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Storm Bringer by SteelJaw Storm Bringer by SteelJaw
I'm so sick of this piece it hurts. I've been working on it for what feels like forever. Months now. Just got it done. Just like Torpedo ( [link] ) it had a decidely 'rushed' feeling to the background. Not to mention I still cannot get rid of the damned pencil stroke-lines. Granted, the diagnol ones under the storm are intentional, they're suposed to be rain. :P I started to disable the critiques on the piece, since I already know the problems with it and I really don't want to cut it up further, but I can't grow as an artist that way. So cut at will. My technique is faltering big time due to lack of practice.

Anyway, this is Dylan Fulton, a wereshark of the Isurus oxyrinchus variety. That's Shortfin Mako, for those who need the vernacular name. ;>

Colored pencil on bristol with touches of Micron and white acrylic, 9x12".

** EDIT ** This piece took 1st Place in the Fantasy Catagory at the 2005 Star Fest Art Show in Denver.
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PineRain Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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darrius13sniper Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Um i can't say anything, everything i would say would be an understatement on how damn good this pic is
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, many thanks! :D
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
this is amazing! :wow:
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TheBlackMillennium Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
It's like Storm from X Men.. Only it's a shark man ^^
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Red-Kremling Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
pretty cool ambiente
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought it was a mako with the color and the hight in his jump. You should do a Great White anthro leaping. A Great White jump is a scary/beautiful thing to see.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! I've pondered doing a leaping Great White, and I most likely will at some point. Their jumps are so much different than makos. :>
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Shockwavecg Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do it! Do it!

Makos are more acrobatic and lighter in thier jumps, Whites are heavy and have compleat power.
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orbthesela Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Call me impressed
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Cassial-Darkfox Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is utterly amazing!! and again my mom said to tell you that you now have a serious fan. She loves your sharks! and so do i!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks to both you and your mom. Y'all are too kind. :>
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boxeater5 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
Amazing job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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boxeater5 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
Your welcome
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carnival Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
that's HAWt as~ 8> :orange:

nice jorb d00d, the colour work ish amazing! :heart: well done in tha fair and keep up the good stuff! ^______^
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caput-draconis Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
That's really very cool! I like how you merged human and shark, it looks so powerful! As if the human had found the perfect wave and becoming one with the ocean! Did you ever see Le grand bleu (The Big Blue) somehow I'm reminded of that awesome film when looking at that picture! :nod: :worship:
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griffindragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
there is a fulton county too. and fulton flashlights. my name is everywhere. and i LOVE this! it's really good!
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
:D I love it! And you deserve kudos for sticking with the artwork for as long as you did. That is some strong dedication.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks much! It just about drove me nuts, but good thing come to those who survive insanity. ;>
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griffindragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
[quote]Anyway, this is Dylan Fulton, a wereshark of the Isurus oxyrinchus variety. That's Shortfin Mako, for those who need the vernacular name. ;> [/quote]

OMFG. dude, my last name is fulton. O.=.o
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I named her after a street as well as a fictional county in South Carolina. Ironic, though. :>
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INSTINCT-IVE Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
This is amazing! The mako is a beautiful shark,highest jumper if im correct too O_o...But anyways, its gorgeous! That beautiful blue colour really augments the white agaist his belly..Wowsah!:)
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Rayndancer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Talk about rippin' tide! This is really, really nice... Your sharks always amaze me and leave me muted. That said... *stares*
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xenon013 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Hey kiddo. You already know that I love this one. I have had the pleasure of seeing this from it's infantcy as a pencil sketch, to the beautiful finished piece. Great job....(music raises...da da...da.da...da.da.da.Da......)*E*
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XianJaguar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous colors and composition on this one!
It's very stunning.

"As if sharks weren't scary enough without feet...now they can chase you right onto land and bite you." I always think that whenever I see one of your were-sharks. ;)
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QueenKichaa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
that's fantastic! I like especially the shading and coloring of the shark's skin!
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ciuiniolar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
You don't see many weresharks drawn well (if at all) these days :) Makos also seem to get shoved to the side in the popularity stakes, I guess because Great Whites are more 'famous'. But not much can outrun a mako, heh.

As for the art, it's stylin'! I especially like the reflected highlights on his back and tail, they've got that slick wet look which is fab. My only critique would be to enlarge the water explosion and the spray particles, as well as the ripple zones. If I can remember makos explode violently from the water when they leap, so maybe utilise this vicious power next time? Either way, I really like this picture. Great work!
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Sniper-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool, you can even see the bones and musel in the leg.
well done.
hmm advanced Critique Encouraged?
ok when something comes out of the water it crates ripples and the water also fallows you up half way (iv trys it, and its true in most cases)
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DigitalShark Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Advance Critique Encouraged???
What are supposed to get better on this pic?
ARGH! :excited: this is so great! *shakes of happyness*
Im SO glad to have =steeljaw as a friend!
This is a fav, again from Steeljaw :D

PS: U are still my fav artist! i still havent seen so good shark-drawers as you.
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taiyoukai143 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
Wow, just, wow. This blows me away. I've never viewed any of your works before and when I first saw the thumbnail of this pic I thought the shark was being stabbed. However, when I clicked on the pic and I was presented with this I was shocked. It's like you captured jaws yet with a sense of morality rather than a bloodthirsty monster. Your fine details are also noted and awed at. The highlights and coloring are superb and all the time you spent on it was worth it if this is the ending product. As for the pencil lines, well, who says their there? ^^ No one has to know about them now do they? Besides, if they comment, ignore.
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taiyoukai143 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
Wow, just, wow. This blows me away. I've never viewed any of your works before and when I first saw the thumbnail of this pic I thought the shark was being stabbed. However, when I clicked on the pic and I was presented with this I was shocked. It's like you captured jaws yet with a sense of morality rather than a bloodthirsty monster. Your fine details are also noted and awed at. The highlights and coloring are superb and all the time you spent on it was worth it if this is the ending product. As for the pencil lines, well, who says their there? No one has to know about them now do they? Besides, if they comment, ignore.
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yunni Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
The anatomy is friggin awsome, Rokea are fun ^^
I do like the way you've used the same shades for the whole picture... hrem..

If you are annoyed at seeing the working line art, try using blue pencil - when you brighten the picture up in photoshop, blue line art dissapears much more obediantly than normal pencil led.
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auroralockwood Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005   Artisan Crafter
I adore this one. The months of work really show, trust me. :)
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