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Solakei by Aryia-Tskaha Solakei by Aryia-Tskaha
My entry for baark's contest which can be found here!
Character (Solakei) belongs to baark :iconbaark:

Put tons of work and effort into this piece! Foremost because I didn't use a reference for a background image.. I couldn't find one that was suitable so I started one my own. I wouldn't recommend doing that when you don't have the fundamentals down! I did learn a lot and I'm relatively happy about this piece. The other problem was that I didn't decide on a canvas size. I kept changing it to find the right composition. Now it's decent I think :] The one thing I'd really want to improve and change is the fur. Anyways I tried!

Big thanks to :iconarchonias: for providing me advice along the way! <3 


Baark, if I got your character wrong, please note me and I'll change it if needed! + I can send you a bigger version by note if you prefer ^^

Also, I may come back to this piece later - to add some details and to correct some mistakes. The deadline is soon so I wanted to upload it today. Constructive criticism always appreciated! 

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 Character: Solakei (belongs to baark)
 Used: Krita, Intuos Pro
 Reference images: Dog Dog 2 wings
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:iconbaark:
baark Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you could possibly send me a higher resolution copy, I would appreciate it!  My email is atarashii@quixestic.net :heart:
Also, I believe I already mentioned it to you but judging will commence Sunday if you need to polish things further to meet your satisfaction. :)

Thank you for entering, and good luck!
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! Sorry for taking a bit longer to respond :)
I'll send a big version to you by not and give you the link to it by stash :)
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AntonKurbatov Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017   Digital Artist
You put a lot of work into it, and it shows. I like how you use atmospheric perspective in this piece to show the depth!
By the way, when you're struggling with composition, it's a good thing to stop and ask yourself a question
"What is the main purpose of the image"
This time the purpose is to show the character which is the main point of interest. So the simplest thing you can do is just make it bigger in comparison to the canvas, for example =]
Anyway, The idea is great and this painting definitely shows your progress. Keep it up!
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It seems that people like it more than I like it myself xD It's because I've been working on it so long that I'm losing perspective.

Hmm yes, that's a great way to think about composition. Thank you for the tip! I used to do a quite a bit of photography 8 years ago, so I did pay a lot of attention to 'what makes a good composition'. :D
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SpringsTS Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Oops too late :blush:

Nice result, hope you'll get the price I've got my fingers crossed. 
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hihi well thanks anyway! I'll take it with me to my next art :D
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Evalone-Littlefly Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Great **
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Chief680 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017   Digital Artist
Majestic! I love how this looks as a thumbnail and the color transition from foreground to background is on point. The only thing that stands out to me would be the back feet of the creature. They seem to be needing just a bit more shading so they don't stand out so much. Great job overall! :D
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you! :D 

Ah thanks for the tip. I had trouble with drawing the paws anyway - I really should practice those. So many of the characters that I draw have paws. xD
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Chief680 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017   Digital Artist
Ha ha! Have you tried some paw studies? X3
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Not yet xD But I will... in time ahahaaha 
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amaryllis-bloom Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Awesome! You have a great technique for landscapes :D and those wings are excellently detailed (by my experience wings are a friggin' pain in the ass xP ). I think the composition works seeing as how you're instantly drawn to the character but you take in a little of the landscape as you look across.
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes I spent quite some time on those wings. Like a lot. But more on the bg xD

Thanks Amaryllis! :hug:
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amaryllis-bloom Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017
You're welcome! :hug:
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CanaryCasserole Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another brilliant piece!
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm still unsure how I feel about this piece. I'm proud of how much work I put into it, yet I feel like I could still improve on it :P So it's good to hear your view! <3
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Archonias Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that looks absolutely awesome Aryia!
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Aryia-Tskaha Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: :D
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