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My piece for the Summer Turtle Festival at #Windsonde =)

"Young gryphons dash around with friends, combing the shore for as many shells and seaside novelties as they can find between gorging on eggs. They trade these between each other and there are prizes at the end of the day for the strangest objects found. Building sand sculptures is another popular young gryphon activity."

The sun was setting on Milvus as she once again crouched down and shoved her bizzare find towards the spot she and Vakia, her cousin, had monopolised all day.

Wait 'til Vakia sees this! She thought, grinning and giving the thing another shove.

The two fledglings had come up with a cunning plan after gorging themselves on turtle's eggs at the high tide, one would go find an amazing object to try and win the beachcomber prize, and the other would make a sand sculpture of the great Grandesque Queen, Titania, who would give treats to ANYONE who made a lump of sand that vaugely looked like her. Then they'd split the booty!

It had taken Milvus a while to find this... thing. It was made of bone, that much she was sure of, but it didn't look like anything she'd ever seen before. It did have little, sharp teeth, so prehaps it was a skull? But if so what kind of beast looked like that!?

Another shove and she could finally see Vakia, almost there! The sand sculpture looked finished and Milvus rammed the 'skull' the rest of the way in one big rush.

"Vakia! Check THIS out!" She called, shoving the skull right up to her cousin's face. Vakia squawked in anger, and shot Milvus a glare,

"MILVUS you idiot! Watch were you're going! Look what you did!" The cheetah gryphlet started fussing at the sand around where Milvus' skull rested. Milvus cocked her head but couldn't see anything worth that outburst,

"What are you talking about Vakia? The Queen sculpture's over there, it looks great..."

"NOnononononono this, this thing here, I was TRYING to carve the thing I saw over Twistoult in the sand and you've wrecked it!" She sighed as Milvus obviously still couldn't see the product of her hard work, "You have to see it from above moron!"

Milvus righted her skull and hoped on top of it rearing up on her hind legs to get a better veiw.

"Oh I see it.... sorta..."

Another sigh from Vakia, "You're MEANT to see it while you're flying... plus this one is tiny compared to the real one. Just as soon as you're not grounded anymore I'll take you to see it!"

At the mention of her recent confinment Milvus sat back down on the skull, slightly dejected. Stupid skrekrill's, if they hadn't come along and got her in trouble...

Vakia stopped repairing the image and looked up at Milvus, irritated.

"Are you gonna move that thing or what!?"

END

I don't know how everyone else interacted with their cousins, but my childhood times with them were often like that, we had tons of fun but we did argue alot!

This was so much fun! And I realised that I always do my drawings in bright sunlight so I decided to try doing a sunset pic =)

Milvus is mine [link] Vakia is *hoofandsnort's [link] and Queen Titania is *hellcorpceo's [link] (I think!)

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sparrowstampede Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I like the story to go along with the picture! Very creative scene to choose, and the spirit of cooperation in the two young gryphlets is adorable :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! yeah they may bicker, but they get along really well really :giggle:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
The sky and lighting is beautiful!! I always struggle with lighting... I love the warm evening glow!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks, that was what I was trying to work on. Not quite there yet but getting better at least =)
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Hahaha! NIce. :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
=) thanks!
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student General Artist
My pleasure!
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KumariKat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nice picture! :D I love the background and the griffons, beautiful job! And I love the story that goes along with it. :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks kumari!
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KumariKat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow... Really impressive. The lighting is particularly striking particularly. :)

Truly magnificent! :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! I was trying hard on the lighting especially as I normally make boring flat light choices.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I think the lighting came across rather well. :)
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Raicoh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I love it! The concept is hilarous...good job!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks very much! this festival has been great fun to work on :aww:
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Raicoh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and..i agree
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The ocean and gryphons look great. Their shadows might look better if you softened the edges and filled in the streaks of light between the strokes, but overall the sunset lighting turned out nicely.

I love their little story... how confused a gryphon who never goes in the water would be at the sight of a porpoise skull! With the dentition, it really doesn't look like anything they've seen on land. And I'm curious about what Vakia's Titania sculpture looked like!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks Ciameth =) hehe I was going to ask you for some crit on this pic as its been a while since my last crit from you so I should hopefully improved a little :giggle:

the sunset itself I'm pretty happy with but you're right that the shadows and shading need a lot of work, I found it really hard to get the shadows on the gryphs looking ok.

glad you liked the story! hehe I always worry I write too much but I can't help myself. Yeah I realised while I was drawing the pic that she would have no idea what animal the skull belonged to! But she may get to find out when she's older in one of her challenges =)

mebbe I'll doodle up a quick pic of the sculpture... hehe but first need to finish my tookie pic :aww:
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're definitely making noticeable improvement with each pic. I can't wait to see the Tookie one! I would have loved to draw the egg fight, but I need to finish my mainland event images first and it's so close to the deadline already!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The tookie one is taking FOREVER! Its turned out pretty big but its so much fun doing an egg fight between those crazy lil hyper gryphs :giggle:
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Woo! I like it! :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe thanks Rydicanubis! Events are so much fun, and there where so many possibilies for this one! Its a shame I only have one character so I can't portary some more of all the stuff thats happening =)
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Hehe, you can draw as many pictures of the festival fun as you want silly! You could do interpretations on ones that have already been submitted, extending them, etc... :P
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ah I didn't know that was an option! hmmm I've already started a monster tookie pic though, don't think I'll have time for any others... will have to see :excited:
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Haha, for sure silly! :P
The only one you NEED to do is the one with your trade partner. But you can draw as many Windsonde pics of the turtle fest as you like!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
good to know! mwhahahaha :la:
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is awesome Saf 8)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks goose! Its was lots of fun to draw, especially vakia, she has such a great design
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow good luck with it. Nice job with the lighting :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! was a challenge, need to work on my backround/lighting/shadows >.<
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