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A digital painting of Shadow, I redesigned him not long ago and changed his wings to more bird like because I thought he would be to heavy to fly anyway, I wanted to do a painting of him although I have no idea how to. If anyone has any tips, suggestions or critiques please comment! Especially if you can give me advice on how to do the ground! I have no idea what I'm doing.

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:icontheallpowerfulrogus:
Okay. So, its amazing. The only problem i have it that the wings are oddly shaped and his body is a little to short for my liking. But i love the great job you did on the shadows. The muscle definition is quite clear and amazing. Also next time if you draw unfolded wings make the inside a lighter color and the out side a darker so you can see more definition between the two. And the tail could stand to be more longer so it comes to a point over more time. I'm sorry if this is poorly written, i'm new at this.
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I've never critiqued anyone before, so here goes: This is wonderfully done. :D I like the stance, the detail for his skin/scales, claws, and the perspective of the environment. XD One thing that stood out to me was the number of muscles in his back thigh. Looking at any modern day animal shows that they do have a lot of muscles, but only a couple are visible to the naked eye. Depending on how tight his skin or scales are over his body depends on how pronounced his muscles are as well. His head is a bit small for his body, and the combination of a stubby tail and short body give the overall picture that this is a rather small dragon in comparison to other dragons. Though, you made him look big by placing trees nearby in the background. ;D One thing you can do to make him look more "there" is to add a shadow underneath him, depending on where the light source is (which I assume is above him and to the left, making his shadow slightly to the right of his body). Maybe adding a few more small, distant trees around the horizon line would add to the fact that he's in a burned-down forest, or a skeleton woods, or maybe a dead meadow. I agree that adding some rocks or dead, brown shreds of grass would add a more realistic tone to the environment. ^_^ Overall, you drew this very well, especially for not knowing what you are doing. XD I also have problems with my drawings similar to this, so I know how you feel. :)
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mayle128 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks super cool. Nice on the shading:)
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KaB-art Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! :D I especially like the shading!
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ZeldasUndeadGirlfrnd Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's...awesome ;0;
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thatnerdyartaddict Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god. This is INCREDIBLE.

The shading, the lineart, the pose, the background, all those tiny little details, they're all AMAZING!

Great job :D
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768dragon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:) thank you!
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the textures you used here, and how melancholy the background looks. Well done!
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xXxshadowsneakxXx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i love this ^^ excelent
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of-the-skies Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :D
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! He's a dark creature in the dark, but you still managed to give him enough highlights so he can just be seen. Great work!
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kittencinkycuddlerz Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ verry well done
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Odahviing Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D You never fail to impress! Background looks better then I even imagined! I love the detail! And that expression really makes me think he's like, plotting something :) Fantastic work once again!
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:tighthug: thanks! althouh I think I may have made shadow look a bit evil
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Odahviing Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kind of like that about him though xD
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It suits the picture, but Shadow's not an evil dragon. I
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Odahviing Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I realize I've never actually asked this. What is Shadow like?
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'll be making a ref with everything on it soon, but he can be gentle to the people he trusts
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Odahviing Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll look forward to seeing that! I hope to earn his trust one day :)
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D I'm sure you will, It might be a few days though, fist I need to finish/name my new dragon
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TazAndMe Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;_; all the details... XD
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Chedtim Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is great! I love the detail :D
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SavagingDragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems like this dragon is able to Bench-press Napther...
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:D maybe, he can't fly though
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SavagingDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too much muscle density, although Im sure he could fly if the muscles were strong enough and had large enough wings.
(and a long neck helps - it adds extra to the ability to breath repeatedly more efficiently, getting enough oxygen to the muscles... Ive read it on one of the anatomy pics on here...)

But this is what we mean by doing "personal" art other than commissions. Commisions are all well and good, but because of the amount you get or other reasons, their quality palls in comparison to your REAL art like this. The quality of shading, detail and highlights are amazing
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks, I've been trying to start doing one personal art piece per commission :) this is actually the fist digital painting that I did tried to do like this. I see what you mean buy the wing and muscle thing, his design is soposed to be very muscular and heavily built, and if he were to be able to fly his wings would have to be the size of a house! Although I may have gone overbord with the muscle definition....
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SavagingDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now you see why I have the excuse that Napther is overweight, and his muscle structure is hidden... Muscles are way out of my league for now...
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ah, I used to have trouble visualizing where the muscles would be on my dragons, thats why I did the anatomy study, I often have it open in the corner while drawing so I can use it as a reference
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SavagingDragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although no measure of anatomy research will ever give you the "right" answer if Dragons entered our realm or appeared on earth...
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
true, but a general idea helps to draw them.
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dragon919 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is abseloutely amazing! i think you did awesome! nothing really to be said! but te ground could have a few rocks if it is a certain kind of ground ^^
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:) good idea, I'll try that next time
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dragon919 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, and btw, i am not saying this to be mean, but the wings are a little thick and are a little short. if this is how he is, then i get it :) but, if you need some help with wings, i can help ^^ i am good at wings, and it is my best part of the whole dragon XD so, am trying not to be mean. if i am, let me know o3o
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nah, I know what you mean, but his wings are based off bird wings not bat wings as most dragons are based off, they are sopposed to be thick because bird wings are thicker than bat wings and because the rest of his body is also very thick and muscular
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dragon919 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh, ok! i thought they were bat wings XD but yeah, i like those 8P make sure to make them bigger because with little wings and a big body, then it wont do unless they have a sort of power to do so because their body is heaver, and so wings need to be bigger to lift that weight. but other then that, you did everything perfectly :D
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768dragon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If you read the artist comments thing I do say that they are bird wings and that he is too heavy to fly, he is flightless
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dragon919 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh, ok XD sorry >.< now i get it, thanks ^^
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dragon919 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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