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Cast in Shadow by Dreamkeepers Cast in Shadow by Dreamkeepers
Our new full-size Dreamkeepers poster, featuring virtually the entire cast of the graphic novel series to date.  This was a doozy to draw- check out the progress videos here:  

Literally the largest illustration I’ve ever attempted.  I’m satisfied with how it came out, and glad we took on the challenge.  If I could only use a single image to show somebody what Dreamkeepers is all about, I think this would be it.

Special thanks goes to our Kickstarter backers- this artwork was triggered by their awesome support when we hit the first stretch goal on the Prelude Collection drive, and they voted on the subject matter.

Now that we’ve fulfilled rewards to our backers (including a copy of this poster to every one of them) the remaining copies are available in our site store.…

Thank you to everyone who made this possible, it was a lot of fun to make and I’m excited to show the final piece around!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-12-21
Cast in Shadow by Dreamkeepers ( Suggested by Ginryuzaki and Featured by puddlefisher )
I think this piece of art deserves a full critique instead of just a comment. So let's start:

The first impression of the work, that comes to my mind, is a dark toned feeling with elements of mystery, threat and fear. The overall number of the characters feels a bit overwhelming, but not overcrowded for a knowing reader. More like a warfield picture, where details are first spotted at the second view. If I would give the picture a short description, it would be 'clash of fates'.

The layout has a loose positioning structure without being too strikt, organising the most characters in fitting connected groups like the Troika, the dark dreamkeepers, the nightmares, the government or the main heroes.
The focus is on the main cast, where the other groups are organised around them in a halfed circle action line. That underlines the main cast without focussing too much on them.
The placement at all is well chosen, placing groups like the Troika and the government against each other, but the 'main evil' as a constant thread in the upper half and background.

The placing ground of the characters is multishaped, featuring locations from the story. They blend in each other very good with a believable transition, without cutting the picture in strict pieces.

The background with the stars and clouds looks convincing and maches the detailed rest of the picture. The moon may be too clean drawn and detailed, drawing too much attention and putting it too close in the foreground.

The characters are drawn dynamically and in motion, giving the picture a flowing living touch and breaking with the problem of group shots being too static and thus uninteresting.

The details are high and sometimes, like the motion, throwing up questions, for example Kalei evoking some power not yet seen. Or the whole 'Neon Knives' cast, where the reader may ask: Will there be more focus on some characters of them just seen as background until now?
A recurrent pattern are the ryuu-nekos placed all around the picture, some being mere decoration, some being part of the story. There are many detailed elements to discover if one views longer at the picture and searches around. It invites the viewer to take a closer look.

The overall color sheme appears to be based on a variance of purple, grey and blue tones, supporting the dark and mysterious feel, but also making it feel cold and denying. A viewer not familiar with the story gets the impression of Dreamkeepers being a more horror based storyline. If thats right or not one should find out on its own ;) Maybe the picture is a bit too purple based at all.

The drawing style is detailed and clean without significant errors to find. The shadowing is a mix between mostly cell-shading, combined with soft-shading to support a three-dimensional look and picture depth. The ground and object surface patterns look convincing and believable.

Conclusion: The art consists of clean, well set lines and drawn with high technique ability, featuring a great variance of details and variety. For the knowing reader, it is a pleasure to look closer to it and find all the story relevant characters and even some background ones. Some elements throwing up story questions, making it more interesting.
For a new reader or an unknowing viewer it may be a bit overwhelming with too many characters. Though the positioning tries to focus some spots like the main cast to break with that impression. The positioning itself is chosen with thought and not just mere by accident.
The idea of a group shot of a story cast is not new, but the dynamic and interesting poses and the combined settings and completeness of the appearing characters of the story offers unequaled opportunities.
The color sheme supports the dark and mysterious feeling, but may be a bit too purple based, if one doesn't like that color.
So if you like anthro comic art and a dark setting with many details, there is no reason to not approve it highly. For Dreamkeeper readers this picture is a must have in the favourites list. I would hang it as a poster in my room :D
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VM893 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
this is one of the most epic, awesometacular posters i've ever seen
origami388 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
I don't have words to say how awesome it is, It''s fantastonishingawesomepic!
ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Way to go on that daily deviation;Might have garnered some more readers which is always awesome!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

solo-ion Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
A well deserved DD.
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
jamesdavidwork Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Cool :)
nimfa36 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a really fantastic job I congratulate

Visit my gallery and comments please
mea00 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
superroboblack Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
It always does my heart good to see this MUCH content packed into one art piece, my hats off to you! ^_^
powder-sugar Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool!!

