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Hydra by Shinerai Hydra by Shinerai
My long overdue %ShinXChange entry for *AshasCadence of her Nagendra character named Hydra! The image was supposed to be autumn themed but I didn't pull it off very well ;u; Wasn't for the lack of trying though!

This took me forever and ten days to paint but I am really proud of it. I thoroughly enjoyed Hydra's challenging anatomy (those arms. . . ) and I REALLY enjoyed painting the markings. It was exciting to get to take my gradient map coloring method to the next level. I have to say that this is possibly the most complicated character I've ever drawn XD

Either way, I haven't eaten today so that's probably all I have to say!
Enjoy, everyone. Please download to see the full sized image.

Hydra and Nagendra :iconashascadence:
Artwerk :iconshinerai: my face!!
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ANlMAL--CROSSlNG Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy... Wow....


This is very, very amazing. I can't even believe what I'm seeing... Keep up the great work...!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the compliments! ;u;
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FreedomSoull Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok this may sound weird but that dragon has a handsome face XD  Amazing job :meow:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you! I think his face is handsome too, if not smug, even xD
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GrimmPrime Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Wow this is gorgeous, did you color shade it or go black and white? 
It's just stunning in so many ways,  I like the softness of the grass and the lighting and oh gods it's all amazing. xD
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliments! XD I guess I actually drew it in brown. Here's a WIP.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16…
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GrimmPrime Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
That's really awesome :) Thanks ;)
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DragonGirl1213 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Oh this is so amazing! *passes out*
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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DragonGirl1213 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Actually, ALL your art is amazing! I just happened to see that one at the time ;)
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Dae-Thalin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone seems to enjoy his beautiful new manicure :D 
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep ;u;
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YemaYema Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice subtle textures. The eye rests well on them. :)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IHave2Dream Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your painting style.  So unique, almost opaque. 
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! I might misunderstand the definition of opaque; what do you mean?
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IHave2Dream Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um... well, the way I understand is that it's almost see through...kinda smoky looking?  Maybe I'm misunderstanding the term too, or getting it confused with something else.  ^^

Not too hard to do!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay! I just wanted to understand it like you understand it. I think I see what you mean :D I'm glad that you like my style. Thank you for taking the time to compliment and explain it to me <3
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IHave2Dream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014   General Artist
Not your common dragon type, looks more like a lizard and or dino species but well for sure an intriguing creature. I do note the autumn sense, though very late autumn since all the leaves on the tree are gone; this however is but one layer to the image, a the grass is perked like that of summer, even if the colors are not as saturated. I to find like the further back in the distance, the more muted everything becomes, from the hazy autumn skies, to the trees are not shade them, but things closer like the reptile, the rock it lays on, the grasses all have defined forms and shade. The rock looks like sandstone to me, as the reptile basks in the sun, makes sense if so, because heat absorption by the Nagendra, and also heat emanation from the rock as it absorbs the infrared spectrum source. It is a fine image, and well done. :)
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saiyanhajime Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Those toes are great! Lovely rock details
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Noodle-Drake Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   General Artist
Such a pretty~! I love those arms and the head looks really nice too, wonderful job! XD
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Noodle-Drake Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   General Artist
Of course! :heart:
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Kyorukki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
amazing as always~
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you c:
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work with the light.
The way it hits the character and cast a shadow on the rock is just lovely, and it is remarkable how it splits the mostly symmetric chest without loosing any of the volume. 
And to then think you did this with your gradient map colouring, is just outstanding. 
It really makes me want to give it another try myself. 
And though one would have expected some leafs for the autumn theme; If what I see is the very fist snowfall, I'd still say you nailed it brilliantly. c:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments, hon c': I was scared of doing leaves but I can't hide form it forever.
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Kintsy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hardly come on here anymore but when I do it's always a pleasant surprise to see another picture from you. Great work as always, I can tell you really challenged yourself with this one. Merry Christmas, you wonderful lady you!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh beb, thank you so much for the compliments. It means a lot c:>

I hope you had a Merry Christmas too! And a happy new year c:
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PaineCryer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
i find it hard to believe that u had a hard time drawing a autumn image (ehmm... ORANGE ?) shin are u feeling ok??C;
love it of course .. i think maybe if u used orange  for the bg it will  make nice contrast with the sky and the dragon's white apart from the seasoning  :]
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAH. Oh gosh you know me too well!!
The thing that made it challenging for me is that . . . The grass being orange would mean it was dead, so if I needed something orange in the BG, I coulda done like fallen leaves or something but. I just wasn't ready for that challenge yet ;o;
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know you were having some trouble with this in the stream, but in the end it turned out great! You're getting really good with your gradient mapping and it's showinggggggg.
I'm pretty sure you've drawn more complex charas though, hehe. ;)
Can't wait to see more!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments, beb!! cx I am super extra proud with how this came out. And now that I think about it, maybe I have? xD I just feel I spent SO MUCH TIME getting his design right haha.
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Vaalandil Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hhurrrrr hur <3
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ShayKimchi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool Hydra ;)
Keep it up.
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Rajah42 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
awe she's enjoying the sun! I love that she has 6 legs! This is such a cool character :) 
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so lovely Shin. I love how you shaded it. 
And I really dig how the tailfin looks like a leaf.
Also, that handpose! 
What I still don't get are the muscles on the arms tho. The Bizeps on the big arms reaally carves in. But what confuses me most is the muscles on the smaller arms. They look as if they'd be curled around the bone one extra time. As if someone had rotated his hands. Why did you do it like this?

I love the shadows on his chest. And for some reason I can't stop staring at the blades of grass in the lower left hand corner, haha.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliments!
I have no idears why I drew the muscles like that. I mostly just made it up . . .
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Penzone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very lovely c: and what tasty light!
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Kiiro-chan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
if I could favorite it twice, I would....
also, had a blast watching this get made (at least partially, anyway)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the stream; It was fun having everyone's company.
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Galidor-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing light and shadow use!! :D
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Oh man I remember seeing the WIP of this on Tumblr and I thought "holy hell that is going to be one awesome picture" and good gracious Shin, you do not disappoint!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you beb ;u;
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Zerucune Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Shinny I was following ur process on "Big Bowl" Tumblr and I would really appericate if you made some videos of you drawing again. C:
I already watched all of your stream ones and I seek for more xD Plsss
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Oh! I will post the finished artwork on my tumblr then :) I'm really excited to see that multiple people were following it there.

I will start telling livestream to save the videos when I public stream. I was going to save this one but habit got to me and I accidentally clicked delete )':

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utriv Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Nice
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Britneyart08 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing
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