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embrace the light by Nikkayla embrace the light by Nikkayla
I started this before my final week of University, after designing Minas for the lovely russellskiy and this is the manipulation I did with it. Many layers of feathers, I may have gone insane, and then I played Ori and the Blind Forest a lot between this (which is fantastic and I encourage ya'll to go play it, its on Steam!) and this... was the most crazy detailed image I've done, ever. 200+ layers, primarily for the feathers. Minas is was created to have similarities to a microraptor, so I changed his tail to suit it more... and I couldn't help myself with all the glowing things. I like glowing.

Minas Reference by Nikkayla Details: embrace the light by Nikkayla

EDIT: Thank you so so SO much for the daily deviation, what a great little thing to see! :D:D:D Thank you to Neaqmir for the suggestion and to ErikShoemaker for the feature! :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:!!!

:bulletpurple::bulletblue: Stock Credits :bulletblue::bulletpurple:
Minas designed by Nikkayla and belongs to russellskiy
Horse head from Breathless-dk - breathless-dk.deviantart.com/a…
Horse body from flickr.com by Shaz-stock - www.flickr.com/photos/36296285…
Waterfall and foreground from flickr.com by torino071 - www.flickr.com/photos/ohrenses…
Starfield from flickr.com by Justin De La Ornellas - www.flickr.com/photos/ornellas…
Plants from FrostBo - frostbo.deviantart.com/art/25-…
Feathers drawn by Nikkayla
Manipulation by Nikkayla 2015 and on. Please do not take without permission.


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Given 2015-12-26
embrace the light by Nikkayla is a meticulously detailed presentation of an original character design complemented with stunning colors and light. ( Suggested by Neaqmir and Featured by ErikShoemaker )
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TheStockWarehouse Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcongratsddplz: Beautifully done! This is simply enchanting :aww:
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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SylversVolpe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning. The amount of personality you were able to add to an otherwise run of the mil equine manipulation is amazing. The concept is very unique, and the execution is flawless. For some reason this kind of reminds me of
Ravenous Crystal Lizards in Dark Souls 3. Definitely one of a kind. :) (Smile) 
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I always try to push the boundaries with equine manips, since they're pretty much all I do - I enjoy the challenge =)
Cheers very much! :heart:
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SylversVolpe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
High-five! 
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconnikkayla:
Nikkayla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the feature!
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alanleal22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hug Love I am a dummy! 
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Elchanan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconnikkayla:
Nikkayla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: <3
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:iconelchanan:
Elchanan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome!
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alanleal22 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work. Congrats on the DD
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:iconnikkayla:
Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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alanleal22 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clap Love Welcome!!!
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Xykun Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Cool one, gratz for the DD !
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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WhiteRitsu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work :)
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure (1) by daniya-ART
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Julianez Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Wonderful work! :)  
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:iconnikkayla:
Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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Julianez Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
You're welcome. :)      
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
nice work
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:iconnikkayla:
Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Very much! :D
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! : heart:
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful!
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D <3!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Cool.
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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silverwolvesarecool Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Beautiful!!! I love this guy! :D Is he a hippocampus or a kelpie?
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D He's neither of those, hes a special breed all of his own =) Based off a microraptor in feathering :D
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silverwolvesarecool Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Nice! :D He is amazing either way :)
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
<3 Yes he is :D! <3
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Nirene-Z Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work, love it
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Nikkayla Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! =) :D
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Nirene-Z Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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