I'll totes check this comic out, 'cuz I have a thing for anthro comics~~
DeviousDoughnut Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welp, now I have to check out this comic series. Fantastic job with the poster!
Crosell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
There's a lot to take in here, it's really well done.
ChowderPants Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
hey everybody come look at my new page
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done for a poster based on your cartoon series looks incredibly nice and amazing for sure! :wow:
Axol-The-Axolotl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD!
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
Neulibrium5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
amazing. i like how the lighting is placed, how the colors are clean and solid. and ALL the characters in the poster look like they have a purpose.
(though i'm having trouble figuring out whos the good guy and whos the the bad?)
gcGreengrass Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gratz for the DD!
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, such intricate details! Congrats on the DD! :clap:
InMyDefence Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want this poster. I want to buy a poster frame for it and keep it nice. This is awesome :D
dragonslayer0945 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
VM893 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
that women sitting with paige…could that perhaps be her mother?
InMyDefence Featured By Owner Edited Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's Kalei, sister to Jeneviv (…, though what I don't know is what she's doing with Paige... I know of no connection between those two characters. Kalei's the girl who was sacrificed at the start of Volume 1. Jeneviv is the girl Grunn had locked in his boat, for some reason.
soundestguitar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
So cool! :)
stephbadbadger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant imagine how LOOOONG this has taken for you to draw! im impressed that you drew this O_O good job man, keep up the good work and may your comic be a HUGE success! Clap  
Lean07 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
wonderful cast assembly Ika Musume (Sparkle Eyes) [V1]    Kao Emoji-06 (Shy) [V1] 

more than half of them already appeared and I find myself wishing there was more characters Racing Girl Emoji (My life) [V4] 

great comic!! the story and characters are so gripping and exciting! I'm eagerly waiting for updates  Anime Emoji (Oh yay dance) [V3] Masato Inohara (Dance 4) 
shadowhunter131 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Just amazing. All I can say.
A-man3713 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
... I am without words... THIS IS GODLIKE!!!!!
JazzDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Wow. more than wow, this is awesome to extreme levels! This must've taken so long to do! It's so detailed!
nknuds01 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I just noticed something. Kalei looks like she's in some sort of super psychic god-mode, but she doesn't have a halo around her head. That means it isn't related to her power. Interesting.
THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
That's a lot of faces!
Comic-Ray Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really great! I'm really impressed!
Clarity92 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe how in AWE I am of your work. So here's some emoticons.  :squee:  I think I've fainted.

Love this poster, and love the books. Keep it up! Judge 
ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing! I don't know how you do it every time but you kick ass! 
mija22 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dang I wonder, how much time did you take on this? °O°
Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
All said, not sure... At least a couple of weeks.  ^^;
mija22 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my, I would die before finishing it..
InfernoBlu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This comic is FREAKING AWESOME!!! I've really enjoyed getting into it :)
MrDrProffMan Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Oh my jeebers... This looks awsome and I'm not into furries or anything but wow, just wow. This is just drawn soooooo well. I can honestly say I just might start ....
reading .....
origami388 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
it will worth your time.
trust me.
chaoman25 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
O..My...Bass It Like So Cool
Slaydus-The-Severn Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have to say, that this poster is the very thing that got my friends into Dreamkeepers. 

It had been awhile since they had been over to my place, and since then I had received this and I had hung it on my wall. They walked into my room, and almost immediately noticed it. They started asking me questions about who the characters were and the more I told them, the more interested they got. I told them that it was a comic and they wanted to see what it was about, so I let them borrow volumes 1-3 and from then on it was history. :D

Just let that be a testament to how powerful this image is. Well done! :)
Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
YAYYYY Poster success!  Thank you for helping us find new readers, that's awesome to hear.  :)
Slaydus-The-Severn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, and thank you for the amazing poster work! :D
AvengerXD1 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
THis is truly a great work of of art. It's so epic that made this.

Think this should be the music for it.

oblivionhigh Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this would make an excellent video game. And if it does become a game, the gameplay should be similar to Dante's Inferno! With kind of a melancholy atmosphere.
ScottFraser Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
I always forget to comment sometimes, but what I like most about this piece is that you can clearly see what every "faction" sort to speak, is looking for just because of the place they are in, how they fight and who they are.

I think this poster sums up the first part of Dreamkeepers fairly well.
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