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Moonstone by Galder Moonstone by Galder
    Hello everyone! Time for another of my shinies :). This time I would like to share my rendition of a Moonstone. Moonstones are wonderful and magical things, and I have spent lots of time admiring their shiny magical goodness while studying the plentiful reference. The moonstone has been suggested to me by a fellow crystal lover, and I just had to paint one.. so fascinating! Remember, if you have suggestions of your own, I'll definitely take a look at them. 

    For the newcomers - I begun painting crystals/gemstones/minerals as an exercise and a way to clear my head and eyes between other projects, but over time it has developed into a passion :). I hope you enjoy!
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Guardy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My first reaction was pretty much "Yeah, no way the camera caught that sheen so nicel- ... ... that's a painting, isn't it."

Bit late to the party, probably, but this showed up in my deviantArt suggestions, and I never pass up a chance to ogle some shiny things. So, nice job! Love the way you really got that iridescence underneath the surface where it belongs. Great colors, too, and it's got a nice, subtle texture to it.

If you're ever looking for more pretty stones to draw, may I suggest Labradorite if you haven't tried that yet? Same basic concept, very distinctive look, and the iridescence can have pretty much every color of the rainbow, and sometimes all of them at once.
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Galder Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm really happy that you like it. I might spoil something here,
but I have already done  labradorite jewelry, it's waiting for upload in the coming
days :)
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:iconguardy:
Guardy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, what a coincidence! Guess I'll just have to stick around to see that, then, huh?
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drowsycobracat Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just absolutely beautiful! Your love for this really shows :)
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner May 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it shows, shinies are my passion :)
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AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist
Moonstones are great!!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed! They are one of my favorites, along with Opals.
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anotalenthack Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
Beautiful!

have you tried Hematite yet?
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AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist
I second this suggestion. Hematite is good stuff :D     You might also be interested in moss agate !
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I haven't, but I might have to try my hand at it. It will definitely be an interesting challenge :)
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fellSans Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I never believe their paintings until I zoom in on the pictures. These are wonderful!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)
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fellSans Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcone! :D
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yurustone Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is so beautiful
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Abc123-IX Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Moonstone is such a beautiful stone! 
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Moonstones are definitely gorgeous!
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Thalia-Dawnbringer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I love how you used the blue to create that iridescence effect in the moonstone.  It's beautiful...!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Moonstone was one of my favorites to paint :)
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Thalia-Dawnbringer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It's gorgeous =D
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IndigoIdelle Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sjeezus, that's not a painting. That's a masterpiece! (Like your other work)
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Moonstones are wonderful, so it was easy to get carried away and give it a bit extra time to make it look real ;)
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IndigoIdelle Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My sibling introduced moonstones to me as an alternative for opals and I was directly sold. You also have a cheap variation of it (a labratorium made stone) but I forgot its name. Now I carry both gems in my wallet. 
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Galder Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I have always wanted to start a gemstone/crystal collection, but unfortunately I have no space for it and it's a costly hobby.. So I'm left with painting them myself :D
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IndigoIdelle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So you use photo's as reference?
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I use whatever I can get my hands on. Photos, stock from mineral companies/ mines, the very few stones I actually have. I tend to gather large folder on each of the gems/minerals, then study it thoroughly and create my own version as a result.
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TatianaLeLeysha Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
lol this looks so real! i was browsing for a moonstone for an addition to a tattoo and fell in love with this find out it was a painting! that's amazingly realistic!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The moonstone was quite rewarding to paint too, one of the 'inner light' stones :)
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TatianaLeLeysha Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
yw! :)
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Maxie-Bunny Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Wonderful!~
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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MidnaXLink16 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! Are you kidding me? That's so beautiful!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad that you like it :)
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MidnaXLink16 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing! Brought back memories when I was little.
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FromArtToMagic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Yalfyr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
WOW!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it :)
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Yalfyr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
<3
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Deesketches Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks like you can pick it up at any moments, gorgeous. 
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Galder Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :), I'm glad you like it. I find moonstones fascinating (well.. most gems and even minerals in general), but moonstones have such a lovely varied texture and composition, a kind of inner light too :)
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Deesketches Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are not only beautiful to see, but also a little bit mysterious (intriquing is hard to spell today) if you examine the diversity in patterns in a moonstones. In any gem really, nothing is really the same. Every stone has a different pattern. I have a tiny one on a necklace, it is only very small but the stone is lovely nonetheless
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candemarzat Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The photographic effect on this one is incredible! I tried to draw a gemstone earlier and I have to say it's so much harder than I thought, kudos for creating such a wonderful rendition :)
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Galder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm really glad you think so :). Can't wait to paint more of them (I've been fighting with a dragoness for a couple of days, crystal will be a welcome change :D)
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candemarzat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! The dragoness sounds pretty epic though, I bet it'll be just as beautifully painted too (if perhaps a bit more to my interests since... dragons :XD:)
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Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017   Traditional Artist
Very beautiful!
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:icongalder:
Galder Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm happy that you find it pleasing :)
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sylessae Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Dayum, this ISNT a photo? That's really freakin' impressive Galder! That's some serious studying - kudos! Really well done!

Moonstones are beautiful btw c:
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Galder Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so happy you like it :). And yes, moonstones are absolutely lovely. 
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HopefulZero Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At first, I thought it was a photo. XD A wonderful painting of a beautiful stone! :love:
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