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This is my first ever official dragon facing off against a magic using creature called a jaghut (all imagined from Steven Eriksons Garden of the Moon). I Know its not an anatomically correct dragon, something about the wings.
Also I found my magic "atmospheres dont look authentic enough.
could any off you offer me some advice on how to make this image translate better on the page? I tried following advice here on the forums but I feel I didn't quite get it right...
(And I know my environment sucks. Its proven to be my one true weakness.)
I won't say your environment sucks, that's a pretty nasty way to put it.
But because the environment is not working in a grand scale piece like this, the entire image will fail. The dragon looks completely pasted against the background and it almost appears that you attempted to hide the weaker front paw (on our left) with that mist.
No element in this picture seems to have any effect or relation on the other.
Studies, back to basics. Landscapes, city-scapes, basic shapes. (As well as perspective and anatomy, both human and animal) It's the only thing that will help you. Effects, magic-light, clouds, a sunset, while wanting to be aesthetically pleasing, cannot exist in an image without interacting with the rest of the environment.
so I need to apply myself to scene studies. Its clear the dragon does not fit the environment and In colouring the environment I used absolutely no references.
I took the advice of forum gurus here on CA and started stocking artworks I thought I could learn from, looking through it now though I see nothing that helps me work up
my scenery and cities.
I did feel my dragon was the strong point in the picture but that fact seems to hurt me more than help me.