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MY god your dragon work is amazing
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omg, your dragons. im not worthy senpai...
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I love your works about Vincent Valentine!!!! XDDD
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I love your dragons c:
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Hey!
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I LOVE YOUR LEGEND OF ZELDA ARTWORK
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The Horizon Dancer, Zestiria inspired Morgul Wolf by JereduLevenin
The Horizon Dancer, Zestiria inspired Morgul Wolf
Submission for AnyaBoz 's Morgul Wolf design contest!!!

I am currently obsessed with Tales of Zestiria, and the wolf's design was inspired by various themes from the game.  In appearance, it is very earth and sky themed.   Listened a lot to three tracks while working on it:  Competing With the Honor of the Land, Fight Between the Wind and the Blinking Sky, and Flaming Bonds are Being Tested.  

Tales of Zestiria (c) Bandai Namco
Morgul Wolves (c) Anya Boz.
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Iiiiit's back by JereduLevenin
Iiiiit's back
Shinzo/Mushrambo doodles. 

Trying a slightly more simplified style just for fun.  Also might be plotting Steven Universe crossover things. Because, y’know, gems.  But I mean super simplified. Mushra’s armor is giving me a headache. I know I’m intentionally leaving out some things for the sake of stylization. 

Pink Tourmaline (well, any Tourmaline) is pyroelectric, among other things.  And then Sodalite for Sago.  I guess they’d be… half-enterran? From the FUTURE.  End of season 1 shenanigans.  

Steven would love Kutal, Y/Y?  Giant fluffy kitty. 

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Not quite the Hero you were expecting by JereduLevenin
Not quite the Hero you were expecting
Just trying out a different painting style; can't ever go wrong with The Legend of Zelda.

*SPOILERS*
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS


(MAJOR Spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds)
 The Hero of Lorule is quite possibly my favorite Zelda character in the entire series. 
He calls himself a coward, but he's courageous in his own way.  But even more than that, he is an entity unto himself, with a unique personality and major role in the series.  I know there's a lot of theories going around about what Virtues make up the Lorule Triforce.  
I don't think it's an inversion of Hyrule's Triforce at all. Rather, it seems to have been rotated. 

Ravio's defining trait is not courage, but he does not LACK it, despite what he claims.  Nor is wisdom, or the lack thereof, Hilda's defining trait.  Nor is power, or the lack thereof, a defining trait for Yuga. 

In fact, I would say Ravio's greatest Virtue is his wisdom. Hilda is power. Yuga is courage
Not only do they exemplify the traits in the story, but their actions mirror those of the Hylian counterparts possessing those Virtues.

Ravio, like Zelda, fled into hiding because he knew he was not strong enough to thwart the villains outright. Instead, he disguises himself, seeks out the Hero, and guides and prepares the hero for the task ahead, making sure he has available all the tools that he needs to succeed, all the while keeping his motives and identity ambiguous.   He is the hero's guide, and just as frustrating a guide as Sheik was.  And, like Sheik, does not reveal himself until the very end, much to the surprise of Link and the player.   

Ravio: "There was no way that I had the courage to stand up to you and Yuga. But I was smart enough to go to Hyrule."

Hilda, in contrast, enacts a plan nearly identical to Ganondorf's in the past.  Desperate to do what was best for her people, who lived in a withered and dying land outside of Hyrule, decides that the best option is to seize the Triforce herself and use it to save them.  She posesses power great enough to match Ganondorf's, holding him prisoner with her magic at a stalemate that lasts the entire duration of the game.  Like Ganondorf, rather than seek aid, or find a third option, she believes that using the Triforce, taking it by force if necessary, is the best or only option.  Like Ganondorf, she was a villain who began as a well intentioned extremist. 

Yuga, like Link in countless incarnations, is directed by his princess to embark on a dangerous quest, alone, to seek out the seven sages to achieve a greater goal.  He is confident and bold, using his guile and unique abilities, rather than brute force, to accomplish this goal.  He is not powerful, but he is persistent and knows not to leave anything up to chance.  He would have succeeded in stopping Link in their first encounter if not for Ravio's foresight in giving Link the bracelet. 

Mind you, this is only a theory since nothing has ever been confirmed in canon.  But it's something worth considering, if nothing else.  Keep in mind that if Lorule's Triforce was made up of negative traits to oppose Hyrule's, it would have never been an artifact worth fighting for in the first place.

