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Hidden Territory by Shadow-Wolf Hidden Territory by Shadow-Wolf
The second piece for Enaxn, with more pretty mountains!  Denali is up there, bein' all majestic with his amazing beardy floof.  Strong influence on the landscape from my local mountain gorgeousness, the Colorado Flatirons.  I had so much fun with this painting, I didn't want it to end!

Work in progress shots, including an animated gif of the process, can be found here - eskiworks.tumblr.com/post/6700…

27 hours in Photoshop CS6 with an Intuos 3 tablet
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:icondraconis-de-christus:
The mountains certainly steal the show, here
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equigoyle Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful image!
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Blackwolfoffireworks Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very noble and regal! the light hitting the rocks and trees and as a backlight is a beautiful touch. 
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Enaxn Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness it's taken me long enough to get to this.  I think I've restarted this comment maybe 6 times before I quit Firefox and go NO WAIT AHHHHH.  It's such a terrible habit lolol. 

BUT ANYWAY YES JUST LOOK AT THIS.  WHAAAAAT!!!  I'm so glad we went with that third thumbnail lolol I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.  Omg the fun cutting sunlight and all the yellow dancing along the trees and DENALI'S MORE PERFECT BEARD WOW.  I just even can't.  So much love for this is love that I love WOW.

SO YES THIS BACKGROUND. WHAT.  I love every square millimeter of it. SO MUCH.  I love those fun mountain swishy clouds and how they swirl around and that deep blue sky and that PERFECT yellow lighting that makes everything glow in happiness.  Much like my OWN glowing happiness! You have such a mastery over atmospheric perspective and implied detail. So incredibly jealous ahaha.  I love how blurry those way-back trees are and those fantastic little rocks. Omg.  And then the way the trees and rocks get more and more detailed as they dance closer to viewer. Wow.  WOW.  I loved watching you detail all those teeny tiny little pine branches so super much.    I love the lovely little shadows that shade parts of the trees and make those lovely flat rocks stick out. MAN I want to go play on those rocks <__<.  The detail on those rocks too is just AWESOME.  I love how you painstakingly painted in all that rocky detail instead of just overlaying a stock texture.  It's what gives them so much character and individual-ness.  It's so awesome!  Ahh those lovely flatiron-y rocks.  And THAT ROCK DENALI IS STANDING ON. Omg I want to make rocks that legit. I LOVE it.  I love how detailed and divine it is.  And all the little rocky outcroppings and ahhh I don't even know but I love it.  And it looks so wonderful underneath Denali as well.  What fun. WOW.  And those foreground pine trees are just the perfect touch with their lovely yellow needles. Ahhh what a background what a MIGHTY FINE BACKGROUND!!!

AND DENALI YOU HANDSOME BASTARD YOU!!! WOW.  Ugh that mane is so perfect.  The third thumbnail is worth it for that billowing mane alone.  But the rest of him is just DIVINE as well.  I love his gently lifted foot and his dramatically sweeping tail and his just most perfect majestic pose.  It's just amazing.  And it perfectly complements the majesty of his surroundings as well.  I love the way his whiskers are blowing out in front of him to match that MOST PERFECT billowing beard.  Ahhhh I could stare at the detail in that majestically flowing clump of fuzz forEEEEVER!!!  It's shaded to divinely and perfectly and I just love love it!!  I love the way the sunlight sneaks in through his wing membrane and then the color bounces off of his fun scaling. I LOVE that big.  I love it when you do fun things with reflected light. Ahhhh love it love it!!  I love how his whole body is a warmer shade of red than the rest of him.  It's way more interesting than having a shadow <__<;.  I love the tasteful and subtle shading on his scales as well.  And I LOVE those super detailed scales that run down his neck! And I love how articulate all his toes are and that lovely wing thumb and THOSE FUN SHARP SPINES OW.  Ahhhhh and his fun twirly horns.  You twirled them so well.  Ahhh you made such a pretty Denali!

I won't lie, while I'm THRILLED to have such amazing at from you, I'm kinda bummed that I'm not on your cue anymore.  You make such DIVINE art ahhh it's such an honor to have something so gorgeous from you.  Thank you for putting such time and care into this!  It definitely shows and I REALLY appreciate it!  :heart::heart::heart:
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Shadow-Wolf Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am actually kinda bummed your not on my queue too, I relished every moment of both your commissions, and always had them to look forward to for so long.  It's weird now, haha!  Thank you so much for everything, I just loved working with your characters and with YOU, you're so enthusiastic and fun to talk to.  <3
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KuroiChoucho Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The transparency in the wings were really well done.  I also really enjoy that background and the effort put into all those pines
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Silver-Zabrak Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. So pretty. 0_0
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:iconbarn0wl:
This is completely amazing. Such majesty, wonderful details and colors.
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Haxixus Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL!
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InsaneBestumis Nov 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful Creature!
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