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So I pretty much worked on this all day, seeing as it's my day off. I've got a trade and commission to work on, so this'll be the only personal art for a while yet :)

Not sure who all remembers him, but here's my character Di. Out of all my characters I probably draw him the most. Not sure why! I've definitely tweaked his design a little bit; if anyone remembers his reference sheet. He's big and intimidating and I wanted him to look it, so I've fixed his proportions, changed his horns, and. . . well just did a lot of minor tweaks that I think helped a lot :)

This image uses the same gradient map as my other most recent pic (drejrael). I was going to color it, but then I decided I don't know what color Di really is (since I want to change that too), so have the gradient map.

I apologize for the lazy rain. . . I originally made hundreds of dots to create rain and then realized I had done it straight onto the picture. It took me about two hours to color over all of the dots and by the time I was done, I really wasn't motivated to make rain anymore.. .

Anyway, enjoy.

Di and Byondi :iconshinerai: my face
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DuskyTops Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man, this is so glorious! you don't even notice the line art!
and he looks like on of those skyrim dragons! i have a question if you don't mind.
do you begin with the line art first or just paint some random colors and smack some detail on it?
if you have any clue on what i mean.

(Sorry if i'm bothering you, just want to learn and observe from the gods)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your compliments! I'm sorry I took a while to get back to you, but I haven't really had time until just now to leave a long comment.

When I do paintings like this one, I first start with a sketch. A long time ago, I used to start with a very vague sketch that is light and can barely be made out. You can see my process with this kind of sketch here at this walk through I made ---> shinerai.deviantart.com/art/Pr…

lately I've been a lot more comfortable with using lineart. Since I do this all on one layer, I end up coloring over it anyway. Though on some of the edges or details on the face and ears (like in this picture), you can see that the appearance of lineart tends to remain c:

You can see on my most recent painting that I made more of a lineart. shinerai.tumblr.com/image/9003…
Then after I got done drawing that, I painted some shadows on top of it and refined the colors afterward. shinerai.tumblr.com/image/9031…

Well, I hope that helped! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask c:
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DuskyTops Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the response, i really appreciate how much you have helped me!
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Burning-Red-Sky Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome and for coloring over hundred of little rain dots you should receive a price for the patience! C: i would have freaked out in panic!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha! I probably would have if doing dumb stuff like that wasn't such a normality for me e_e
I have to recolor and redraw my work more often than I'd like OTL
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BlueDuskWolf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
this one is my favorite...i love the torn look too him
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much c:
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NyxDecessus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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  • Still one of my favourite pieces of yours.
    Man, Di looks dangerous.
    I love how realistically you drew the wounds, kind of like he's rotting there on the spot, which is really fuckin' cool dude.

    I honestly wish I could fave this more than once.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments. ;u; That rotting/rippingflesh look is really what I was going for! I can't wait to draw more Diii~
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NyxDecessus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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  • You're welcome dude!~:heart:
    Keep it up man. :hug:

    YES DO
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