Ravio and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are (c) Nintendo.
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RavioLi? by JereduLevenin
RavioLi?

Spoilers for A Link Between Worlds, I guess?

"Well, well Mr. Hero.  You grew up to be almost as handsome as me.”

I dunno. Have some spontaneous almost Ravioli?  If anyone asks if that is Dark Link, I may have to stab something.

Ravio, Link, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are all (c) Nintendo, of course.

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Zenith reference (Wings of Fire) by JereduLevenin
Zenith reference (Wings of Fire)

Zenith, a rainwing/seawing dragon hybrid. Zenith belongs to Jeredu, and may not be used for any roleplay purposes by anyone who is not Jeredu. Art is okay, though, even scenarios. Just give credit, yo. Link back if you can. Fanfic NPC usage only with express permission from Jeredu. 

Zenith has undeveloped wings and a long graceful body. He can glide for a short distance, but he cannot fly. He generally does well in the water, using his wings for propulsion and steering. He enjoys climbing and running, doing very well in dense forest where large wings would impede other dragons from navigating. He enjoys warm, tropical waters and floating just beneath the surface to soak in the sunlight. He affectionately refers to himself as a 'SunWing' at times, though always in jest, and in reference to his love of sunlight and being his own personal lightshow.  

Zenith is adventurous, and enjoys telling stories to young dragonets, often using his color-changing abilities to accompany or illustrate his stories and add to the atmosphere. He is a craftsman, creating dragon jewelry, weapons, and armor. His arms are quite strong, having to compensate for his inability to fly by running and swimming. This also makes him a very deft fighter, as his wings are smaller and make him less of a target. However, he is trapped on the ground and often an easy target for any mean-spirited dragons looking to pick a fight.  Zenith is also somewhat flamboyant, with a love for dramatic flair and beauty, though he often favors the simple and elegant over the gaudy and elaborate, appreciating that which combines form and function. His penchant for adorning himself thusly has occasionally led to his being mistaken for a female. He is more outwardly focused on beauty than inward, admiring rather than seeking admiration. He has an especially great fascination with weapons, armor, tools, and architecture.  

The chromatophores in Zenith's scales also contain the bio-luminescent element that all SeaWings posses, allowing him to cause any part of his body to glow without limitation to specific patches or stripes or spots. However, causing unusual patterns or locations of his body to glow takes much more concentration than usual, as those scales are not predisposed to glow. Much like wiggling one's ears, which involves using muscles not normally utilized by humans, it was a skill he had to discover and then practice.  

His frills are different from a regular SeaWing's. They are specialized spines, like any frills, but the webbing between them does not connect completely, giving them a lionfish like appearance, somewhere between webbing and a conventional RainWing's spines. 

Zenith enjoys helping other dragons discover things about themselves, conquer fears and shortcomings. He loves to cultivate the figurative bud into a blossom. If a dragon needs a sympathetic ear, he will listen. If a dragon needs some sense knocked into their skull, he may oblige. He's a firm believer in inter-tribe relations and understanding culture.  

Zenith is quite social, though a subject of stigma himself at times, due to his mixed blood. The RainWings are quite all right and don't mind him in the slightest, but the other tribes are not always so welcoming. SeaWings greet him with much more reservation. Still, his travels have earned him a few friends among each tribe. He is always interested in making new friends. 

"Fain would I follow, though fear I to fall. Er. Y'know. Not to be dramatic, or anything. You go on ahead; I'll catch up. Somehow." 

Wings of Fire (c) Tui T. Sutherland.
Zenith (c) me.

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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: A Rose for Zelda (OCR)
I've finally plowed through the five extant Wings of Fire books.  Immediately upon reading the synopsis on the back as well as seeing the Nightwing's Guide illustrations at the front, I knew that it would inevitably have a fandom.  Probably a large one, if the books were well written. 

And they are.  I would compare the tone at times to Laurence Yep's Dragon of the Lost Sea series, another childhood favorite.  I've seen other series like Warriors that gave me a similar impression based purely on the synopsis, and I simply passed those over. I generally don't have much time to read these days.   However, I decided to give these a chance largely because I was intrigued by the illustrations. They were cartoonish without being cartoony or insipidly childish, nor were they intimidatingly elaborate commissioned paintings like most fantasy fare- say, anything illustrated by Todd Lockwood or Michael Whelan.  No, these had the look of a professional graphic artist or comic artist that had clearly read the books and understood the author's vision.  And the art was all crisp, precise lines that beautifully showcased form and feature without overwhelming the viewer in detail.  These were books that looked like they would treat their readers seriously.  I fell in love with the art, and finally found time to read them all this week, after work and between calls now that things have slowed down to normal.  

