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    A Fantasy Staple (updated 27th Sept, post 1)

    Edit, Sept 27 07: Updated with another "Classic fantasy fare" piece. Ruins, giant drago-snake attack, wizard on the floor, and all that jazz.
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    Ye good ole red dragon attack!
    Second in a series of classic fantasy standards I'm painting. The first is still under publisher NDA. I made this one in my spare time this week. About 15 to 20 hours maybe?

    There's a much larger version with bleed here:
    A Fantasy Staple (updated 27th Sept, post 1)

    Thanks in advance for looking!

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    The High Res version is so awesome!

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    Simply amazing. I was going through those pics on your homepage and this is in a league of its own I think!

    Somehow I get the urge to play some Might and Magic when looking at this hehe...

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    Very nicely rendered, and very classic fantasy, cant wait to see what the others are in your series

    But a small crit though, the guy that is in front with the shield and armor. He has a bit of weird gesture I think. I automatically think that his left foot is in front for balance. But that makes him have a nearly impossible twist in his torso. If his right feet is in front, wich I think you intended, he is off balance and again his torso may be off.

    I'm not sure though, so just take it with a grain of salt

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    Great work man :-) I think this is the first time i've seen you illustrate a dragon too?

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    I agree with dug, he looks like he should be falling over.

    Also the perspective in terms of the relative size od the figures and dragon to eachother seems off to me. The figures look like they are all drawn at the same size, but with the somewhat exaggerated perspective I think you are going for, the furthest figure should be smaller than the closest. Also, I'm going to assume the the dragon is pretty big - as dragons generally are - but because the furthest figure is so large and placed so near the dragon, the dragon seems smaller then I think you want him to be.

    I would also like to see a more gradual shift in the atmospheric perspective - as it is, there is a pretty abrupt shift from foreground to the lighter background. Perhaps making the front tower a shade darker to help with the depth.

    The dragon and figures are drawn really well, I love the shading and texture on the dragon and the classic stance of the archer .

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    Thumbs up

    Koh - Thanks!

    Lelle - I'm glad you felt this one is an improvement over the stuff on my site - its well in need of an overhaul, so that's good to hear.

    Duq - Yeah I hear you on this stance. There's somethign that needs to be fixed on his legs - there's some confusion I think as to which leg is where spatially.

    Yanner t - thanks man - yeah I've not done many dragons considering. I think I did one for a Mongoose cover a couple of years back, but other than that its not something I've had much call to do.

    fringey - thanks for the thoughtful critique, I really appreciate it! I don't want to respond to individual points so much as think about what you said and digest it! Hope that's ok.

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    awsome work man keep em coming man love the simplicity in the background aswell

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    exelent work, no crits, just only the detail that doq saw.

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    What I dig the most are the contrasts between the unfinnished-looking wings and his very-finnishes-looking head. The figures seems somewhat stiff though, not sure how to solve it, maybe it's just me.

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    Reminds me of the animated versions of the Tolkein books from the late 70s early 80s.

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    Thanks folks! Yeah I'm trying to work on loosening up those poses a little.

    Added a new piece to post one. Larger version here:

    A Fantasy Staple (updated 27th Sept, post 1)

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