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Between Sky and Earth by AlectorFencer Between Sky and Earth by AlectorFencer
Before the Earth was formed the genderless Creator God, named Nana-Buluku by the Fon people of Dahomey, created a companion dragon called Aido Hwedo who was both male and female.

It was a dragon able to move with ease between Heaven and Earth who carried the Creator in its mouth.
They travelled together into the physical realms to create the world as we know it.
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This is an interpretation and depiction of the Aido Hwedo of which Bloodhound-Omega created the concept and lineart and I did the colouring.

Colouring this was one of the biggest fights I've ever had with pictures and took me five days. Beginning with the paper which didn't like my rough method of colouring, you first could see every single brush stroke on the delicate background. The dryer the brush of course, the more visible the strokes, so I actually had to use a lot of more water which caused the original lines to blend into the paint, making them nearly invisible.

After drying I carefully redrew the original lines with a darker pencil and planned to paint the background using the airbrush. It started spitting even though we cleaned it thoroughly using really hard chemicals and brushes. >>
After painting several hours, it lead to this result.
I used the airbrush once more with, of course spitting issues again (never going to use that type of acrylic ink again) and fixed the big splatter that the airbrish left on the dragon's face. x)

I was too lazy painting scars on the actual sky so I simply interpreted the Aido's ability to wander between sky and eart simply by painting the stars directly on its back.

Here are some photos of the original because the iridescent paint I used to colour the Aido's scales with always gives a different colour tone depending how much you tilt it. :]

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Oh that was a fight I tell you... but I hope you like it. =]

Mixed Media on C4 bristol board.
This painting will be available at Eurofurence artshow.

Thank you so much for looking. :blowkiss:

Again, it was a collaborative work:

Bloodhound-Omega did the lineart and I did the colouring. Please don't only credit me for this work. <3
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work & cheers for the tale
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oozsinfered Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
Congratulations! :party: Your piece has received an LDD! [link] :clap: Thank you so much for making such a beautiful piece!
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A-Nola Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Really cool I am Yoruba and we call the rainbow/serpent dragon Oshunmare. I love what you did here so cool and the monkeys look oh so cute
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't say how much I love it. Your works are just marvellous!
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Lalupi Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
what a beautiful snake, dragon ...thing! I love it and the peacefull feling over the pic
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CheezayBallz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wundervoll :) Soviel Geduld mit einem Bild zu haben xD
Find ich klasse mit dieser irisierenden Farbe, darf ich fragen wo man so eine herbekommt?
Und ich hab noch ne Frage *noob* was ist eigentlich bristol board? Leinwand oder sowas?
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Aldric-Cheylan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love it! the dragon is so great! That's really impressive!
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DemonFreeze Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Giant snakey dragon!! 8D Awesoooome! >w< I'd so pet it *o*
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BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Nyahhh, copy n paste.

Hrmm... ok... the "more decent" comment ended up comming _way_ later than anticipated. XD

Even if I still can't shake off the fuiling of guilt completely, the happyness about the result of our joinedventure surmounts.

This has turned out amazing in so many different ways and I am overwhelmed by what you made out of my sketch. I know what I would have done out of it and while surely it wouldn't have been bad, your version manages to shine through the power of colour and light and öave a far greater impression that way.

Simply amazing and I hope, not our last collaboration. *hugs* :love:
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Motte-rockt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
So, ich hab gelesen, dass du aus Deutschland bist, also kann ich eeeendlich mal deutsch schreiben ;)
Also, ich mache ein Projekt über die australische Mythologie und wenn du nichts dagegen hast, werde ich dein Bild in meinem Projekt einbauen. :)
Ich hoffe, es ist dir recht, da ich dein Bild wirklich sehr schön finde :D
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Cericle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
This piece sounds like a struggle of epic creation!
<ABsolutely crazy skills you have learned!> *tips hat in your direction
(The subtextual mythos you provided really works well too.)

