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Soc_07 Eye of the Storm by ShadowOfSolace Soc_07 Eye of the Storm by ShadowOfSolace
I had to sound off the end of chapter one of SoC WITH A BANG!!!
I have a total fix on the duality of things (light vs. dark, day vs. night anything ying and yang in nature) and when I discovered our final chapter quest was to fight the Gods legendary beasts well.... Fire bird+ice dragon=Elemental polarity and total color chaos!!


^w^ I stuck poor little Kel in the middle because I couldn't shake the idea of 'the eye of the storm' and figured he could his own for AT LEAST a moment at least in Caindread form.
Even if he hated me later for it XD

Anyway, I hope this is as fun to look at as it was to color.
There are some things I would still like to fuss over, but time is up-I need to count my experience points and move on.

Enjoy~


-S.o.S.
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Lalun, Procne (c):icondeamond89:
Kel/image(c):iconshadowofsolace:
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AmiyaEn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaaaah.... Evrything is so waaaaaahhh :icontearplz:

Why the red and blue combined so puuurrrfectly together waaaah :icony-u-notearplz:

*forever hides under Kel's mane now*
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Caellean Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Really cool.
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! ^W^
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mad-and-mirthful Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ooh, Solie, as always, your composition skills strike envy in even the best of hearts! I adore how you incorporated the Yin Yang concept into it all, and then plunked poor old Kel right into the middle, haha! The use of deep shadow really makes the colors more striking, which in turn emphasizes the differences between Lalun and Procne. The transition from fire to icy mist is really well done, but I think that the very best part would have to be Lalun's wing. I might be repeating what others have already said, but WOW. That. Is amazing. The light shining through the diaphanous membrane of the wing, and the neat use of perspective/foreshortening on the wing arm gives it a nice bit of depth. I can almost imagine those two big beasties circling around each other, ever tighter and tighter, locked in the vicious embrace of battle.

Hopefully Kel can get out of the way before he gets squished. XD
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shadowknightpaladin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
-bows down and worships-
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are to kind Shadow X3
*helps you upright*
Thank you so much for the kind praise.
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shadowknightpaladin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
:heart: But I swear, this is amazing : >
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty
...gets clunked with guilt trip for not drawing
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahahaa
YAH WH whats the deal??
(jk'jk')
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll let you know when I beat the answer out of my muse.
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lualy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful! But well, your works are always incredible! *^*
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lualy you make me blush #^w^#
Thank you..
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Kruzack Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy :O canolli

my words are limited to decribe the epicness, but i adore one thing the most and thats the light that shines through laluns wings, amazing detail that adds so much to it for me
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
KRU YOU MAKE MY DAY!
XD You changed ur avatar, so at first I was thinking-aww nice stranger said nice things.
But once I recognized it was you~It definitely brought a big ol' grin to my face.

I love Lalun's wing as well. I don't know how I pulled that off exactly, but I know it looks freaking' sweet!
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Kruzack Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha im glad i did so then ^^/ I didnt have much time to look through my inbox lately and when i found the time to check SoC again YOU made my day, i was mesmerized by the amount of incredible artwork you did for the quest : D

im so happy we will become comrades in the 2nd Chapter of SoC >w>
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VanishingSound Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Definitely my favorite mission entry of all of them, the composition flows so incredibly well even with completely opposing colors... great job, as usual!!!
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Van every time I get a compliment from you I know I am doing something right.
^_^ Thank you so very much for your kind words. I always appreciate everything you have to say.
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VanishingSound Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Well, I only talked about the composition and colors because the drawing style is amazing as usual, you have an incredible talent for drawing animals, beasts... and well, everything! Everytime I talk with SoC friends about drawing creatures your name is always mentioned, but your skills go way further than that (proving it in pictures like the jacuzzi with Mal and Luana, which I also loved). So yeah, I don't even need to say to keep the good work, because you will :)
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Mochi-13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Teach me your ways~ I really do love and admire how you are able draw creatures and creating effects in your drawings. I was completely thinking of the "eye in the storm" thing when I saw this and your "artist comments" confirmed what I had thought lol XDDD This is really dynamic and it really makes me wish that I was this awesome as you are XDD
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OmG Mochi-I adore that your read the comments, and I am smiling like a goon that you thought 'eye of the storm'as well!
I am always happy to help anyone with creature and monster designs-it's one of the few things I feel rather confident about.
The biggest piece of insight I can give you is this-all animals are simply shapes.
I know this is such a simple thought it's downright stupid, and I acknowledge it applies to humans and objects as well-
But for some reason I just see it so much more clearly in creatures then I do in people.
Cats are circles, Dogs are triangles, bears are squares (lol) It just makes sense to me.
IF you want a truly amazing book on drawing real animals-as that is the only way to create convincing creatures is to draw from real life-I would urge you to pick up Drawing Wildlife by J.C. Amberlyn [link]
She has captured some truly beautiful nuances by drawing directly from nature.
And she includes alot of creatures you prolly won't see in everyday passing XD XD XD
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Mochi-13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I read everything because I am nosy like that lol XDDD I'm like a stalker of the sorts. . . . I mean admiring follower <.<;;

And is it bad that I can't really see the shapes in the animals?? |DD Oh, and would it be okay to come to you for some help in designing creatures?? And it sounds like I'm asking a lot of questions here, aren't I??

. . . Dammit! I am asking questions lol XDD orz

Oh, I should try saving up my money to get that book then because I would really like to try and draw animals.
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SarimNarim Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...................:iconmindblownplz:...even if he's so much smaller than procne and Lalun, Kel looks so badass in there. Not even kidding. The bg is so effing epic i think I'm drooling right now. So beautiful..the flames....the colors...i want to find out so badly how you did it....maybe i'll just stare for a few hours and deduce a few things. I love interpreting and analyzing your stuff. Its so damn enjoyable.....-awestruck-
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sarim!!!!!!*snuggles*Stop it with the kind words you make me so embarassed!!!
I can tell you how I did the strongest elements if that helps!
The shadows were all done on a deep blue layer I set to 'multiply' in Sai.
I then erased all the lit areas to expose the colors underneath.
To make it more dimensional, I put the eraser tool on 40% or so, and then lifted some more of the deep blue shadows before smearing it edges to make it look less concentrated and direct.
With the vibrant blue/orange of Procnes and Laluns blizzard/flames I put the layer on 'illuminate' and then copied it and erased fragments to create variations in the flames.
^w^ I hope that makes some sense.. don't hesitate to beat me with questions if you have any!!
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so amazing! :wow:
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ty Ty Red wing!!!
Gah I love hearing from you!!!
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Sorry for saying so little. I usually fave and run, because of so many messages. ;A;
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Ouca Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks so awesome, I love how you had that concept with adding the yin-yang aspect to it ^^
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
^w^ Thank you so so very much!
That kinda stuff is just too awesome to leave out!
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Ouca Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
xD
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KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, this is amazing, and I love the yin-yang composition of it-- seems like I'm not the only one who noticed, LOL! But seriously, awesome job! :iconslashshine:
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ty Ty Kiyoko!!!
>w< AmG you all make me blush so hard!
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KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Ahaha, awww~ :iconaawplz:
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LuckyTenshi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyinyangplz: //shot
looks awesome :iconamgtouchplz: 8D
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ShadowOfSolace Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahahah Ty for the Ying Yang XD That is just epic timing XD
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