Yes, the plot was predictable at times, but the impending twists and turns weren't foreshadowed heavily enough to ruin them early on.   And it was complex enough that it encouraged the reader to think critically.  Its characters were beautifully complex.  I was eagerly awaiting each book once I realized they were each narrated by a different character.   I hadn't really seen that since Animorphs, and unlike those books, these don't appear to be soured by inept ghostwriters. 

The ships are undoubtedly a touchy subject, though I do like the open-endedness and that the author doesn't shove particular pairings down our throat.  I see working relationships in progress.  I see flesh and blood characters.  Sunny is probably the dragonet closest to my heart.  

While some villains come across as two dimensional, I would say that hardly a single antagonist in this series is wholly evil, if any.  At the very least, nearly all of them are sympathetic, if not fully justified in their actions.   Unlike other series like Harry Potter, no singular clan is wholly evil.  I was so disappointed that Rowling painted such a black and white picture, where the only "good" Slytherin characters were dead before the series starts or incredibly mean-spirited.  I don't like that there weren't really any Gryffindors that didn't stand firmly in the good guys' corner.   People are complex and don't always fit neatly into categories.  

I feel that most of the stereotypes of each dragon clan are a result of cultural influence and upbringing, all perpetuated because the Nightwings were firmly in control of the world's written lore.   The dragons label themselves and strive to fit those labels because their societies encourage it.  The war and subsequent alliances are portrayed as terrible, but it actually broke the ground for the main five to unite Pyrrhia without unnecessary bloodshed.  If the clans had all been keeping to themselves and shunning outsiders, it would have been impossible. But the war forced tribes expand their own horizons and form unique relationships with outsiders.  I imagine the Pyrrhia before Queen Oasis's murder was a very different place.   No single tribe is portrayed as wholly evil for simply existing.  The dragonets who grew up outside of the tribes have vastly different values and ideas and morality, showing that the cruelty of Nightwings or the laziness of Rainwings are entirely learned behaviors, influenced by culture and environment and upbringing.  Even within the very heart of the cruelest of kingdoms, one can find strength or open-mindedness when least expected.  Like real people, each dragon is wholly capable of both good and evil, no matter its tribe.  



The great good force our heroes had believed in is shown to be cold and calculating and cruel.  No single tribe in the war is shown to be malicious.  Each side is shown to be fighting for good reasons, and not always willingly.  Instead of presented with a clear cut war between good and evil, we are shown a war where the great good is a lie, all sides are made up of good people who are forced to choose between the lesser of three evils that lead them. Or... two evils and one incompetent figurehead.  There is no clear cut right answer from the start.  There is no battle of good and evil.  There is only battle, and clashing of ideals, as each side hopes to end the killing and come up with a solution they can all live with in the aftermath.  

And the heroes take a third option.  It's a strong message to readers, emphasizing the importance of thinking outside the box and finding a way, the right way, even if it isn't always obvious.  Our heroes suffer losses and are forced to grow and learn.  But unlike so many other books of this nature, this is all accomplished without an inevitable bloodbath at the end.  Brian Jacques, I'm looking at you.  This isn't like Redwall.  A book doesn't need to tear your heart to pieces to paint a realistic conflict.  The war on Pyrrhia ends with no pyrrhic victory needed. 

That said, have some art.

Three Queens by JereduLevenin

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Jenna Nolan
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Favourite cartoon character: Zelos Wilder. Or Kratos Aurion. But Lloyd's so adorable....
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metalandwings Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is the bomb! It's amazing!
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Oh my glob I LOVE your art SOOO mutch!!
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GrandMasterFDC Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! I'm on fire!
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Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one! :iconyummycakeplz:
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I hope you have a great birthday! ^_^
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Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
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Kiwi-Chan269 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday <333
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Ariisawesome Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I love your WOF drawings! So detailed and intricate and BEUTIFUL!
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Some of your artworks were sadly taken and uploaded without your permission,by this user here. --> Kestrel's Prison
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