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Kainat (T) by Ahkward Kainat (T) by Ahkward
So the long awaited half of my trade with :iconautlaw: Autlaw

:iconheaddeskplz: Sorry for the wait. Hopefully it's been worth it? I felt bad taking so long, so to make up for it, I pretty much did a full illustration for you. It took longer than I thought it would in all honesty. I let myself get caught up in colors too long. x-x The whole thing should have only taken me about 15 but was closer to 25. I'll send you the large version to look at all the fun stuff. :D

-shot-

But if it makes you happy and you like it, I'm happy! :dummy:

Thanks for trading!

Altaix species and Kai © Autlaw




Kainat (T) - Inks by Ahkward 
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:iconainaforays:
ainaforays Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
and your drawing are so cool... i can't draw like this.. digital painting especially lighting effect still hard for me
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, I've been drawing for a while, plus I went to art school for 6 years (two animation, four illustration). I've had a lot of help with getting better at art. So please don't beat yourself up or compare yourself to me. It really isn't fair to you since you are still new with art.

It takes time to get better and I've had a lot of time to practice. Just keep practicing and you'll surpass me in no time! :la:
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:iconainaforays:
ainaforays Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
yess thank you for support.. i must learn so much from you :D
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, any time you have a question, feel free to ask. :la:
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:iconainaforays:
ainaforays Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
and yeah of course i will... thank you kkkkk >....<
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:icondrmambo199:
drmambo199 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
I LOVE this!  This style is very beautiful style and I love your use of colors!
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much! :la: I've have had so much love on this and I'm trying to work more on it.
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:icondrmambo199:
drmambo199 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
well its heading in the right direction ^^
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:iconderek-the-metagamer:
Derek-the-MetaGamer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Job, and I have little knowledge with whatever is Altaix. I do think however it looks like a Wolf.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
They are far from wolves and you can learn about them here!

the-altaix.deviantart.com/

Or you can visit Autlaw's profile to learn more about them too!
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:iconthunderstormknights:
ThunderStormKnights Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
This looks amazing! :love:
I love the green nature theme, it feels so mysterious! I love all the details too, it really brings this piece to life! La la la la 
And that lighting is beyond amazing!! Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart 
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I love drawing nature and greenery. XD Thank you very much! :'D
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:iconamakamisora:
amakamisora Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your works are insanely cool.. ABSENCE OF MIND. 
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:dummy: Thank you! I love getting to do full works like this, I don't get to make them often.
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:iconamakamisora:
amakamisora Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I hope you'll be doing them more often, because they're incredibly awesome. I can stare at them for hours. :D 
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:iconcapukat:
Capukat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That lighting.. very nice bro .. very nice
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Light and color! :heart:
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:iconprismatdragoon:
PrismatDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing, look at the water and all those details. Coloring is greatly done too, all those small accents like moss on the tree or little lights, awesome. The lighting is a thing to admire here too, I also like the dynamic pose of Kai. Great work.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
All those little things really add up to make an artwork awesome. XD
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:iconprismatdragoon:
PrismatDragoon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed c:
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:iconautlaw:
Autlaw Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist


I.. holy freaking kiwis this is marvelous ;_; I already got my breath stopping for a moment when I saw the mention in my inbox of the work in progress of the inking but I think my heart might've skipped a beat when I saw this in my mentions this morning :iconlazycryheartplz: !

I feel incredibly honored that you decided on drawing my a full illustration. And holy crap 25 hours ;o; ?? All that time and effort, for that drawing I only spent 8 hours or so on years ago :iconlazycryheartplz: *happy sobbing* This is more than worth the wait, truly, don't you worry about that I'm dying here because of how breathtaking you made the scenery look and most of all how awesome Kai looks in your drawing style !

But let me break down this comment in parts, since there's so much I want to say ;o;

Like I already mentioned I LOVE YOUR INKING. It's a way of inking I used to play around with as well, especially using the inking for adding shadows, it adds so much more dimension when also using the ink for shading parts and I just love what it does with the contrast between light and dark areas. Haha I can keep on mentioning this because I want you to know that is exactly what I love so much about your way of handling light and shadows (,:

And that background is absolutely gorgeous ! I always loved swamp scenes because they have that mysterious, spooky yet beautiful look to them. I remember getting so caught up in that type of scenery and I still want to draw more swamp sceneries as well sometime around. It is so hard to find good reference or I'm not looking well enough. But you captured the whole atmosphere I always imagined swamp scenes to have :iconlazycryplz: The water looks so awesome. I mean.. the way it riplles around his paw and the tree's roots <3... I know exactly how hard it is to paint water, especially when you want it to fit your own style ;^;  But here.. it has such a nice hue to it and makes it really stand out as water against all the greenery <3 I think the shade of blue is what I really like about it ;o; That mix between green and blue, you know <3..

And all that detail on the moss and tree ! I simply love how you stylized them and the moss really looks like moss :heart: You know, I admire how you have your own way of fitting any kind of environment feature in your style. That consisency, to me that's still hard to do but it is what makes your work so easy to recognize <3 Hah.. I'm blabbering so much.

