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Old 05-12-2006, 10:00 AM   #1
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Color Art Dragon. *Round 2*

I want to add scales, and do up a decent background next.





Thanks in advance.

*So; I'm havin' some trouble with the shadow between him and the ground, but I'll get it in round 3; along with the rest of the light/shadow from the flame. Also, the background will come last.*

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Old 05-12-2006, 10:04 AM   #2
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Wah, wah WAH!!! Yay!

cast some faint shadow from that fire light source, baby! Give him shiny scales! A lei would also be smashing.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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Looks good,

I'm not sure if you wanted to hint a tongue. It could be sticking out in a vile manner. You could experiment with the skin in between the wing spans, it could be slightly transparent or have tattered edges to show more of an ancient feel. (Whatever floats your boat Some hinting of blue in those shadows near the flame would be neat.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
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is he a wyvern
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Old 05-12-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
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RAWR!
He may need to have a better grip on the ground too. Looking good!
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Old 05-12-2006, 07:53 PM   #6
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also, if there is any flame or light within his mouth, it would illuminate his cheeks a bit. The cheeks in front, that is. :b
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:14 PM   #7
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Thanks.

What's a wyvern? Lei? What? WHAT!?

Imma do up some scales, and work on the light from the flame. I don't know why I didn't put any blue in the shadows, I should have; and now I will.

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Old 05-12-2006, 11:39 PM   #8
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Wow, so smooth x.x Almost looks like a 3d rendering. Yeah, I would say change the front legs from the small straight pose to perhaps a more bent and larger pose...but that's just me. Looking forward to it!
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Love. That. Fire.

Try foreshortening his toes--right now it doesn't look like they're resting on anything. Rather, the dragon's front limbs seem to be slipping down a steep incline. I would recommend bending his arms too, but with this sort of style, realistic/logical anatomical mechanics don't seem entirely necessary.

Looks really great so far. This picture's got tons of character. Very enjoyable stuff.
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Ooh, nice!
For scales, I'd be careful not to overdo it and ruin that smooth finish. Some hinting of it in the highlights should be enough.

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What's a wyvern?
A wyvern is sort of a two legged dragon with the wings coming out where the arms would be. Usually depicted with a long snakelike body.
So no, I wouldn't say this is a wyvern.
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The composition is great! The lighting, texture and the emotion that you add from this point forward will make or break it, but no pressure! I want to feel like I'm standing just below the viewpoint and if I don't get my ass out of there, I'll be toast! I need more expression on the dragon's face, and of course more texture in the breath, among other things. Again, the composition is commendable. Great job! The rocky hills are well done also. Do this just for fun, flatten the art and in Photoshop create an oval selection centered on the dragon's head, feather it 250 pixels or so, invert selection and adjust the levels. Play with that to establish a focal point for he piece. Hope that helps, can't wait to see the finished piece!

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....feather it 250 pixels or so....
what resoloution/work size do you work with?

i usually do about 15x15 with 150 pixels per inch.

Should i be working at 300? 200?

i just feel comfortable working at that size i guess.

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Old 05-16-2006, 11:15 AM   #13
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emerson: This is at 144 pixels per inch; but I don't know why. I kinda just started working thinking it wouldn't turn into anything. Ohwell, at least it's not TOO small.

joe: Thanks! However, I'm not sure I get exactly what the oval selection/feather/invert/levels tip does. You say to help establish a focal point, that I get, but what should I be noticing? I'm genuinly interesting in understanding this, so; I appreciate it, whether you come back to read this or not.

pofo: Thanks, I can digit. Though, I think I will make the scales blatant, but only on his back. I think it will work.

shadow: Yeah; I don't really like his toes either, I think I'll chop them of and do em' right. Imma leave the legs alone though.

gmpilot: I like the legs up front; and since it would be somthing of a pain to change them, Imma leave. Thank you for posting though, I have some inherent problems with poses.

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