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Dragon theme 3 of 10: Yellow


um.....yeah. Don't really know what to say..um....as you can see I'm practicing my cell shading.....so......*ahem*

mmmmmmmmmm

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First, I would like to say bravo for practicing a new technique and even posting the result for all to see. That takes the skill and confidence of a talented artist, and for that alone I commend you.

We'll start with the downs and end with the ups being I feel it is always nicer to finish with success. To be honest, I really have to nitpick here when it comes to technique, and it mostly has to do with the shading (that was expected I suppose :D ). Cell shading is difficult because you not only have to shade just the right areas, but you have to watch how you do it too. Overall you did extremely well, but there are some areas you might have over done the shading, like the snout and foot (its left). As for originality and impact, I really can't notch this up as having anything that sets it way apart from other pieces, but the design and style was original enough to keep it in the threes. I like to rate based on people's abilities, and to me you seem extremely capable of doing some extraordinary work, which is why I'm being so... strict. Lastly, the drop shadow just seemed off to me being the dragon seems to be in a standing pose (the shadow is as if it were flying or floating). Now that isn't really something to fuss over, and could easily just be me being, well, me.

Now for positives. This deviation is pretty well done, especially considering it was you practicing a new technique. There's some nice, vibrant colors, a subtle background that keeps you focused on the character, and a unique pose. The muscle tone is extremely visible and image is well balanced. Having an ability to distribute colors so that the entire image is "interesting" is a priceless talent that should never be overlooked. A well balanced image always catches someone's eye, and it caught mine, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this. Though normally one would argue this lacked unity, I personally feel it does have it. I think it was brilliant to have a contrasting color as the background because it made the main subject of the image, the dragon, clearly visible. If you did incorporate unity to a textbook degree, I don't think the image would have been as noticeable, so bravo on breaking the norm! Finally, the combination of different dragon features from different cultures (you've got some Asian features mixed with European styles like the Wyvern and even Western features like fins and frills) were brilliantly executed. Not only is this a cool looking dragon, but a believable one, and that is another difficult thing to do.

To finish off, all I have to say is well done! It was a great piece overall, and I hope you master this style, because you are already showing great potential. You are definitely a talented artist!
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:iconraptorman123:
raptorman123 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Curse you, Coldplay!
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:iconevaron:
Evaron Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice colors

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:iconmmkaay:
Mmkaay Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm incredibly impressed with the areas of shading and the vibrance of the colors. Wonderful job!
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:iconxcollapsix:
xCollapsix Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Is this a reference to coldplayyyy
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Digital Artist
no actually.
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xCollapsix Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Oh, title certainly sounded like it XD But great art nonetheless ;3;
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:iconmiguel2010:
Miguel2010 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love the colors, they are afire!
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:iconskkon:
Skkon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Look at the stars... Look how they shine for you... And everything you do... And it was all Really Totally Awesome And Yellow! ^^
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Awesome work here
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:icontdlballistic:
TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of Dragcave Magi Dragons :D
Mostly the fins and orange.
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:iconmicrocharge:
microcharge Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Dude bro I love this ._.

I have a strange affinity for orange/yellow creatures.. I don't have any idea why.

The cell shading looks great with the way you draw muscles. :I
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks c:
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:icondelusionalpuffball:
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your cell shading is awesome :la: I love it :D And its not eye-bleeding yellow (i cant look at yellow much, aahh DX) , I can actually look at it lol XD
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Digital Artist
haha thank you
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:icondelusionalpuffball:
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~ ;D
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:iconkingficus:
KingFicus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
This is really cool!
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:iconlupisdarkmoon:
LupisDarkmoon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student
Gorgeous work with the cell shading. Really makes him glow, and defines the muscles well without looking like it's just outlining them.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks
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:icontheguynobodyknows:
theguynobodyknows Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
very nice! nice and bright, very cool
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dragonhatchling Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Yay yellow!
There's not enough yellow dragons.
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:iconinemiset:
Inemiset Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks great! I especially love the pose. But I have to say that the shading is very confusing. I would have said the light source was coming from the left, but then I saw the shading on the face and the end of the tail and now I'm at a loss...
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I suck at cell shading that's the problem :I
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:iconinemiset:
Inemiset Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, well practice makes perfect, don't let a little imperfection slow you down :D
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Caerulai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not going do a official critique because i feel like my dragon drawing skills are too much less than yours are and because i feel like I should save critiques for those who really know how to give better critiques. :)

I'm guessing that the light source is in front of the character? Like others are saying, it tends to look a bit confused in places like the left wing. It looks really nice anyway, and all of the muscles are really nicely placed and defined. You probably could have added some transparency to the webbing to make it look a bit thinner. Have you thought about doing a hint of shading as well? Or are you not supposed to do that in cell shading? I wouldn't know as I don't use cell shading techniques. I've always loved your poses and how you can place large creatures in small, cramped poses, but make it look fluid and natural. The colors are amazing. The yellows and oranges looks fantastic against the blue-ish bg.

In conclusion this is a very nice piece. It's pleasant to look at and displays a wonderful knowledge of anatomy and shading. But hey, if you think that you need more practice with cell shading, then nobody is standing in your way. Good work.
Hope this was an ok comment :)
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solid-paradox Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
This is really cool. The pose is nice and different although it makes the image difficult to make out at first but that's sort of good, the contorted-ness sets your mind going. Cell shading's coming along nicely although I prefer smooth shading as it looks less cartoony. But yeah, another nice piece Ray ^-^
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sashark Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh wow, this is certainly something different!
For someone who seldom does cell shade, this is really fantastic
You could try to play around with the hue of the shadows. Since the subject is mainly warm colors, try using a blue green or other cool hues for the shadow to create some interest c:
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DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I though about that...but then I forgot when I started |D
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WhiteExterior Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit, muscle definition is absolute love. I absolutely love how you draw your dragons, and then theme idea is such a good one!

But yeah, design and everything...really, really awesome.
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DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconvelvaden:
Velvaden Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I always admired the way you shade.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
well im still rusty with cell shading.
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:iconvelvaden:
Velvaden Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
But you're really good at it, nonetheless. :)
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darkDRAGONxxxxx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This looks awesome :] I really like how you colored this guy! If I could give you a critique, I would ask you were the light source is at because it would seem that it is in front of him, but because of the way his face is shaded rather confuses me on light source... I'm not a light expert or anything xD But this does look lovely :]
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
His face is turned so the light comes from behind and its wings are splayed out more, so they catch more light
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darkDRAGONxxxxx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Forgive me, still a little confused here :c. If his face is turned, then it may be confusing to the eye because of the looks of it. But now as I take a closer look, I think I'm starting to understand the position of the light. Is it like, above but to the more right side of him? Because that's how I see it now c:>
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Gryphoniss Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the cell shading turned out spectacular! I really love the look on the wings, and the colors are fantastic. However, I'm kinda confused on where the light source is supposed to be. On the wings, it looks like the light is coming from the top left corner, but when you look at the face, it seems as though the light is coming from the bottom right corner and from behind.
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CptCuddles Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely done :D
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ObsidianSeaHorse Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the whiskers and muscle work.
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