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illustration commissioned by :devshadowraine of her characters Skye and Wielder. :) this is probably the first coloured traditional illustration I've done, with a full background and everything - definitely a learning experience. Thanks again, Wielder!

done with prismacolor pencils.

Wielder and Skye :iconshadowraine:
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:iconsuzey:
Suzey Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
This is so gorgeous! I love the colouring and the composition. The posing looks very natural too. Awesome job!
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shelzie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! :)
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GeneralStar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
WOW!! *stares* Man I knew at first glance that this was done with Prismacolors as I've used them myself for years, and I really think if anything it makes me even more impressed with this picture because I understand the amount of work that must've gone into it! :love: This is really a lovely artwork, girl... I recognize these characters from those sticker-commissions you did a while back and they turned out great in this traditional piece too! Did you do the outlines with the black pencil too or something else? Because it rather looks that way to me though it's a bit hard to be sure. :)
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shelzie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Aw, thank you so very much, it makes me happy to hear that. :aww: it was the first time I'd used prisma pencils to do a full background and everything, and I hope to do that again in the future. These two are a great pair, I definitely recommend checking out Wielder's gallery for bits of their story. :)

before colouring, I inked the characters with Faber-Castell PITT pens, my personal favourites. :) I didn't go over the ink lines again after I coloured this, though, so that the black line wouldn't be so stark.
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GeneralStar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Yeah I absolutely will check out more of their stuff one of these days... I've been SO busy with looking for work and all sorts of other personal things lately that I feel I hardly have time for anything anymore, oi. :dead: But, I really have found the characters very interesting any time I've seen you draw them so I'm sure I'd enjoy it.

And ahh okay, I see thanks for explaining! ^^ Well even though I'm not familiar with that particular brand of pen, in my experience it's usually extremely tough to ink over Prismacolors and have it come out looking good because the pencils are so waxy in nature they usually repel the ink. Of course I tend to color really hard too so maybe that has something to do with it, who knows. :shrug: anyway though no matter what I think it was very successful, and I look forward to seeing more like it from you in the future, hopefully! ^^
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TygerStKuan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
awe ~^_^~ dun rly know how to describe how nicely done this is

wait here it is.... I feel fluffy =P
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
aw, thanks hun! :heart: fluffy is good as far as romantic pictures go. :)
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thebbqspecial Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
blue one looks like a saluki
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
she is. :)
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Zechira Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Might I ask what kind of paper you used for this? I love how rich and smooth the color is, especially in the buildings.
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Sure thing! It's brown recycled paper - you can get recycled-paper sketchbooks at pretty much any art store. I personally love the way it looks with colour pencil - I've got several other colour pencil pieces in my gallery that were also done on this kind of paper, had to try it after seeing other people do it. works a treat!

thanks so much! :)
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Zechira Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you! :D

Indeed, it's enriching the color unlike normal paper does. I'll definitely have to try that.
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Evilduckie227 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Awww so cute!
I love the colors :3
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks so much Tashi. :D colour pencils are fun to work with!
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guidedoglover Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Awww, that background is beautiful. I love all of the blues! Oh, and I adore the way you draw fur. :love: Great job! =D
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:heart: thank you!
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:iconzombier:
Zombier Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
*___*
i am jealous of your skills.
what size was the paper?
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
heh, thankya!
hrm, regular sketchbook sized, nothing too fancy. :)
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Zombier Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
*__* that sounds like it took forever
you inspire me
but i must figure out what i am going to draw before i whip out my colored pencils..
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
surprisingly, it didn't take too long once I got into the groove! that's very sweet of you to say, thanks :D

no harm just playing around with maybe some of your own characters as guinea pigs! you can figure a lot out on your own.
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Zombier Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
8D i knowww
i used to use my pencils, even though they wernt watercolor, i would use an oil pen to smudge them on the paper. 83
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:iconshelzie:
shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
well prismacolors aren't watercolour either, but they lay down some really nice thick vibrant colours. :) I won this set in a contest some years ago and they've served me well.
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Zombier Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
thats coolness. :D
I have faber castel which are a little more pastelly then prismacolors. they go on smoootthh like crayons almost but not as icky.
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Hiedidog Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! This is amazingly done! love how you do doggie expressions! c:
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shelzie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
aw thanks so much! I'd love to play more with expressions actually.
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