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Wilderlord Morgan and his "Shadowshapes," creatures of illusion that he can manipulate out of forest shadows. This was originally an unfinished sketch idea for the artbook, but I went back and fiddled with it, updated and changed a few things, and while it's still a bit technically wonky, I'm calling it finished now. ^__^; The raven is symbolic, unshaded like half of this piece. I'm afraid the effect isn't as dramatic as I'd hoped, but this is the best I could wring out of it.

You can learn more about Morgan and "The Wars of Avenan" storyline here: [link]

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:bulletred:ARTBOOK AVAILABLE HERE: [link]

Mechanical 0.5 pencil
Morgan İme
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:iconhokoritamashi:
HokoriTamashi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Tell me something, are these charters of yours in a book you are working on, finshed? Were can I read it?
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Saimain Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's a private, ongoing storyline between myself and a friend. There will be no novels, but there are artbooks and other information about the story and characters available on my website: [link]
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:iconhokoritamashi:
HokoriTamashi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
No novel :C
well okay, your choice
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Balachandra48 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
five stars :)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Nice!!!
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So fantastic and wonderful as usual.
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:iconmundolibre:
Mundolibre Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
love when your pics have animals hahaha
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:iconjustria:
Justria Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love the shadow creatures! They look so melty and alive!
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Sulmi-has-Sword-7 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
All mechanical pencil haters have been simultaneously burned. Well done. :clap:
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:iconstevegreen:
Stevegreen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Great work
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! I love the sort of half-formed nature of the Shadowshapes.... very cool! :clap:
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BurningOctober Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
The beautiful hands. . . the expression in his face. . .

. . . You slay me :faint:
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
I find all your work most amazing. You must have such patience along with the talent and imagination.

A wonderful gift, thank you for sharing with us.
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WCSallySally Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
What is the Crow, to any archer with a bow?

Have you considered putting the Corvid in a negative-image type of view? Where white is black and black is white?

It is rather striking (more amazing in colors, but that is not applicable here). And it has a part in the metaphysics of the work which Wilderlord Morgan does.
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Tigryph Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is why it should be a requirement for every child to have play-dough growing up. If not, they'll find gooey monsters to play with. : BRICKED :

Looks awesome XD I love the detail in the background and the somber expression on Morgan's face. Very well done. :3 (I miss seeing Mister Sparkles :SHOT: )
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Giant bird is giant. There appears to be an air of "I'm bored, I make seriously kickass shadowpuppets, no campfire required" about this which I find amusing :)
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SkarValidus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet idea, I love the wriathlike beings. This shot reminded me of Beren (son of Beleriand, I think) from Tolkien's The Silmarillion
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Beautiful...
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autumncyn Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
great :) :) awesome :)
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:iconredemmo:
Redemmo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Your 'shadowshapes' remind me of your 'illusionist' that you drew before. Related?
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
If you're refering to the creature from my "Darkest Illusion" piece, yes, that is also a creature of illusion like the shadowshapes. :)
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Elysian-Fall Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
aaw, the shadowshapes are soo cute! =D
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:iconzecon:
Zecon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
your work is as beautiful and cool as usual. I'm not all that good with my backgrounds but I have improved a bit. keep up the good work okay! :)
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Valdo-Cruz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
wow talk about knowing how to draw....!!!!
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Laurilee222 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wonderful picture, as always. ^^
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Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Delightful. I love how he seems quite pensive here.
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:iconkinsara:
Kinsara Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I think it's beautiful :) I love the little shadowbeasts at the bottom.. they're so evil-looking.
Just so you know, last night I finally came up with a satisfactory drawing for you! I'll send it as soon as I can clean it up.
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Desheria Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the shadow creatures.
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silber-englein Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010   Photographer
A lot of artwork featuring male elves portrays them in a very feminine light. I love the way you managed to keep the elvish elegance while still bringing out his masculinity. Beautiful work!
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felinewyvern Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Wonderful!
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ElveniaDC Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful !!
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ayumiii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
OMG!:heart:-:heart:
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primulatook Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo . . . wow!
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like his bored pose.
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, I love him. And those things are creepy. Love the wisps around his fingers. I know you hear it every day, ;), but you're amazing.
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NoMoreButterflies Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible, like always. You did a lot of little details, and the shading is perfect. I like Morgan's expression so much, like his gesture, trying to catch the shadows...
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melime6 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! action shot of magic being done :giggle: probably my favorite sort! specially when it's so well drawn and shaded :dance:
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Saimain Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's more a trick of the light (or dark?) than magic. He's a part of the forest, and as such can make it bend to his whims. He uses the shadows of trees to trick people in seeing creatures that aren't there. ^__^;
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RADification Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
that's a truly interesting concept, your grasp of details in drawings is always amazing
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KiteWorld Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student
it's really good! love the sketchiness! ^^
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Nagimaki Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
this is just wonderful.
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The-Bothersome-One Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I do believe it is quite dramatic :D I can't understand how you can do so much with just a mechanical pencil and an eraser... agh!!!!!
I think I've been inspired ;P I gotta go sketch now!
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NightMeadow Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Not my favourite .. BUT STILL EXTREMELY' GOOD! :D
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RoxanneMilson Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love this:heart: The sketchiness works for Morgan, I think. He's my most favourite character of yours and I can't get enough of him! ^w^ *Hugs the Art of Morgan side of book*
Keep your amazing works coming, whether they be sketches or complete masterpieces! You are a huge inspiration for me and no doubt thousands of others!:heart:
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PencilSketchS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I really like it, it's dark, but I like that too. The glow from the shadow creatures' eyes are nicely done too.
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plollieplok Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
breath taking indeed, its like your pencil has magic!
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Natsuki-3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! I love this guy )) Very niiiice! ...as if you ever did anything not nice XD
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Cri-Kee Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the shading, composition, and his expression :heart: Your work is always so mindblowing!
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Absolutely beautiful and the idea of creating something out of forest shadows... outstanding! As always, you pencil skills blow me away!
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