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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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Reyniki Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  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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DiamondArkAngel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! o0o
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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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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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  Hobbyist General Artist
omg its face is funny
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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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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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kiitcat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
ahh you're most welcome <3
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