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Twin Foxfire by Shadow-Wolf Twin Foxfire by Shadow-Wolf
Commission for Tensei, of the male and female sides of their character Panonia. So that's one character, two aspects of the same character visualized. Had some fun with some new brushes from Tatchit on this one in a few spots!

20 hours in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wholy crap this is amazing Oo, I have always envied what you could do with light in your pictures and I would PAY for an afternoon to learn under you.
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Oh wow this is amazing, and thank you so much for putting those brushes to some use!
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Digital Artist
This is such an awesome concept! I really love that you went with an overhead angle instead of something a bit more... common? When I normally see a yin-yang concept, the angle will be flat and kind of boring. It's definitely nice to see something with a bit more depth to it.

I don't know if I've said this before, but I really like how you make magic. It just looks so natural and believable. Really cool. ^^
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BeoWulf1289 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the shading in this!
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SeiyonoRyuu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehhehheh folklore...

question guys:

how the hell do foxes' mythical traits remain so constant across continents? japanese folklore often mentions multiple tails as a fox gets older and gains wisdom. they max at 9. the grimms brothers have a story called "how ms. fox married again" which presents the same idea.

european and japanese folklore incorporate the idea that foxes are insidious little tricksters.

both imply magical abilities, especially the ability to summon magical fire. in fact, the finnish word for the northern lights translates literally as "foxfire"

it's not like marco pollo visited japan, so wtf?!?!?!

anyone got any ideas for me?
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orhinoku Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
tails must have taken forever! XD very cool
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DieNoob Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love your patience, really.....investing 20 hours into a drawing need soooo much patience, great artist
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
love the lighting, execution and angelic glow. blow me away...
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Jc2theW Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why are you so good at art?

This is very beautiful and well done. Wonderful art as usual :)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you!
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CrescentDeer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woah! thats awesome!!
i was like, woah, on the 20 hours bit, but im still amazed!
can't help my eyes going back and forth at the artwork!!
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Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
thats so cool! i love how their fur is gold! :love:
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MiyuDimon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Wow!!! This is so cool!
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Awesome.
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pyroxyz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice job!
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TMT89 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
i really like the position of those 2. its almost like yin n yang. Im doing this zodiac art project. you mind if i used ur position (the way they stand back to back) as a basic structure for my Gemini piece? (check my page out, i got Pisces piece done alrdy)
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DeviantFela Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Particularly like the hair and the tails! :D
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting concept. Great job, I really like how you created the fire and the golden color is so beautiful and rich. :)
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IamEmeny Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!
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Zevais Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist
It must be an odd character. Multiple-tail fox demons (especially the golden and nine-tail varieties) are always represented as non-male and very, very feminine. The males are even depicted with all female parts besides the one obvious (rare to even exist).
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waterdancer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
not all characters are created with actual mythology or lore in mind.
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Foxolive Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap! This is so cool! The light orbs thingies in their hands are sooo cool looking.
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Polkadotzombie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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DARK-I-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the subtle yin-yang design in how the light orbs are trailing.
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jd84 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great work! love the colours and glow.
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luna777 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice work there
i like the coloring and the poses alot
also all the details look amazing too
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DEJones1964 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This, is very cool.
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NoxKey Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Very pretty! It makes me think of the Sand man in Rise of the Guardians!
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Rookie141 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
firefox :D
very cool picture ^^ *jealous*
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TALicous Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Incrediable, you can really create breath taking fantasy pieces
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CountingChocobos Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
You always have such fantastic lighting in your artwork! :love: And such fluffy fur! :happybounce:
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lovely!! :love:
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SableWong Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
omg, so gorgeous!
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Neara-works Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
omg this is sooo epic. i absolutely adore the way you do that smoke/energy type look
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the hiding of nipplage with the convenient hair swoosh ;D
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Topaz4girl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT HAIR. It's.... So perfect...
I love to see humans by you. You create them Very realisticly and perfect anatomy wise, yet they have a certain style I could recognize anywhere. Its quite fun to see the occasional human/humanoid commissioned to you.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! Yeah, it's good to get a little variety with commissions, even though I love anthros. =)
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Samantha-Lynn-Scott Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
If you don't mind me asking, how did you learn form and shading? You have an amazing grasp on how light works with 3 dimensional objects. Any tips for improving this skill?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I went to art school and took classes there, but this information is available for free in a LOT of different places! Here's the stuff that got my started, I consider them the bare basics for learning how to render 3D form on a 2D surface - [link] For more in depth info, I suggest picking up these books:

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I have them both, and they are extremely useful!
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, James Gurney is like your art guru :D

I want to thank you as well for these links. You explain t
Personally I think that the explanation about the picture in the first link would be better if you traced that picture, because you would see the light differences and the shape of the light gradient much better, which comes in handy for a novice like me. Though it is also visible in the original picture, it really helped me in finding out how the light on the object was formed, like finding out there is even occlusion shadow and reflected light on the cast shadow and some reflected light at the front of the object too, reflecting from the table. Minor details our mind not immediately see due to the almost smooth gradient, which are visible in the traced image.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not really sure I agree. I think redrawing, or drawing over an already simplistic and succinct teaching image would only serve to complicate things. I can't think of a way I can possibly improve that diagram without it getting confusing visually! If you are having a hard time identifying the different modeling factors on a naturally lit object like the one in the diagram, it's just a matter of keeping up with your observation and practice till it comes second nature to you. =)
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there is a misunderstanding, I meant the trace tool like in adobe flash, not tracing it yourself. That tool creates a picture with less colors and flatcolor area's (a bit like pop art, but with natural colors). I hope that clears things up :)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, see I don't use flash at all. Still, I think my disagreement stands! To me, creating flat hard-edged tones would take away from the point of the teaching image, which is to be able to identify the tones in a natural object. Yeah it's tough at first, but as I said before you get better and better at identifying the tones in nature, and therefore you get better at applying it in your own work. Dumbing it down to flat tones may have the effect of handicapping you when you're trying to see the tones in natural objects.

But hey,. as the entry I linked says, it's not my image in the first place! XD
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true. when you let the computer do the work for you, you are not learning to pick the colors yourself.
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*You explain the way light works very well.
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Samantha-Lynn-Scott Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I always have trouble finding great resources.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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M1tchy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:D
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TheBlackAngel07 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice fire, and the fur turned out lovely, especially on the legs
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