Thanks, Quigleyer. I'm gonna add reflected light from the lightning.
If you mean the swoop of clouds, I wanted to show that the clouds are being pushed up by the movement of the dragon. I'll try to improve that and the sky in general.
Thanks, Bruce Pluto. I'll try to tone down focus on the claw by using colors.
The lava effects you are hinting at look good, too!
Here is more progress, I changed the arm.
Bruce Pluto, I think the main focus should be the head, then the claw on the right, then attention should swoop left along the smaller dragons to the flying ship with the blue glow.
The main points of focus currently are the head, the mouth in particular, the chest, and then the bright blue light. If you want to draw the focus to that right (his left) hand, you might want to do something to it that adds contrast, because it currently blends in with the mountain and sky.
It might be my monitor, but I had to actually search for the other smaller dragons. Perhaps give them bright red mouths too? At least something that makes them stand out and clearly on the dragon's side.
As for the colour of the dragon and background al all that, I liked your colour choice best as it looked here, but that could obviously just be me. The dark somewhat red sky made the dragon and it's bright, fire-y mouth stand out much more than it does now.
I am going to agree with Lhune here about the lighting. I think it was much more dynamic the other way. I'm still having trouble figuring the direction of the arrows. They appear, to me, to be aiming at me, more than anything else.
The main focus points are the head, chest and then the "blue light special" (LOL). I REALLY like the claws, and the volcano under the left one. It appears as if the dragon is tearing apart the mountain there, I like that. I would like to see more lava off of the mountain on the extreme left.
All-in-all, I think you are doing a masterful job here and I cannot wait to see how it turns out.
Only you know the direction you want the views eyes to travel start to finish. The volcano (in the second paint-over image) was just to balance the high intensity light source coming from the dragons mouth. So I guess it would take the viewers eye into a counter clockwise rotation, where as you are looking for a clockwise rotation. For that to happen the smaller dragons are going to have to stand out more against the dark rocks there (just as I see it).
It’s just my opinion but I think that most successful works of art have no less than 2 or 3 points of main interest. These are areas of high detail. From a distance the viewer sees the image as a whole. If the composition is good and the light is right then they will want to move in for a closer more detailed look.
Your dragon head is the main focus for me and is very powerful. The whole figure with it’s wings and mighty claws grasping the rocks is a strong one. You are telling a story in the visual sense and you know how you want it told. The image is very interesting and I think that you are working it well.
Just looking at the piece what bothers me the most is size of his wing flaps. The limbs or appendages are not perspective to the vanishing point to so the Wings seem to small to lift this massive Beast.
The neck looks a little twist. .(seems like he woke up with kink and now he's pissed.) a Little more form there would work nicely.
..and finally just a personal grip.. due to the size of that jet that swooping him the Dragon's head is high in altitude and some shrouding clouds similar to the top of a mountain would add to the character.
Hey how about some news helicopters flying in from the foreground?
The media is always around!
-Much- better already. The only thing that pops out to me now is tone down the red glow around the dragon's mouth a bit, it's getting rather distracting and covering most of it's face. But that's all for now . Just enjoying the progress.
The red colour is totally taking over the detail that SHOULD be visible on the dragon. (Why so much red on him??)
The focus now is the mountain (and the claw) to the right, its more detailed that the dragon, and much more interesting to look at. If the dragon was moer detalied this would not eb a problem.
That cloud to the top left really sticks out along the the lightining to its left. Tone them down.
There is no rim light on his wings (from the lightning)
And more space ships, perhaps, to show that an intense battle is taking place. Some hitting the dragon with their wepons.
I think a few coming from the bottom left corner would give more meaning to the painting. That way the dragon is actually aiming for something with his fire.
Looks nice, but I think the glows are way over done and take away a lot from the image. I don't think it would any near so intense on the chest since the glow originates from inside his mouth, so the jaw blocks it from reaching that area.
The blue glow on the left side also bothers me, far too intense and it looks out of place, almost like it's a fighter jet rather than a ship from a fantasy universe.
Someone mentioned some simple foreground elements like a silhouette, I would try that idea out to establish some better depth.
Overall though i like it and the concept is great, good luck!
I still think the glow is far too dominant and present in areas that shouldn't be affected by it, mostly the dragons head. It really takes away from the detail on it. One question...does his chest glow itself? If so it might be a good idea to show some light source underneath his skin.