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New Xeraki Concept

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 1, 2010, 9:42 AM



Opinions?

I've been unhappy with Xeraki's design for a long while now, and I've been thinking for quite a while what I could do so that she fits me better.

Things I was unhappy with:
- Her hair. My hair does not stand up on its end like her's used to, and my hair is wavy instead of straight.
- Her anatomy. Her body was too long, tail too thick and too long, etc.
- Her coloration. The colors were too sharp, too cartoon-y.

I knew I wanted her to be a runner, as she is incapable of true flight. Being an elemental dragon, she has control over the wind and is able to use that to allow her the illusion of flight, but they are really just long jumps/gliding.
So I looked at pictures of greyhounds and cheetahs: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… and images.picturesdepot.com/photo…

And LhuneArt's tip on coloration in dragoness77.deviantart.com/art… gave me an idea for Xeraki.

And this was last night's result. I'm still not happy with her face, and I know her Metatarsus bones (the bones connecting to her feet) are too long (I didnt notice until later this morning, and I dont have time to fix it). However, I drew this late at night after not drawing for...well, months. (school has been killing me lol, no motivation left what-so-ever :c)

Anyway, I'm curious of your opinions? i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd…


Owed Art<3

YouTube page to watch the time lapsed videos: www.youtube.com/user/xerakidra…
These are the amazing people who have helped me out soo much <3 thank you guys!

DONATIONS:
1. LhuneArt <333
2. Ixal <333

COMMISSIONS: OPEN

Commission info can be found both on my profile page and on my journal page! please go take a look C:

Commissions
1. azadein - Siluna Mirrorwing - paid

Sketch Commissions
1-20. Done
21. Ixal - girl in armour
22. spooky-pookie-sue - [donated by Ixal]
23. MischievousPooka - [donated by Ixal]
24. Rith-Shadowbane - [donated by Ixal]
25. Superdemon-Inuyasha - [donated by Ixal]
26. Sirfy - [donated by Ixal]
27. SilvaDragoness - [donated by Ixal]
28. Gweakles - [donated by Ixal]
29. LacedDog - [donated by Ixal]
30. Paxilon - Veno


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CrowCandy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm digging the running legs a lot. I'm terrible at strait legs lol I really need to bust out some references and practice. All the legs I draw inevitably turn into zig-zaggy mammal-predator legs.

Its fun to go back and re-design something that was/is important to you and update it to your current interests and way of thinking. :)
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much C: I have trouble drawing the hind legs, especially..they always end up looking half-human with the calf muscle thats not supposed to be there xD

Yes, it is fun. I'm much more pleased with her looks now :3
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jwindjackal Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I think its a step in the right direction. It reminds me a bit of a greyhound, and their runners so im pretty sure thats a good thing. I like the new colors and the way her markings aren't so clearly defined. It brings her into a more realistic being. Basically its all pretty good (: I'd just like to see it more finished.
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your input :3 I will probably work on it more over Christmas break~
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jwindjackal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
yay :D
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Sirfy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty drastic change (yet still the same in a way XD ) But I love it!

You kind of had the same idea as me then XD
I always wanted Sakuryoko's hair to be more flowing and her tail's a bit too long. Though her colors I think are perfectly fine, as they are suppose to represent fire and mystery :3

I can definitely see her being camouflaged against the sky or in wintery landscapes :3
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah it is isnt it C: thats what I was going for! I wanted it to still be Xeraki..just, new and better!
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Jerepasaurus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh WOOOOOW I lovesssss iiiiit. The new face and neck will take my brain a white to adjust to though. Her patterning and new posture is so prettyyyy thoughhhhhhhhhh <33333333 D8
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww I'm glad you like her Jerepasis C: Her face isnt quite how I want it yet though. I'm really glad you love her patterning x3
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Cirque-de-Karnage Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've already pointed out the thing that looks the most off - that her hind feet are a bit too long - but other than that your new design looks fantastic; I especially love the blended look you've given her markings.
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