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Reactive Coils by TaesoSpiritDragon Reactive Coils by TaesoSpiritDragon
Been incredibly stressed out over the last week thanks to family (or lack thereof/attempts to control from a distance like over the phone XP ) and the upcoming Obamacare debacle...

Nakoda here's been courteous as to be my stress chew-toy over the last week as I struggled to get the focus to work on commissions before my trip, so I guess I should give him a proper introduction then!

When I originally designed him at work during one shift 'he' was intended to be a 'she', but his appearance suited male much more so it stuck. Remember back when I mentioned changing my art shop name to 'Radioactive SnakeDreams'? He's kind of the result of that brainthread. The idea for a logo was a snake of either the python or boa family with the last third of its body becoming translucent to reveal skeletal structures within.

Nakoda is a mix of raven, barn owl, and python, and is apparently with a 'scientific name' of Strigicormata for his species as ~Key2Immortality and I were tossing ideas back and forth as far as combination naming for this 'ground basilisk'. While yes he glows like a bleedin night light, he is not truly radioactive as we figured it out - more or less taking on the characteristics of animals like flamingos in the food source they eat, the moss that his species' prey eats on his world has biolume properties, which passes through the food chain to the apex predators and grants them the ability to blend better as a result. The last quarter to third of their tails are rather translucent, revealing bone silhouettes. Predominantly his species is a mix of owl, bird (other species), and snake respectively, as the owl genes give them the rotatable outer digits to grab and manipulate objects.

I still haven't written more in-depth on him and his species, but Nakoda is a harmless giant of a trickster amongst his adopted clan, who's members take after the viper family and are much smaller, with a hobby in wood carving and improvisational tools.

/character info

This piece was a pain in itself because.... SNAKE SKIN FOLDS DARMIT! I know that I went a little too bold in the scale reflections, but that's all in the learning curve right? Though the scanner did loose a lot of the softer detailing and color gradients T_T Used a marker base and then applied the rest of the colors via pencil (and did all the ribs in pencil!) however, the torso feathers ended up going darker than I planned so I couldn't do my shading experiment with it :C Ah well, another character to guinea pig that on! I also darkened the background so it wasn't so glaringly white XP

Likely Nakoda here and a few other oddballs of his kind, who I'm thinking of calling Havii (WHAAAAT?! A simple name?! What is this madness!!!!), will be the only ones in existence, but if you guys are curious in a potential new species for adoption I could slip them into the species list to work on!

Ok, still tired and stressed as all get out, I'm taking meself to bed T_T Zzzzzzzz..... Oh yeah, new written siggy! Likey? I figured I needed a signature with my real initials in the event I change my username XP
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Friggin' awesome my friend, live his anatomy! :wow: Cool colors! I love his owl face. :heart:
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TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ Thanks! I'm still working on re-learning traditionals.
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. :)
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Moonkelpie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Daaaannngg.... At first, I thought this was digital!:wow: TaesoSpiritDragon, If I may ask, approximately how long did this take to complete?:? Nakoda is such a handsome being!:iconcannotevenplz:
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TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^; Thanks!

As far as how long he took, I drew him on a 9x12" bristol board canvas and it took roughly 12 hours on and off working as carefully as I could on him to get the colors down and pencil in the accents (though I screwed up with color choice near his left hand in the foreground XP).  A lot of that was because of large areas to color with one marker so I had to work quickly and carefully to reduce the splotchiness that would otherwise happen with marker work. It'll definitely be at least a few more test pieces before I open up this as a commission option ^_^;
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Moonkelpie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
You're welcome, TaesoSpiritDragon!

Yeah, I was just about to ask if this piece was an example of a potential commission choice, too.^^; I can't remember what they're called, but they're a special, clear, marker-like pen that helps to blend other marker colors, and eliminate some of the blotchiness that occurs. Have you ever used something like that on marker?:?
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TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, Taeso's fine ^_^;

Blender markers I think is what you're talking about. I have a couple but they're really finicky depending on which colors used and whether going dark to light and vice versa. The pencil version of the Prismacolor line works wonders though!

As far as a potential commission it might be possible, again though I'd have to practice more before being comfortable doing such, hence the call out for guinea pigs last year that I still have a list for, I just need to call out once more to verify if anyone on that list still wants that spot once I clear my current queue.
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Moonkelpie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Alright, Taeso it is, then--and you can call me D'jm, or Moonkelpie, whichever you'd like.=D

Yeah--that's what they're called, thank you!:iconheadsmackplz: I've heard that using a white pencil is good for blending colored pencils, but I didn't know that there's a special pencil specifically for it.:wow:
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TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty then, I shall try to remember!

The problem I've found with using white pencils or other light colors for blending is that it fades out the underlying colors. The blender pencil is a neutral-tone 'beige' color that seems to enhance the colors while blending them, it's all rather interesting ^_^
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JinxiMinx Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! It's always good to see a new submission from you. I really adore the colors and anatomy, especially the torso and head of this not so little critter. x3 I'm so jealous of your talent @.@ Whaaa
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