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Golden One by Shinerai Golden One by Shinerai
Long overdue ACEO trade with *NikiKalat. She let me choose which of her characters I'd like to draw, and I chose this character referred to as the "golden one" c: I really liked her long, flowy hair.

I did this in watercolors and. . . I haven't used watercolors in a really long time and I really did hate them when I did have to use them. So I wanted to try them again and it was pretty nice, especially since I had the right paper this time. I admit I had no idea what I was doing, but the loose feel of it was very nice. Of course, I need to work on some things, as usual. But I'm pleased with the result.

In real life, the border is a sparkly salmon color. And those dark speckles in the hair are sparkly gold C:

Golden One :iconnikikalat:
art :iconshinerai: that's me.
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:iconevaron:
Evaron Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice hair, very well done.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much c:
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Dawnstar117 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. So serene and tranquil and summery...You have such wonderful skill with watercolors <3
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for your compliments c: i would like to do more with watercolors in the future
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Dawnstar117 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^W^
Watercolors are definitely a fun mediums to work in. I just hope one day I can be as good with them as you are C:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You will, i know it cx
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Dawnstar117 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cx
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
wow I love how soft and dreamy this picture is :0 Watercolor can have such a nice, soft effect. I should practice with it more as well, I can't get watercolor to behave for the life of me.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much bebe c:
i usually can't either xD I think i got lucky.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The right paper is SO important for working with watercolours. Very beautiful textures, colour and serenity of expression. :thumbsup:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. I only did it in watercolor because we have these little watercolor paper ACEO pads and I've never used them, even though I bought a bunch. The paper was so terrible I ended up abandoning it halfway for a different brand and starting completely over TT_TT Thank you for your compliments beb c;
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:iconachiru-et-al:
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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simtix Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love this! The gold is very gold, which for me, is a rare thing. So excellent work! <3
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D I'm glad she turned out looking gold cx it's a difficult color to shade.
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simtix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I bet! :P + You're very welcome. ^^
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iloveDRAGONok Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
*_^
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Syphellium Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
The colors on this card is what I love best about this, the beautiful yellows and oranges coupled with the soft background. The salt textures are a nice touch! Feels like Niki's character is swimming in a pond or something like that cx I think you're pretty good with watercolors! It's my favorite medium because of the 'loose' feeling you like, I just love the watery flowy feel it has .. if that even makes sense. The way you colored the mane is especially beautiful here!

Love your ACEOs! Maybe we could do a trade in future?
Also, good luck with those commissions! You're blazing through them! Can't wait to see more posted c:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
than you very much beb c:> Im glad you like it so much :D And yes, I'd love to do an ACEO trade with you some time! C:
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Syphellium Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhh sorry for the late reply! I went off to study for a chinese exam :c
I'd be honored if I could do an ACEO trade with you! I'll ask when you get through some more your commissions? Since those are definitely more important cx
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cx sure, I would love that!! I hope you did well on your exam :D
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Arcticfox98 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's awesome (and cute X3) I love the soft furry mane that you have done on her, it looks really nice.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much cx
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Arcticfox98 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Aiphos-Sender Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Watercolor is really nice for core shadows, neh? Considering how little experi...blah. Even if you had tons of experience, this would still rock, so I'll just say it's gorgeous, as it is! Very nice composition, too!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think so? xD Thank you very much
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Penzone Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I admit I had no idea what I was doing" XD But how can it look so superb then? ;0; I don't think many people who knew watercolour could do a nice pic like this c: perhaps you're a pro in this medium without knowing~
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could have been an accident D: I mean, the next one I do COULD turn out totally terrible :I
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Penzone Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you gotta prove it before I believe that D: !
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KGMomo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're really busting through all of your trades and commissions!! : D Awesome! It's exciting to see all of this stuff! Especially watercolors... I've really been meaning to practice with them, so many artists I follow use them so well! It looks like a worthwhile medium to learn. I love the way you've layered on the colors to get those rippled edge effects.

This is really neat... was the ink that blue on paper? It works really well with the pigment colors. And how did you get a sparkly salmon border?? OwO.... glittery gel pens???? (Yessssss!)

Thanks for sharing!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure am trying!! And I really enjoyed the watercolors this time, so I definitely suggest them. And I'm not sure what rippled effect you're mentioning? :D And I think it was, since I inked it with just a ballpoint C: And yes I used sparkly gel pens! I got like 88 of them from sam's club a year ago and they're still being useful today xD
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Galidor-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The expression is beautiful! :D
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   General Artist
This looks like a dragon with a lion like flowing mane as I see it and feathered wings to add as well. I must say that for water colors it came out quite stunning actually as it looks very fiery as it just pops out. As to the background it has that like earth look to it as it is set in cooler colors of moss green and blue sky with the hint of brown wash around the edges; also to accent the image with a blue eye on that dragon also, well done. :) :thumbsup:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much cx and I apologize for my slow reply. I really appreciate your compliments C: I should plan out my colors more often because it really worked out for me here!
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   General Artist
Heh whatever works and that you feel comfortable with then all should be good.
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
A lovely piece. Wonderful job.
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Venomeye Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already told you how awesome I though this was BUT I'M TELLING YOU AGAIN CAPSLOCK. I think you just have this.... magic ability to be amazing with any art medium you touch. I seriously want to see more watercolor :D. And I'm gonna remind you that I love the expression in the eye. It's. I dunno. Something cool I can't describe!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very nice pic :)
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NikiKalat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaah! I can't even write how much I love it! Golden looks so happy and relaxed like she wants to share it with everyone. But I am really jealous, I have watercolour nearly like my main medium but I don't have even a fraction of your skills X) You are sure awesome artist, I am really honored you accepted trade with me. Thank you so much, this card is really beautiful!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're so welcome cx I'm glad you're so happy about the result of this TT_TT I think you have a lot of watercolor skills, to be honest. It's one reason I chose to watercolor this for you! And I would love to do another trade with you some time cx
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Sirfy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful job shinface :) Love that hair :D
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again! :D This character has lots of wonderful hair :D
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Lucky-phantom Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The low saturation of the colors give the dragon a peaceful look (Or if that was the scanner...ups)

Ridiculously good for someone that does not use watercolors often (Uh, yes i intended that to be a compliment :P )
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, I got it as close to real life as I could :D And thank you! I should try to use watercolors more.
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dragonfoxgirl Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
what a magestic dragon, so peaceful
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much C:
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:icondragonfoxgirl:
dragonfoxgirl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
you are a BIG inspiration in my baby looking work.
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SybilaSulfur Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice Goldie, you have very amazing style :)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SashaWren Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh I adore your traditional art :heart:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks TT_TT I should play with watercolors more often. But they're very time consuming and I dread to think of how hard it'd be to paint something that isn't all one color.
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