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Ultrafab Feathered serpent by Mythee Ultrafab Feathered serpent by Mythee
Made a quetzalcoatl template for my yearly halloween B/C gram shop on Gaia, Snakebasket [link] . This is one of the 'random colored' orders I did. The recipient had 'peacock' in their username, and I was suddenly inspired. O:

Forgot a layer of feathers in the second wing. XD;

The 'feathered serpent' has many names in various cultures, but the Aztecs called it the Quetzalcoatl and revered it as a deity. As something between a bird and snake, it was held to be a symbol of dualism, living its life both flying in the skies and crawling on the ground.

Art (c) Mythee
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Kara-tails Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks good, but I wul try using blues and purples on the shadows instead of shifting tp a darker color.
warm colored highlight, and cyanes for the blue neck, could help improve things
Mythee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You may be right! I often fiddle with shading hues but end up settling for more subdued ones because I'm afraid of going overboard. Should probably ask other people to decide for me what is a good amount xD
SilverFlight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! So shiny!
Book-Rat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Those coverlets are beautiful. *___* The way the tips are gold on the end instead of outlined dark really makes them pop.

Since critique is requested, one thing that sticks out to me is that the primary feathers are divided down the middle. Flight feathers are thinner and stiffer on one side compared to the other, and when that isn't shown the effect is that most people can tell something is a little off, though not necessarily pinpoint what.

The shading is excellent too.
Mythee Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amg you're right. xD I was wondering what was bothering me about the primaries QvQ;; Mebbe I could even fix it some time. Thank you so much! And I'm glad you like the coverlets, they are more the result of being lazy with lineart than purposeful choice though, lol.

Bassy I miss you. :C Man. Did you ever see the Flash animation that we had -almost-finished for your birthday? xDD (Also, I gotta get caught up reading your story >O Which I... forgot to critique in the margins... but I'll get back to doing that eventually 8'D;; )
Book-Rat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Oh well. That's nice that the lazy method ended up being superior to the drawn-out way? ^^;

I did not see it! D: I've mostly been browsing with my phone, which doesn't approve of Flash at all. Or DeviantArt, for that matter.

It's finished! It actually ended up having a beginning, middle, and end. You don't have to read it if it doesn't hold your attention, my feelings won't be hurt. But do tell me what point got boring, if that was the case. >.O
Mythee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It never got boring! I got carried away reading it and stopped critiquing despite my promise to critique every chapter, and then decided not to continue reading it until I went back and critiqued the chapters I hadn't critiqued yet, and it's been stalled there. xD That's awesome that it's finished though! OuO

And yeah, most brush-shaded arts would probably be prettier without lineart if done right, but I simply don't have the time for that. xD;

I'll see if I can finish the animation despite everything during the winter break. Remind me of it please? XDD
Book-Rat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Aww. <3 YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF THROUGH THAT IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE IT THOUGH. D:; That seems like a whole lot of work for such a detailed critique! (appreciated, granted, but a lot of work!)

That seems to be the main problem with art, time rather than skill level. =w=;

I don't know where it is and can't find it!? D: *wants to see unfinished animation*
Mythee Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfinished animation is here xD [link]
Book-Rat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012

Oh my, that was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. 8'D *flails about uselessly in wordless adoration for like ten minutes before giving up and posting this*

I love you guys. <3
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