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Sacred Team by Draikairion Sacred Team by Draikairion
To some it seems foreign
Why I would steely forge ahead
This land entrusted to me
knows not of hallowed secrets
I'll keep it to myself
My own advisement in my head
Your charm can not distract me
From the path I'm born to tread

How I'm thrilled to know you
Unaffected I remain
How I've learned to like you
Undeterred I do remain

Less daunting as team
You, unlikely king
by my side
And me, so much better for trusting you

My hand over your heart
While you keep hindrances at bay
Color me surprised by how our union saves the day

How I've grown to need you
As my soldier need fades
How I love to love you
And how I remain

"I remain"
~Alanis Morissette

*****NOTE: This piece was not meant to copy or reproduce any other artists' piece in any way. I understand that there are similarities, but I strongly believe in originality and growing artistically through my own observations of the world around me and not through trying to imitate another person's work. I do, however, observe the coloring/lighting techniques of other artists but I do not wish to use another artist's style and claim it as my own. I simply believe I can learn about how to use the principles and elements of art and design better by seeing how other artists have utilized them so well. Thank you and enjoy.*******

This was one of my three final projects for drawing class. This was also my Christmas gift to my boyfriend who is completely wonderful and amazing. He is the highlander themed white lion and I am the Middle-Eastern henna themed gray wolf. Those animals fit us. The feathers hanging from the trees represents friendly territory and us overcoming the racist backgrounds from our families (my extended family more so). My boyfriend is black (African, Indian, and Native American) and I am white (German, Scottish, Mohawk) yet we get along wonderfully.

This song fits our relationship. When we met 6 years ago I remained uninterested of him. But that changed slowly and wonderfully over the past years.

Art and characters copyright to Sarah Elder, Draikairion 2010.

About 23 hours. Prisma colored pencils and ink on 18" x 24" charcoal paper (because I was stupid and didn't get bristol or illustration board). Sorry about the awful photograph quality. I spent fifteen minutes in CameraRaw and Photoshop trying to fix this. Much more color and detail in real life. One of my finest works so far.

~D
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SANGRENUEVA2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
awesome job ^_^
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

~D
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Zaluke Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Breath taking...
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

~D
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Zaluke Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
You are welcome.
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TygerStryke Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I note the inspiration from Goldenwolven, too. But this is a very nicely done, original piece.
Keep it up.
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Inspired? Not quite. I observed her coloring techniques but my reasoning for the background and use of animals were entirely different. I can see how you might say I was inspired by her work. I only noted the way she colors her pictures, not her characters, personal style, or theme. The artist's comment explains the reason I did this piece with the chosen animals.

Thank you for your complement. :)

~D
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SthenaDrakaina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you left so much white. So many colored pencil drawings are overworked oversaturated with pigment--I like the simplicity and skill evident here.
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you! I used a lot of photograph references and found that there IS a lot of white...lol...

also, I needed a simpler background because of my time constraint. A spring, summer, or autumn forest would have taken WAY too long since this was also a final project.

~D
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SthenaDrakaina Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It all works beautifully with the medium you chose. :)
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Okami-Ventris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
a beautiful story and a wonderful piece!
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

~D
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Okami-Ventris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
No problem :)
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Well that's quite impessive!
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

~D
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dragonballd7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
so beautiful XP
lolz for the lion
love it
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The lion is sitting next to me as I type this ;). He's a very sweet lion.

~D
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dragonballd7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
daaaaw X3
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed. The lion and I just watched "Inception" together. Then he left. T'was fun!

~D
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dragonballd7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
does sound fun maybe u should play some vid games togetha XD
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We do every now and then but he ALWAYS beats me to a pulp!!!!

~D
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dragonballd7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
lol
i was playin black ops with a friend and then my other friend (a werewolf) ruins it for us online DX
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:noes:

~D
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Nice! You gotta teach us how to draw anthros.

I expected the weapons to be the other way around, with the lion using the spear and the wolf the bow.
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't worry, I got a plan drawn out for the tutorial. I'm going to post it in sections rather than all at once.

Yeah...I'm not 100% sure why I chose the weapons I did for these two. I just thought the lion would look cool with the bow.

~D
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Schicksalstanz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Draikairion, this picture is so ... awesome! More than awesome ^^ Great details, like the feathers and so on ... ^^ Great!!

I love your green lion <3 and his mate :)
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Draikairion Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Green and white lion = amazing. I love the color scheme too!

Thanks for your complement. Although technically these two aren't mates. Since they are representative of my boyfriend and I and we aren't married...yet (I can hope)...these two are just good friends.

~D
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