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Reference: Zeke by Shinerai Reference: Zeke by Shinerai

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As much as I've doodled Zeke since his creation, I never did get the opportunity to make a nice reference for him! And as all of you know, with how much I love refsheets, that is a no no. So I present to you this lovely male Plonar character of mine that Plonar was kind enough to help me create several years ago. Although she has not been active on dA for some time now, I still love Zeke and I hope she doesn't mind that I continue to develop him.

As I mentioned when submitting Pai'te's ref, I've decided to crank out references for all characters outside of my own headworld before focusing on just that: Y'ren. It seems like it's been quite a long time since I've submitted but really I've just about finished two references. All Ardrius needs is some text so expect to see him soon! And then Nailmus is next!

Thank you everyone who has been keeping me company in my streams these past several weekends. It's really been a blast to hang out with you guys again. I will try to keep streaming regularly on Saturdays! And for those of you who weren't aware I was streaming on Saturdays - hey I'm streaming on Saturdays! picarto.tv/shinerai


Details

Materials.
Photoshop CS6 (borders and text)
Photoshop Elements 2.0 (everything else)

Original Dimensions
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3970 x 5660 pixels

Time Spent.
I keep including this in my descriptions to encourage myself to time my art but it isn't working yet. . .
I'm ashamed to admit the above was already in this thing I pasted from my previous submission. And it is still true. Does anyone have any tips on how to remember to record yourself?

Copyright

Art, Zeke © Shinerai my butt!
Plonar © Plonar
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:icontimcreo:
Timcreo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's a fine gnarly beast you got there!😀
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you kindly!
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:iconoli-runako:
OLI-RUNAKO Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great art and an enjoyable read as well. Such a nice ref~
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you think so! Sometimes I think I write too much on these xD
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:iconverridith:
Verridith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
The detail in your references is astounding!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like them! I enjoy making them!
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:iconverridith:
Verridith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
:dummy:
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice ref! Easy to read and look at; the eye just flows through it effortlessly.
Also, I really like that paw shot. :D
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconperegrine-rose:
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your reference sheet! Seriously, it's one of the better ones that I've seen. It's very visually appealing as well as chock full of interesting details and tidbits. Thank you for having good spelling as well as fantastic art!! :P I think my favorite image (besides all of them :P) is the mouth shot. I love the details on the tongue as well as the curve and angle of the teeth. Not to mention all of the other juicy little details of the horns and face wrinkles as well as the earring ropes. And nice detail showing his pupils dilated! That was a fun feature to see. Thanks for the awesome reference!!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thank you for the kind remarks! C:
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:iconperegrine-rose:
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course! Haha, I try to tell it like I see it :) (Smile)  You're a really good artist and it's fun to look at your art. Happy creating!
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:iconplonar:
Plonar Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
continue to develop to your hearts content :)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ♥
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:icondendropsyche:
Dendropsyche Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An interesting character! I'd like to see more of his people's/race's society and what sort of dwellings they reside in, if at all. We know they at least wear jewelry, so maybe they use tools, unless Zeke's were made by some other race/people? 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I don't think that Plonar use tools - normally earrings and other jewelry is obtained from humans. They will sometimes make currency by taking small jobs like trading or even pulling carts, etc. c:
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Dendropsyche Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah I see! So can they communicate with a spoken language? I'm assuming they are as intelligent as humans.

