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Pierce The Skies by Shadow-Wolf Pierce The Skies by Shadow-Wolf
By-the-hour commission for Utunu of FA of his African Wild Dog character! This one presented more of a challenge than I anticipated. I spent more time on it than I thought I would. However, I had a BLAST working in those spotty markings, getting them to look like the coat of an African Hunting Dog, and compliment his body shape as well. Super fun one!

12 hours 45 minutes in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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PoshPegasus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
So cool!
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:iconiushke:
Iushke Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this, one of my favorite animals and hardly ever seen! <3 <3 <3
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Allraune Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
was für eine dynamik!^^
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jdearman5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this so much!
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DiamondDragon33 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I just adore the color pallets, shading and movement you have in each of your beautiful pieces!! :squee: 
Stunning!! :wow: 
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Sara1444 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Looks more like a gnoll.
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KanteWolfe98 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have always loved this art! <3
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:iconchazste:
Chazste Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
What a beautiful character, that's so incredible! I love it!
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Guemaht Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Really nice, proportions are done well. A very tricky pose to accomplish. Good work.
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:iconskaieblue:
SkaieBlue Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew the arm aiming the spear perfectly! It looks so well done, wow!
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
These pictures are just beautiful ... I especially love his expression!
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Amperus Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's the detail on the fur and the pose itself that gives this piece such sense of motion!
A truly excellent piece of work,you've made me jealous!
Definitely putting you on the Watch!
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks so very much! =)
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naquadrea Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
verry well done. I like the tribal feel
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:iconshadow-wolf:
Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwillheimus:
Willheimus Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it
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SpinoGurl123 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
he sooo pretty! X3 African Wild Dog hehe i know my animals ^_^
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:iconmethowwolf:
methowwolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great pose! he looks like a warrior!
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:iconshadow-wolf:
Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hyperion720 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is phenomenal, how long have you been drawing?
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:iconshadow-wolf:
Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I've been drawing "seriously" since around 2003, but I've been drawing my whole life for sure!  Just something I've always done.  :3
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:iconkalliat:
kalliat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
This is simply amazing!
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
What Photoshop did you use with this commission?
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:iconshadow-wolf:
Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used CS5 for this one. =) I currently have CS6 though.
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:iconoutback-art:
OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you. I'm thinking about upgrading mine.
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Good detail! :D
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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OutBack-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your welcome! :D
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Dani-Claw Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
As always, the coloring and textures are absolutely stunning (on top of perfect anatomy, of course!) and are made so much better with the pinpoint, methodical lighting. It illuminates such amazing detail, and that perspective makes it jump out so well!!
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kofaile Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
awesome!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an absolutely amazing picture. In fact, all your pictures are amazing, but this is the first one I've found so that's why I'm telling you here. You are a brilliant artist. An epic artist, in every sense of the word.

Just...wow. I'm speechless.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you, I greatly appreciate the comment!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. ^^
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fangfirebird100 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so beautiful! I am amazed at your skill :la:

This looks like it was a TON of fun to paint XD
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semilistnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow, this is sooo cool. Like a fresh breath.
Thanks a lot, really nice works!
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
The expression is amazing.
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:icondamonvonbohn:
DamonVonBohn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I"m not even into anthropomorphic characters; but your take on it is so cool!
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s-TV15 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
African Wild Dogs are so cool.
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:iconcanadian-rainwater:
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
WOW! Wonderful movement in this one and such vibrant colors! I love African Wild Dogs and this fellow looks absolutely superb!
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:icondei-bon:
Dei-bon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
amaaaazing :dalove:
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hiyorisarugaki12 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love it
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is amazing! Lovely work on his fur!
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:iconwyn-de-weynilard:
Wyn-de-Weynilard Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I love it!!
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:iconkwonshucutie:
kwonshucutie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great movement in this one :D
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goldentorch4 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
THIS IS SO EPIC!!!!!! :D :D :D
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TheSpaceFox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I am Amazed at the amount of motion in this piece! Nice Work,
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ReptilexFatality Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What sort of references do you use for lighting? It seems like no matter how hard I try I can never get super dynamic lighting like you have! It looks great, I'd love to pick your brain some more on your painting techniques.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Give this a read! I just posted that the other day. =)

[link]
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ReptilexFatality Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks! I always get caught up on details like fur texture before really mastering light and form, which is a huge setback sometimes. Now that I'm out of school I can use your advice and really try to master some of these things.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is pretty awesome, but I do know what it's like to get caught up in the details. That's something I've been working on too. XD
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