physiology in high school and then Anatomy/Physiology 1 and 2 at a nursing college helped me understand the fundamentals of anatomy and how it works (physiology). Understanding this will allow you to create relatively believable designs for fantastical creatures because, frankly, skeletons and muscles are pretty easy :)
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, Thats a lot of study! Did you focus on just the human anatomy or did you study animals as well? I've tried to look up books and pictures on the internet on how to understand muscles but it never clicks, I've studied Burne Hogarth a lot  and I also do a lot of figure drawing but it never makes any sense to me. To me muscles are probably the hardest. How did you study it to become such a master at it? Thanks!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well technically when it comes to muscles and bones, humans and animals have all the same ones (except for a few extra muscles present in quadrupeds), so if you study one, you study both at the same time :) I've dissected quite a few cats.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! How did you study in a way that helped you draw it better though? Whenever I see anatomy in humans I never think this could help me draw a dragon. ( I hope I'm not asking too many questions, I really appreciate all the time and answers that you have given me.)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem. I suppose I didn't understand the question at first. I'm not sure I can really think of a direct answer. Technically, as I said, I studied anatomy/physiology at a nursing college. So I looked at things and dissected cats and got a passing grade. But I guess that's not what you mean by 'how did you study'.

But maybe I can describe how it is helpful. You see, "Anatomy" is the study of the body's structure. So by studying anatomy, you are studying the features of the body. You are learning the names of things like muscles and bones, as well as what they look like and where they are. "Physiology" is the study of the body's function. So when you study Anatomy and Physiology together, you are studying how the structure of the body's features define their function.

As an example since, with art, you mostly talk about muscles/bones because they are the biggest structures that affect the gross shape of an animal. Bones provide the rigid structure of the body while muscles allow it to move. The physiology of muscles is that they move bones by contracting. A muscle has two ends; an "Origin" and an "Insertion", which are pretty self explanatory. And the physiology of muscles is that when they contract, they pull the origin point toward the insertion point. The pectoral muscle's origin is the sternum (chest bone) and the insertion is the humerus (upper arm). When the muscle contracts, it pulls the arm toward the chest. Make sense?

So not by studying "this is what an animal looks like" or "this is how to draw this animal" and studying "these are the things that make this animal work", you are more able to apply the knowledge creatively to creatures that don't exist and therefore don't have anatomy like any living thing.

I hope that helped.
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Awesome work. How's things going?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Things are going well; almost done working overtime at work. I worked 60h/wk for like 5 months xD Looking forward to getting some free time back.
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