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The People of Shadow - The Sheikah by Candy-Ice The People of Shadow - The Sheikah by Candy-Ice
EDIT [6/30/12]: To however featured me on Sheikah Things on Tumblr, thank you so much! :iconiloveitplz: I know nothing about Tumblr and I had no idea that one existed, but I'm so happy to see people enjoying this!

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Don't be shy! Comments are always appreciated :aww:

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No Sheik gender debates, please! This is a piece about how awesome the Sheikah are, not an essay of what I think Sheik is. Thank you :)

:bulletblue::bulletblue: I'm going to try and start selling prints of these! Will be sold on 11x17" paper only; please note if interested :D :bulletblue::bulletblue:




YES
IT'S DONE
IT'S FINALLY DONE
AFTER NOT DRAWING FOR A GOOD EIGHT MONTHS, THIS PIECE IS FINALLY DONE AFTER A NEAR THREE MONTHS OF WORK!

Oh man, guys, it's been so long since I've last submitted something! I have to be honest, since AP Art ended last year in May I haven't really felt like drawing anything at all. I can't even tell you why, I just...didn't. Since I've been in college though, I've met a LOT of brilliant artists and great people, and they just got my inspired to draw again. And what better way to come back into a submitting groove than to spend pretty much all my time on a big poster like this!

It's no secret that I love Sheik, or Zelda in general for that matter--just looking through my faves can tell you that. I always loved the Sheikah and their mysterious nature though, and after Skyward Sword came out and new Sheikah were introduced, I just had to draw them! I found it a bit interesting that (as far as I have seen) no one has really drawn all of the Sheikah together in one piece like this...so, I decided to go ahead and do it!

Because there were quite a few characters in this, there was so much work to do. I've sadly never really drawn a big poster like this so doing so was certainly an interesting challenge. This piece is actual poster sized (11x17", hoping to get it printed for myself this weekend), so therefor I had to draw all of the Sheikah digitally and they were all painted after that. I haven't painted in a while, and this was the first piece I've done entirely on my laptop, so I'm not certain how the values look, but I'm pretty proud of it! I've never really drawn old people before, so Old Impa is a bit on the so/so side, nor have I really drawn metal before so OoT Impa's chest plate is a bit confused, but I'm rather happy with how the coloring came out. I still need practice with lighting, but oh well. There's about a million mistakes in here anyway, but I still think it came out pretty well!

SS Impa and Sheik were supposed to have something like a battle ready expression/pose, while OoT Impa was supposed to look more wise. I really wanted to capture the emotion that the three Sheikah show, and I just kinda threw Old Impa in there since she technically is a Sheikah XD They were supposed to be composed to form the Sheikah symbol, essentially, although I might need to work on my balance a bit more (that's why Sheik is a bit off center--to avoid clashing with Impa's feather and bringing too much attention to the left side.)

But yeah, hope you guys like this :D My friend and I are hoping to grab our first artist alley table at Bakuretsu Con this November so I've been thinking up a lot of poster ideas, and I might possibly sell this one, still not sure if there really is an audience (I feel like there's a reason why I haven't seen a Sheikah poster like this). So if you're in the vast empty mountain range known as Vermont this fall, be sure to give us a visit! Until then, hope you guys like this :D This had a total of 450+ layers, and it would be more around 560+ but unfortunately SS Impa was entirely flattened so I can't work with her layers anymore. Oh well

Now with an official name signature and fun watermarks since I need to make a portfolio soon and I need better stuff

It's good to be back, guys!

Metal texture stock from here: [link]
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sarahkitten42 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sheik's my favorite Nintendo character. He's agile, he's talented on the harp, and he's just a badass in general. I main him in Smash. :D
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levert2457 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
It's impa,impa,impa.....and sheik.
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know much about SS Impa, but I always loved Impa from OoT, and anyone who knows me knows that Sheik is one of my favorite LoZ characters, so I love this piece. Great work. :)
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you! OoT Impa is one of my favorite characters as well, I don't know what it is but I really like how elegant and brave she is :meow: Also Sheik is amazing XD Thank you for the fave too! :D
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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riku-gurl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Eeeeee oh my gosh this is FANTASTIC!! AHH. I love it so much. Really great concept for the layout/design of this too! YAY SHEIKAH.
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Late response is meeeeeggaa late but ahhhhhhh thank you so much :iconiloveitplz: It truly means a lot, glad you enjoyed the composition too! :iconlawooplz:
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Salty-Fish Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness me this is really good! Fantastic shading!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Oh wow, thank you! :D I really appreciate it :D
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ShatteredSapphire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This beautiful Deviation has also been featured in my journal, here. -->[link] <-- Have a nice day! :heart:
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Late response is mega laaatttee but ahhhhhh thank you so much for all your compliments :iconiloveitplz: I seriously appreciate it, thank you so much for the feature too :D
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ShatteredSapphire Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! You totally deserve all of it- if not, more. :hug: And now I get to thank you for the favorite, the watch, the llama... Well, just thanks for being SO AWESOME! :D :heart:
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ShatteredSapphire Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME. AWESOME. AWESOME. I'm serious, that's one of the coolest things I've ever seen. :D
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Morning-Strawberry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it a lot! I can see a lot of effort was put into this and it shows. ^^ Nice job!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Oh wow, thank you so much :D I really appreciate your kind words :aww:
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Morning-Strawberry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ I loved how this turned out!
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I love the eyes on everyone.
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Aww, thank you :D I really appreciate it! By the way, did my critique on your Girl and Grim piece go through? I shows up in my critique box but not on the actual image itself :ohnoes: Just making sure
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Larkynn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome.

