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Night before the last battle by shilin Night before the last battle by shilin
[edit] I've made the entire drawing process into a video here:

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giving titles to drawings is so hard and lame LOL... but I guess it helps to give some context as most of the stuff in this drawing shouldn't even be together

So glad I had some time to finish this and so glad I was able to spend all the time in the world on it lol. It doesn't feel good enough to just get things done, hit deadlines and move on; after a while it drives me nuts. But what can we do, we got a job and can't usually afford to spend 30 hours on a single drawing Q__Q

Veloce and Blackbird from my webcomic Carciphona as usual


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a-typewriter Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Ahhh I ship them so much hahaha. Am I the only one who is doing that? I hope I'm not alone. owo

Your art is so good, by the way. ;w;
thecatsaid Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wait... do veloce and blackbird get a romance??? (i just began reading this, keep in mind)
shilin Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
not atm haha
thecatsaid Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
are dey just homies now or did blackbird creep up on her again :D
HonestGuyisHonest Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Cool :3
MayumiTheThird Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what I aspire to draw like.
You are amazing, shilin!
dederam Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
need to have a button to fav them all at the same time...
Ishowoffyourartwork Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014

I would love to share your work -- I will not be selling your work but would like your permission to display it--would be free advertisement for you.

I live in Oklahoma USA.--I am opening a small shopping village On major highway 69/75
“I’m helping others help themselves”  I would love to display your work on the wall. I’m trying to create a nice family environment. Like I said I won’t be selling your work . I will post photo of displays.

shilin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks (:
Ishowoffyourartwork Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
thanks for your reply-- not for sure if thanks means your are giving me permission  to show your work  tho.
shilin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you can as long as it's not mass produced, distributed, sold, or edited, and that you provide credit as to who is the artist of the pieces so that people know where it came from (:
Ishowoffyourartwork Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
thanks I will post picture--  
mots929 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Selenu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Writer
it's very cool and romatic at the same time.
MinatoChiyo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
I love those little pawns on the map.
MaiMayer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing :D!!! ♥♥♥
Cyzygy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
The lighting in this is so beautiful--it's very light, yet at the same time conveys night time or dusk, and Veloce and Blackbird looks so relaxed, it's just a nice picture to contemplate.
Josh592 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Writer
This is to sweet!
LittleGirl725 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*gasp* Blackbird caught Veloce in one of her rarest moments...
HungerGamesFan10 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't wait when you get more into Blackbird's past considering we know next to nothing about her. I really want to know what she's hiding behind that devious smile of hers. :)
BladeWithin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is soo sweet!!~ Bless~ Lovely details~
kimpi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
tomiklife Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
emykat Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist
I love ur art!!! Any tips
shinuXIII Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I hope she knows BB is there o_o......
NataliaBelikov Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i wish i could draw like this. i have no talent without references.... T_T
Domino-noble Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like light and colors of this picture.
BleachedFeels Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Are there going to be any couples in Carciphona? I'm just asking in general.
shilin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure how I'll present relationship between characters at this point because it is not the focus of the story, and I always like to be vague about this kind of stuff, so I can't really answer you!
BleachedFeels Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
ic ;-;
Auramiyonautica Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love the expression of Veloce while she is sleeping
Chicunsu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Not a Couple in the story" ....... my hope: "not YET a couple in the story" >.<
TrunaDragon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Ikr? I totally ship them so hard...
happymeday Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is BlackBird's arm...breaking beneath the loose binding?
Toshi5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Must. Become. Couple.
LindseyLovesLink Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh love!
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
After watching the video for this... LONG VIDEO
This pic really inspired me. I learnt many things
from it as well!!! Thanks a ton :D

One question though, how do you zoom in
so much and none of the image turns all
pixilated???? It stays so clear when you zoom
shilin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
because the original canvas I draw on is enormous (:
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. Can you give me an estimation of size so that I could try that
in my many "Experiments" to try
over the Christmas break?
shilin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
150 to 300 dpi is good for most cases
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks very much! I really will look into that. 135 dpi was my latest attempt. Your going to be included
in an art tribute piece I do soon...
as I progress in digi art.

Hopefully you have no problem being
portrayed as Blackbird... I like her
a bit more :D
Mmmha Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of battle? They look like they would have trouble lifting a doll, let alone a piece of medieval weaponry.
StrongButGentle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'd be surprised, then, if you read the manga...
ScreampunkMedia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Look out - We got a scientist.
Hinata-Wolf77 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   General Artist
Awesome love the drawing.
adamwall Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it :)
Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Hi there! Your art is quite wonderful and amazing. I was watching the video for this, and noticed that your lineart is extremely clean and thin. I was wondering what brush (or whatever) you used to do lineart with, because I've been trying to figure out how to get the digital lineart as clean and thin as my traditional lineart. It's been driving me NUTS.
And thanks for sharing that great video. :D
shilin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use default brushes and settings. Draw on a bigger canvas for thin lines (:
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