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The People of Shadow - The Sheikah
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Published: May 11, 2012
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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]
Image size
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Comments (64)
sarahkitten42's avatar
sarahkitten42|Hobbyist General 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's avatar
It's impa,impa,impa.....and sheik.
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VoadorChama|Hobbyist Traditional 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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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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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riku-gurl|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's avatar
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|Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness me this is really good! Fantastic shading!
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Candy-Ice's avatar
Oh wow, thank you! :D I really appreciate it :D
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ShatteredSapphire|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's avatar
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|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|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|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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Oh wow, thank you so much :D I really appreciate your kind words :aww:
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Morning-Strawberry|Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ I loved how this turned out!
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Larkynn|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I love the eyes on everyone.
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Candy-Ice's avatar
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|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's avatar
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's avatar
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|Student General Artist
so beautifully done!
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Candy-Ice's avatar
Thank you so much! :D
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AzusaKazuko's avatar
Oops, I almost didn't notice old Impa back there. :aww:
Anyhow, this looks really awesome~ o3o
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