I hope that EF was good!
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knight-of-rosubia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't have time to read the comment, but the art is awesome. Wonderful line art for your friend,and equally well coloring on your part. The piece came together nicely. :)
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Janix-moon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
epic art for an epic story!
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supahnova Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would never have thought you had any trouble with the colouring to be honest. :) It looks awesome. Interesting concept too, I've never heard of this Nana-Buluku thing before, haha :)
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FaeOfDoom Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
well, your coloring is fantastic <3
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:iconlykouros:
Lykouros Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Beatiful, you both did a wonderful job. Sounds like this was quite an ordeal, but well worth it, as this turned out very nice :)
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demon9065 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's amazing!
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xMushroom-Clanx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
that is insane!
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Thedarkdestroyer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i loike this one it reminded me i bit of the norse mythology
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:iconzhakrisstol:
ZhaKrisstol Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful image, stunning colours and the serpent creature looks amazing.
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Post6667 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
cool
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Totaly beautiful, stunnig & Gorgeous !!!
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   Digital Artist
You have done a magnificent job! and we never would have known that you had to redraw and rescue bits from a splattery airbrush had you not told us- all your hard work paid off!
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devilbloody Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, my Gosh! :) I loooove it! :) Great work and awesooome colors :) It's so adorable! :) I like it! :) I like it! :) I like it! :)
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Jshinncreative Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great work love the inter-play between shadow and colour
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:iconmiyu707:
Miyu707 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an stunning work!!
love it! :)
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ashtori-kun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
wow. the lineart is stunning so kudos to bloodhound-omega for that, but the colours are truly mind-blowing! well done, this is incredible.
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FaerieDragon19 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
WOW. This is just...INCREDIBLE! :wow:
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xxdevourerofsoulsxx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
This is really beautiful, I love it :D
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mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:O
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Giovanni-Macellatore Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
It's...nothing short of the best thing I've seen yet on Deviantart.
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CapsLockTurnsMeOn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student
Amazing....all I can say.
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irishman91 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
This reminds me of an aboriginal legend that I have heard.
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tikeo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Awesome! Changing colors.
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HikariMichi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh my, that's absolutely BRILLIANT ... I love how you did it traditionally. Looks so great! I'm very impressed of everything, like the colors, and the fantastic lightning!! Oo, I love this!! Wonderful work!! :clap:
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mal wieder ein bombastisches Bild! :clap:
Mein erster Gedanke war ja: Die Unendliche Geschichte, wegen der Schlangen, die sich in den Schwanz beißen und damit das Buch einramen.
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vampirelink73 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I love the coloring. I think it came out great. Thanks for spending so much time on it to share it with us.
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lycheemochi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Breathtaking! The colors are very well matched, worth the effort to make. Eye-catching and beautiful.
Is this the story where the serpent is fed iron bars by sea monkeys and finally begins eating its own tail after there was no more iron (or something along those lines)?
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horselover146515 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
A beautiful story behind this piece, and the piece itself is magnificent. This is truly stunning. :heart:
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Romazaki Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really wonderful!
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furrylittlefriend Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
BREATHTAKING! Worth all the frustration, I assure you!!!
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melasun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is beautiful :) :thumbsup:
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gorselefektanimasyon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
very good
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RhiannonMari Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
wow.. well you both did an excellent job! at first sight, i thought i saw a dragon with wings, but at a closer look, i see how it looks like it's more like a snake, and that it seems to blend itself into the earth. i know what you mean about the lines disappearing when painting. you did a great job working with it. as for the person who did the line work... beautiful! this is a great collaboration piece! :)
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Rainbowme Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Stunning!
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Kuume Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Wow what a striking lighting and atmosphere!
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Coyox Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Lovely colors on this one!
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Serah-Farron Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow, great job ^-^b
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Keitaro91 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
very nice!
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evryrosehasitsthorns Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
There seems to be a very diverse blend of multiple styles here. Of course, you couldn't create a picture with such a story without the African style art for the boarder and such. But you also add an almost Japanese/realism style to the animals and some of the background (the background also having simply a traditional realistic look), and the dragon quite like a European interpretation of a dragon. The iridescent paint is awesome - seeing the various angles. No matter the angle, and thus different colour combinations, it looks perfect. Putting the shimmering stars on the scales seems better than in the sky - both because it seems more like an abstract, original idea, and because it adds to the feel of mythological interpretations. Both day and night were shown quite clearly with the best colours from both, mixing and looking quite natural, despite the surrealism. Last, but not least, I love how the tail seems to become a river flowing down from the mountain in the distance. It's almost a seamless blend, again looking just natural, but remaining clearly surreal.
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