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Oh my goodness, could that be a painting by Aria that has nothing to do with anything? No, it cannot be! Such a sighting has not been spotted in a long time. But is!

Yes, this is a completely frivolous painting I did for myself while *JWiesner was visiting. It was done in one of my handmade sketchbooks, this one being made of watercolour paper. It is quite small and takes up both pages (thus that awkward ribbon running down the center to hide a nasty glue accident I had whilst making the book) Thanks to my good friend *JWiesner I was able to sit down and take time to just paint what I wanted while we enjoyed the friction of mutual artistic energy flickering in the air. You can stop reading here but if you want a bit of useless info about the creatures of this painting feel free to go on.

This painting features a repeating creature of late, my Shadoes (also nicknamed "Thornbucks" They can be either male or female though once upon a time hunters believed that they were all does.

It was said that in order to protect his females, a thornbuck would place a spell on them, turning them to liquid shadow that could slip in and out of trees, using them as portals from one world to the next, thus keeping them safe from harm as these creatures are greatly prized hunting trophies. However, it was later learned that Thornbucks themselves were of the same liquid shadow but the name "Shadoe" was never changed and is used to refer to both the males and females of the species.

Prints of this piece should be available at Nan Desu Kan in the coming weeks.

Another Shadoe/Thornbuck

Time: 6 + hours
Tools: Pencil sketch in homeade sketchbook of watercolour paper, watercolor, pigments and gel pen.
Reference: None.

This drawing and Shadoes/thornbucks are copyright Aria Keehn 2012 ShePaintsWithBlood (me) Thank you for looking, much love!:blackrose:
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This work caught my eye because of the lovely contrast and swirling motion of the creatures and emotion!

While is is very didactic and alive with color and vibrancy, I feel a better scan or photograph would do WONDERS to pick up the minute detail such as the white spots in the deer and the detailed shading of the tree.

I have seen many like this with only only color chosen to color and bring to life the painting. I feel that with an addition of maybe a cool purple or dark green to the highlights would make this. Going back and adding tiny bit more highlights on the deer would also look good. This is just my opinion of course!

Absolutely adore the brushstrokes and technique used for this. I am a watercolor aficionado, and can really appreciate the time and effort it takes to get it just right. I really like how it was shaded on the tree, having the style of cells, however I think it could use a little more contrast with the addition more dark colors. (:

Overall, it caught my eye! I really enjoy seeing a little fantasy other than carnivores and dragons for once, great job!! ^^
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your style! :)
ZawArt Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Love it!:clap:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner May 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:blackrose:
LuckyLucie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This painting is so beautiful!! I look forward to seeing more :)
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you!:blackrose:
HelloxPirate Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I absolutely adore this painting.
I love the way you swirled the paint
Absolutely amazing!!!
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:blackrose:
jen-r Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just letting you know this has been featured in my March feature journal :3 [link]

If you would like it to be taken down, just let me know. Thank you!
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much that means a lot to me!! :blackrose:
Inkwerk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Wow...your thornbucks are really interesting creatures! I adore how spindly they are, and it is very neat yet very sad that they are what they are because of hunting so many other creatures in the world, it's like they are being reduced to shadows of their former selves just to survive. Well done on everything here!

Out of you have any advice on how to make a sketchbook? I have a looooot of lose paper lying around, and would love to hear how you make yours! Many thanks for any tips :nod:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really love your description on them and the point you make about animals becoming former shadows of themselves, excellent point indeed.

Haha my bookbinding is certainly not totally refined or correct...but originally when I started out I wanted to learn to book bind using the kettle stitch method (which you can find a ton of awesome tutorials on) a few tools you might want to get for bookbinding are:
An Awl (preferably one with a nice fat handle to save your fingers and wrists. This can be used to punch holes into your pages)

A bone folder (I did not think these would be a big deal until I tried one, they are AWESOME! You basically fold a page then use the bone folder to flatten the fold making it as tight as can be which helps a lot in the grand scheme of your book)

Cotton thread or some sort of thick thread

A slightly fat needle (one with a larger eye usually is easier for the thread to get through. You can get official bookbinding needles too)

Beeswax (you run the thread through this and it helps make it strong and less prone to fraying)
Some kind of binding glue. I have been trying out different ones and I am not sure of any that I like just probably you would do better to look up reviews for different kinds.

After that you just need to fold your pages in half and make them into signatures (groups of like 3-five pages that you would eventually sew together) Measure out the holes for where the thread will go and get started! Bookbinding is sooo fun and it is awesome to be able to make a book then use it to make art in ^n.n^ Also, if you do not have almost any of the above tools I mentioned you can probably still totally make a book. The first one I made, I think all I had was paper, normal thread, and a chapstick which I used to coat the thread, haha.:blackrose:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the colors - and your style with the swirls on the tree - the antlers and hooves are so unique and eye-catching - if this was in red I could totally see this as a Holiday card (though blue works just as well as a Holiday card)
Iron-Hearted Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful~
MizSeri Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
This is beautiful in an almost chilling way. I love it.
Shannon-Sweeney Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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odysseus-x Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this!
AsiMakri Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow....!!!!!!!!!!!!soooo beautiful!!!!!
Lucain24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's gorgeous....
blackstar707 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the illustrative style and the different shades of blue. It's very beautiful! :clap:
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Luted Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enchanting! <3
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I thought I had seen that painting before! I'm getting so sentimental. "Mutual artistic energy flickering in the air", that's really what it was. Having moments with another passionate artist is so rare for me, I really enjoyed it. Except for the cat hair. :lol: But it wasn't always so bad~ especially because you were always there to help me with every problem, you amazing person.

I love your Shadoes! That name is just clever. And reading about them in your writing style gives them some more magic. I'd definitely buy every book of you if they the stories and creatures have a certain style like that, which I'm seeing in every artwork of yours actually. But adding some words to it makes it even better because the paintings give pictures and the text makes them move and become alive in the reader's mind.

LOL my midnight comments are so corny.

I don't think you'd wanna upload our collab, no? :'D
Astralseed Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is lovely, the piece has such a fluidity to it, it's great!
ShirleyLynn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very mysterious, lovely! :love:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning :) Your pictures are always so mysterious and beautiful
jinjurikiLover Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THis is very beautiful i really like what u did with the watercolor and the design for the tree :D
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