Also the horns on his tail are interesting, they remind me of an anchor! Do they function as one or are they more for combat/defense purposes?
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit I'm not really sure about whether they can speak! I imagine the tail is most likely used just for fighting, but could have other functions.
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:iconeclecticmanta:
EclecticManta Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I adore the character ;u; beautiful work Shin!! and gosh darn it I keep missing your streams...
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so kindly!
I'm going to be streaming again this Saturday between 1pm ans 5pm CST if it helps ;u;
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:iconeclecticmanta:
EclecticManta Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
I'll once again try to join ;A;
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:icontearraven:
Tearraven Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ah really nice and simple looking character! c:Love the idea of winter and summer coat! 
The horns look amazing and i just love the details on lineart, like always :heart:
and the anatomy is so well made ;u; Beautiful beautiful! :clap:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ♥
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:iconfoxchibi:
Foxchibi Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely ref, as always beb! What an interesting character, and I always adore your detail shots!! There are so many juicy little details you add in that you just can't get in the full body alone! Cant wait to see your next refs either! <3
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you hon! I'm glad you like him and the art too ;u; I can't wait to start submitting byondi refs!
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:iconfoxchibi:
Foxchibi Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me neither. ;o; I love your bebs so much but you don't get to talk about them very much!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah totally D: I've been developing them SO MUCH but it's all in my head right now.
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:iconsketchingdragon:
SketchingDragon Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful reference, it's incredibly aesthetically pleasing and the character design is wonderful. Interesting horn design and placement. I really enjoy that his skin lightens in the summer and that his winter pattern actually constricts a little. Overall very awesome. 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliments, sketchy! I'm glad you like the way it turned out c:
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Sara-A2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You finished it!! (ArtBreath here haha). It looks great, as always :) I really love your style and how you made the reflections of his body. I hope you can fix photoshop once and for all and draw without any more restrictions ^^; Looking forward to be at your next streams :la:

P.S. : At the end I got nightmares from the haunted monkey from the movie (kidding). But seriously, poor doggy ;_; 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay!! Thank you so much for the compliments ;u;
I think the only way for me to fix Photoshop is to just go back to CS3 and consider CS6 a pipe dream.

Man that monkey was actually sortof creepy XD But only because those cymbal monkeys are creepy to begin with.
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:iconvpf:
vpf Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
This guy is gorgeous. I LOVE your anatomy. Well, I love everything about your art. @_@ 

Tiny note: There's a typo in the "improved skin generation" part; I'm guessing you meant "turbulent"? 

Regarding recording yourself, do you use any kind of timer/stopwatch app? Perhaps one that can stop and continue on later? I find those to be useful, especially if they're somewhat obvious so that I see them on my screen and can switch them on. x)
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments! And thanks for notifying me of the typo too! I've fixed it as well as made the text a bit lighter, which I think is easier on the eyes.

As for the stopwatch, do you have an app on your computer or do you use one on your phone for example?
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:iconvpf:
vpf Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2016
No worries! :)

Well, I use an app on my computer to track time whenever I need to do so, and it depends on whether I work on my Macbook Pro or my PC. If I'm on my PC, I've been using something called Free Stopwatch (yep, pretty straightforward) for years now. Very simple and useful app. On my Mac, I use Apimac Timer.

On my phone, I just use the stock stopwatch that's part of the clock. 

EDIT: Forgot to say that you still have to remember to open the app in order to use it. xD I suppose one option is to have a sticky note app show a brightly-colored message that says "RECORD MY TIME!!!111" on it.
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:iconbandarai:
Bandarai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Love the level of detail in this ref ;-; Wow!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love refs ;u;
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:iconlostamongdreams:
LostAmongDreams Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
coolius
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:iconsyvaender:
Syvaender Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful ref beb. I'm looking forward to Nailmus especially <3
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you hon! I am too! I'm very excited to work on his ref and I think I'm going to do it in a different format than these ones I've been doing lately.
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:icongelangweiltertoaster:
GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He surely has a very interesting design^^ 
Such a cute guy :la:
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icongelangweiltertoaster:
GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you´re  very welcome^^
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:iconpyradragoness:
pyradragoness Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student General Artist
I love the anatomy of the front limbs. Like the shoulder parts :) I also like the light lines for muscle definition. 
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconusoutlaw:
usoutlaw Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
cool i love how he seems to be both mammal as well as reptile. though i feel like his claws could have been just the slightest bit longer
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! While I think longer claws might help him get his food, I think it takes away from the perception that he is a civilized and intelligent animal that interacts with humans.
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:iconusoutlaw:
usoutlaw Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
yea i guess youv got a point there
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:iconruefox280:
RueFox280 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's done and awesome!!!  Zeke is such a cool character!! x3 and his ref turned out absolutely great!!
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:iconshinerai:
Shinerai Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you fox! And it was nice to have you in the stream!
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:iconruefox280:
RueFox280 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! ^^ and it's fun to be there even though I don't talk a lot X3 And you can go ahead and call me Rue ;P
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