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Path to Radiance by Shinerai Path to Radiance by Shinerai
Definitely stole the title from a song.
So I'm still doing these headshot thingies! This one isn't very interesting, but I wanted a similar pose to this picture of mine so that I could use it as a journal skin over at my Xchange c:

But also I really wanted to draw Shin! It's been so long since I've drawn him, and like REALLY drawn him, that this was really nice. I had to jump through a hoop to get the gradient map to work on him but I think I'm becoming more flexible with this type of coloring. It is really quite nice and relaxing.

I'll also take this time to tell you guys about the #ShinXChange. It's an old exchange I ran four or five years ago that I'm in the process of reviving! So if you like an exchange, drop by. If you don't know what an exchange is, it's like secret santa but with art; every month ;) I haven't started the actual exchanges up again yet, but I'm working on it right now and applications to join are open. The exchange, however, is quality controlled. If you'd like to apply, feel free to request membership as a 'contributor' which is the rank required to join the exchange.

Don't apply if you can't handle being declined, though.

Shin, Byondi, and Art :iconshinerai: my butt.
Enjoy! There's a bigger version if you download it C:
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Squidodo Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like a penis

But looks wonderful nonetheless. love the smile and love the shading.
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Shinerai Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many things in life can look like a penis, depending on how far down your pants your head is. Thank you for the compliments.
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Dragonluvr1 Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg its face is funny
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kiitcat Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
i remember reading his reference about his skin and i simply LOVE how you textured the skin on his neck and not to mention the realism of this - specially all the feathers - you gave them a thick start which is something i don't think everyone does when doing feathered head dragons , in my opinion the persistence of the feathers is needed during flight  and his expression is simply golden like you can definitely notice he's enjoying this and fur oh my gosh where do i start (i'm going to keep saying " and " each time i fall in love with details of this e w e) sigh / overall this is just one of my favorite works on deviantART !
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Shinerai Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha. Thank you very much for your detailed compliment c:> I really appreciate the compliments!!
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kiitcat Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
ahh you're most welcome <3
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DragonFreak1887 Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
omg i love the colors and the shadowing you did on this beautiful dragon and i love how you made the scales shine a little on the bottom which adds to the beautifulness *if that's a word XD* overall love this and love your art!! :iconsparkleeyesplz:
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SK-98 Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

oh he looks so amazing!

i just love the expression and the way you made the tiny scales shining ;U;<3

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didadoll Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDEEE... EPICNESS!! OVERLOAD!!
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Arkaios Nov 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Geeeez I can't get over your beautiful coloring and all of the different hues that go into the shadows and high lights. I just want to touch the shiny parts of his scales!
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