Yeah it did. I just haven't been home in the past week and I'm just getting to looking, reading, and replying to all my messages. The reason it is not showing up is because I have yet to approve it. Don't worry I did get, I just have to read it and approve it. :D
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Alamino Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I like your rendition of the sheikah. After you mentioned your Impa picture I had to come look. I like yours, she looks more true to her official art =)
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Aww, thank you :D I really appreciate you coming to take a look. Sorry if I sounded like I was advertising my work or anything, that was not my intention XD; Thanks so much for your kind words though!
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Hikolol35 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
so beautifully done!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Thank you so much! :D
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NohrPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops, I almost didn't notice old Impa back there. :aww:
Anyhow, this looks really awesome~ o3o
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
XD Well she is a Sheikah so I felt I had to include her. I realized of course that she makes the perfect triangle which is why she's covering one up. But thank you :dummy:
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BlitzTroopa Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
3/4 Impa 1/4 Awesome. I think this is amazing!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Thank you so much! :la:
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CommanderSmartass Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit.

This is epic. :iconmindblownplz:
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
:iconpatrickiloveyouplz: Thank youuuuuu :D
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Rathey Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
:iconmegustaplz:

That is all.





Okay maybe not.
Personally, I think it'd make for a good poster. :ohnoes: You know I'm not personally a LoZ fan, but I know quality when I see it. o: ALL DEM LAYERS MAN
how do you not die? :ohnoes:
I keep getting drawn back to the eyes and eye patterns, so I can say I'm digging those :ohnoes:

I'm drawing a blank on comments and I feel horrible about it. xD I like the posing and composition overall, so there's that. I'd encourage you to keep going on your path, though. c: Have fun at the con. :D
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Late response is horribly late oh god I have shamed my country

But thanks bro :iconlawooplz: And GOOD GOD THE LAYERS. I honestly did die D: Had to use groups for the first time since ever. Even then there were SO MANY EVERYWHERE. Didn't help when Impa on the left suddenly merged all 111 into one :iconidislikeitplz: But thannkkksss hopefully you'll be seeing more of the stuff I'm hoping to sell soon XD
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Rathey Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
They come with torches and pitchforks, yes. :ohnoes:

Kudos to you, I would've been confused with all those layers. xD "Okay I was right here...DAMN." Must've been painful to see that all turn to dust for Impa. ALL THAT WORK.

Very good yes. C8 -plotting fingers-
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Sanctuarii Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
holy everloving FUCK this is beautiful
like, jesus christ it's amazing, I love the details you poured into this
I feel like this should be on every Zelda fan's wall or something, it looks so professional! cx
Insta-fav+~! :heart:
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Late response is late but HOLY CRAP thank you so much :iconrlytearplz: I can't even being to say how much that means to me hearing you say it deserves that sort of praise! Thank you so much for your awesome comment and the fave :iconlawooplz:
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Warzoi Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
holy crap i somehow missed this i guess because i never touch dA anymore
dude you improved like fricking WOW. i remember the days when we were drawing sonic characters in colored pencil now look at this. your paintings are getting really good and your anatomy is so great now. i love the poses you used too, and the way you composed this picture in an interesting diamond-shape. i just feel it could use a little more contrast in the values to really make some parts pop out more, like heavier shadows underneath the crossed arms or under the chin and a little behind the bangs that cover the face. it would give it a little more 3d feel. metals are difficult to paint too, i'd imagine giving it more of a solid shine instead of a soft one would make it appear more metal-ish. you're doing great though, i cant wait for more art from youuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUU
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Holy crap Tal thanks so much :iconiloveitplz: That just totally made me entire day/month/year! Thanks so much for that :D I totally remember those old days too, you've improved so much yourself although you were still freaking awesome then XD Thanks so much for that critique too! Values were always kind of my issue since I always found myself coloring TOO softly but to be honest I had no lighting reference for this so I was entirely unsure how the values should have been :ohnoes: I definitely need to work on that; maybe I'll try looking at some stock photos and doing some studies. If you known of any site that does like lighting simulations though that would be AWESOME but I might just be dreaming here XD But yes! Hopefully you'll be seeing more from me really soon, and I hope to see more from you too :D
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Warzoi Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
omg you're welcome
THANK YOU but no i was hardly awesome I cant look at my old art without cringing ): old as in anything i've drawn more than a month ago
oh yeah, that would be hard. values change a lot depending on light. like if the light was muffled by clouds or something the shading would be very soft and there definately wouldn't be as much contrast as if someone shone a light right onto you. i think it may also depend on how close or far away the light is? i'm sure a site like that exists somewhere, but until then study things in real life. it's hard to remember (for me anyway) but it helps some. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS. ART MOREEEE
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Sky-the-Guardian Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really COOL!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Thank you! :D
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The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:clap:
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:bow:

XD Thanks!
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The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure.
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KittenKreationsTampa Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Please, PLEASE tell me you're going to enable this as a print soon!!! I want, I Want, I WANT!!!!!!

Congrats on your first artist alley table. I had my first one last month at KhaoticKon down here in Tampa. You are going to have a blast, let me tell you.

I wish you the best of luck at your convention.
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Oh wow, thank you so much for those kind words! :D I can't tell you how much it means to me! I probably won't enable this as a print on dA to be honest simply because I would't get as much of a profit, but I am more than happy to send you a high-quality print myself! If you are interested, feel free to send me a note, but no worries if you're not :D I greatly appreciate the interest. And congrats on your first artist alley too! I wish you luck on any that you may have in the future :D
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RANDOM-drawer357 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is BEAST!! :D
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:iconlinkchuplz: Thank you! :D
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RANDOM-drawer357 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np ;)
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BadassSheik92 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really good! :D
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you! I really appreciate it :D
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BadassSheik92 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! ^^
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