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Realistic Raikou by SonARTic Realistic Raikou by SonARTic
My god, finally finished e___e;

This, will probably be my epic piece for the year, it seems to be the best so far anyways :XD: Would like to do more realistic pokemon actually, it was fun to do, although got stuck at many parts. Didn't know if to make the mane an actual cloud, like its supposed to be. Ran into trouble with it though with it not being detailed enough, so turned into fur.. ish xD Then background was going to be like an african like sunset over the dead grass, but then, why not rain? Why not Raikou create a thunderstorm? It fit a little more, so decided to do that instead XD

... I always put too much for descriptions, I know e_e Hope you like, and would really like some constructive critism please ~

Raikou (c) Nintendo/The Pokemon Company
Original picture (c) :iconsonartic:
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:iconbluepisces97:
Bluepisces97 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
love the texture :)
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:icongoldythewolf18:
Goldythewolf18 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
I CAUGHT HIM!!!! :D
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:iconzurgi-saignementsame:
Nice(!) but I would have like to have seen larger canines on Raikou.
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I see what you mean o: There's a few faults with this now I look back at it.. XD

Thanks for the comment ^^
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lokkyta Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Student General Artist
how do you do the rain???? you draw al the lines or wat???
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:icontallycat2:
tallycat2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
amazing!
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:iconkhajay:
Khajay Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow, it DOES look really realistic - just if you could find it somewhere in Africa!

Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconlightnea:
Lightnea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I love Raikou! It's always been my favorite out of all of 'em.
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:iconcrimsonfang-desu:
CrimsonFang-desu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
soo....reall....epic. :D
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:iconvampire-ariaxyami:
Vampire-AriaxYami Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I love it. <3
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:iconjapanercat:
Japanercat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
looks VERY cool, How did you do this????
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:iconvanevil:
VanEvil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   Digital Artist
OMG it's so cute!! Great job! :3
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:iconzhdesignx:
ZHDesignX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
great work, love your concept!
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:iconhopesassassin:
hopesassassin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Student
wow! :la:
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:iconbunnychao:
Bunnychao Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
You made.. "E" EYES!
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:iconbarkbathory:
barkbathory Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
well if you ask me i wouldn't say its realistic but a great work
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:iconunmarkedbrony:
unmarkedbrony Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no matter how good you get the eyes always upstage the picture
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Daianta Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student Writer
oh my god, where do I start with this!
I can't give you a critique 'cause I don't have a membership, but I'll do the equivalent xD
firstly, his fur looks so realistic, it makes me feel that i can reach through the screen and touch it. I like the detail in his eyes, and the shades you have used for the overall pic.
The plants in the immediate foreground break up the picture a little, adding to the effect. My only concern with them is that they should be dripping water since it's raining, but this can be overlooked for now. The background itself is very simple which is good, as a very intricate background would add too much to the image, considering the foreground is very detailed.

Lastly, the rain. I like how it melts in and out of existence, which I like :) Although, due to rain mixing with fur, the fur should be flattened in places like the fur on the sides of his face and the top of his head.
But yeah, I really like the overall composition and shading =] (sorryy for it being really long!)
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:icontowwi101:
Towwi101 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty cool :3
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^-^ xXx
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:icontowwi101:
Towwi101 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep <3
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sonicgal20 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
this is a very good and pretty picture i like it^^
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do, thank you ^-^ ~
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Nicnak044 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this pic!!
The amount of detail is amazing!
But one thing I would say is that his fur looks too fuzzy and dry when its raining...mabybe making it less sticking up, have some water dripping from his chin and teeth, and making his fur more darker, like when your hair is wet it gets darker.

I dunno lmao! Fantastic job ;P
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment, really could use some improvement, so i'll remember it next time if I ever do something in the rain :XD:

Thing is, the background was only last minute, so I couldn't be bothered to change all the shading and things on him. Even so, I really should have xD
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Nicnak044 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome ^^
Ah I see, well I still think it turned out beautifully <3
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:iconangelthekitsune:
AngeltheKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Wow! This is certaintly mind blowing, I love your representation of Raikou <3 The colouring is so well done and realistic!
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, glad you like it ^^ Glad I was able to pull of a realistic look too, wasn't easy :XD:
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Takeli Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Really gorgeous... e.o
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^-^ ~
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Melody-Chaos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
YAAAAAY! X3 The fur has improved muchly! =3
You're really getting much better with backgrounds X3

