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Rena-Angel sketch commish by Xeraki Rena-Angel sketch commish by Xeraki
Thought I might upload this one separately so you guys can see it better. :3

This is the timelapse video I recorded while painting this picture: [link] :3

It is a colored and shaded sketch commission for :iconrena-angel:! The cat on the back of my rendition of the Blue Eyes White Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh! is Duez, Rena's character. :3

I am still open for these if you want one! Just send me a note :3

And remember, this is a sketch and is not intended to be perfect. :3

Duez © ~Rena-Angel
BEWD © Kazuki Takahashi
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CrowCandy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OMG lol I totally thought the background was a photo in the thumbnail XD.

This looks great. You really did a nice job, especially on the background and the 3/4 view/perspective on the figures.

Since you gave me such a lovely critique on my still life, I'll try to return the favor :D

The things I would critique are as follows:
:bulletblue:The perspective on the dragon is good other than the tail, which seems to be swooshing to the side towards the viewer instead of back behind the dragon, but it is still ambiguous. It should be clear by the lighting and atmospheric perspective where in space the tail is.

:bulletblue: The dragon is rendered nicely but the lighting on him and his rider is a bit to even for a nighttime scene. I think the contrast between the shadows and the light from above and below should be more intense. In night scenes, there is often one or two strong light sources, and a great deal of diffused light is not often seen because it makes the figure blend too much with other things in the image. In this case however, lighting is dramatic in the city and ambiguous or flat on the figures in the foreground. Also, even within the figure there will be a priority to the placement of the strongest light and shadow. [link] If you haven't already seen this, it was incredibly helpful to me so I hope you'll take a look. My teachers always told me, because i struggled with this exact thing in many of my assignments, that all areas of the painting cannot be treated alike, or there will be no visual priority, and the painting will be hard to look at. The focal point should grab the viewers' eye and be very determined about it. the other areas should support the focal point, not contend with it.

:bulletblue: The last thing I would say is, be careful about putting your figure so close to the edge of the image. Its understandable to crop out the wings since they are so long, but when you make other parts of a figure like the forearms, head, and tail so near to the edge of the image, it creates a visual tension and breaks the illusion of depth. The viewer sees a flat figure superimposed over a background rather than a figure in a depth of space. And, it sadly encourages the viewer to see the dragon in profile rather than the 3/4 view. Since you rendered the perspective in the main body so well, I think it is a shame to have that lovely 3/4 view be ignored.

The only other thing I would say, though I don't know what your process was in painting this image is some good advice many of my teachers gave me: It won't do to paint the environment and figure or objects separately. You must paint them all at once. When you paint a background to completion and then add the figure or visa versa, it generally looks as though there is no integration between them and the illusion of depth and space is destroyed. In order to create the likeness of objects or figures in an environment, it is necessary to paint them into their environment while painting the environment itself, giving them equal attention throughout the painting process.

I hope the things I've written will be helpful and enlightening! Keep up the great work! :love:
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love your critiques xD <3

I tried really hard to fit the character into the scene, but I know I should push it a little farther. I pushed the blue shadows to very-near black, so I guess I should have pushed the highlights a little brighter to create a bigger contrast? I did try to use the gradient thing (I love nanya!) but like usual I need to push things more xD

I do see what you're talking about, with how they look in profile rather than 3/4. I've been told not to put things so near to the edge before, I'll do my best not to do it again xD Though I do think a lot of it is the lineart..ah, I had a little bit of a mishap with saving and had to re-finish it using a screencap..so some lines are darker than others. I know that probably messes the impact of it quite a bit. (the hind legs and tail especially..I had originally made those lines much thinner to give an illusion of distance..oh well.)

Thank you so much for the crit :3 I'll be sure to keep everything in mind for the future!
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CrowCandy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad I could be of help! :D
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really do appreciate your help x3 <3
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lluvia-lunas Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
wonderful job its beautiful i love it
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it :3
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lluvia-lunas Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
you're welcome
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Cyndardragon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. That. Is. Epic. I love the background :D I could see this as a cover for a book :D
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you muchly :3 I appreciate the compliment ^^
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool drawing
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks c:
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Starcraft3000 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you´re welcome
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The-Bluetip Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work on this one! I love the expression on the dragon's face and the flight pose is awesome.

The thing i did notice was in the forearms. They seem to be swooping at a rather peculiar angle, almost as if you've tried to cram too much in the image since it's right along the border.

Other than that, you've done a nice job ^-^
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the comment! ^^

Yeah I had to kinda squish him in there a bit, I've had to squish all of them in there really xD oh well, I'm glad you still like it :3
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The-Bluetip Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah i definitely know what you mean. I used to have that problem, and still do sometimes.

It's especially hard when you're working with traditional materials (i sketch my stuff first and then scan to color) and you've only got 8.5x11 workspace area so you end up cramming larger subject matter in at times xD
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha yeah but 8.5x11 is a looot bigger than 4x5 haha xDD
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The-Bluetip Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, yes that's very true XD
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Supercroc93 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what hte dragon is trying to say is "get your claws out of my neck!!!" lol cool pic.
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha yeah! xDD good thing he has those tough scales to protect him though :3
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Supercroc93 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea. I'm not sure I want people riding on my back in the first place.
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha, me neither xD
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Blazer-Flamewing Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the background fits even though it's a fantastical creature xD then again the show is usually taking place in a city
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Xeraki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha thank you xD I'm very happy with how the background turned out :3
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