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Path to Radiance by Shinerai Path to Radiance by Shinerai

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Definitely stole the title from a song.
So I'm still doing these head-shot 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.

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.


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Art, Shin, Byondi © Shinerai my face!
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:iconherrdoktorhans:
HerrdoktorHans Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You do the dragons so well and this skin It's just beautiful and this details awesome beautiful, I can't explain more woah
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliments!
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:iconherrdoktorhans:
HerrdoktorHans Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I just O_______O
Aaah the highlights are so beautiful in this one and how you drew every strand of fur akjdfhalskdjf I swear, some day I will commission you when I get a dragon character D:<
Unless you draw wolves? :'D (Searches your gallery more)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awe man it's not a good idea to commission me for a wolf unless you want it to look like a bearcat, unfortunately. xD But one day when I do commissions again, I'd love to draw a dragon character for you c:
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Reyniki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
XD Awww but that would be an interesting sight to see nonetheless XD
I just got a paypal recently but since I am still in high school I don't quite have an "income" yet (trying my best to restrict myself now I can shop online and stuff Cx ) :'D Hopefully I can commission you some time in the future though C':
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DiamondArkAngel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! o0o
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconsquidodo:
Squidodo Featured By Owner 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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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
omg its face is funny
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:iconkiitcat:
kiitcat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
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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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner 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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:iconkiitcat:
kiitcat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
ahh you're most welcome <3
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:icondragonfreak1887:
DragonFreak1887 Featured By Owner 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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:iconsk-98:
SK-98 Featured By Owner 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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:icondidadoll:
didadoll Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDEEE... EPICNESS!! OVERLOAD!!
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:iconarkaios:
Arkaios Featured By Owner 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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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much c:>
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:iconchloegeek:
ChloeGeek Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love all the details in the draw, this is very beautifull, i love your draw! =)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzakiaybee122:
zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
the earring is cool
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for all of your comments. I appreciate that you look at small details within each piece and mention something about them. It touches me when people look closely at my work.
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
no problem
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:iconmabiala:
Mabiala Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
simply amazingly beautiful!!!
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:iconuchuubranko:
uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
:faint: GORGEOUS!! :heart:
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whiteLotusdragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are all extremely good i wish i could be an artist like you and i would like to get to know u better as well and become friends with u so maybe i could get pointers from u lol
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jodiebirdinabocs Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
He's handsome
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:iconrazley:
Razley Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you please stop blowing my mind!!!! D:
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
what do you mean by gradient map?
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For more information about coloring using Gradient Maps, check out my tutorial! ;) [link]
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bonivich Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well the song title matches the dragon that it's for; he has such a radiance to him that makes him hum with all things joyous and fantastical. I have always been an admirer of your work (and have finally taken the time to go through and start to comment on them). You deserve high praise for you craftmanship.

I get tons of inspiration from your work, and I love all of your creations! Wonderful work (and I saw it on the ShinXChange group site-it looks fantastic).
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments! I have to say, you changing your avatar just now really threw me off because I've been looking at the old one in my message center for a few days already xD

Anyhow! I'm also glad to hear you think the Shinxchange is cool. I hope to see you join it some day!
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bonivich Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are quite welcome! Sorry about that; I uploaded some new things so I went ahead and changed it; this is my first avatar change in awhile so I am sure it is freaking everyone out who follows me, hahah.

I hope to prove my worth eventually, but for now it is practice practice practice!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't be sorry to me! XD It's your avatar, you can do whatever you want n_n
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:iconbonivich:
bonivich Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, hahah. c:
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SiberianDraco Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your art is so beautiful
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much c:>
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SiberianDraco Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your very welcome
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:iconfireblademe:
FirebladeMe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! :faint:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnarmattary:
NarMattary Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
невероятно!! волшебно!! изумительно!!!
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:iconiloveexperiment626:
ILOVEEXPERIMENT626 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ah, forever beautiful shinny ^^ :)
the shading on the feathers and neck is exquisite <3
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much c;
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:iconiloveexperiment626:
ILOVEEXPERIMENT626 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
hehe np ^^ :D
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:iconskaramanger:
SkaraManger Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
wow fuck this is godly....digging the feathers looks like a saintly dragon beast hah
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much c:
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:iconkodaic:
Kodaic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy crap, I love how you draw dragons. So smooth and pretty. Phenomenal work, as always.
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much c:
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