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Phoenix by Shinerai Phoenix by Shinerai

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Happened to be watching this and stole the title
People seemed to enjoy seeing Zeke's reference portrait submitted separately, so I figured I would submit Ardrius too! To anyone who has drawn an Ilumarae character (formerly known as Avian), you know that drawing the face at an angle is very challenging. I based this on a doodle I made after modeling an Ilumarae head in Zbrush (yeah I based it on the doodle, not the actual model because I lost it years ago. . .) and I am very pleased with it.


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Materials.
Photoshop CS6

Original Dimensions
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900 x 1150 pixels

Time Spent.
Unknown. This was drawn directly onto his reference sheet, so it was drawn in segments.

Copyright

Art, Ardrius © Shinerai my face!
Ilumarae © kilara
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:iconverridith:
Verridith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous shading! Love the eyes, especially.
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconverridith:
Verridith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
No problem~
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student Filmographer
Hahah I love that leer of his^^
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too, thank you xD
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student Filmographer
just call him King Leer
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:iconbluewolfieart:
BlueWolfieART Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OH it's Ardrius  <3 It's my favorite character of yours, he's so beautiful <3
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I will actually be submitting his full reference sheet (other than his human form) soon. It's all finished except for the text!
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:iconbluewolfieart:
BlueWolfieART Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime <3
AWW I'll look forward to see him, he's really a gorgeous character ^3^

:3 awesome man ^^
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:iconunknownm4verick:
UnknownM4verick Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap! your dragons art is so amazing, keep the the awesome work!! ;o;
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'll do my best!
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The face looks so sleek. Me likey. :love:
The whole portrait just has an essence / substance to it that makes it seem so real, like I could reach out and touch it.
Lovely work!!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you! I really appreciate the compliment ;u;
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:iconperegrine-rose:
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I especially love the feathers coming out of his neck. I like how you blurred them so that they look like they're moving in the wind. Great job at recreating the beauty and magnificence of this character. I love the shine on the feathers as well as on his scales. It's a very simple, yet captivating piece. One super small detail. The feather on top of his head (Not the very last one at the top, but the one right next to it) sort of blends in a little bit with the horn to make it a little difficult to tell if its in front or behind the horn. Maybe add just a little more shading behind that feather to bring it out a little more and then it won't blend so easy. Other than that minuscule detail, this piece is amazing and I think you did a great job at capturing the essence of the character. That looks like a really difficult angle to draw and I think you did a good job at it. Great work :)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm not sure what you mean about the feathers. Would it be possible for you to circle it somehow? c:
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:iconperegrine-rose:
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I can do that, except I'm having trouble trying to send it to you. But now that I'm looking at it again, I can see that it isn't a huge problem =P (Razz)  Sometimes I see things a little different and my brain is like "wait... what is that?" I could probably send the circled picture to you in an email or if you know of another way that I can send it off to you I'd be willing to do that too :)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I see! You could put it on your deviantart Stash? :D if it's too much trouble, then no worries c:> I don't need it via email or anything.
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:icontokenekie:
Tokenekie Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Whoa cool, I like how the fur starts protruding out of the neck scales. 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconempyrisan:
Empyrisan Featured By Owner May 14, 2016   Digital Artist
Ardrius! I remember him! He looks so serene, and I really love how you shaded him, with the soft and hard shadows all in the right places! Kinda looks like you sculpted him from marble! And the fine details in his feathers! 

Awesome work!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly for the compliments! I'm really glad you like it ;u;
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:iconenaxn:
Enaxn Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARDRIUS!!! omg he brings back good memories LOOK AT HOW PRETTY HE IS.  I've always been scared to draw ilumaran heads from, like, any angle except profile BUT YOU ARE SUCH A PRO and he's also painted so goddamn well too I LOVE HOW HIS SKIN IS BOUNCING OFF ALL THOSE COLORS!!!!!  I love the little swirls too.  good god.  and the feathers.  omg they're such handsome beasties I want to draw them all now.  I can't wait for the ref!!!!!!!! amazing job!!! :heart:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man thank you hon for such compliments! ;u; it's quite the nostalgia trip for me too.
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omgosh I am SUPER excited to see this AHHHHHH!! Ardrius' portrait looks GORGEOUS! I love the subtle sheen to his skin and the shapes of his face! Aughhh we all struggle so much with that angle, but you've really done a great job! He looks delicate and regal, although I know he's far from delicate. Auuugh this is amazing beb. <3 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like it! It' really hard to capture that sleek, opalescent appearance of his scales and I don't think I exactly got it but I also don't think I did half bad. This is the first portrait I've painted on a ref and I'm really pleased about it! I want to do more paintings on refs!
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Oh gosh the colours and the smooooooth shading. I am in LOVE woooow. ;_; :heart:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconswitcheto:
SwitchetO Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
sghjkdghdlkjglksdnvb I love these guys so much! Been stalking their stories for YEARS
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! They're one of my favorite stories.
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:iconregmont:
Regmont Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderful. :)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconwhiterose2132:
WhiteRose2132 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing portrait. I really like the face of this  dragon. Good job, as always .Clap 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconnikalaine:
Nikalaine Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like made of ivory or marble '-'
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! He is supposed to have glossy scales and a story of opalescent color ;u;
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:iconnikalaine:
Nikalaine Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks so great, he is one of my favourites :")
This picture is also really 3dimensional , pops out, without loosing the beauty of a 2D painting. .. I dunno if that makes sense xD
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it does! I appreciate it c:
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:iconshinedriger:
Shinedriger Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
Wow, its been a while since I've seen one of these!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes thank you!! And by the way, I really like Walter ;u;
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:iconshinedriger:
Shinedriger Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
aHHH REALLY??? Thank you so much! ;u;

It's good to see Illumarae again! Do you happen to know if Kilara is still doing a comic or any worldbuilding for it? I haven't seen her around, and it's a shame. I absolutely loved the world and the characters (though I have to say, your Nailmus and Skysealer's Vreyin are my favs!).
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I have a species with big mouth heads like that and it's interesting to see how you executed it differently.

and yes! I think she is still working on it, but mostly privately. She has been really busy with work and some life hardships so she hasn't been super active online with it. I hope she posts more of it too c: I like Vreyin too!! And her mother ;u;
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:iconshinedriger:
Shinedriger Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
I would love to see a comic of her world one day ;u; It's good to know she's still working on it!

Thanks again :'D
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equigoyle Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I soooo love these dragons!! I wish I'd been able to create one but that is neither here nor there now.
Nevertheless, you did a beautiful job with this. I remember seeing an older reference post you did of this fellow. He's supposed to be Mizgarth's father isn't he? A kinda fun loving, good daddy to have, because he certainly looks it.
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! Yes he is Miz's father! He is very mellow and kind c: I should be posting his reference before Saturday, hopefully!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
great pic :)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconravenfire5:
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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:iconlostamongdreams:
LostAmongDreams Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very polished. 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhelixel:
Helixel Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
So great to see more art of him! He looks sooo handsome :D
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