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    Great painting! I love the way you've framed the female character with the whip. It’s a really dynamic piece. My only crits would be an agreement with Justin about the characters facing the same direction and also I think the tone could be pushed a little on the two elf guys in the foreground, they seem a little light to me and I think making them darker would help focus attention on the two main characters.......these are just small points though, its a great piece of work.

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    Dan, I did NOT give you permission to use my body as a reference for the man slave. You took private pictures between friends and are now profiting off of my beefy muscles, and to be honest I'm a little ashamed.

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    very nice painting as usual! i like your composition, it's strong. The only critique I have is the anatomy. The hand holding the sword looks awkward to me for some reason. I'm no expert on anatomy or foreshortening but it just caught my eye first. other than that excellent execution!

    What do you use to thin your paints if you don't mind? I know a lot of people use linseed oils or turpentine or some other type of thinner. From the close ups it looks like your painting with pretty thin paint. I may be wrong but just trying to learn more about oils because I want to start painting with them more! Is this on illustration board hot or cold press?

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    (Cody always makes me laugh!)

    Dan, Awesome! You make my job too easy. I love that it's a dynamic pose, but still a very designed.

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    I really appreciate how you haven't made the hero ridiculously strong like so many fantasy paintings...great job.

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    The both-heads-same-direction-thing is true but it doesnt really harm your work I think.
    All the other crit-points I just recognized after reading about them, so all in all just an awesome peace - very good work, dude!!

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    Wow, that's looking great!

    Drow are always cool.

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    what's up with all the slack?

    Well, it is better than what I could ever do…that’s for sure. But for some reason, the picture does not work for me as far as composition. My reference for this is from Indiana Jones – that scene where he is using the whip. The way he moved and the way the whip interacted with his movements. Also, growing up in the South, I have seen someone use a bullwhip. It seems to me that there is too much slack in the whip, and that if we project forward with the scene, the whip & blades fall to the floor – which is bad considering they are surrounded by enemy combatants. If her arm were positioned higher, I could see the whip being in its current state of motion. As is, it does not seem that her executed arm/body movement produced enough energy to move the whip and its blades.

    It seems to me that you worked out the layout with poses and did not study up on what it takes to work a whip. The only way I can find things agreeable is if I tell myself that she is an elf with a magic weapon that does not have to abide by the laws of physics, which could actually be the case here.

    Sorry…maybe I am wrong about this…and if I am, forgive me and understand that I am just trying to give you meaningful, helpful feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strych9ine
    Dan, I did NOT give you permission to use my body as a reference for the man slave. You took private pictures between friends and are now profiting off of my beefy muscles, and to be honest I'm a little ashamed.
    lol.

    great job, dan! the whip really helps make the image's composition stand out. and the blues on the girl's warrior-bikini-costume thingy makes me squeal like a pig! *oinkoink*

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSillustration
    (yeah, yeah, i know there is a tangency...so sue me)
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    Bad boy! Bad! Stop doing that!
    (Otherwise it's lovely, of course.)

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    oh nooice dude! really like this one alot. hope yer well.-c36

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    A little more on tangency...

    Quote Originally Posted by Arctis
    No, I think it's more that the elf's weapon seems to touch the creature's left shoulder.
    And just to clarify, the reason why the objects appear to "touch" even though other visual cues tell us that one character is behind the other, is because when two lines are "tangent" (i.e. they edges of the lines meet at the same points. In this case the most obvious one is the curve of her whip handle, and the curve of the guy's shoulder armour, but Elwell also pointed out a few others :d), it flattens the two objects and makes them appear to be on the same plane. At least.... I think this is what he meant.

    That being said, I probably wouldn't have even noticed it had he not pointed it out, the rest of this piece is so great :d!

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    Nice eye Elwell. Good stuff DS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenZee
    A little more on tangency...



    And just to clarify, the reason why the objects appear to "touch" even though other visual cues tell us that one character is behind the other, is because when two lines are "tangent" (i.e. they edges of the lines meet at the same points. In this case the most obvious one is the curve of her whip handle, and the curve of the guy's shoulder armour, but Elwell also pointed out a few others :d), it flattens the two objects and makes them appear to be on the same plane. At least.... I think this is what he meant.

    That being said, I probably wouldn't have even noticed it had he not pointed it out, the rest of this piece is so great :d!

    Yeah, she nailed it, the only ones I noticed was the whip and the pillar though.

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    Horribly deceiving title (to someone who knows not about such dnd books)

    As I read it I nearly pissed myself thinking.. 'omg... DAN is going to do some norse mythology stuffs!!!111'

    Then I come in here and it's some geeky DnD pic. But, after I cryed into my pillow for a few hours, I realized it's still amazing.




    Seriously though, do some norse mythology stuff...