I've been zooming in and out for  while now and I really like how Kai's face is like a ghostly appearance among all the greens, browns and blues ! I always imagined his face to have that ghost-like quality C: That is why I left his face white and his body all black. I might say I also got some inspiration from the voodoo face-paint for his design x3

And look at those pawsies ! I think you're one of the few who really got the Altaix their feet look like they really should ! And I love the shape of his wrist and claws as well here ;-; And those head feathers ! I think you've portrayed him even better than I ever could or have done ;u;

It's like he's traveling through this swamp on his way to find out if there's still someone around of his species. Him growing up in the age of decay of the world with few beautiful places left like the stamp you portrayed here, I could imagine that <3 Or it is a dream of his past, of the few environments still untouched by mankind (:

And last thing I want to mention is that is an amazing perspective ;-; And now I'm trying to imagine how hard a perspective it is to draw as well ! It is like we as the viewers are sitting either on a rock on the waterside or maybe on a thick branch, suddenly seeing Kai appear from the shadows C: I like how the whole perspective is making my go on a train of thoughts of where we as viewers are standing ;o;

THIS WAS SO WORTH THE WAIT DEAR ;-; I don't mind at all, like I said I've kept track of your journals and the hardships you went through, knowing you have had an incredibly busy year. And the fact you decided on drawing me a full illustration makes me more than feel honored and grateful ;-; !

Thank you so much for doing these species so much justice, and also Kainat !
Thanks for your effort and all those hours spent on this amazing part of our trade ;o;...

:iconcryforeverplz: :heart:

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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, but you waited almost two years, I figured it fair to spend a lot of time on it to make up for it. I could upload just the inks too.I can do that tomorrow after some sleep (0530 here). Inking is my love, especially traditionally. lol Inking digitally is so much harder  XD I had an amazing teacher help me with learning inking. 

I live in Florida, so we have plenty of swamps and marshes here as reference. So many photos  lol Water is definitely hard to draw, and yet I find myself drawing it often. Swamp water is pretty murky in most places, thus not being able to see much below surface. We have lots of moss here too. Plus there are different kinds.

I got the same ghosty voodoo feel from him too. I am glad you can still feel that from this, that was one of the goals.The feet made me think of bird talons a little. Feathers are one of my fave things ever. Seriously.

-cries- Perspective is hard. i did want it at an odd angle, hoping to set the vieweer to be a bit off balance and uncomfortable looking at him. Like unsure if he is friend or foe. 

No problem at all. : D I was happy to put in a bit of extra time, part of my apology i guess. I am glad I could portray them so well! Thanks also for trading with me! :la:
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:iconxxleaftrailxx:
xxleaftrailxx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh this looks so wonderful finished! I passed out right after you started coloring it <3 Looks great!
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Aha no worries, I was up pretty late working on it that night.
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:iconaxxirah:
Axxirah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
This is really beautiful! I love the quality of your line work, It looks so much like traditional ink. Also, the colors are fantastic :)
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I think it's because I work with traditional ink so much it shows with my digital work too.
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:iconthe-jaded-creator:
THE-JADED-CREATOR Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Student General Artist
I absolutely ADORE the lighting with this one
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfadingwraith:
FadingWraith Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks gorgeous :3
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much.
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:iconle-vane:
Le-Vane Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh it looks so cool! I'm loving the lighting that you used!
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D Lighting is so much fun :D
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:iconle-vane:
Le-Vane Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! ^^
And it is.... Even if I'm still figuring most of it out TT u TT;
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha lighting is only color and a little bit of physics. It takes time but it's super worth it.
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:iconle-vane:
Le-Vane Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That it is ^^
Hmm... I think I'll get to work on studying lighting in bigger pieces o u ob
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:iconmercylasvegas:
MercyLasVegas Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh - this is super awesome!! The background and the creature are looking so pretty. I love the sparkle and light incidence. All those little details, highlights, plants, the water... it looks like out of a fantasy book. You did a super job!! *I'm just in love //'D
:heart:
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
The creature is an Altaix, a species that belongs to Autlaw. They really are super cool and there is even a group for them! :D

Water is fun but hard. x-x Thanks for the compliments! :la:
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:iconsakkali:
Sakkali Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work ♥
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope I can keep up this kind of work. x-x
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:iconriddledragon:
RiddleDragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome you got to finish it. Looks beautiful and stunning in all the right ways.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I knew I was eventually going to finish it, but I was concerned I'd get busy with commissions, so I sat down and just bulldozed through it. lol
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:iconriddledragon:
RiddleDragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well you did a great job
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:icontanaeart:
TanaeArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
DANG GURL hnnnng :faint: 
It's so perfect!!! The lighting, background, pose.... :heart:
AMAZING work!!! :happybounce: 
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I am glad people are liking it. :D
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:iconimaginecorgis:
ImagineCorgis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhh your style and environments = perfection
Dont even make me start on that lighting here
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, Thank you! :D I love environments. x-x So much fun. Lighting though I think is my favorite part. I mean, I love enviros, but it's lighting I love the most. XD
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:iconimaginecorgis:
ImagineCorgis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! ;D
Well Im glad to hear so cause you're amazing at it! *-*
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:iconm-lee08:
M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh the lighting is incredible.
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:iconahkward:
Ahkward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Lighting is always a pleasure to do. XD
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:iconm-lee08:
M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love playing with lighting so much so I think I appreciate it more when I look at others work.
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