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    Hi! i'm new here! a Dragon illustration to share...

    Hi!...i've just found out about Conceptart.org, and it's absolutely great that I can share and learn stuff with so many people of the same interest!

    I've got a drawing here, sketched with pencil, and later coloured in photoshop.
    Took me quite some time, but i've fallen in love with the PC since then.

    Look forward to hear suggestions and critiques !Hi! i'm new here! a Dragon illustration to share...
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    It's very well done.

    I think you have got a good sense of mood with your colours and lighting. However if anything detracts from the picture it's the background...I guess you used the filter/render/differnece clouds function...which although gives you a background, you could enhance the image by trying to paint some clouds, some thick dark clouds...or alternatively excentuate the perspective and have the ground underneath as if looking from above the dragon and past it you can see the ground or a castle far off underneath from which the dragon has flown up from.

    Looks good though. Afraid I can't offer anything about technique, as I too am just getting to grips with photoshop.
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    hey, thanks for the feedback!
    yeah, regarding the background, i admit it was lazy way of creating a background. I'll work on a new background (most probably like what you've sugggested, a faraway castle looking from high above).

    thanks again...and really excited to get a response! wow!
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    Another idea might be to add some kind of subtle fire, or steam coming from it's mouth, like it's breathing hard after a battle, and then you could add some fire and smoke to the buildings below...to suggest some kind of struggle.

    Hope to see the new image...keep up the good work.
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    Dragon's not bad at all, nor the human figure.

    The hazy clouds over parts of the dragon also seem a little intense, perticuarly the far wing. Adding in my blues to the skin would do better in pushing it back without the use of the clouds. Since you hint at a pretty strong light sorce with his hind leg, if you do keep the haze, at least make it less dull colorwise.
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    ah! teh clouds are teh pain!

    please please please...never use clouds filter as a background again

    in all seriousness, even a slightly off white/tan color (think along the lines of CA color scheme) would be better than the clouds. The dragon is very good, and the knight in his clutches as well. But the filtered BG reeks of halfassed art. There are several very good "painting digital clouds" tutorials around on the net, if i can find some time before/after class ill see if i can dig some up and post them here.

    so the dragon = B+ / A

    background = D
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    Here's one:
    http://www.optidigit.com/stevens/cloudtut.html

    EDIT:
    One more:
    http://www.santharia.com/workshop/ph...p_drawing3.htm

    Great dragon by the way. His(?) back looks a little funky with those plates but it's a really nice piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubik
    Here's one:
    http://www.optidigit.com/stevens/cloudtut.html

    EDIT:
    One more:
    http://www.santharia.com/workshop/ph...p_drawing3.htm

    Great dragon by the way. His(?) back looks a little funky with those plates but it's a really nice piece.

    elo!

    thanks alot guys for the feedback. Cubik, thanks for the tutorials, i'll look at it definately!
    i'll change the background when i have time, so far i've been pretty tied up with my product design work.

    now i realize how lazy i am in using the clouds filter.
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    latest refinement on dragon drawing

    Hi! i'm new here! a Dragon illustration to share... hi guys!

    i've finally did some refinements on the dragon drawing.
    instead of putting a faraway castle or some landscape, i've decided to make the dragon sit real close on a castle, to get some feeling of a screen captured image.
    c n c away!!
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    Love the background, very nice improvement !
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    Although the dragon itself looks really good, the backround, the fire in his mouth and the knight do not. Maybe you should spend the same effort on those areas. You could also do a paintover for the dragon to hide the linart and readjust some colors (Most of your colors are to saturated and you use alot of reds and yellow but rarly the colors between).

    The composition and the colors are need to be refined too cause the backround and the knight don't fit into your colorsceme very well and they are taking the viewer away from your cool dragon.
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    The difference between the linework on the dragon and the rest of the setting is making them feel like completely seperate elements.

    I'd say go in with a fine point pencil tool, and outline the castle the same way you have for the dragon, to help unify them more. It doesn't have to be outlined in full, just bring in areas of more refined brick work.
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    mm yes, nice background indeed. one suggestion i have is that the fire looks too PS airbrushed.. add some texture in there and a few darker values. also, if you wanted to go a step further you could get rid of the black linework around the whole dragon. then, you should fade the highlights on the castle a little more because it takes the viewer's eye away from the main subject, which is the dragon. the highlights wouldn't be that white on the castle anyways because i think you're trying to make the main light source the fire, am i right?
    anyways, keep it up.
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