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    Great Dan. really nice cafe(what the hell Cafe? painting I ment painting, haha), and I like how you are adding in more action to your work latley. I have to disagree with Tristen about all the tangents. Truefully sometimes tangent are appropriate especially when you have tense scenes like this, maybe not tagents everywhere but in places like where the sword hilt is to the guy in the corner is a fine one, it brings tension for me. But yeah like the guy in the background with the whip cutting of his shoulder isn't the best tagent because we are actually missing something. ANyway Dan I didn't really even notice all these untill Tristen pointed them out, and Truthfully I think if you didn't say anything Tristen wouldn't have noticed it, haha! I really love the background, and the skin of the girl those are my favorite part. Good Job

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    Quote Originally Posted by poise
    ...and Truthfully I think if you didn't say anything Tristen wouldn't have noticed it, haha!
    I would have noticed, but I might not have said anything .


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    I can reeeally learn a lot about lighting from this one, Mr. Dan! Nice nice lighting!

    I do think the main guy's torso is a bit... hmm... "girly." It seems to go in at the hips a little too much or maybe it's just short. I don't quite know, but I think maybe it might just be his angle toward the viewer?


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    well, tangencies and all, i luv it, but mostly due to my fettish of hot blue chicks. Seriously, if someone said there were blue chicks on the moon, id prolly be the first to bring one home to mommie. None of that "if she cant use yer comb, dont bring her home" nonsense.

    all joking aside, i feel smarter from just looking at your process here.

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    Dan, you've been caught by the tangent police! But seriously, I didn't see any of those that Tristan highlighted, or at least not as problematic (well, maybe the sword hilt bothered me a bit, but you need to throw us some scraps to pick at anyhow ) Great movement/action is all I was thinking about

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    Thank you, Elwell. You pointed out what I felt but couldn't quite place. I just learneded! I still think the piece works though, Dan. Plenty to like in this.

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    great work Dan, i expect nothing l less but that flesh on that guy could use more color. peace

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    amazing work! makes me want to grab my pant and go at it. Damn my lack of oil >.< geuss i know where im going tommorow

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    Great work! Nothing much to complain about, besides her right arm/shoulder. i can't put my finger on it but the shoulder seem to be out of joint (or whatever it's called in english, hope you understand).

    But dark elves in Niflheim?
    Niflheim was the land of ice in the Norse mythology. What lived there were Frost Giants. It was also the kingdome of death where Hel ruled, dead gods and people who died by natural causes ended up there.
    I've never heard of any Dark Elves there. Interesting Seem to be an interesting story anyway. Keep the good work up!

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    looks mighty nice Dan!

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    Always nice to see new work Dan. I love the colors in this one and the dark elf, well, lets be honest, she's smokin hot : )

    Hit me up sometime, I am not that far away and I still have a phone : )

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    wahhhhhhhhh! i love the dark elf girl...i dunno if you've done them before but i think you pulled it off quite well. i love her weapon too.

    i didn't really notice the tangency problem...but whatev =P

    thanks for the WIP shots too.

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    Elwell's got the elven tangent vision.

    One more stuck out to me, and it's the lower right elf's dagger seeming somewhat phallic considering where the butt of the hilt begins on the slave man's pants..... or is that my own sick mind?
    But all things considered, it's a knockout piece. Love the flow of action, the details, palette, and the rendering. Thanks for sharing, Dan!

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    Hi,

    Again lovely work...
    On the side of the story it’s blank, which is for such a theme mostly so I guess... Just one another slash and trash painting...

    For the technical side still... Those pillars are for what? Just something to add that background looks more interesting or you have think about something more practical? From my point of view it would be better that you have spend some time on designing them...

    Also, what I always find in your work is “flatness”... A texture looks somehow all the same... Especially on details... It’s your style I guess.

    Lovely painting, if not brilliant...

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    >>>update 01.24.07<<<

    Hey Guys,

    Here's the update I promised a while back, plus some new stuff.

    Firstly, here is the above cover with minor revisions and the type in place:
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    Magic: The Gathering's new set Planar Chaos is next week.
    The spoilers are already up on wizards site, and can be found here:
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    Here are some I did for the set what seems like ages ago.

    Timbermare (Oils on Board, 9x12 in):
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    Aeon Chronicler (Oils on Board, 9x12 in):
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    Sophic Centaur (Oils on Board, 9x12 in):
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    Numot, The Devastator (Oils on Board, 9x12 in):
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    Lastly, here is a cover I just finished up for a book entitled War of Knives.
    The story is about the U.S. navy's involvement in the Haitian revolution during 1800.
    The U.S. Navy was only in its infancy at this time, so very little information exists about the uniforms they wore.
    This posed an interesting challenge, as accuracy is important when doing historical pieces.

    War of Knives (Oils on Board, 14x20 in):
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    Enjoy!


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