Nintendo always draw the mane like that, it looks good, really it does =3


Sooo, constructive criticism again? Well if noone else is gonna do it...XD

Raikou doesn't quite fit into the background; there is light off of the clouds on his tail but none on his body or back, and there should be some bolder shades on him as well - at the moment it looks like he's in a well lit room XD

Adding some dark, bright browns to the yellow fur would make him stand out more; I can see some browns in there so just adding a few in the darkest places where you have used the dark yellow, and even then I'd only go about 10-25% opacity (although that depends on the brown you choose XP) Only in the VERY dark places though, everything else is fine and looks awesome =3
Oh, also less structured strokes on the blue whiskers; try to add lines to them in different directions to make it look less rigid. If ya use a smaller brush and just add a few sticking out that should work (sorry if ya don't understamd XD)

When drawing details like trees, use a smaller brush on a harder setting, and up the opacity. It makes it seem less fluffy and more rough and tree like. It sometimes helps to get rid of the pen pressure control under the brush options.

The last thing I can suggest is to remove the tops of those planty-grass brushes when you use them (the ones with the leaves and balls at the end) and then just use a really REALLY small grass brush to make fluffier ends for them.

So yeah...that's it from me XD sowwi if ya disagree with me on anything. XD
I know I wrote a lot X_X and I likes this pic very much X3
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god you did write a lot o.o :XD: Least I can always count on you for some improving tips X3

The light for starters was going to be for a different background, was only right at the last minute that I decided to change it to thunder. Guess I just couldn't be arsed to change the lighting? *Shot* :XD:

Okies, so a darker shade of colour for the darker areas instead of just dark yellow, done :3 XD I sliiightly understand about the whiskers. Tried to put them into the usual shape they should be in, but didn't want it to look stupid, but then I didn't want to fix them or do anything about them DX I left them to be crap-tacular!

Trees yes I have trouble with them o.o And backgrounds to say the least.. I tend to make everything all soft so you can cuddle it :3 ... Cuddle the tree! :XD: But i'll try to remember not to.. even though my hand will say different D: The plants? Ehhh... I like the little bobbles on top, but using a smaller grass brush as you suggested sounds good too, i'll have to experiment on it one day X33

Thanks for all the advice as usual, you do help me on a lot of things XD Thanks ^-^ ~
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Melody-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
No problem as usual! X3
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RoseHeart Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG its gorgeous! I love Raikou, my fave legendary ,<3 AND GOOD. I hate people who say Raikou and Entei are dogs, because the term "dogs" is fanmade from a book and blahblah whatever.

Anyway awesome work! Looks so fuzzy :3
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Used to be Suicune for me, yet now I think i've swayed a little.. <3 XD Pssh, they's all kitties! Raikou is a tiger, Entei a Lion, and Suicune a Panther. Easy, simples, done! :XD: Curse those who call them dogs..

Thanks very much for commenting X3 ~
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Luifex Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
you know, you really do blow my mind sometimes XD
this.. is.. EPIC!!
i adore how you made him look soooo real :la:
loveitloveitlooooveit X333

lovely work :heart:
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I blow my own mind ;_; *Kaboom* See! There it goes again! D: :XD:

*Overblown with love* GAH! D8 XD Thank you so much ^-^ ~
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its good, looks like a badass tiger, Raikou doesn't have a part in the pokemon movies, poor thing. ever notice that.
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I dont really watch the pokemon movies, so no, never noticed D: But how dare they just forget him! ;_;
Thank you for the comment X3 ~
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's kinda a shame. but in the 12th, Raikou was in the intro for a little while.
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:iconangelthekitsune:
AngeltheKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
It doesn't have a part in a movie, but in return, he gets a mini movie kind of thing for it in the Pokemon Chronicles series :)
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:iconkingofthedededes73:
kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah
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silvah-princess Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!!!! Its so fluffeh!! =3
Love the textures and the eyes :wow:
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fluffy wants to hug you 83 XD
Thanks very much X3 :glomp:
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silvah-princess Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Yay! :hug: *hugs back*
Ur welcome hun :aww:
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Moon-Phantom Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Very nice work with the textures and all. Really enhances ^^
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you X33 ~
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GraceTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE IT. NOMNOMNOM. It's so brilliant! <3
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:iconsonartic:
SonARTic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I want something to nom now ;_; XD
Thank yooou <3 ~
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